Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (February 16, 2008) – The Saint Leo University women’s basketball team (11-12, 4-8 SSC) was edged 69-67 by Nova Southeastern University (17-6, 10-2 SSC) in a Sunshine State Conference game at NSU’s University Center Saturday evening. The loss snapped a two-game SSC winning streak for the Lions.
Melissa Guerero (Jr., Trinidad & Tobago) scored a team-high 21 points for the Lions, while Dominique Daniels (So., Columbus, Ohio) scored 16 points. Freshman Lauren Lee (Clearwater, Fla.) had her first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
The Lions contained Nova Southeastern center Stephanie Sarosi for much of the contest, but the 6-5 sophomore scored 19 second half points and finished with a game-high 27 to lead the Sharks to the win. Sarosi also led all players with 12 rebounds. NSU also got double-digit scoring performances from Amber Bishko and Eliza Allen with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
NSU raced out to an early lead in the contest, leading 17-6 in the opening 7:21. However, the Lions answered with a 9-2 run to close to within four, and Saint Leo eventually took its first lead of the game with 5:14 remaining in the opening half. The Lions extended the lead to three, but a three-pointer by NSU’s Lauren Marshal tied the game for the second time at 27-27 with 3:27 left in the half. Daniels hit a jumper with 28 seconds left in the half to give the Lions a two-point cushion at the break.
The Lions scored the first six points of the second half to open their largest lead of the game at eight just 1:21 into the second frame. NSU manufactured a 12-0 run to take a 10-point lead, which seemed to put the game out of reach.
But again the Lions battled back and with 2:53 left in the game a lay-up by Guerero tied the score at 59-59. The Sharks answered with a three-pointer by Ashley Wilson to take the lead for good, and Sarosi followed with a three-point lead to make it a six-point margin. The Lions scored four straight points to make it a two-point game again with 45 seconds left but NSU’s Abbie Tepe hit two of two at the free throw line to seal the win for the Sharks.
Saint Leo will travel to Lakeland, Fla. on Wednesday night for another SSC match-up against Florida Southern College. Opening tip is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.