Valdosta, Ga. (December 1, 2006) – The Saint Leo University women’s basketball team (2-5) fell 52-40 to the University of West Georgia (4-3) on Friday afternoon in the opening day of play at the Days INNvitational hosted by Valdosta State University.

The Lions were led by junior guard Roni Carithers (Tampa, Fla.), who scored in double figures for the fourth time in the last five games and finished with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting.

Saint Leo held an early four-point lead but a 13-0 run during a four-minute stretch of the first half gave UWG the lead for good.  The Wolves carried a 14-point lead into the half-time break, and eventually built their advantage to as many as 15 points with 15:35 remaining in the game.

A 16-6 run by SLU cut the deficit to five with 5:32 left to play.  However, West Georgia answered by scoring 11 of the next 13 points to open up a 14-point lead and close out the win.

West Georgia held the rebounding edge in the contest, as the Wolves outworked the Lions 46-33 on the glass.  UWG’s Erica McCoy and Valeisa Crenshaw each grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.  The Wolves outscored the Lions 22-14 in the paint, and also held a 13-4 advantage in second chance points.

Saint Leo will conclude the Days INNvitational tomorrow with a game against host Valdosta State University.  The game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. opening tip.