SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women’s basketball will attempt to erase the memories of a 66-47 letdown in their last SSC challenge last Wednesday at Lynn University.
In the contest, Saint Leo was led by Gekeela Clemmons as she scored 13 points in addition to her four rebounds. Willonda Windham was the second leading scorer dropping in nine points to go along with her five rebounds. Senior Sierra Williams tallied eight points while fellow senior Dominique Daniels was held to a season-low four points. She did, however, grab a team-best nine rebounds in the losing effort.
Now with the Lions sporting a 12-8 overall record and a 5-5 mark in the SSC, SLU looks to move over the .500 mark in conference and complete a series sweep of Florida Tech. The Lions and Panthers have split the last two season series and Florida Tech currently possess the last season sweep which occurred in the 2006-07 season.
Tip-off for Saturday's challenge is set for 2:00 p.m. on the Bowman Center floor.
About Saint Leo…
The Lions and Panthers had a nail biter in their last tussle, but four Lions scoring in double figures proved to be the difference as Saint Leo upended Florida Tech 72-70 at the Clemente Sports Center last month. Clemmons poured in a game-best 17 points, while Dominique Daniels posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Williams dropped in 12 points and Brittany Carannante chipped in 10. The Lions shot 50.9 percent (29-for-57) in the contest and was equally as effective from behind the three-point line, going 5-for-10. The SLU defense also played a role in the two-point win, holding Florida Tech to a 34.8 shooting percentage (24-for-69). The team also forced 14 turnovers and had seven blocks.
However, was only their third their past nine contests. During that stretch, the Lions are 3-5 in the SSC and are nearly six points off course from their yearly average of 66.5 ppg. During the period, Clemmons is the Lions top scorer posting at 11.6 ppg. Daniels and Windham follow at 11.4 and 10.7 ppg., respectively. Turnovers and poor starts are the triggers behind the 3-6 mark. SLU has committed 170 turnovers and despite outscoring their opponents in the second half, 305-300, the Lions have had a hard time getting started as they have been outscored 300-213 over the first 20 minutes of first half’s.
Nonetheless, the Lions are in the thick of the pack in the conference standings, and a talented, senior-laden group led by Daniels looks to right the ship over the remaining seven basketball games. 20 games into the season, Daniels leads all Saint Leo scorers at a 13.3 ppg. clip. She is also one of the conference’s best rebounders grabbing 9.1 rpg. She has 20 steals, 10 blocks, and leads the team with 33.7 minutes per game. Windham continues to hold down the second spot, averaging 12.0 ppg. and picking up 7.5 rpg. Carannante continues to be one of the top all-around performers for Saint Leo, averaging 9.0 ppg., She leads the team is steals with 43 and blocks with 17. Brianna Lollis and Lauren Lee are the off-the-bench sparks for the Lions, as each contributes roughly five points-per-game.
Coach Olds’ Keys to Success…
“We need to start fast, play 40 minutes of solid basketball, don’t commit turnovers, and be the aggressor on both ends of the court. If we do these things, we will be successful.”
Probable Starters…Saint Leo
|F, #50, Dominique Daniels||13.3||9.1||77.6% FT's (76-for-98)|
|C, #13, Willonda Windham||12.0||7.5||45.8 FG%|
|G, #3 Kiara Bradley||1.1||0.7||10 Stl's|
|G, #9, Brittany Carannante||9.0||3.7||43 Stl's, 17 Blocks|
|G, #24, Sierra Williams||7.7||4.2||33 Assists 23 Stl's|
About Florida Tech…
Florida Tech is coming off of their biggest conference win of the season, a 70-64 victory over Florida Southern. The Panthers were led by their season leader in points-per-game, Lynisha Nelson. She scorched the nets for 15 points while her teammate Briauna Hagins was a monster on the boards pulling in 16 rebounds.
In the Panthers last encounter with the Lions, a trio of Panthers scored in double-figures. Ashton McClairen poured in a game-best 19 points, while Kristen Dixon scored 14 points, in addition to Nelson’s 11 points. Hagins, as she has all season, dominated the rebound department hauling in 14 rebounds.
In total, Nelson graces the top of the Panthers leader board, averaging 13.7 ppg. Her point average is also good enough for seventh in the SSC. McClairen is on Nelson’s heels, amassing a 11.8 ppg. average and Emi McCullough rounds out the trio of double-figure scorers, totaling 10.9 ppg. Hagins stands as the team’s leading rebounder at 8.3 rpg. Nelson also ranks at the top of the conference in steals, averaging 3.5 per game and currently ranks seventh in the NCAA in the same category. She is also receiving national recognition as a premier assist leader. Her 5.6 apg. average ranks her eight out of 500 eligible candidates.
Probable Starters…Florida Tech
|#00, Lynisha Nelson||13.7||4.7||74 Stl's, 118 Assists|
|#2, Kristen Dixon||9.7||5.0||13 Blk's 73.1 FT%|
|#24, Bionca Harness||7.0||3.5||37 Stl's, 75.0 FT%|
|#5, Shanae Ivery||7.0||5.0||28 Stl's|
|#25, Briauna Hagins||6.9||8.3||15 Stl's, 158 Rebounds (0ffensive-78, Defensive-80)|