SAINT LEO, Fla. – Despite a series of recent setbacks, head women’s basketball coach Chanita Olds looks to get her troops moving in the right direction Wednesday against SSC foe Barry University. The Lions, after starting the season 9-2, have dropped four of their last six contests, including a 64-50 loss to the Tars their last time out. The conference road slate is one of the last of the season, as they conclude the 2009-10 regular season by playing six of their final nine at home.
The Lions trail 30-14 all-time in the SSC series. However, SLU was victorious in their final meeting of the 2008-09 season, claiming a one-point victory in the upset win. Sabrina Schmitt led all Lions with 14 points, while going 6-for-7 from the field. Dominique Daniels was nearly unstoppable on the offensive end, amassing a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Marquita Fenn proved to have the clutch hand though as her free throws in the final seconds posted her point total to 13 and solidified the win for Saint Leo.
ABOUT SAINT LEO:
Saint Leo has ran into offensive struggles as of late, averaging 60.0 points over their last six contests. The lack of scoring has helped produce a 2-4 record over the stretch. Still, coming into the game, the Lions have the third-highest scoring offense in the SSC averaging 67.4 points-per-game. The Lions rank first in the SSC and 10th in the country in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 38.5 percent. The squad has connected on nearly 66 percent of their free throw attempts and rank second in offensive rebounds. The largest disparity, however, continues to be the Lions inability to protect the ball, committing 123 turnovers over that span. Senior Dominique Daniels is still the heart and soul of the squad, as she leads in nearly every offensive category including, points-per-game (13.2), rebounds-per-game (8.9), free throw percentage (76.7), and minutes played (33.1). Daniels ranks eighth in the SSC in scoring, second in rebounding, and 10th in free throw percentage. Aside from Daniels, Willonda Windham is dropping 11.9 points-per-contest and snagging 7.7 boards per game, while Brittany Carannante continues to hover around the nine points-per-game mark and leads the team in steals with 41 and assists with 60. Gekeela Clemmons, after a pair of games last week where she surpassed her career point high, is now averaging 11.0 points per game. Sierra Williams is the quiet leader for the Lions and looks to play a major role in the remainder of the Lions’ games. She is third on the team in assists with 28 and is averaging nearly 27 minutes a game on top 7.5 points per contest. Off the bench, Brianna Lollis and Joanna Bussa continue to put in solid minutes, combining for 11 points and 25 minutes of action against Rollins. Lollis, along with Carannante, and Clemmons, each rank in the top-15 in the conference in 3-pt field goal percentage. Lauren Lee continues to be an unsung hero for SLU, averaging 5.2 points and 4.4 rebounds-per-game.
OLDS' KEYS TO SUCCESS:
In a discussion with coach Olds, she believes that the keys to success are, “Limiting turnovers while preventing Barry from receiving two and three chances at the basket.” She went on to say, “It is also crucial for us to get to the line and hit our free throws. We have done a better job as of late, but we need to continue to execute.”
PROBABLE STARTERS: SAINT LEO
|Dominique Daniels||13.2||8.9||76.5% FT's (66-86)|
|Willonda Windham||11.9||7.7||46.3 FG%|
|Gekeela Clemmons||11.0||3.9||35.1 (3-pt fg%)|
|Brittany Carannante||9.4||3.8||41 Steals, 15 Blocks|
|Sierra Williams||7.5||3.9||28 Assists|
The Barry University Buccaneers enter Wednesday’s game with a 12-5 overall record, including a 4-3 mark in the SSC. They have won four of their last five contests and are winners of 10 of their last 12 contests. Their offense consists of one name, Mariesa Greene. Greene enters the SSC tilt first in conference and fifth in nation with 21.4 points-per-game. She also is the teams and conferences leading rebounder averaging 11.7 boards-per-contest. She is not a slouch in the national rankings either as she ranks eighth in rebounds per-game. Shanna Suttington is amassing 7.9 points-per-game, while Christina Thompson and Tilde Ahlin are chipping in 6.6 and 6.2, respectively. Suttington leads the conference in free throw percentage at 83.3 percent and ranks 10th in assists. As a team the Buccaneers rank in the middle of the pack in total scoring and defense, but prove to be the best in blocking shots, averaging 3.9 per game. At the Health and Sports Center, the Bucs are 4-1 this year. Mariesa Greene has led or tied for the lead in points scored and rebounds in each of Barry’s contests.
PROBABLE STARTERS: BARRY
|Christina Thompson||6.7||3.9||3.9 RPG, 31 Steals|
|Mariesa Greene||21.0||11.5||22 Blocks, 30 Steals|
|Tilde Ahlin||6.2||3.9||3.9 RPG|
|Shanna Suttington||7.9||2.1||83.3 FT%, 51 Assists|
|Kisa Duncan||1.9||0.8||16 Assists|