Lions basketball showcased in latest Ledger

Lions basketball showcased in latest Ledger

Saturday, December 13

  Women's Basketball at Palm Beach Atlantic – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Rubin Arena, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Record: SLU 4-2 | PBA 4-6
Website: SLU | PBA
Links:Live Stats| Live Video

Game Notes

  • The women’s basketball team is a week removed from 68-67 loss to Barry University, in which the Buccaneers converted a three-point play with 10 seconds remaining to edge the Lions.
  • Senior Melissa Jackson had a career-game, scoring a personal best 20 points and six blocks.  The forward picked up nine boards for the rounded effort. The Lyon, France native leads the team in points per game with an average of 13.8 and commands the paint, averaging 10.8 boards per contest.
  • Junior Monique Bunk posted her own career-day, totaling 16 points and seven rebounds. The guard manages 4 assists per game and leads the team with 24 this season.
  • The Lions have scored at least 60 points in all but one contest this season and have shot 41.8% from the field through six games.  At the free throw line, the team shoots 67.3% as guard Chachi Guzman is a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.
  • The Sailfish enter the matchup with an overtime loss to Florida Southern College, 65-64.  Denisa Domiterova led the PBA attack, scoring 17 points in the overtime thriller. Lead scorer Nkiru Anyagaligbo was held to a meager point throughout the game, despite 38 minutes of play.  FSC was able to shutdown the forward and force other athletes to make plays, ending the contest with a win.
  • PBA is led offensively by Anyagaligbo, as the forward has 109 total points this season, averaging 10.9 per game.  The redshirt freshman has 72 rebounds at a pace of 7.2 per contest with a team-best 24 steals.  The second-leading scorer for the Sailfish is Nina Krstic as the guard manages 10.5 points per game.
  • Saint Leo took the last meeting between the two squads, defeating the Sailfish 83-53 to begin the 2013-14 season.  Junior Guzman scored 16 points to go along with six assists and five steals.

  Men's Basketball at Palm Beach Atlantic – 7 p.m.

Where: Rubin Arena, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Record: SLU 4-3 | PBA 5-1
Website: SLU | PBA
Links:Live Stats| Live Video

Game Notes

  • Saint Leo men’s basketball steps out of the Sunshine State Conference loop for its next four games, starting with Saturday afternoon’s contest at Palm Beach Atlantic. The Lions have triumphed over the Sailfish in each of their last four meetings, including a sweep of two games last season – a 74-71 win at home (1/18/2014), and a 72-63 victory in West Palm Beach (12/20/2013). PBA’s last win in the series was on Feb. 19, 2011, when the Sailfish notched a 72-61 win in their home gym.
  • The Lions are coming off a 64-56 setback to No. 12 Barry on Dec. 6, 2014, in Miami Shores, Fla. Senior Ron Foxx paced Saint Leo with 14 points, while senior Cale Girten tallied 11 points. Sophomore Marcus Dewberry and junior Trey Griseck each chipped in with 10 points, with Griseck grabbing a team-best seven rebounds.
  • Palm Beach Atlantic has a 5-1 record as it prepares to host Saint Leo. The Sailfish won five straight to open the season, before dropping a 101-74 decision to No. 4 Florida Southern in their last outing on December 5 in Lakeland, Fla. Evin Graham is pacing PBA with 15.0 points per game while shooting .486 from the field, while Ronnell Ross is adding 13.2 points per game and hauling down a team-best 7.8 rebounds. Michael Simpson is Palm Beach Atlantic’s top perimeter scoring threat with 10 three-point field goals this season.
  • Foxx continues to lead Saint Leo offensively with 15.6 points per game, with Dewberry contributing 12.9 points per game to the cause. Foxx is currently seventh among Sunshine State Conference scoring leaders, while Dewberry checks in at 14th.  Foxx is also ranked sixth in the conference in free-throw shooting percentage with a .872 FG pct. through 47 trips to the line.
  • Saint Leo began the week ranked second in the nation in team free-throw shooting percentage (.811), and was 15th among Division II leaders in scoring defense allowing just 61.1 points per contest. The Lions’ +5.5 rebounding margin was good enough for 60th on the Division II statistical leaderboard, and Saint Leo has outrebounded its opponent in six out of eight games this season.

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