SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University women’s basketball team (7-7, 0-5 SSC) fell to the Lynn University Fighting Knights (11-4, 2-2 SSC) in SSC action 64-59, Saturday afternoon at the Marion Bowman Activities Center.
Despite the four point half time lead, Saint Leo could not match the 38 second half points scored by Lynn as the Lions dropped to 0-5 in the Sunshine State Conference.
Both teams traded the points and the lead during the opening half, with neither team taking a more than a four point lead during the first seventeen minutes.
Still, the Lions did not stop shooting and began to reap the rewards for their efforts as Nichole Tyler became red-hot from behind the three point line, hitting three consecutive shots to give the Lions a seven point lead. Their offensive outburst coupled with a defense that forced 11 Lynn first half turnovers, helped give the Lions a four point lead heading into the locker room.
The momentum began to swing though in the second half as the Fighting Knights went on a 7-2 run out of the break to give the Fighting Knights their first lead since midway through the first half.
Monique Reynard stopped the run connecting on one of her three three-pointers to give the Lions the lead for second time in the half.
The lead was brief as Lynn ran off their second 7-2 run of the game to put them up 44-41 with 12:14 remaining.
After Melissa Guerero hit a two-point jumper to cut the lead to one with 11:43 on the clock, the Lions offense went cold, scoring only five points the next six minutes. However, their outstanding defense kept them in the game only allowing Lynn to hold a two-point advantage going into the final six minute stretch of the game.
After Saint Leo tied the game at 52 with 5:48 remaining, Lynn’s offence exploded to score eight of the next 11 points.
Saint Leo battled back one more time to get the game within two as Guerero hit a three pointer shot. Unfortunately hat was as close as the Lions came, as Lynn solidified the win with their third 7-2 run of the game.
Marquita Fenn had another fine game for the Lions, leading the team with 16 points (7-for-13) and pulling down a season high 15 rebounds. Both Daniels (5-for-6) and Reynard (4-for-12) added 11 points a piece.
The Lions shot 35% percent from the field and 29% from the three point line.
SLU looks to stop their losing streak this Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Fla. against the Eckerd College Tritons. Tip for the SSC contest is set for 5:30 pm.