Women’s Basketball Nipped By Sharks, 69-57

Clyburn (above) Led Lions with 14 Points.
Clyburn (above) Led Lions with 14 Points.

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball team (7-17, 1-13 SSC) fell to Sunshine State Conference foe Nova Southeastern (15-9, 7-7 SSC) 69-57, Saturday afternoon from the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

Despite going point-for-point with NSU in the second half, the Lions could not overcome 26 turnovers and a first half that featured just six made field goals.

Elyse Clyburn captained the Lions with a career-best 14 points, while Christina Granville registered her second double-double of the year as she chipped in 11 points to go along with a team and season-high 12 boards.

An offensive stalemate over the opening 20 minutes, a Lions 10-3 deficit was cut to one, 13-12, after Sarah Winans converted one of her two first half baskets with 8:58 to play. The Sharks kept the Lions offense at bay for the remaining portion of the first half, while strong Shark interior play steadily increased the NSU lead to double figures, 29-18, going into the halftime break.

Nova Southeastern rallied-off 13 of the first 17 points in the second half to claim a 42-24 lead with 15:27 to play in the game. Granville and Clyburn combined to score the next 10 Lions' points to cut the lead to 12, 50-38, with 10:53 to play. However, the day still belonged to Nova Southeastern as they kept a double-digit running lead over the remaining portions of the game to close with the 12-point win.

The Lions out-rebounded the Sharks by one, 43-42, and collected 23 points off the bench.  

The Lions will close-out their home regular season schedule on Wednesday, February 22, when the squad hosts Barry University in Sunshine State Conference action. The game is scheduled to tip at 5:30 p.m.

For the latest news, information, and updates on the women's basketball team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.