MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – After facing a ten-point deficit in the first period, the Saint Leo women's basketball team (11-3, 2-2 SSC) forced a come-from-behind effort to defeat the Barry Buccaneers (8-4, 1-2 SSC) by a 78-65 score, Saturday afternoon from the Bucs' home court. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Lions and accompanied a game-high 20 points from senior Teresa Manigrasso.
The Bucs came out strong in the first half, forcing a ten-point lead early on. With 8:51 remaining on the clock in the first period, however, the Lions' offense gained a momentum to take their first lead of the game. In the short time that remained, a battle ensued between the Saint Leo and Barry squads, forcing eleven lead changes and two tie scores. Just before the half expired, the Lions' Teresa Manigrasso sunk an outside three-pointer to give the Lions a 38-35 lead heading into the locker room.
After the halftime period ended, another battle followed. Barry was able to regain the lead with 13 minutes remaining, seconds later Saint Leo took control again, only to be matched by Barry basket for basket. At the six-minute mark, the Lions launched an offensive attack that allowed them to break away from the Bucs and bring home a 78-65 victory.
The high-intensity effort from the Lions' offense was sparked by a 20-point effort from Manigrasso and 12-point performances from senior Keishara Green and sophomore Chachi Guzman. Senior Chelsea Connelly also contributed ten points in the win.
In addition to the Lions' hard-fought offensive pressure, the squad shined defensively as well, with eight players recording two or more rebounds. Though Green led her team with eight rebounds, Connelly registered five and senior Chelsea Williams collected four in just 16 minutes of play.
The Lions will return to action on Wednesday when they host a whiteout game against Florida Southern. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Marion Bowman Center on the campus of Saint Leo University.
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