Lakeland, Fla. (December 19, 2007) – Amanda Holloway (Sr., West Palm Beach, Fla.) scored a game-high 21 points and Melissa Guerero (Jr., Trinidad & Tobago) added a career-high 19 points, as the Saint Leo University women’s basketball team (6-2) defeated Ashland University (6-5) by a score of 74-69 on Wednesday night in the Florida Southern Classic in Lakeland, Fla.

The Lions broke a 67-67 deadlock by outscoring the Eagles 7-2 in the closing 1:40 to win their third straight contest and match their win total for the entire 2006-07 season.  Holloway had three three-point plays in the game, the biggest coming with 48 seconds left, as she forced a turnover following her own missed free throw and gave the Lions the lead for good.

Both Guerero and Holloway were 9-of-12 from the field in the game.  Ashland was led by Lynsey Warren who scored 10 points and added 12 rebounds in defeat for the Eagles.

Holloway scored 16 of her game-high 21 points in the second half, as she scored in double figures for the eighth straight game.  In addition to the late three-point play, the senior added a key offensive rebound and put-back bucket with 31 seconds left to extend the lead to a game-high tying six points.

In a game that consisted of 13 lead changes and 13 ties, Saint Leo’s six-point lead was the largest lead in the game for either team.  Ashland had its largest lead of four points with 16:33 remaining in the second half.

The Lions will conclude the FSC Classic tomorrow when they face Georgia Southwestern State University with tip scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Florida Southern’s Jenkins Field House.