Busy weekend ahead for Saint Leo Athletics

Busy weekend ahead for Saint Leo Athletics

Saturday, 1/20

Men's & Women's swimming at Florida Tech - 2 p.m.
Panther Aquatic Center | Melbourne, Fla.

Saturday, 1/21

Men's & Women's swimming vs. Rollins & Trinity - 1 p.m.
Bowman Center Pool | Saint Leo, Fla.

Women's basketball at Embry-Riddle - 5 p.m. 
ICI Center | Daytona, Fla.
Video | Live Stats 

Men's basketball at Embry-Riddle - 7 p.m. 
ICI Center | Daytona, Fla.
Video | Live Stats 

Swimming Notes

  • Saint Leo men’s and women’s swimming has a busy 48 hours over Friday and Saturday, with two meets 142 miles apart and start times separated by only 23 hours. The Lions will travel to Melbourne, Fla., on Friday for a meet with Florida Tech (the women will have a double-dual against both Florida Tech and Lynn), then host Rollins College and Trinity University (Texas) on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
  • Head Coach Paul Mangen’s Lions will be looking to test themselves in the relays in preparation for the Sunshine State Conference meet next month, as well as see how they’ve improved over the last few months of training. Saint Leo could potentially win all four relay events, and Mangen said he would be pleased to come away with three or four NCAA “B” standard qualifying times.
  • Head Coach Paul Mangen on the Florida Tech event: “It’s a chance to compare our results to the last time we swam against these two teams, and gauge our second semester training as we’ve made changes along the way.”
  • Saturday’s home meet with Rollins and Division III Trinity University of Texas will be Saint Leo’s only home meet of the 2016-17 season, and the Lions will recognize seniors Allyssa Black and Nicole Weber during pre-meet ceremonies.
  • Head Coach Paul Mangen on the Rollins/Trinity event: “It’s a nice opportunity to two meets back-to-back to see how we respond, and prepare for championships.”
  • Schedule for Saturday’s home meet vs. Rollins/Trinity (women’s race, followed by men): 200 Medley Relay, 1000 Free, 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 200 Fly, 50 Free, 15 minute break, 100 Free, 200 Back, 200 Breast, 500 Free, 100 Fly, 15 minute break, 200 Individual Medley, 400 Free Relay

Women's Basketball Notes

  • The Saint Leo women’s basketball team is coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Florida Tech Panthers on Wednesday evening. The Lions fell 71-69 in the waning moments despite a valiant effort. Saint Leo was led by a career-best performance from junior Nikira Hooks, who paced the Lions with personal best 24 points, including sinking a season-high five three's. Senior Chelsy Springs added 21 points of her own and eight rebounds. Saint Leo outscored the Panthers in the second half of the game, but it was not enough to get by.
  • Chelsy Springs recorded her 11th-straight double-digit performance and 14th overall performance in double figures. With her 21-point performance against FIT, Springs now has 705 points in her two-year Saint Leo career. She is currently second in the conference at 16.7 points per game.
  • Nikira Hooks recorded her seventh double-digit performance with her career-high 24-point performance on Wednesday. She is now averaging 9.4 points per game.
  • Ragen Dotson is second on the team in points per game at 11.8.
  • Saint Leo is second in the conference in three-point field goals made per game at 7.1.
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is 12-4 on the year so far, and currently, have a three-game winning streak, and most recently a 65-54 win over No. 15 Florida Southern.
  • ERAU has two players averaging double figures in Sabrina Whiting, 12.9, and Lauren Ellenberger, 10.9. Ellenberger adds 4.4 assists per game and 3.9 rebounds, while Whiting adds 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

Men's Basketball Notes

  • SAINT LEO remains on the road as they head to Daytona Beach for a 7 p.m. Saturday matchup with Sunshine State Conference provisional member, Embry-Riddle. The Lions enter at 8-10, 3-6 where the Eagles are 10-6 overall. The last meeting on Nov. 30 saw Saint Leo come away on top 89-82 in Saint Leo, Fla.
  • In the Lions last game, they defeated Florida Tech 90-79 in overtime on Wednesday night in Melbourne after overcoming a 17-point deficit in the second half. In the win, Justin Satchell led the team with 26 points where Marcus Dewberry recorded 24 points. Satchell and Dewberry were on fire from downtown as Satchell finished the night 6-for-11 and Dewberry 6-for-12. As a team, the Lions finished 16-for-32 from downtown (50%). Antoine Tobias recorded his second double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds where Tyreece Brice came off the bench and was one assist shy of his first career double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. Necdet Gurkan was the main factor in overtime to help the Lions win with his defensive stops and five points alone outscored the Panthers in OT (5-3). Gurkan tallied 12 points in the win Wednesday night.
  • The Lions leading scorer, Marcus Dewberry, has scored in double-figures in six straight contests and has recorded 20+-point performances in 10 of his 17 games played. Dewberry has recorded three 30+-point performances and has scored in double-figures in 15-of-17 games this season. He carries a free throw streak of 14 consecutive into Saturday’s contest where his last missed free throw was on Dec. 19 against Benedict at the 2:33 mark in the first half, since then he has gone 2-for-2 (second half vs. Benedict), 6-for-6 (vs. Nova Southeastern Jan. 4), 1-for-1 (at Tampa Jan. 7) and 2-for-2 (vs. Rollins Jan. 14).
  • On the year, three Lions average double-digits in Dewberry who leads the team with 20.8 points per game (ppg). Satchell, who hit the game-tying three-pointer with 23-seconds left in regulation at Florida Tech Wednesday, follows Dewberry for second on the team with 16.2 ppg, where Brice rounds out the double-digits at 11.3 ppg.
  • Satchell and Tobias lead the team in rebounds per game (RPG) where Satchell is first with 6.6 RPG and Tobias is second at 5.0 RPG. Dewberry is a close third at he hauls in an average of 4.9 RPG. Dewberry also leads the team in assists averaging 4.8 a game where Brice is second at 4.6.
  • As a team, the Lions average 79.7 points per game and allow opponents to score 79.9 ppg.
  • In the SSC rankings: Dewberry is fourth in scoring per game (20.8). Satchell is eighth in scoring (16.2) and 10th in rebounds per game (6.6). Dewberry and Satchell are ninth (.494) and 10th (.491), respectively in field goal percentage in the SSC. Dewberry is eighth in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.385) and is the league leader in free throw percentage (.932). Dewberry and Brice are ranked fourth (4.8), and fifth (4.6), respectively in assists per game as Brice is third in assists to turnover ratio at 2.4. The Lions as a team are sixth in scoring offense (79.7) while they are sixth in scoring defense (79.9).
  • In the national rankings, Dewberry is fifth in free throw percentage (.932) as he is 55-for-59 from the stripe on the year.
  • EMBRY-RIDDLE enters the weekend after having won their previous game 83-64 over Florida Southern on Wednesday night. In the win, four Eagles scored in double-figures in Skyler Hogan who led the way with 17 points. Shaquan McArthur and Luka Majstorovic tied for second with 16 points apiece where Brian Johnson came off the bench and scored 14 points.
  • On the year, the Eagles are led by Hogan who averages 16.6 points per game (ppg). Dalton Barnes is second on the team with 14.9 ppg, followed by Dillon Graham (12.5 ppg), Shaquan McArthur (12.3 ppg) and Luke Majstorovic (12.1 ppg).
  • Hogan is close to averaging a double-double as he hauls in an average of 8.3 rebounds per game. Barnes leads the team in assists per game with an average of 6.9.
  • As a team, Embry-Riddle averages 85.9 points per game while holding opponents to 78.9.