SAINT LEO, Fla. – A trio of Lions scored in double-figures helping guide Saint Leo (9-2, 2-0 SSC) to their fourth straight win, defeating the Lynn University Fighting Knights (8-3, 1-1 SSC), 64-49, Saturday afternoon from the Bowman Center.
Leading the Lions in the SSC tilt was Dominique Daniels as she grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds and added 11-points en route to her fourth double-double of the season. Gekeela Clemmons led the team in scoring with 14 points, while Willonda Windham came one rebound shy of her fifth double-double season finishing the contest with 10 points and nine rebounds. Brianna Lollis came off the bench to score eight points as she went 2-for-3 from behind the three-point-line. Finally, Sierra Williams had a solid night as the guard tallied eight points and secured six rebounds.
It was a classic back and forth contest between the two upstart SSC squads, as the first 12 minutes featured six lead changes. However, with the score 13-11 in favor of the Fighting Knights and 8:51 on the clock, Lollis connected on a clutch three-point basket to tilt the lead over to the Green & Gold for the remainder of the game.
From there, the Lions offense excelled and their defense stifled the normally powerful Lynn offense, closing the half on a 15-7 run. Leading the charge was the inside presence of Windham and on-target shooting of guard Brittany Carannante, as the combo scored 10 of the Lions 15 points securing the 29-20 lead heading into the break.
Out of the 15-minute intermission, the Fighting Knights’ offense began to show some signs of life as they used the first 6:20 of the half to go on a 7-0 run and cut the lead to three, 32-29.
The threat was short-lived though as the Lions used five different scores to rally-off nine straight points to increase the advantage to 12, 41-29. Soon after, Monique Reynard put the dagger in the contest, as her three-point basket gave the Lions a 16-point advantage, 48-32, their largest lead of the game.
The squad kept their running margin of 15 points the remainder of the game, as they cruised to their second SSC victory of the year.
For the game, Saint Leo shot 42.3 percent (22-for-52) from the field while stymieing the Lynn offense, holding them to 25.7 shooting percentage. The Lions did a solid job possessing the ball only turning the ball over 16 times. The Lions lead the advantage in steal, 6-5, and out-blocked the Fighting Knights 5-1. The Saint Leo bench also played a factor in the region win outscoring Lynn, 16-11.
The Lions will now prepare for their second road SSC contest of the season as they will take on the University of Tampa on Wednesday, January 6th. Tip-off for the contests is set for 5:30 p.m. from the Bob Martinez Sports Center.