SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women’s basketball team ran its record to 12-7 overall and 5-4 in the Sunshine State Conference by defeating Nova Southeastern, 80-69, in double overtime last Saturday from the Bowman Center.

In the win, Saint Leo had two player post double-doubles and the 80 points scored in the contest was the most points scored since an 81-68 win over Edward Waters.  Willonda Windham scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the win. Dominique Daniels poured in 19 points and tied a season-high in rebounds with 15. Sierra Williams dropped in 15, while Brittany Carannante chipped in 10.

The double-double by Daniels is her fifth since the turn of the calendar, while Windham has solidified six on the season. Lifetime against Lynn, the Lions are 11-20.

About Saint Leo…
The Lions enter the game having just snapped a two game losing streak. The team is currently averaging 67.5 points-per-game and is shooting nearly 40 percent from the floor. Daniels leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.8 ppg. and 9.1 rebs. She also ranks seventh in the SSC and second in the SSC in those two respective categories. Daniels low-post teammate, Windham, is the Lions’ second leading scorer posting a 12.2 ppg. average and pulling down 7.6 rebs. Clemmons 10.3 ppg. average is third on the team, while Carannante and Williams are scoring 9.4 and 7.7 ppg.

As a team, the Lions continue to lead the conference in three-point field goal percentage, averaging 37.7 percent (294-390) for the year. Individually, Brianna Lollis leads the offensive charge, shooting 45 percent from behind the three-point line.

In their last game against the Fighting Knights, Daniels converted her first conference double-double of the year, scoring 11 points and a game-best 13 rebounds in the 64-49 win. Gekeela Clemmons amassed 14 points over the two periods, while Windham collected nine rebounds to go along with her ten points. The Lions shot 42 percent (22-for-52) from the floor and shot 65 percent (17-for-26) from the free throw line. Saint Leo out-blocked Lynn 5-to-1, and committed only 16 turnovers.

Olds’ Keys to Success…
Coach Olds continues to drive home key points to success. “We need to avoid the slow starts.” She continued by saying, “In total, we played very well in all phases against Nova, but we need to cut out the costly first half turnovers and continue to perform well on the offensive end.” In how to defeat Lynn, Olds stated, “We need to keep Lynn off the boards, we can’t afford to give them second chance points. We also need to contain their guards and not allow them clean opportunities to score.”

Probable Starter: Saint Leo

F, #50, Dominique Daniels13.89.177.6% FT's (76-for-98)
C, #13, Willonda Windham12.27.646.8 FG% 
G, #3 Kiara Bradley1.11.28 Stl's
G, #9, Brittany Carannante9.43.742 Steals, 16 Blocks
G, #24, Sierra Williams7.74.133 Assists

About Lynn…
Chelsea Patterson paces the Blue & White offense with 13.1 points per game and is followed closely by Kira Harvey at 10.0 ppg. Quanisha Dixon had another solid defensive outing for LU as she tallied a career-high seven steals at Rollins to give her 60 on the season and a 3.15 average. She is on pace for 86 thefts, which would be the second most for a single season in program history. In their last meeting with Saint Leo, the Fighting Knights faced a staunch Lions’ defense. SLU held Lynn to just a 26 percent shooting percentage and held them to just 49 points. They shot 23 percent (3-for-13) from behind the three-point line and 53 percent at the charity strip. Chelsea Patterson led a trio of players who scored ten points in the meeting. Patterson also pulled down a team-high four rebounds and converted a game-best three assists in the SSC and region loss.

Probable Starters Lynn...

Chelsea Patterson13.14.036 Stls, 4.2 APG, 37.1 FG%
Natalie Basore4.82.689.5 FT%
Kira Harvey10.04.318 Stl's, 76.9 FT%
Marquis Lee8.55.437 Stl's
Madeleine Doyle8.55.910 Blk's, 43.3 FG%