Lions Battle, But Fall Short to Mocs, 59-44

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball (6-8, 0-4 SSC), despite shooting 45.5 percent in the second half, fell to rival Florida Southern, 59-44, Wednesday evening from the Marion Bowman Activities Center in Sunshine State Conference play.

Chelsea Williams led the squad with 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Sarah Winans chipped in 11 points, and Shalisa Hill led the squad with eight rebounds.

Taking the former nationally ranked team head on, the Lions held a lead over their rivals until Morgan Lamberg connected on jumper with 5:53 to play in the first half to put the Mocs up for the remainder of the game.

Down 2-0 in the first half, the Lions rallied off six straight points to give the team a 6-2 lead with 15:36 to play. From there, the two squads battled for possession of the scoreboard as each fought to find points. However, despite the Lions best efforts to control the lead, Florida Southern eventually gained the upper hand the Lamberg jumper with 5:36 to play in the opening half. The Mocs soon expanded their lead to eight, before an opportunistic and feisty Lions' squad shrank it to four, 25-21, at the half.

Williams opened the second half with one of her team-best six field goals to cut the lead to two, 25-23. The Lions' defense kept a usually potent Mocs' offense at bay for a majority of the evening, but Florida Southern soon pushed a running margin of five points over the remainder of the second half. With Hill knocking down key jumpers to keep the Lions in the mix, it wasn't until late in the second period when Florida Southern opened up their largest lead and came away with the double-digit win. 

In total, the Lions shot 34.5 percent (19-of-55) from the field, but were out-rebounded, 47-41. Of the 47 rebounds, 18 came on the offensive glass which the Mocs converted in 17 points, a 13-point differential.  
 
Saint Leo will return to action on Saturday, January 14, when they host No.11-ranked Rollins in SSC action from the Marion Bowman Activities Center.
 
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