Saint Leo, Fla. (January 31, 2007) – The Saint Leo women’s basketball team (5-15, 3-7 SSC) fell by a score of 72-58 to the University of Tampa (15-6, 7-3 SSC) on Wednesday night in an SSC game at the Bowman Center.

The Lions got a game-high 24 points from junior forward Marquita Fenn (Ft. Pierce, Fla.), but were unable to overcome a trio of Tampa players in double figures.  Roni Carithers (Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.) added 12 points in defeat for Saint Leo.
Tampa’s Alexa Kane scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Sheena Walton added 18 points and eight boards.  Erica Woodard rounded out the trio in double-digits with 15 points and nine rebounds.

The Lions raced to a 9-3 lead early, but Tampa responded with a 19-2 run to take control of the game and open up a 13-point lead midway through the first.  The lead eventually grew to as many as 16 late in the half before Saint Leo scored the final four points of the half to trail by just six at the break.

The Spartans built the lead to 11 again early in the second half, but the Lions fought back with a 9-2 run to get within four.  However, that was as close as SLU would get with Tampa stretching the lead to a game-high 18 points down the stretch.

Saint Leo takes a break from conference action this weekend when the Lions host Palm Beach Atlantic University in non-conference action.  Tip-off for the game on Saturday, February 3 is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the Bowman Center.