Tampa, Fla.—Despite cutting an 18-point second-half deficit down to nine, Lynn University's women's basketball could not complete the comeback and lost to the Tampa Spartans 58-47 on Saturday.
Marquis Lee and Charla Nelson-James led the Blue & White with 11 each. Lee added her second double-double of the season with 10 rebounds while Nelson-James also posted a double-double with 11 boards.
After Lynn (10-9, 5-4) scored the first point of the game, Tampa went on an 8-0 run that ended at the 15:17 mark with a Tashina Bailey 15-foot jumper. Tampa answered with another 8-0 run to take a 16-3 advantage with 12:07 left in the first half.
The Knights totaled nine first-half points and a 16 percent shooting mark from the floor while going 0-for-7 from behind the arc. Going into the intermission, Tampa held a 27-9 advantage.
Lynn outscored Tampa 38-31 in the second period but it was not enough to overcome the first-half deficit.
With 8:09 left in regulation, Kira Harvey connected on a three to make it a nine point deficit for the Fighting Knights with Tampa up 41-32. Tampa countered the Harvey three with six straight to seal the game up by 15 with under five minutes left in regulation.
Lynn shot 30 percent from the floor and 23 percent (3-for-13) from downtown. The Knights committed 14 turnovers while Tampa answeredwith nine.
The Blue & White dominated the glass by out-rebounding Tampa 50-34 but could only convert on 10 second chance points on the game.
The Knights host Saint Leo next on Wednesday, February 1, at 5:30 p.m. Stay connected to LynnFightingKnights.com to access the live video.Click on the Game Central icon for details. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @LUKnights #LUWBB.