ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Saint Leo University women’s basketball team (7-9, 0-7 SSC ) fell to the Eckerd College Tritons by the score 79-63 Wednesday evening at the McArthur Center in Sunshine State Conference action.
Saint Leo quickly found themselves in a hole as the Tritons sprinted out to a 10-4 lead. But the Lions answered the Eckerd call as Melissa Guerero and Dominique Daniels each scored four points as the Lions tied the game at 14 with 12:36 remaining in the half.
Eckerd stopped the Lions’ run with a three point shot by Ashley Lutz, one of four on the night. The shot propelled the Tritons on an 8-0 run and a 22-14 advantage after ten minutes played. Still, the Lions did not lose focus as two Marquita Fenn jumpers and a Joanna Bussa three pointer capped off a 9-1 run and gave the Lions their first lead of the game.
The lead did not last for long though as the explosive offense of the Tritons, lead by Olivia Nagle, closed the half on an 18-9 run and a 42-34 halftime lead.
The Tritons opened up the second half in impressive fashion hitting a three point basket to push the lead to 11. The shot sent Eckerd on a 21-6 run, their largest of the game. With a 61-40 lead and 13:21 left on the clock, the Lions gave one final attempt at a comeback as Brianna Lollis and Tyler connected on back-to-back three point shots to cut the lead to 15.
The Lions could not cut into the lead anymore, as Eckerd continued to expand the lead to as much as 23 over the final seven minutes.
The loss is the Lions eighth in their last nine outings and seventh in a row.
Fenn had a strong individual effort for the Lions scoring 12 points and grabbing a team-high seven rebounds. Daniels chipped in nine points and five rebounds and Sierra Williams compiled eight points and dished out four assists.
After a good first half from the floor, the Lions closed out the game shooting 39 percent (25-for-64). The Lions also had their struggles from behind the three point arc finishing the game shooting 25 percent (4-for-16). Eckerd College managed to hit 51 percent (29-for-5) of their shots and out rebounded the Lions 42-to-36.
The Lions look to snap their skid on Saturday, January 24 as Nova Southeastern visits the Bowman Center for an SSC contest. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 pm.