Saint Leo, Fla. (January 19, 2008) – The Saint Leo University women’s basketball team (8-8, 1-4 SSC) fell 63-50 to the visiting Nova Southeastern University Sharks (11-5, 4-1 SSC) on Saturday afternoon in a Sunshine State Conference game at the Bowman Center.

Saint Leo senior guard Amanda Holloway (West Palm Beach, Fla.) became just the eighth player in Saint Leo women’s basketball history to score 1,000 points in her career when she hit a lay-up with 4:32 remaining in the game.  Holloway entered the contest needing just 10 points to reach the scoring plateau, and finished the afternoon with 12 points.  The Lions were led in defeat by Melissa Guerero (Jr., Trinidad & Tobago) who finished with 14 points.

The Lions had no answer for NSU’s 6’5” sophomore center Stephanie Sarosi who finished the game with game-highs of 29 points and 10 rebounds.  Sarosi finished 12-of-16 from the field and was also 5-of-6 at the free throw line.  Amber Bishko added 10 points in the win for the Sharks.

NSU led from the opening tip, as the Sharks scored the first eight pints of the game.  However, the Lions answered back with six straight points of their own to close the margin to two.  The lead hovered around two for much of the first half before the visitors took a four-point lead into the half-time locker room.

After Guerero scored the opening bucket of the second half, the Sharks stretched their lead to 13 points with a 12-1 run.  The lead grew to a game-high 15 points just minutes later, and the Lions were unable to rally in the closing stages.  Holloway brought Saint Leo to within seven with 6:02 left, but it was as close as the Lions would get.

Saint Leo shot just 38.7% (24-of-62) from the floor, while NSU shot 52.9% (27-of-51).  The Sharks outrebounded the Lions 35-31, but Saint Leo held the edge on the offensive glass with a 12-7 margin.

Saint Leo will return to the hardwood on Wednesday night when it takes on Eckerd College in another SSC game.  Opening tip is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Eckerd’s McArthur Center.