Women's basketball falls to Florida Southern, 74-61

Women's basketball falls to Florida Southern, 74-61

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball team fell to Florida Southern, 74-61, on Wednesday evening in Sunshine State Conference action at the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

The Lions comeback effort following a poor last outing was something to watch, as they came out and showed hustle and intensity. Four Lions scored in double figures, and the Lions force Florida Southern into three more turnovers than they typically commit.

Saint Leo's young guards were another bright spot on the evening as Asia Royster, Madelin Lang, and Gina Brierley all showed their skills against the Mocs. Royster recorded a career-high 14 points, adding five rebounds, a block, and a steal. Lang added 11 points, five steals, three rebounds, and an assist. Brierley tacked on six points as well.

The Basics
Final Score:
  Saint Leo falls to Florida Southern, 74-61.
Location: Marion Bowman Activities Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 5-14, 0-11 SSC | Florida Southern 13-7, 9-3 SSC

How It Happened

1Q | A high-powered aggressive first quarter powered the Lions as they ran the floor and played strong defensive against the Mocs, giving the Lions a 10-10 tie at the five-minute mark. A free throw by Asia Royster at the 4:27 mark gave the Lions their first lead of the game. A huge steal by Royster resulted in the fast-break 'And-1' play to keep momentum in favor of the Lions. Theresa Mac-Dangosu was the lone Mocs keeping them in the game, scoring nine. | FSC 22-16

2Q | FSC opened with a 6-0 run to start the period, expanding their lead to 12. Royster sunk a lay-up and followed it with a block to hold the Mocs. However, a two and a half minute scoreless streak was a hold-up for the Lions. Saint Leo's inability to hit a basket was what held them back in the second as they continued to hold FSC. A late three by Nikira Hooks and a last-second putback by Chelsy Springs helped bring the score under a ten-point gap. | FSC 37-29

3Q | A 7-0 run by the Mocs separated the game in the third quarter, despite a consistent effort by the Lions. Royster continued to display heart, providing points and solid defensive effort through the period. Saint Leo was able to hold the Mocs scoreless for two minutes but they couldn't counter with the bottom of the basket themselves. | FSC 56-41

4Q | Madelin Lang, who was an all-around contributor for the Lions, opened up the scoring for the Lions as she drove down the lane for the lay-in. Gina Brierley added a triple to bring the score within 12 points at the 7:45 mark. A steal by Brierley that resulted in a fast-break lay-up cut the game to just 10 points. The Lions continued to fight, and keep the game within reach. A huge defensive steal and a lay-up by Lang brought it back to a 12-point game. Ultimately, the gap was too big to overcome. | FSC 74-61

Beyond the Box

  • Chelsy Springs recorded her fifth double-double on the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Saint Leo had four players score in double-figures for the first time since their game at Lynn.
  • Saint Leo force FSC into 15 turnovers, three above their average, and scored 16 points off those turnovers. 
  • Florida Southern scored 42 points off the bench.

Coach's Quotes

'After a couple very lethargic games, it was nice to see our ladies back in full fight and 'won't quit' mode. I'm proud of their perseverance and conviction as we prepped to win this game. While coming up short, we wore the Saint Leo jersey proudly."

"Madelin Lang played with more confidence and was a star for us at times. I am proud of the way she led our team, playing a high amount of minutes.

"Asia Royster showed more control and fight tonight, scoring 14 and rebounding almost a half dozen. I want to see her continue her development and add more and more to her game. While not winning tonight, we clearly got better. I was proud to lead this group tonight."

Up Next
Saint Leo heads to Barry on Saturday, Feb. 4 for a 2 p.m. showdown.

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