Jan 08, 2016
- The Saint Leo women’s basketball team fell on the road on at Sunshine State Conference No. 2 Florida Tech. The Panthers are 5-1 in SSC following the 63-47 win over the Lions.
- Chelsy Springs led the way against the Panthers with 15 points for her 13th double digit scoring performance of the season. She has also led the Lions in nine games so far this season.
- Mary Redmond has recorded three straight double-digit performances. She has hit 50-percent of her shots from deep in the last three games, going 10 of 18.
- As a teams, the Lions are second in rebounding offense at 39.1 boards per game, trailing just Florida Tech, at 43.3.
- Rollins comes into the match-up with an even 6-6 record, but are 0-2 on the road. The Tars are second in the SSC in offensive rebounding at 14.2 rebounds per game, but are bring out-rebounded on average by 0.8 rebounds.
- Marie Gilbert leads the Tars with 10.8 points per game, and grabs a team-high 5.3 rebounds as well.
- Rollins is shooting just 28.5-percent as a team from the three-point arc, while they are allowing their opponents to connect on 33.2-percent.
- The Saint Leo men’s basketball team is currently on a two-game winning streak after taking down Florida Tech, 99-94 on the road. Florida Tech is currently sitting in third in the SSC, while the Lions are in sixth.
- Marcus Dewberry completed his second 30-plus and seventh 20-plus point game of the season against FIT, when he dropped a career-best 34 points. Dewberry has now surpassed his season point total from last year. In the 2014-15 year he had 264, he now has 291 points on the season, just eight shy of 300. The junior finished the game shooting 13 of 21 from the field for 61.9-percent. His 13 made baskets was a career high. Dewberry ranks seventh in the SSC in scoring at 19.4 points per game. He has made a conference-best 44 three point field goals.
- Over the last six games, sophomore Tyreece Brice has come off the bench and improved his scoring to 15.8 points per game. On the season, he is averaging 13.3 points. He has also improved his shooting from 49.6-percent to 52.6-percent.
- The Lions have hit three or more three point field goals in every game this season, including nine games with 10 or more.
- Rollins enters the match-up with their first win in five games, taking down Lynn, 85-69. They are currently 3-2 in SSC, and 1-1 on the road.
- The Tars are averaging 83.4 points per game, and out-scoring their opponents by 10.1 points per game. Rollins is also showing their defensive skills, averaging 10.4 steals per game, and 2.4 blocks.
- Sharif Almulla is leading the Tars in scoring with 15.7 points per game. Following him with 15.1 points is Jeff Merton.
Tampa Relays | 11:00 am
Where: University of Tampa Aquatic Center | Tampa, Fla.
- Saint Leo will be back in the pool this weekend after a month-and-a-half break from competition, taking on Sunshine State Conference rival University of Tampa on Saturday in the Tampa Relays. Competition will begin at 11:00 a.m.
- Saturday’s meet will be entirely comprised of relay events. That should give the advantage to a Tampa squad that traditionally has been very strong in the relays, and will force the Saint Leo teams to be at the top of their game. “It’s a unique opportunity to swim a dual meet as a relay format, and I hope our teams understand and take advantage of the potential value in this opportunity,” said Saint Leo head coach Paul Mangen.
- If you could only see one race – women’s edition: the 400 Medley Relay. The Lions have the 17th-fastest time in Division II this season (3:50.59), while Tampa is not far behind with the 28th-fastest mark (3:54.84). Saint Leo’s lineup will feature sophomore Natalia Garriock and junior Nicole Weber, both past NCAA qualifiers.
- If you could only see one race – men’s edition: the 800 Free Relay. Saint Leo enters the weekend with the lone “A” cut time in Division II (6:30.38), and one of only four “A” cut times in all NCAA divisions in this event. Tampa has the ninth-best 800 Free Relay mark in Division II with a “B” cut time of 6:37.78, but UT’s 800 Free Relay teams will undoubtedly include some of the same Spartan swimmers who set a new NCAA Division II 200 Free Relay record prior to Christmas break. The Lions will feature a CollegeSwimming.com National Swimmer of the Week in Pawel Trenda; Tampa’s lineup should counter with Jeremy Parker, who won the same award the week after Trenda. This is Ali vs. Frazier, Rocky vs. Apollo, and you won’t want to miss it.
- Meet schedule
800 Free Relay, 4x100 Fly, 4x100 Breast, 4x100 Back, 500 Crescendo, 400 Medley Relay, 2x200 Free Relay, 500 SNARF, 4x100 IM Relay, 400 Free Relay.