SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball team fell to Sunshine State Conference opponent, Barry University, 71-61, on Saturday afternoon in the Marion Bowman Activities Center.
A monster first half from senior Chelsy Spring gave the Lions an initial jolt that they needed to start the game. Springs went 8-for-8 in the first quarter and finished the half with 20 points and 9-of-10 shooting, adding two free throws. She finished the game with a career-high point.
It was Bucs' hot-shooting from three that got the visitors the lead they would not relinquish. The connected on 12 from deep on 57.1-shooting.
Final Score: Saint Leo fell to Barry, 71-61 Location: Marion Bowman Activities Center | Saint Leo, Fla. Records: Saint Leo 2-4, 0-2 SSC | Barry 3-4, 2-2 SSC
How It Happened
1Q | The Lions saw Chelsy Springs come alive early, grabbing an offensive rebound and scoring the put-back. From there she followed it with the following two scores as well to tally the Lions first eight points. Saint Leo continued pressure Barry, and Springs continued to benefit. She scored 13 of the Lions first 15 points and assisted on the basket that wasn't hers. Barry kept the score close with their first four baskets being from long range. Freshman Madelin Lang complimented Springs, adding six points mingled between Springs' 15. Springs magic continued as she nailed a last-second tip-in off the inbounds play for her 17th points of the period. | SLU 23-15.
2Q | Barry continued to be hot from deep, hitting a three for the first basket of the period. However, Springs countered with her ninth basket of the game. The Lions were able to keep Barry scoreless over 2:04 minutes. Springs went 9-for-9 before missing her first shot at the 5:21 mark. Over the first five minutes of the second, Barry only scored six points, but the Lions only recorded three. At the 4:45 mark, Asia Royster became the third Lion to score and gave the team an offensive spark. Her make was followed by a triple from Izabell Skoogh. Skoogh hit her second three of the period, halting a Barry run. But the Bucs responded with a triple of their own. They followed it with a defensive stop and their seventh triple of the half. | SLU 34-33.
3Q |Ragen Dotson made herself involved in the offense, scoring the first basket from the field on a drive, and Springs followed it with her 22nd points of the game. Barry continued to make their plays, keeping the game within reach. A huge drawn charge by Nikira Hooks helped return possession to the Lions. Springs scored her 24th points, and Dotson continued being aggressive and added a driving lay-up. However, Barry hit their eighth and ninth threes to tie the game at 43 at the 4:40 mark. Barry took their first lead at the 2:26 mark. Over a four-minute span, the Bucs went on a 14-2 run before Springs sank her 26th points. A triple by Skoogh cut the lead to 52-50 before a basket by Barry finished the period. | BU 54-50.
4Q | Barry opened the final quarter with a 7-0 run, including their 10th three of the game. A three by Dotson at the 5:00-minute mark brought the score to 61-53, but Barry hit another triple to maintain a lead. Springs sunk her 28th points to bring the gap to eight points. It was followed by Dotson's second triple that brought it down to just five points at 2:40. Barry was able to hit another triple and extend the lead. | BU 71-61
Beyond the Box
This marks the first time this season that Chelsy Spring broke the 20-plus point mark. Her 28 points are the most by a Lion this season and ties a career-high for the junior.
This is just the second time this season Izabell Skoogh has hit multiple three's in a game. She finished with nine points.
Ragen Dotson started slow but managed to be the Lions' second-highest score, recording 12 points. All 12 points came in the second half.
The Bucs saw four players score in double figures. Julia Paulin led with 17, while Elin Ekdahl tallied 14. Both Barbara Cousino and Juhnae Richardson added 13.
Coach's Quotes "We must learn to play 40 minutes. We look so good in spurts but really have not put a whole game together offensively and defensively. Chelsy Springs was unstoppable at times as it was great to see her get going. We will need a balanced attack from Chelsy on both ends of the floor the rest of the season. Ragen Dotson had a nice fourth quarter and almost helped bring us back but foul trouble really plagued the flow for Ragen and Madelin Lang. We will find more consistency as the season moves on and we will continue to compete. This is a different system and we are playing a lot of new players with returners so I am excited for our future."
Up Next Saint Leo takes on NAIA foe Ave Maria at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the Marion Bowman Activities Center.
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