SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women’s basketball team looks to rebound from a 73-60 defeat to the Valdosta State Blazers last month in Valdosta, Ga.

In the road, region loss, junior guard Gekeela Clemmons totaled a career-high 20 points (8-for-18), while adding five rebounds. Dominique Daniels also had a solid game, amassing 10 points and six rebounds, in addition to her game-best three assists. Willonda Windham capped the evening with nine points (3-for-9) and game-best seven rebounds. Junior guard Brittany Carannante made her presence known as well, chipping in eight points to go along with five rebounds and two assists.

The Lions are also trying to find stable ground to walk on, as they have exchanged wins and losses over their last four games, including an 82-58 setback to the Tampa Spartans last Wednesday.

About Saint Leo…
Dominique Daniels continues to lead all Saint Leo scorers averaging 13.4 ppg., on top of a team-best 9.4 rbg. Her low-post partner, Willonda Windham, has also been controlling the paint averaging 12.1 ppg. and rebounding at a 7.7 rpg. clip. A trio of guards is next on the scoring list as Gekeela Clemmons, Brittany Carannante, and Sierra Williams are each making impacts on the offensive end.

Clemmons is dropping in 10.4 ppg,, while Carannante has amassed an 8.8 ppg. average. Carannante is also the team leader in steals at 51, blocks at 20, and assists-per-game at 3.3. Williams continues to be the quiet leader on the court, averaging 7.4 ppg. and 4.0 rpg.

About Valdosta State…
The Blazers enter the contest on a 10-game winning streak and currently stand at 14-7 on the season. The squad is averaging 62.8 ppg. and holding opponents to just 54.4 ppg. Michelle Thompson is the leading scorer for the Blazers posting 11.5 scoring average. Tamika Booker is the second leading scorer averaging 9.2 ppg. She is also the second leading rebounder pulling down 7.3 rpg. Sierra Nixon has been a monster on the boards all season grabbing a team-best 8.3 rpg. and also leads the Blazers in blocks with 36. Leschelle Matthews leads the team in assists with 82 and steals with 55.

The team has forced 440 turnovers, including 222 steals. The Blazers have also out-rebounded their opponents 39.4 –to-34.5. Collectively, Valdosta State is shooting 36.2 percent from behind the three-point line (257-for-404) and nearly 40 percent from the field.

Tip-off for the anticipated showdown is set for Saturday, February 13th at 2:00 p.m.

Also, February 13th marks another pair of special programs, as the Lions will participate in the WBCA Pink Zone day and host their Inaugural Food Fest of Pasco event.

As the Lions and Blazers get set to tangle on the court, it will be with a greater goal in mind; breast cancer awareness. In total, 1,550 schools and organizations around the country are beginning activities to help raise awareness of the deadly disease through the WBCA/Pink Zone Initiative. Pink Zone dates range from February 12th- 21st. All those in attendance are encouraged to wear pink with donations being accepted throughout the event. All proceeds will go to the WBCA's Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund®, in partnership with The V Foundation.

It is an opportunity for not just the SLU community, but the entire Dade City/Zephyrhills area to show their support and care in helping eliminate this disease.

More on Think Pink…

Mission Statement
“The WBCA Pink Zone® initiative is a global, unified effort for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.”

“The WBCA began the WBCA Pink Zone®, formerly known as "Think Pink", in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women's basketball, on campuses and in communities. Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach, served as the catalyst for the initiative after her third reoccurrence of breast cancer in 2006. In 2007, more than 120 schools unified for this effort and helped make the inaugural year a success. In 2008, over 1,200 teams and organizations participated, reaching over 830,000 fans and raising over $930,000 for breast cancer awareness and research. The 2009 campaign raised over $1.3 million, reached over 912,000 fans, unified more than 1,600 participating teams and organizations, and saw 56+ schools break attendance records at their event. The WBCA's charity of choice is the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund®, in partnership with The V Foundation. The WBCA strongly encourages all donations from Pink Zone games to be given to this Fund.”

To find out more on Think Pink, please proceed here.

Food Fest of Pasco County…
In correlation with the Pink Zone, the Saint Leo women’s basketball team will be hosting the inaugural Food Fest of Pasco County presented by Pasco Regional Medical Center. The Food Fest of Pasco will bring an array of foods, tastes, flavors, and cultures of Pasco County together on one amazing day in the heart of the county. The event will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will end around 2:00 p.m.

This inaugural gathering will be held on the Lions’ beautiful campus off of State Road 52 as Head Women’s Basketball Coach Chanita Olds announced the list of vendors and sponsors for this ground-breaking event.

This year’s Food Fest of Pasco participating vendors, who will have a taste of their restaurant’s food available at the event, include Smoothie King, Domino’s Pizza of Dade City, Francesco’s New York Style Pizzeria, City’s Edge of Dade City, Tijuana Flats of Wesley Chapel, Texas Roadhouse of Wesley Chapel, Beef O’Brady’s in Dade City, Chick- Fil-A of New Tampa, ABC Pizza of Dade City, On Q Smokehouse and Grill in Saint Leo, Cosi Café of Wiregrass, Kafe Kokopelli,  Sodexo Food Service, Pancho’s Villa Mexican Restaurant and Palomino’s Family Restaurant.

Food Fest of Pasco Sponsors include presenting sponsor Pasco Regional Medical Center and the American Cancer Society as well as Feldman’s Orthodontics, The Country Kitchen, On Q Smokehouse and Grill in Saint Leo, The Abbey Golf Course at Saint Leo University, Sure Value Motors, Sodexo Food Services, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, Olga’s Bakery, Bounce U and Patton Chiropractic.

General admission to the 2010 Food Fest of Pasco is $10 for adults, children who are 12 and under are free, university/college faculty/staff and students are $5, with the admission fee going to help the Kay Yow WBCA Cancer Fund and Saint Leo Women’s Basketball.  Individual food vendors may be charging a small fee of between $1 and $4 for a taste of their food.

Twenty-five percent of the funds raised from this fantastic event will benefit the WBCA Pink Zone Initiative.

Find more information on the event here.