Women's basketball takes down Panthers, 70-65

Women's basketball takes down Panthers, 70-65

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball team extended their win-streak to three games as the Lions took down Florida Tech, 70-65, in a defensive effort on Saturday evening in the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

Saint Leo forced Florida Tech into 21 turnovers, including nine in a pivotal fourth quarter that helped the Lions get back into and take back the game.

The Lions saw three players score in double figures, led by senior Chelsy Springs who tallied 21. She also added 11 rebounds for the double-double. Ragen Dotson added 16 points, while Asia Royster tallied 12.

The Basic,
Final Score:
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Location: Marion Bowman Activities Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 8-14, 3-11 SSC | Florida Tech 10-2, 5-10 SSC

How It Happened 

1Q | The first quarter was all Florida Tech as the visitors shot 45-percent and the hosts shot just 25-percent. They also outrebounded the Lions, 16-7. Ragen Dotson tallied the Lions' first five points, while Chelsy Springs added the Lions' second five points. | FIT 21-10

2Q | Saint Leo came out firing in the second, hitting three three-point shots on just four attempts, and they helped make their comeback with six free throws. Izabell Skoogh hit back-to-back threes to help bring the score even. She aided Ragen Dotson who tallied seven points in the period, including tying the game back up at 33 at the half as she was fouled on her buzzer-beating three point attempt. With the floor cleared, Dotson sank all three of her free throws. | 33-33

3Q | Free throws kept the Lions in it in the third period. Saint Leo only hit three shots but sank six free throws. Florida Tech controlled the paint, sinking 10 of their 17 points in the period from the area. Again, the Panthers dominated the rebounding battle, grabbing 18 in the period, ten offensive, while the Lions only grabbed six. FIT also had six turnovers which helped the Lions. | FIT 50-46

4Q | It was a back and forth final period, but Saint Leo's pesky defense caused major issues for the Panthers. On multiple occasions, Saint Leo was able to record the steal and bring the game within a basket. But at the four-minute mark, Chelsy Springs was able to get an offensive rebound and give the Lions a 62-61 lead. Royster, who had a slow first half, added another tying basket as the game tied up at 64. With 42-seconds on the clock, an offensive rebound and put-back by Springs gave Saint Leo a 66-64 lead. The Panthers were forced to foul, and Gina Brierley sunk both free throws, making it a two-possession game with 25.7 left on the clock. Ragen Dotson added two in the same fashion to extend the lead to six. The Panthers were able to hit one free throw, but that was the game. | Saint Leo 70-65

Points to Note

  • Chelsy Springs recorded her seventh double-double of the season as she scored a team-high 21 points and added 11 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals. 
  • Ragen Dotson added 16 points, going a perfect seven for seven from the free throw line.
  • Asia Royster recorded her fourth-straight double-digit performance, scoring 12 points. She added seven rebounds and five steals.
  • Saint Leo forced FIT into 21 turnovers.
  • Florida Tech out-rebounded the Lions, 57-33.

Coach's Quotes
"Just an amazing accomplishment out of these young ladies. Chelsy Springs had a fantastic second half and a huge winning bucket in the end. Our point guard play during the last four games has been incredible as Madeline Lang has excelled. Ragen Dotson worked so hard to get her 16, and she is a player who loves the game and trusts the process. Most importantly, our commitment to defense has risen above everything else we are doing. We are going to enjoy this, and then we need to start preparing for our next game. "

Up Next
Saint Leo hits the road for a 5:30 match-up at Palm Beach Atlantic on Feb. 15.

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