BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's women's basketball team snapped its three-game losing streak with a 63-62 victory over Florida Tech on Saturday afternoon. Kira Harvey scored a team-high 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting while Charla Nelson-James added 11 points, eight rebounds and six blocks. The Fighting Knights improve to 8-7 overall and 3-2 in the Sunshine State Conference.
It was a tight offensive game in the early-goings with six lead changes in the first eight minutes of play. A 19-1 run over a six minute spanpulled LU ahead 31-14 advantage. The Blue & White went 8-for-9 on the run with Harvey and Marquis Lee combining for 13 points.
Lynn shot a sizzling 66.7 percent in the opening period, including an eye-popping 5-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc. On the flip-side, Florida Tech (10-6, 1-5 SSC) was held to 34.5 percent shooting.
The second half proved more challenging for the Fighting Knights as the Panthers battled back to a single-digit deficit with 8:54 left to play. Florida Tech used an 8-2 run of its own to pull to within eight, 53-45.
A pair of LU turnovers late in the game aided FIT's bid for the comeback victory with Briauna Hagins knocking down a jumper in the paint to make it a one-point game, 63-62 with 1:04 remaining. Harvey, though, made the play of the game with 25 ticks on the clock as she blocked Panthers' leading scorer Ashton McClairen's lay-up attempt to preserve the victory.
Overall, Lynn shot 50.9 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three-point range compared to Florida Tech's 39.7 percent from thecourt and 25 percent from downtown. Hagins led all players with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Lee recorded 11 points, six assists and five rebounds and Karolina Bazua added 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor.
The Fighting Knights return to action on Wednesday, January 18, at 5:30 p.m. when they travel to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., to battle Nova Southeastern. Fans can listen live at LynnFightingKnights.com by selecting the Game Central icon.