BOCA RATON, Fla. – Despite a 22-point effort by Marquita Fenn, the Saint Leo women’s basketball team (10-13, 2-11 SSC) dropped a critical Sunshine State Conference game on the road to the Lynn University Fighting Knights (15-8, 6-6 SSC) 70-50, Saturday at the deHoernle Center.
Leading the way for the Lions was the sharp shooting Marquita Fenn, as she scored 22 points while notching six rebounds. Fenn connected on 10-of-24 shots in 36 minutes of action. Daniels was the second leading scorer chipping in eight points while collecting a team-high seven rebounds. Unfortunately for the Lions, no other player was able to reach double figures.
Fenn began her tare early in the first half with the Lions down 12-10. Fenn scored eight of the next 13 Lions’ points to get them within three, 24-21. She concluded the half with a mid-range jumper to pull the gritty SLU team to within one at the break.
Saint Leo came out very aggressive in the second half, outscoring the Fighting Knights 8-4 during the first four minutes of the half to take their first lead of the game, 35-34.
That is when the Lynn offense truly began to click as they went on a 15-6 run to take an eight point lead with 9:43 left to play. The lead continued to swell eventually growing to 15 with 3:39 remaining
Shortly after, the Fighting Knight defense began put the clamps on the Lions’ attack, allowing SLU to connect on only one basket the remainder of the game as the Fighting Knights secured the 20-point victory.
Saint Leo shot 27 percent from the floor (21-of-78), while only going to the free throw line once in the second half. The Lions also had trouble getting their bench involved as they were outscored 23-4.
The tough SSC defeat comes at a bad time for the Lions, as they currently stand in last place in the conference. Still, SLU still has a very real chance if they take care of business the final month of the season.
The University of Tampa is their first challenge as they get set to visits the Bowman Center Wednesday, February 18 for an SSC clash. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 pm.