Friday, December 31, 2010

Lynn Women’s Basketball Goes Wild Against Wilmington

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University’s women’s basketball team is going to be taking some serious confidence into the New Year following a blistering 76-32 victory over Wilmington (Del.) in the final game of the LU Courtyard by Marriott Boca Raton Christmas Classic.  This is the fifth-lowest total allowed in program history while the Fighting Knights 14 blocks are a school record.  Lynn improves to 6-4 overall.

The Fighting Knights defense was outstanding during the past two days, holding their opponents to 76 points (38 per game) on a paltry 21.7% shooting.

Marquis Lee led all scorers with 16 points and was followed by Kira Harvey (13 points) and Chelsea Patterson (11 points).  LU shot 44.3% as a team.

Lynn had its ups and downs in the opening half but played strong enough to head into the locker room ahead 37-7.  It is the second-fewest points ever allowed in a half and most since 2004 when Puerto Rico-Cayey was held to five.  The Blue & White held Wilmington (1-11) to just 10.7% shooting while recording seven blocks and 28 boards through the first 20 minutes of play.

The Lady Wildcats shot just 15.6% overall but did outrebound the Blue & White 48-45.  They committed 25 turnovers, 18 of which were recorded as steals for LU.

Lynn’s defensive prowess was on display right from the start as Marquis Lee stole the ball off the dribble and went coast-to-coast for the easy lay-up.  A three-pointer by Amanda Schultz on the next possession and LU was on its way to the victory.

Wilmington cut the deficit to one, 5-4, but a baseline jumper by Lee started a 21-0 run that the Lady Wildcats could not recover from.  Harvey led the charge with seven points followed by Quanisha Dixon and Shay Harris with five points during the 8:20 span.

Lynn eased its foot off the accelerator in the second half as the Lady Wildcats doubled their point total in the first five minutes of play.  The Knights lead never dipped below 30 points, though, and reached the high-point of 44 when Harvey drained a three from the right wing with 28 ticks on the clock remaining.

The Blue & White jump full steam into their Sunshine State Conference schedule when they return to action at Saint Leo on Sunday, January 2, at 2 p.m.  Fans can follow the action live by logging on to www.LynnFightingKnights.com and selecting “Game Central.”

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