The UAA women’s basketball team traveled south to sunny Florida this week only to turn cold.
Lynn University of Boca Raton, which trailed by as many as 16 points in the third quarter, hit the winning basket with five seconds remaining Wednesday to shock the 10th-ranked Seawolves 53-52.
It was UAA’s first loss of the season, and cold shooting was to blame.
The Seawolves missed their final 10 field goal attempts, including a contested last-second layup by Yazmeen Goo, to drop to 5-1 overall.
UAA was averaging 91 points a game and beating opponents by an average of 30 points a game coming into the contest. Another win was within its grasp when it built a 36-20 lead midway through the third quarter.
But the Fighting Knights held UAA scoreless for the final 2 minutes, 41 seconds, and didn’t give up a field goal for the final 6:49 seconds to pull off the upset. UAA’s final five points came from the free throw line.
“We were not focused and did not play with the right energy to win,” UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said in a release from the school. “Lynn was deserving of their victory and we need to regroup for two more games this weekend.”
Uloma Enyogasi, a 5-foot-11 junior forward from Nigeria, came off the bench to carry the Fighting Knights with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Her basket with five seconds remaining provided Lynn with the winning points.
Goo finished with 11 points, Safiyyah Yasin had 10 and Tennae Voliva had nine points and eight rebounds for the Seawolves, who got plenty of scoring chances but couldn’t finish most of them. They shot 28 percent (19 of 68) and missed all but two of their 22 3-point attempts. Even so, they led the game for more than 36 minutes.
The Fighting Knights shot 40 percent (19 of 47, including 5 of 15 from 3-point range) and had a 38-34 rebounding advantage.
UAA plays again Friday against Barry University in Miami Gardens.