SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University women’s basketball team (8-10) raced to a 7-0 lead and never looked back as the Lions ended their nine-game losing streak by defeating Flagler College (2-18) 76-52 Wednesday evening at the Bowman Center.
Leading the way for the Lions with a career high 16 points in the non-conference affair was freshman guard Brianna Lollis. Lollis connected on 6-of-9 shots from the floor, including 3-of-6 from the three point line.
Chipping in with a career high 12 points was Natalie Gaudreau. Sabrina Schmitt followed that up with a 10 point effort while forward Dominique Daniels led all players with 12 rebounds and scoring seven points.
Lollis found her touch early, hitting a 3-point basket and converting a layup helping the Lions open a 11-2 lead. The lead was soon stretched to 16 as Whitley Washington connected on back-to-back baskets to make the score 25-9 with 8:04 left to play.
As the half began to dwindle down, Flagler began to make a charge. Their 10-2 run made shrunk the score to 27-19 with 3:42 left to cut the lead to eight. Lollis made her presence known again hitting a three-point basket to slow the Flagler momentum. Flagler continued to fight slicing the Lions’ lead to four with under two minutes to play, but Schmitt ended the Lions’ half on a high note converting on back-to-back baskets to push the Lions lead back to 10 at the break.
The Lions defense clamped down in on the Saints out of the break only allowing seven Saints’ points during the first seven and a half minutes. During the stretch the Lions opened up a 54-34 lead behind the shooting efforts of Gaudreau, who connected on two 3-point baskets.
The Lions offense continued to stretch the lead, as strong defensive stands, resulted in great scoring opportunities for the Lions. SLU used the next seven and half minutes to expand the lead to 27 points with 4:16 left to play. The Lions’ late charge proved to be too much for Flagler to overcome as Saint Leo recorded their first victory in their last 10 tries.
The Lions shot an impressive 45 percent (29-for-64) from the floor and their outstanding defense force 24 Saints’ turnovers. The Lions also outscored Flagler in the paint 36-20 and received a tremendous effort from the bench, outscoring their opponents 27-13.
The Lions look to continue their winning ways this Saturday, January 31, as the Barry University Buccaneers visit the Bowman Center in Sunshine State Conference action. Tip-off is set for 2:00 pm.