Women's Basketball Notes
- The Saint Leo women’s basketball team takes on Florida Southern on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Sunshine State Conference action. This will be the second meeting between the two teams, with the first having taken place back on Nov. 16, 2016. Saint Leo fell at the hands of then-ranked No. 4 Florida Southern, 72-54. In the first meeting, Chelsy Springs led with 17 points and seven rebounds, while freshman Madelin Lang added 10 points and three assists. The Mocs saw five players score in double figures, led by 13 points from Anissa Toumi off the bench.
- Saint Leo enters the match-up with a 5-13 record and a 0-10 SSC record. The Lions are also on an eight-game losing streak and have not hit the mark in the winning column since Dec. 18 when they took down Miles, 96-78, at the Courtyard Holiday Classic hosted by Lynn University.
- In their most recent outing, Saint Leo fell to Tampa, 66-39, at the Marion Bowman Activities Center. Chelsy Springs led the way with nine points, adding seven rebounds and two steals. Asia Royster added six points and eight rebounds.
- Springs still leads the conference in points per game, averaging 16.6. She also ranks third in rebounds per game at 8.1. Ragen Dotson is currently 10th in the SSC in points per game, as she averages 11.3.
- Florida Southern is currently 12-7 overall, and 8-3 in SSC play. They are currently on a three-game skid, falling to Embry-Riddle, Rollins, and Nova Southeastern. The Mocs only commit 12.5 turnovers a game, while forcing their opponents into 18.1. They also have a slight rebounding advantage as they grab 35.4 to their opponents’ 34.3.
- The Mocs have four players averaging double figures as Camille Giardina leads with 13.8, and Anja Fuchs-Robertin follows with 12.1. Jensen Blassage and Gianna Vastola round it out with 10.7 and 10.6, respectively.
Men's Basketball Notes
- SAINT LEO welcomes Florida Southern to the Marion Bowman Activities Center Wednesday for the first game of February after defeating Tampa 68-56 on Saturday, Jan. 28 to leave the month of January with a 4-3 record overall. The Lions enter the mid-week game with a 10-10, 4-6 SSC record while the Moccasins enter at 8-12, 6-5 SSC. In their previous matchup on Nov. 16, FSC won 97-87 in Lakeland, Fla.
- In the win over Tampa, the Lions saw four Lions post double-figures led by Justin Satchell who scored game-high 19 points. Satchell hauled in eight rebounds and tallied two assists in 36 minutes of action. Following Satchell in the scoring column was Tyreece Brice who notched 13 points off the bench for the Green and Gold while snagging two rebounds and dishing out three assists.
- Antoine Tobias and Marcus Dewberry scored 10 points apiece to round out the double-digit scorers but were not to be left off the highlight reel. Tobias finished the game one rebound shy of a double-double with nine rebounds where Dewberry finished the night with eight rebounds and seven assists to go alone with 10 points, just shy of his second career triple-double.
- Trail Pierce, Necdet Gurkan, and Junior Searcy rounded out the point scorers for the Lions as Pierce recorded six points on 3-of-3 shooting from the floor and Gurkan and Searcy each at five points.
- On the year, Marcus Dewberry leads the team in scoring with 20.7 points per game (ppg). Dewberry has scored in double-figures in eight straight contests while he snapped his seven-game 20+-point performance streak. He also snapped his consecutive free throw streak that was at 24-straight after missing a free throw at the 8:33 mark in the first half on Jan. 28. Following that miss, he went 3-for-3 from the line.
- Two others average double-digits on the season in Justin Satchell, 16.1 ppg, and Tyreece Brice, 11.7 ppg. Satchell leads the team in rebounds per game (RPG) at 6.8 where Antoine Tobias is second with 5.4 RPG. Dewberry averages 5.0 RPG and leads the team in assists per game (APG) with 4.8. Brice is the only other Lion to average over two with 4.3 APG on the year.
- As a team, the Lions average 78.9 ppg and hold opponents just under that at 78.2 ppg.
- In the SSC rankings: Dewberry is third in scoring (20.7 ppg). Satchell is seventh in scoring (16.1 ppg) and ninth in rebounding (6.8 RPG). Dewberry and Satchell are seventh (.493) and eighth (.492), respectively, in field goal percentage in the SSC. Dewberry remains the league leader in free throw percentage (.932) and one of the best sharp shooters from downtown with a three-point field goal percentage of .382 for eight in the SSC. Dewberry and Brice are ranked in the top-6 in the league in assists per game at fourth (4.8) and sixth (4.3), respectively. Brice holds steady in third in assist to turnover ratio (ATR) (2.3), where Dewberry is eighth in ATR (1.7). Both Dewberry and Brice own a 1.4 steals per game average and rank eighth and ninth, respectively, in the conference.
- In the national rankings (Jan. 30): Dewberry is fifth in the country in free throw percentage (.932).
- FLORIDA SOUTHERN enters the mid-week game after having defeated Nova Southeastern, 73-71, on Jan. 28 in Lakeland. In the win, the Mocs were led by Jarel Spellman with game-high 20 points. Brett Hanson came off the bench and knocked down four three-pointers and tacked on two free throws and a bucket for his 16 points. Each of the nine Mocs to enter the game tallied at least one point in the contest.
- On the year, the Mocs have six players in double-figures led by Michael Volovic with 14.9 ppg. Jeremiah Davis is second (13.5 ppg), followed by Hanson (12.3 ppg), Tyler Ross (10.8), LaBrian Sheflet (10.8), and Spellman (10.1 ppg).
- Spellman leads the team in rebounding with 7.0 RPG where Jack Rauch (5.6 RPG) and Tyler Ross (5.6) are listed as second and third.
- As a team, Florida Southern averages 83.5 ppg and allows opponents to score 86.9 ppg.
- In the SSC rankings: Volovic is 11th in the league in scoring (14.9). Spellman is eighth in rebounding (7.0 RPG). Volovic is ninth in free throw percentage (.797) and fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.427). Davis is eighth in assists per game (3.7) ahead of Volovic at 10th (3.5 APG). Volovic is sixth in the conference in assist to turnover ratio (2.0).
- In the national rankings (Jan. 30): Jarel Spellman ranks in the top-6 athletes in the country two categories – 5th in total blocks (63) and 6th in blocked shots per game (3.15). Jack Rauch is tied for the national leader in triple-doubles with one on the year.