SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball team dropped their final non-conference game of the season, 64-51 to Trevecca Nazarene in the final game of the Saint Leo Classic.
Chelsea Williams picked up right where she left off against Ursuline, notching 17 points and eight rebounds. Teresa Manigrasso scored 20 points, marking the third time the junior has scored 20-plus points this season. Keishara Green managed to grab eight rebounds despite only playing 15 minutes.
Trevecca Nazarene led by as many as seven points in the first half behind a strong first half performance from Christina Curtis, who went 2-for-3 from three-point range and led the Trojans with eight points in the opening period. Williams established her presence down low, as she led all players with 12 points and five rebounds. The Lions held a 23-22 lead with just over two minutes remaining in the first half but the Trojans finished the half on an 8-2 run to take a 30-25 lead into the break.
Behind Manigrasso's 15-point second half effort, the Lions were able to keep within reach of the Trojans, and trailed by just one point with 9:10 remaining. However, it was all Trevecca Nazarene from the point on out, as the visiting team quickly gave themselves some breathing room by scoring on their next three possessions. With four minutes remaining a Manigrasso jumper cut the deficit to seven, but the Lions could not get any closer.
The Lions' defense held the Trojans to just 28 percent shooting for the game, but allowed 22 points off of turnovers and 28 points from the free throw line. Saint Leo did hold an advantage down low, outscoring Trevecca Nazarene 26-12 in the paint. The Lions three-point shooting struggled tonight, as they went just 2-10 from long range.
The women's basketball team gets back into conference play next Saturday, Jan. 5, when the Lions welcome Lynn University to The Bowman Center. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.
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