SAINT LEO, Fla. – In a game that featured 56 combined turnovers, the Saint Leo University women’s basketball team (7-10, 0-8 SSC) found themselves on the short side of the stick falling to the Nova Southeastern University Sharks (7-10, 3-4 SSC), 58-44 in Sunshine State Conference action Saturday afternoon from the Marion Bowman Activities Center.
Nova Southeastern used runs of 10-0 and 24-6 at the beginning and end of the game to hand the Lions their 10 defeat in their last 11 outings.
The initial 10-0 spurt by the Sharks was answered quickly by the Lions as Sierra Williams and Sabrina Schmitt helped tie the ballgame 12-to-12 on back-to-back three point plays with 10:15 left to play.
The Lions continued to run and eventually stretched to a 24-16 lead with 2:51 remaining. During the 12-2 run, Lauren Lee scored eight of her game-high 14 points.
Nova began to chip away though and by halftime the Lions lead was only two.
Still, the Lions felt confident and continued to lead the ball game until Nova tied the game up at 38 on a Stephanie Sarosi free throw with 11:40 left.
The defensive battle quickly swung on the side on NSU from that point on as their air-tight defense only allowed Saint Leo to score six points the rest of the game. But while the Lions offense began to sputter, the NSU offense began to attack behind a powerful inside game. The Sharks used to final ten minutes of the second half to go on a 24-6 run, including a 10-2 run during the final five minutes to ice the game.
The Lions had a hard time finding an answer for Sarosi, as the Nova center compiled 23 points, 13 rebounds and had five blocks.
The Lions’ Lee had a very solid game finishing with 14 points and totaling six rebounds. Sabrina Schmitt closed the contest with nine points while Dominique Daniels contributed six points and a game high 8 rebounds.
Both squads committed 28 turnovers, but Saint Leo only managed to shoot 30 percent (18-for-60) from the floor while NSU connected on 46 percent (23-for-50) of their attempts. The Lions did managed to out-rebound the Sharks 38-to-36, but lost the battle inside the paint getting outscored 36-to-24.
The Lions take a break from SSC action for their next game as the Flagler College Saints will make an appearance at the Bowman Center this Wednesday, January 28. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 pm.