SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University Lions women’s basketball team (3-0) exploded out of the locker room, scoring 36 of the first 40 points of the game on their way to a 92-42 victory over the University of Puerto Rico – Cayey Bulls (0-2), Wednesday evening at the Bowman
Leading scorer Marquita Fenn opened up the scoring with a layup in the first minute. The Lions increased their lead to 7-0 before Cayey could get their initial basket. After exchanging shots, SLU put the clamps on the UPR-Cayey offense not allowing them to score for the next 11 minutes, forcing 24 Cayey turnovers and allowing the Bulls to shoot only 17% from the field.
The Lions offense used their momentum from the defensive side to close the door on the Bulls in the first half, as the team went on a 27-0 run. Every Lion got on the board in the half, as Fenn led the balanced attack with nine points. Sierra Williams scored six points while Freshman Brianna Lollis and Monique Reynard scored five points apiece sending the Lions into the locker room with a commanding 46-10 lead.
Cayey came out more balanced in the second half, even managing to outscore the Lions 25-24 the first 12 minutes. Cayey went on to shoot 47 percent from the field but the differential was not enough to cut into the Lions lead.
Saint Leo, in fact, continued their offensive barrage, as they equaled their first half output of 46 points. The Lions shot 51 percent from the floor during the half, including 31 percent from behind the arch.
As the two teams traded baskets, Reynard stepped up to hit a jumper with 8:38 to go in the second half sending the Lions on 23-7 run to close out the game.
The Lions tenacious defense put on a display for the home crowd, forcing 39 total Cayey turnovers and allowing them to shoot only 33 percent from the field.
Washington, who led the team in assists, also lead in steals with four.
SLU shot 50 percent from the floor making 38 of their 76 shots and recorded 17 team steals.
Fenn made seven of her nine field goals to lead the team with 14 points, while Reynard accounted for eleven points. Williams was a perfect 2-for-2 at the line on her way to a ten point game and Sabrina Schmitt was a force on the glass ripping down nine rebounds to lead the team. Sophomore Natalie Gaudreau also put in an impressive all around effort recording six points, seven rebounds and contributing three assists.
This is the second consecutive season the Lions have started out 3-0.
The Lions return to the court Friday, November 21 at 5:30 pm as they take on University of Puerto Rico – Bayamon from the Bowman Center.