Women's Basketball Falls to No.23 Delta State, 59-47

Chelsea Williams Led the Lions wit 16 Points and Seven Rebounds
Chelsea Williams Led the Lions wit 16 Points and Seven Rebounds

SAINT LEO, Fla. – With No.23-ranked Delta State (5-3) scoring 20 of the first 24 points of the game, the Saint Leo women's basketball team (6-3) fell to Lady Statesmen by the final score of 59-47, Monday afternoon from the Jenkins Field House in Lakeland, Fla.

The regional tilt saw the Lions jump out to a 4-2 lead, but 18 consecutive points by Delta State set the tone for the remainder of the game as the Lady Statesmen secured the 12-point win.

Despite finding themselves down 16 with 11:20 to play, a feisty Lions' bunch clawed their way back into contest as they went on a 9-0 run. Shalisa Hill ignited the run with seven consecutive points, including a key three-point basket, to help cut the lead to nine with 7:21 to play.

Delta State soon regained momentum as its defense held the Lions to three points over the final seven minutes of action to go into the halftime break up 14, 32-18.

The second half featured a more consistent and aggressive Lions' team as they outscored the Lady Statesmen, 29-27.

An 8-2 run by the Lions to begin the second half, cut the Delta State lead to eight, 34-26. However, over the final 15 minutes, the two teams went point-for-point, with the Lions seemingly never breaking the double-digit barrier. The Lady Statesmen connected on six consecutive free throws over the final two minutes to secure the 12-point victory, 59-47.

In addition to Williams, Hill also made an impact as she was second on the team in scoring with nine points. Chelsea Connelly and Asia Wilson added eight and seven points, respectively.

Overall, Saint Leo forced nine steals and continued its hot shooting as they hit on 41 percent (19-of-46) of their shots.

Following the Christmas break, Saint Leo will look to snap their three-game mini skid as they host Millersville University on Wednesday, December 28, in non-region action. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. from the Marion Bowman Activities Center. For the latest news, information, and updates on the women's basketball team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.