FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball team (6-11, 0-7 SSC) dropped a road Sunshine State Conference contest to the Nova Southeastern Sharks (11-5, 4-3 SSC), 74-45, Saturday afternoon from the Don Taft University Center.
Despite holding a lead late in the first half, the Lions could not overcome a 23-0 first period run and four double-digit scorers as the Sharks closed with a double figure win.
Hill was dominant for the Lions in the early portions of the SSC contest as she connected on a pair of three's en route to a 10-point first half. In fact, the Lions, thanks to a Sarah Winans three-pointer, held a 22-19 lead with 7:27 to play in the opening period. However, it was Danielle Robinson's precision shooting and stout Sharks' defense that kept the Lions offense at a standstill over the remaining moments of the half. During the final seven minutes, Nova Southeastern went on a 23-0 run, in which Robinson scored nine of the team's points. The run wasn't stopped until a layup by Chelsea Williams with seven seconds to play in the first half as the Sharks closed the period with a 44-24 advantage.
Out of the break, Nova Southeastern continued to shoot and make from the outside as they nearly equaled their seven first half makes. Still, the Lions opened the half by scoring the first three points to trim the lead. However, each Lions' point was answered by a Sharks' run as they sealed the contest with a 12-2 run midway through the second period, closing with a double-digit victory.
Overall, the Lions shot 31 percent (14-for-45) from the floor, while 13 of the Sharks 25 makes came from behind the arc. The Lions were also forced into 27 turnovers, which were turned into 32 Nova SE points.
Saint Leo will return to the Bowman Center on Wednesday, January 25, when they host Sunshine State Conference opponent Barry University. Tip–off for the game is set for 5:30 p.m.
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