SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University women’s basketball team (7-4, 0-2 SSC) fell to the No. 19 Rollins College Tars (11-0, 2-0 SSC) by the final score of 71-84 Saturday evening at the Marion Bowman Activities Center.
The Lions failed to overcome a ten-point half time deficit, as SLU dropped their first game of the season at home for the 2008-09 season.
Dominique Daniels provided the inside scoring for the Lions, as she led the team with ten points during the half and came up with multiple clutch shots, including 6-of-7 from the charity stripe. SLU did not back down from the nationally ranked squad staying point for point with the Tars eventually going on a 9-4 run and tying the game at 32 with 2:41 left before the break.
Unfortunately for the Lions, the Tars defense became air tight and did not allow SLU to score a single point down the final two minute stretch. There strong defense turned into offense, as they closed the half on a 9-0 run coupling a three point basket with six made free throws.
Trailing 41-32 out of the break, the Lions immediately began to face foul trouble as the Tars' slash and dash play continued to keep the Lions on their heels. Eventually, the Tars went to the line 33 times during the half and made the best of those chances sinking 26 shots.
The aggressive inside play also prevented Saint Leo from going on any extended runs, rarely breaking the double-digit Tar advantage.
Still, the Lions did not quit and with one last charge, SLU shrank the Tar lead to six, 68-74, off a Melissa Guerero three pointer with 1:32 left to play. However, it was not enough as Rollins pushed the lead back to 10 with 51 seconds of action left and eventually iced it from the line, hitting four consecutive free throws in the final 50 seconds.
Daniels led all Lions with 16 points, while collecting eight rebounds. Lauren Lee also played well chipping in 14 points (5-of-10) and pulling down five boards. Sierra Williams contributed eights points, while Guerero and Whitley Washington had seven apiece.
Although the Lions shot 85 percent from the line (29-for-34), the Tars managed to go 50-of-61, totaling more than half their points at the stripe.
SLU was also out-rebounded 40-to-43, while only shooting ten percent from behind the three point arch (2-for-20).
The Lions look to snap their three game skid this Wednesday, January 7, as the Florida Southern Moccasins come the Bowman Center for an SSC clash. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 pm.