SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball team fell to Palm Beach Atlantic on Friday evening, 86-80, in overtime action at the Marion Bowman Activities Center, in the Lions' first action in 12 days following the holiday break.
Chelsy Springs led the Lions with 21 points, adding a career-high 17 rebounds. Fellow senior Gabby Ortiz was an inspiration for the squad as she played her best game of her four-year career in Green and Gold. Ortiz scored 13 points in just 16 minutes, including seven-straight in a tight fourth quarter to keep PBA at bay.
The Sailfish used a strong second half to overcome a 15-point deficit. It was a 33-point fourth quarter that guided them to the win, along with 23 of 35 from the free throw line. Saint Leo attempted just 16 shots from the charity stripe, connecting on 10.
Final Score: Saint Leo falls to Palm Beach Atlantic, 86-80, in overtime. Location: Marion Bowman Activities Center | Saint Leo, Fla. Records: Saint Leo 5-6, 0-4 SSC | PBA 5-7, 1-4 SSC
How It Happened
1Q | The first half saw Chelsy Springs lead with six points and four rebounds. However, it was the shooting of the Sailfish that kept them in the period. PBA shot 53.8-percent in the opening period, hitting seven of 13 shots. The Lions also hit seven shots but took 19. The Lions also forced PBA into eight turnovers in the opening period. | 14-14
2Q | The Lions, picked up their shooting in the second period, connecting on eight of 16 attempts while holding the Sailfish to just 23.1-percent shooting. Gabby Ortiz and Springs connected on back-to-back 'and-one' plays to help the Lions extend their lead. Springs continued to dominate, and finished the half with 13 points and nine rebounds. Both Madelin Lang and Gina Brierley continued to dish the rock as they each recorded three assists. Saint Leo also played very clean in the second quarter, committing just one turnover. | Saint Leo 40-25
3Q | Palm Beach Atlantic came out of the break on a mission and held the Lions to just 35.3 percent shooting, including a 1-for-11 streak shooting by the home squad. However, a lay-up by Ragen Dotson ended the drought, and Dotson finished the period with seven points. The Sailfish shot 43.8 percent in the third to cut the gap | Saint Leo 55-43
4Q | Ortiz was a spark for the Lions in the fourth, scoring seven straight points helping her to her career high. But the Sailfish pressured the Lions and connected on 50 percent of their shots, and attempted 16 free throw attempts and hitting 11 of them. Saint Leo only attempted two free throws in the fourth period. The Lions committed seven turnovers, while PBA did not commit a single one. The Sailfish pressure gave PBA the lead at the 14.8 mark when Kikkira Brown scored two free throws. Another PBA free throw gave the Sailfish a three-point lead. As the clock wound down, freshman Madelin Lang banked the game-tying three to send it into overtime. | 76-76
OT | Palm Beach Atlantic jumped out to a two-point lead right off the tip, and never looked back. The Sailfish used their momentum and outscored the Lions 10-4 in the final period to take the game. | PBA 84-80
Beyond the Box
Chelsy Springs snagged a career-high 17 rebounds, adding 21 points, three assists, two blocks and a steal to her stat line.
Gabby Ortiz scored a career-high 13 points, adding two rebounds, a steal, and an assist for her final line.
The Lions scored 17 points off the fast break and 36 points in the paint.
Saint Leo led for almost 33 minutes before PBA took over.
PBA was led by Hannah Grim, who scored a game-high 24 points. Aynna Holmes grabbed 20 rebounds and added 16 points.
The Sailfish scored 18 points off of turnovers.
"I thought we missed a great chance to win a conference game. From top to bottom, we blew it. We coached and played a disappointing quarter of basketball as the game should never have seen over time. We can't panic and turn the ball over at will. Our biggest issue is that they averaged 6 seconds a score when on offense over the final two minutes. We have to get one more stop; we just have too."
"I thought we were incredible for three quarters with Chelsy Springs working the glass and scoring end for us. Her defense, however, must improve if we are to give up fewer points. All of my rookies and newcomers just need to decompress now and rise higher after experiencing a painful loss like this one. I thought that Gabby and Jackie gave us a nice lift off the bench while Ragen continues to impress this season. We can score, but we need to defend to win."
Up Next Saint Leo takes on Nova Southeastern on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 5:30 p.m.
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