Lynch Scores Career-High 29 but Gators Fall to Lasell, 87-67

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Pine Manor College Women’s Basketball freshman Sybil Lynch (Hoboken, NJ) scored a career-high 29 points, but the Gators dropped an 87-67 decision to visiting Lasell College on Saturday afternoon at Brunelli Court.

A pair of freshmen stole the spotlight on Senior Day, as Lasell’s Molly Lauver (Cambridge, NY) was not to be outdone by Lynch, scoring a game-high 30 points off the bench for the Lasers on 11-16 shooting. It was the second time this season that Lauver topped the 30-point mark, as she previously scored a career-high 33 points versus Johnson & Wales earlier this season.

Pine Manor freshman Alexis Lee (Akron, OH) was the only other Gator to join Lynch in double-figures, finishing with 17 points on 6-15 shooting from the floor. Playing in her final home game for the Gators, PMC senior Ashley Reeves (Roxbury, MA), pictures above, scored three points and collected a pair of rebounds.

In the opening minutes of the game it was Pine Manor that held the advantage, as a pair of free throws from Lynch gave PMC an 8-4 advantage five minutes into the contest. Just seconds later, Lauver would knock down her first bucket for the Laser. With Lasell trailing 8-6, sophomore Nikita Soares (Westport, MA) converted an and-one opportunity to push the Lasers in front, at 9-8, with 13:37 to play in the first.

Lasell increased its advantage to five points at 10:58 of the first when sophomore Alexis Chappell (Springfield, MA) and senior Kim Archibald (Lewiston, ME) converted on back-to-back layups 30-seconds apart to give the Lasers an 18-13 advantage.

Chappell finished with a double-double on the afternoon, collecting a game-high 19 rebounds and scoring 16 points. Archibald finished with 10 points and 8 rebounds in her final collegiate game. Lasell freshman Ginella Cola (Lowell, MA) also added 10 points for the Lasers, who finish the season at 10-15 overall and 4-8 in conference play.

The Lasell lead would grow to as many as 13 points late in the first half, but the Gators were able to cut the deficit to single-digits just before the half as Lynch knocked down a layup with 32-seconds remaining to send the teams into the break with Lasell leading 45-36.

Lasell would stretch the lead back to 12 points in the first two minutes of the second half before Pine Manor was able to chip away at the deficit. The Gators pulled within four points of the Lasers with 15:29 remaining, following back-to-back buckets from Lynch that made the score 53-49 in favor of the visitors.

With Pine Manor now within four points, Lasell rattled off a 14-2 run to take a 67-51 led with less than ten minutes to play. The Lasers would stretch the lead to 20 points with seven minutes to go-- largely thanks to Cola who scored all 10 of her points during the Lasell run midway through the second half.

Not content to go quietly, the Gators again rallied to cut the deficit, capitalizing on an 8-0 run to once again pull within single digits, at 75-66, with 4:43 to play. However, Lasell would then close out the game on a 12-1 run to take the 87-67 victory.

With the setback, PMC finishes the regular season with an overall record of 9-13. The Gators now await their fate for the Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) Tournament which begins next Friday, February 22 at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL.

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