Dec 18, 2015
- Saint Leo will be heading into a two-game setting of the Lynn Classic down in Boca Raton, Fla. The Lions will face Benedict on Saturday and Shaw on Sunday. Both games will be at 12 P.M.
- Saint Leo will look to get back to the winning ways following a tough loss to Findlay (8-1) on Thursday. The Lions led at the half, 31-26, but 61-68. Chachi Guzman recorded her second double-double of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
- Guzman has hit at least two threes in the last six games, and has hit two or more in eight of the nine games the Lions have played. She is shooting 32.9-percent from deep, hitting an average of 2.6 three’s a game.
- Following the game with Findlay, Chelsy Spring recorded her third-straight double digit rebound game, and her sixth of the season. She is averaging a Sunshine State Conference best 10.2 boards per game.
- As a team, Saint Leo ranks third in the SSC in rebounds per game (40.75), scoring offense (69.), and three-point field goals per game (7.1).
- Benedict enters Saturday’s match-up with an 8-1 record following a 64-56 win over Palm Beach Atlantic. The Lady Tigers are currently ranked No. 24 in this week’s USA Today Sports Division II women's basketball poll.
- The Lady Tigers have rank first in the nation in rebounding margin, out-rebounding their opponents by 13.8 boards per game.
- Regime McCombs leads Benedict in scoring with 18.4 points per game. The long-range threat leads the nation in three-point field goals made per game with 4.63, and she is doing so on a high-percentage clip of 45.6-percent.
- Saint Leo men’s basketball heads to St. Louis, Mo., for the weekend for the Maryville University Classic. The Lions will take in a few sights in St. Louis, including a visit to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (better known as the Gateway Arch), before facing off with the Saints on Saturday.
- The Lions are coming off Tuesday’s 75-73 win over a Benedict College squad that was ranked fifth in the D2SIDA South Region Media Poll. Four Lions scored in double figures, led by sophomore Tyreece Brice who came off the bench to tally 18 points. Austin Pickett and Marcus Dewberry each added 12 points. Saint Leo knocked down 13 three-pointers as part of a 27-of-61 (.443) shooting effort, and outrebounded Benedict 41 to 39 – just the second time this season the Lions have outrebounded an opponent.
- Maryville enters its home tournament with a 4-6 mark, 1-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, and are coming off back-to-back wins over USCAA-member Robert Morris-Springfield (79-35) and GLVC rival Missouri-St. Louis (68-64). Marvin Grant-Clark paces the Saints with 15.7 ppg and 5.0 rpg, with Max Mischkulnig adds another 13.8 ppg in the starting lineup.
- Shaw will enter Sunday’s game with a 7-3 record following a 90-84 loss to No. 10 Nova Southeastern. The Bears will face Lynn on Saturday.
- Shaw is led by double-double machine Eboni Ross who is averaging 14.4 points per game and 12.0 rebounds per game. Her 12 rebounds a game is the ninth best in the nation. Ross also boasts the fifth-best shooting percentage in the nation at 63.9-percent.
- As a team, the Bears are the fourth in the nation in rebounds per game at 48.22, and 10th in rebounding margin at 10.1 more rebounds than their opponents.
- Missouri-St. Louis brings a 4-5 overall record, 0-3 GLVC, into the tournament, and will face Trevecca Nazarene on Saturday before facing the Lions on Sunday afternoon. UMSL is coming off the aforementioned loss to Maryville, and previously posted a 114-58 win over Robert Morris-Springfield. The win over RMU-Springfield is the Tritons’ only win in its last four outings. Brandon Marquardt is averaging 12.8 ppg with 3.0 rpg, while Joseph English has posted 10.9 ppg while recording 39 assists this season.