Women's basketball takes down Miles, 96-78

Women's basketball takes down Miles, 96-78

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball team saw five different players score double-figure points in their 96-78 win over Miles on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Courtyard Holiday Classic hosted by Lynn University.

The Lions led for 38 minutes and saw Chelsy Springs score 27 points for the second-straight game, but in Sunday's game, she saw four other Lions join her in double figures. Ragen Dotson scored 17 points, while Asia Royster tallied 13 off the bench. Both Nikira Hooks and Madelin Lang added 12. Nine Lions scored in total.

The Basics
Final Score:
 Saint Leo took down Miles, 96-78
Location: de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 5-5 | Miles 4-6

How It Happened

1Q | For the second-straight game, Ragen Dotson started hot for the Lions. She scored the first five points for the team and helped them to a 7-0 run over a three-minute span, and that helped the Lions maintain a lead through the whole quarter. Six different Lions scored in the period to help provide a balanced offense. | Saint Leo 23-19

2Q | Chelsy Springs was crucial for the Lions in the second, as the senior scored six-straight points to help the Lions grow their lead. Saint Leo also saw Asia Royster and Jackie Layng come off the bench to combine for nine points in the period. The Lions also used stingy defense to hold Miles to just 14-second quarter points. The charity stripe was a large contributor to the Lions success in the first half as the converted 15 of 17 attempts, while Miles only took six attempts, making four. | Saint Leo 48-33.

3Q | Springs kept the Lions alive in an ugly third quarter that saw 15 combined fouls in just 10 minutes. The senior scored 12 points in the period. The Golden Bears of Miles outscored the Lions, 27-20 in the period. They shot 61.1-percent from the field, while the Lions shot 41.2-percent. | Saint Leo 68-60 

4Q | In the final period, the Lions entered with three key players in foul trouble in Hooks, Springs, and Dotson. It was down to the rest of the Lions to step up, and they did. In fact, Kamryn Kimmel, Courtney Cox, Jackie Layng, Gabby Ortiz, and Izabell Skoogh finished the game on the court. The Lions scored 14 of their 28 points off the bench in the fourth, and Madelin Lang added seven of her own. Saint Leo also took 18 free throw attempts in the final period, sinking 16 of them to keep the scrappy Golden Bears at bay. | Saint Leo 96-78

Beyond the Box

  • Courtney Cox sank two clutch free throws in the final period; those were her first two points of her Saint Leo career. She finished with four in the game.
  • Asia Royster recorded a career-high 13 points, adding three blocks, two rebounds, and a steal.
  • Madelin Lang scored a career-high 12 points, adding five assists, five rebounds, and two steals.
  • Jackie Layng scored five points to total 13 points over the last two games, which surpasses her freshman season total of 11 points. She has 18 on the 2016-17 season.
  • This is the first game this season where the Lions have had five double-figure scoring players.
  • The Lions' 96 points was a season-high, and the most by the program since the 2006-07 season. That is a span of 3681 days.
  • All 11 Lions in uniform saw action.

Coach's Quotes
"We are all certainly very proud to be at .500 heading into the Christmas Break. We've played a difficult schedule so far and are getting better daily. It will be a challenge for our ladies to stay focused and in shape over the break because our road gets harder in the second half of the season after playing a talented Palm Beach Atlantic squad on December 30."

"Asia Royster made me smile this weekend. She is developing daily, and today she was at her best. She is capable on both ends of the floor and the glass too. Chelsy Springs was just awesome and could not be denied this weekend. She scored 54 points alone which is amazing, but her decision to lead stronger is just as important. Maddie Lang continues to develop game-to-game, and she works for all she gets. She is in the gym early and often. Ragen Dotson and Nikira Hooks were very solid this weekend, and both scored and rebounded the ball for us early and often. We are playing team basketball and continue to grow. Leading this group of women every day is fun." 

Up Next
Saint Leo returns home to take on Palm Beach Atlantic on Friday, Dec. 30 at 5:30 p.m.

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