Lakeland, Fla. (February 20, 2008) – A 13-0 run in the final 5:12 of the game gave the Saint Leo University women’s basketball team (12-12, 5-8 SSC) a 64-61 come-from-behind victory over Florida Southern College (15-10, 7-7 SSC) on Wednesday night in Sunshine State Conference action. The Lions won their third game in the last four contests, coming from 16 points down early in the contest to win.
Melissa Guerero (Jr., Trinidad & Tobago) led all scorers with 20 points in the game, while Dominique Daniels (So., Columbus, Ohio) added 19 points in the win. Lauren Lee (Fr., Clearwater, Fla.) rounded out a trio of Lions in double figures with 10 points.
Saint Leo led for only 35 seconds in the contest, as the Lions took their only lead of the game when Daniels hit one of two at the free throw line with 35 seconds left. Whitley Washington (Fr., Gainesville, Fla.) made two of two at the line with four seconds left to ice the win and cap off the 13-0 run that carried the Lions to their fifth SSC victory of the season.
Southern had jumped out to an early lead in the game, opening a 20-8 lead inside the first 7:23. The lead grew to as many as 16 points, but the Lions closed the opening half on a 16-5 run to make it a five-point game at the half.
The Mocs maintained their lead throughout the second half with a running margin of five for much of the frame. Saint Leo closed to within two with 9:46 left, but Southern responded to push the lead back to 10 at 61-51 with a three-pointer by Alli Fogle.
However, it was the last points of the game for the home team, as Saint Leo got six straight points from Guerero to pull to within four. Daniels then hit two free throws to make it a two-point game before another Guerero jumper tied the game for the first time at 61-61 with 1:02 left. From there, Daniels would hit one of two at the line and Washington would ice the win with a perfect trip to the charity stripe.
Saint Leo returns home on Saturday to host Barry University in another Sunshine State Conference game. Opening tip is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the Bowman Center.