- Last season, Eckerd took both games against the Lions. The Tritons won the first match-up, 52-45, and the second, 79-55.
- Eckerd opened the season 1-1 after a Georgia road-trip. They topped West Georgia, 54-52, in the season opener, but fell 48-45 at Valdosta State.
- Saint Leo opened the season 1-1 also, falling on a buzzer-beater to Clark Atlanta, 79-78, in the season opener. They followed with a dominating performance and an 81-58 win over Paine College. Both games were part of the SSC/SIAC Challenge at Florida Southern.
- Senior Chachi Guzman and junior Chelsy Springs both finished the weekend with a team-high 20.5 points per game average. Guzman scored 16 in the opener, and followed it up with a 25-point performance. Springs dropped 22 in the opener, and followed with a 19-point, 15-rebound game in the win over Paine.
- As a team, Saint Leo shot 46.9-percent over the weekend, while holding their opponents to 36.9. They also forced 22.5 turnovers a game, and out-rebounded their opponents, 44.5 to 40.5.
• Saint Leo men’s basketball puts its 2-0 record on the line against Eckerd College in both teams’ Sunshine State Conference opener. The Lions have come out on top in their last four meetings with the Tritons, and Saint Leo will be looking for its first victory in an SSC opener since knocking off Nova Southeastern, 72-55 on December 11, 2012, to open the 2012-13 conference season.
• The Lions enter Wednesday’s matchup with Eckerd ranked No. 8 in the South Region in this week’s inaugural D2 Sports Information Directors Association (D2SIDA) Media Poll. Among SSC schools, Saint Leo is ranked behind No. 1 Barry and No. 4 Lynn, with Florida Southern trailing the Lions in the No. 9 spot in the poll.
• Saturday’s win over No. 12 Alabama-Huntsville marked the Lions’ first win over a ranked team since knocking off No. 8 Florida Southern, 76-73 in OT, back on February 19, 2014. Ironically, Saint Leo’s last victory at the Bowman Center over a ranked foe was earlier that season, on November 23, 2013, when the Lions upended a No. 18-ranked USC-Aiken squad, 84-80, that was led by then-Pacers head coach Vince Alexander.
• Following the first weekend of the season, Saint Leo is ranked 22nd in the nation in scoring offense at 95.0 points per game, and 19th in three-point field goals per game with 11.5.
- Saint Leo will join West Florida, North Florida, and host Florida Tech for the inaugural Florida Tech Invitational this weekend in Melbourne, Fla. Thursday’s events will be finals only starting at 6:00 p.m., with prelims at 10:00 a.m. and finals at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday’s schedule calls for prelims at 10:00 a.m., with finals at 4:30 p.m.
- The Lions will be using the meet to take advantage of the Panthers’ fast pool, an event schedule extended over four days, and some good matchups in the pool to hit some NCAA qualification times. Men’s swimmers Matheus Assis, Pawel Trenda, Evan Jacob, Daniel Bis, Jan Urbaniak, and Hunter Bains will be aiming for “A” cut times and automatic entry to the NCAA national championship meet; among the women’s swimmers, Nicole Weber and Natalia Garriock, who already have “B” cut provisional times, will be looking to improve and get “A” cut times.
- Meet schedule
Thursday (Finals only): 200 Free Relay, 1,000 Free, 400 Medley Relay.
Friday: 200 Medley Relay (finals only), 500 Free, 100 Backstroke, 200 Individual Medley, 50 Free.
Saturday: 800 Free (all heats at night), 400 Individual Medley, 100 Butterfly, 200 Free, 100 Breaststroke.
Sunday: 1650 Free, 400 Free Relay (finals only), 200 Backstroke, 100 Free, 200 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, 100 Individual Medley time trial.