November 30, 2011

Saint Leo Denies Warner in Non-Region Clash, 65-57

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Behind the team's first two double-double's of the season by Christina Granville and Chelsea Williams the Saint Leo women's basketball team (5-0) defeated the Warner University Royals, 65-57, Wednesday evening from the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

In the non-region win, Saint Leo saw key baskets down the stretch from a pair of Lions as both Granville (21 pts., 12 rebs.) and Williams (10 pts., 11 rebs.) registered double-doubles en route to the team's fifth-straight win to start the season.

Saint Leo's offense was rolling from the opening tip as they quickly jumped out to a 16-point advantage as six different scorers assisted the Lions to a 25-9 lead with 9:08 to play in the first half.

A few moments later, Elise Clyburn capped a 6-0 Saint Leo run to give the Lions their largest lead of the game at 19 points.  

On the opposite side, a stout Lions' defense held a normally prolific Warner offense to just 26 points as they coasted into the halftime break up 11, 37-26.

The Lions needed the lead, however, as Warner went on a three-point binge to reestablish themselves in the game. Despite scoring the opening two baskets, Warner connected on four three-point baskets over the first eight minutes to cut the lead to five, 45-40.

After briefly cutting the lead to three, a Williams' layup sparked a Saint Leo 8-0 run to expand the lead back out to 11.

Warner refused to quit as they used the remaining five minutes to slice into the Saint Leo lead one final time. After Shawnelle Campbell hit Warner's 12th three-point basket to cut the lead down to three, the Lions' defense stepped up and held the Royals scoreless over the final minute, and Saint Leo iced the game from the free throw line en route to the eight-point win.

Overall, the Lions turned the ball over a season-low 14 times and forced 17 of their own. The Lions' bench poured in 27 points and shot 42 percent (25-of-60) from the floor. Saint Leo also dominated the boards as they hauled-in 46 rebounds. Kinnara Lewis also chipped in a season-best 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting. 

The Lions will return to action on Saturday, December 3, when they host Southeastern. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. from the Marion Bowman Activities Center. For the latest news, information, and updates on the women's basketball team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.