Women’s Hoops Hits Midway Point

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Published Jan 24, 2012 05:00 PM

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Lynn University’s women’s basketball team is about to hit the turn in its Sunshine State Conference season with a pair of match-ups this week.  The Fighting Knights host Eckerd on Wednesday before preparing for its second meeting at Tampa on Saturday.  Both games are set for 5:30 p.m.

It was a bittersweet week for LU as it turned away Nova Southeastern to move up in the SSC standings before falling at Florida Southeastern to make its way back to the middle of the pack.  The Fighting Knights’ record stands at 9-8 overall and 4-3 in the league, putting them in a tie for fourth.

Charla Nelson-James proved pivotal in both contests, scoring the winning shot and blocking the potentially tying basket against NSU while leading the Blue & White with 10 points and a career-high 17 rebounds at Southern.  Kira Harvey and Marquis Lee are neck-and-neck in the race to lead the squad in scoring, averaging 12.4 and 12.2 points per game.  Nelson-James is just shy of averaging a double-double with 10.1 ppg and 9.7 rebounds per game.

Eckerd (10-5, 4-3 SSC) travels to Boca having won three of its last four games.  The Tritons will be looking to better its 10-20 all-time record against Lynn.  Despite the losing record to LU, Eckerd has split the season series in eight of the last nine years.

Emilie Hesseldal, who paces the Triton offense with a team-high 12.1 ppg, has missed the past five games.  In her absence, Kati Rausberg and Taylor Young have picked up the scoring slack, upping their average to 11.9 and 11.7 ppg.  Eckerd is scoring 65.3 ppg and holding opponents to 58.3 ppg on .374 percent shooting.

Traditionally one of the top schools in the SSC, Tampa (8-9, 1-6 SSC) has struggled mightily in 2011-12.  The Spartans snapped a four-game losing streak against Palm Beach Atlantic but have not won in league play since knocking off Saint Leo 61-30 on January 4. Tampa could see its SSC losing streak continue with a Wednesday battle at Florida Tech.

 In the first meeting between LU and UT, the Fighting Knights emerged victorious, 55-54, on a lay-up by Marquis Lee with three seconds remaining.  Moriah Hodge led all scorers with 18 points.  Hodge is averaging 11.8 points per game on the season, trailing only Jaleesa Harmon who leads the team with 13.5 ppg.  The Spartans are shooting a respectable .432 percent from the field and holding opponents to .365 percent shooting.

Both games can be watched live at LynnFightingKnights.com by selecting the Game Central icon.

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