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Strong First Quarter Carries Panthers to Victory

The Panthers were 10-of-15 (66.67 percent) from the field in the first quarter on Saturday, leading them to a 63-58 victory over host Lynn. The Panthers won despite not hitting a shot from the field in the final 5:02 of the game.

November Morton led all scorers with 18 points, including the first bucket of the game and six of the first 11 points. Amanda Allen had 15 including 3-of-7 from three-point range. She also led the Panthers with eight boards. Gudlaug Juliusdottir added 11 points.

The Panthers (10-11, 6-7 SSC) led from the get-go in this one, with Allen and Morton leading a 7-0 run. The Panthers followed that with a 6-0 run and led 13-4 with 4:31 to go. Allen and Fanny Hakanson were good from three on the Panthers’ next two possessions, and they led 19-7. A three at the Buzzer by Severine Uggen ended another 7-0 run and put the Panthers up 27-12.

Hakanson finished with just five points but had six rebounds and seven assists.

The Fighting Knights got a three to start the second quarter, sparking a 16-2 run, cut the Panthers lead to 29-28. Morton drilled a three with 3:14 left in the half, putting the Panthers up 32-28. She would hit another three a minute later, making it a 35-30 game. The Panthers were outscored 20-11 in the quarter but held a 38-32 lead at the half.

The third quarter was even, with both teams scoring 14 points. A three by Dani Lozzi made it a 41-39 game with 6:28 left. Another three by Uggen would put the Panthers in front 48-43. Fanny Paulin drilled a three with 58 seconds left, which was answered by Kevyn McKae, ending the quarter with Florida Tech leading 52-46.

After Lynn scored to start the fourth quarter, the Panthers went on a 9-0 run, with the last four points coming from Morton, and giving the Panthers a 61-48 lead with 5:02 to go.

The Panthers watched as Lynn reeled off 10 straight points, making it a three-point game with 1:40 left. Lynn went cold after that, and free throws from Hakanson and Allen sealed the Panthers victory.

With the win, the Panthers moved to 6-7 in the conference, tied with Lynn and Saint Leo.

For more info: Florida Tech @ Lynn Box Score

The Panthers will host Barry this Wednesday at 7:30, at the Clemente Center.