SAINT LEO, Fla. – Chelsea Williams and Christina Granville combined to score 28 points as the Saint Leo women's basketball team (4-0) bounced the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, 52-38, Saturday afternoon in regional action from the Marion Bowman Activities Center.
Remaining perfect on the season, the Lions outscored the Janes 33-20 in the first half as they cruised to a 14-point win.
"I think we played great defense," said Head Coach Nikki Jessee. "We didn't necessarily have it together on offense today, but those things can happen. We still played hard and made the necessary stops to get the win."
The Lions controlled the tempo of the contest from the onset as Sarah Winans' layup with 15:35 to play in the first half gave them a 10-3 lead. Just over a minute later, a Chelsea Connelly free throw sparked a 15-0 run to give the home-standing Lions a 25-7 lead with 7:19 to play.
Saint Leo maintained the double-digit lead going into the halftime break up 13, 33-20.
Defense ruled the contest for the remaining 20 minutes. Saint Leo forced Mayaguez into 13 turnovers, including eight steals, to put the game out of reach.
The Lions spread out their offensive attack in second half as six different scorers' tabulated stats.
The Lions outscored Mayaguez, 22-12, in the paint and collected 16 points off of 24 Janes' turnovers. The Lions' Williams also collected a career-best six steals and season-high 17 points.
The Lions will return to action on Wednesday, November 30 when they host non-region opponent Warner University. Tip-off for the home slate is set for 5:30 p.m. For the latest news, information, and updates on the women's basketball team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.