SAINT LEO, Fla. – After a tough back and forth contest, the Saint Leo women's basketball team (13-3, 4-2 SSC) defeated the visiting Eckerd College Tritons (7-8, 1-5 SSC) by a 67-63 score, Wednesday night from the Marion Bowman Center on the campus of Saint Leo. The win situates the Lions just one win away from the program's second winning record in school history.
Both teams came out fighting in the first half, as the lead changed six times before the Tritons and Lions walked into halftime with the game tied at 32-32. It was senior forward Chelsea Williams who led the team offensively during the first period, tallying 12 points. Defensively, senior Chelsea Connelly led all rebounders with five.
With the clock ticking in the second period, both the Tritons and Lions fought for victory, but the Lions took the lead early on and held it for the majority of the half. With just over six minutes left in regulation, however, Eckerd went on a run that would give them a one point lead. After back and forth basketball, Saint Leo was able to regain the lead and hang on until the very end.
In addition to a team field goal average of just over 42 percent, the Lions' squad was solid from behind the charity stripe, shooting 20-232 (63 percent). The team also pulled down 41 total rebounds and forced 15 Eckerd turnovers.
Seniors Chelsea Williams and Chelsea Connelly carried the Lions' effort both offensively and defensively in the effort. The pair tallied nine rebounds each, while Williams collected 19 points and Connelly took home 13. Sophomore Ashlin Gross also contributed with ten points and six rebounds.
The Saint Leo women's basketball team will be back in action on Saturday, January 25th when they head to Boca Raton, Fla. to take on the Lynn Fighting Knights in Saturday afternoon action. Tipoff is set for 2:00 p.m.
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