SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women’s basketball team found themselves mired in a end-to-end shoot out with visiting Valdosta State, where the Lions could not keep pace in a 77-57 losing decision on WBCA Pink-Zone Day at the Bowman Center on Saturday afternoon.
The visiting Lady Blazers blistered the nets as the shot greater than 50 percent (29-of-57) from the field. Holding their own, as well as holding an early lead, the Lions hit true on 34 percent (17-of-49) of their shots, but the visitors from Georgia proved to be too much.
Early in the contest the Lions seemed to catch Valdosta State off-guard, jumping out to a 6-0 lead as VSU did not connect on their first bucket until the 16:48 mark of the first half. Once the Lady Blazers connected, it was as if the gates opened as the lead changed hands just once – at the 15 minute mark of the first.
VSU went on an 14-1 run during a five-minute span where they were all over the court. However, after Saint Leo cut the margin to four, VSU responded with a 20-4 run to stretch the margin to 20 points at 34-14.
The margin hovered around the 20-point mark for the remainder of the contest as the Lady Blazers sealed up the South Region win.
Two Lions were in double-figures as Gekeela Clemmons scored a game-high 17 points in 23 minutes and Dominique Daniels added 11 in 30 minutes.
Despite not losing the turnover battle, the stat of the game saw the Lions get outrebounded 42-to-27, with the Lady Blazers scoring 23 second-chance points.
Four VSU players bucketed double-figure points with Sierra Nixon scoring a team-high 12 on a 6-for-8 afternoon. She also posted a double-double as she yanked down 11 boards.
The Lions will get back in Sunshine State Conference play as they travel to Lakeland, Fla. to face the Florida Southern Moccasins on Wednesday night. The Lions lost to the Mocs on a buzzer-beating shot at the Bowman Center in early January. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Jenkins Field House on the FSC campus.