Jan 04, 2016
Wednesday, Jan. 9
- Saint Leo opened the New Year with a 66-53 win over Palm Beach Atlantic, ending a five-game losing streak. The Lions saw Chelsy Springs bounce back in effective offensive fashion, leading the team with 23 points, while Mary Redmond dropped a season-high 17 points.
- Redmond is shooting 41.5-percent from deep on the season, including hitting three or more long range bombs five different times.
- Springs leads the Sunshine State Conference in points per game at 17.6, rebounds at 8.8, double-doubles with five, and field goal percentage at .576. Springs ranks 21st nationally for her field goal percentage, and 49th for her points per game.
- Alysia Johnson was named the Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Week following a two-game performance that saw her swat away five blocks, snag four steals, and grab 18 rebounds over the last two games combined.
- The Lions will face up against Florida Tech for the first time this season. In 2014-15, FIT took a 2-0 record against Saint Leo. When the Lions hosted the Panthers, it came down to overtime before the Lions fell 80-78. When they matched up at FIT, the Panthers took the game 87-71. The Panthers hold an all-time record of 49-11 over the Lions.
- The Panthers are led by Shequana Harris, the SSC’s second leading scorer behind Springs. Harris is averaging 16.4 points per game and 5.2 rebounds. Tiesha Flagler follows with 11.3 points per game and 5.8 rebounds, and DeLise Williams adds 10.2 points.
- Saint Leo bounced back against Palm Beach Atlantic on Saturday, taking a 92-87 win to open the New Year.
- Following a 27-point performance, junior Marcus Dewberry surpassed 600 points for his career. He is also just eight points away from topping his season total from 2014-15. The 27 points against PBA was guard’s sixth 20-plus point performance of the season.
- Against PBA, the Lions his 17 three-point field goals, the most since November 26, 2013, when the Lions buried 18 three-pointers in an 87-61 win over Elizabeth City State University.
- The Lions boast the 16th best free-throw percentage in the nation, hitting 76.8-percent of their attempts. They also rank 11th in total three-point field goals made at 136.
- Florida Tech brings a high-powered offense to the table, averaging 88.4 points per game, good for 26th in the nation. Six different Panthers average double-figures on the season, led by Corbin Jackson with 14.7. Jackon averages a double-double by adding 10.2 boards per game. Jordan Majors follows with 13.1 points per game, while Sam Daniels adds 12.9, Jermohn Queen adds 12.6, Patrick Anderson follows with 12.1, and Randy Echols wraps it up with 11.8.
- As a team, the Panthers rank fifth in the nation in both total assists (248) and total blocks (72), and they rank 23rd in team field-goal percentage at 49.8-percent.