JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Saint Leo women’s basketball team, playing in their first formal exhibition of the 2009-10 season, dropped an 89-47 decision to Division I Jacksonville University on Thursday evening.
Shooting just 33 percent from the floor, the Lions were surprised by the play of newcomer Gekeela Clemmons, who came off the bench to log 23 minutes of court-time and drop in 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting. The junior transfer from Chipola College also hit two of Saint Leo’s four 3-pointers in the game.
After playing in an informal exhibition against Central Florida Community College on Monday night, the Lions had an opportunity to play in the exact opposite situation three days later as the Dolphins hosted SLU in a contest that drew over 400 fans to the tiny Swisher Gym.
As a team, the Lions had trouble controlling the ball posting 30 turnovers as they saw JU drop in 31 points from the giveaways. Hitting 18-of-54 shots, the Lions only attempted one trey in the first half, which did not fall, before trying from behind the arc 10 times in the second.
The Lions also came up short on the boards to the bigger Dolphin team as they were outrebounded 46-to-32 with Jacksonville scoring 13 second-chance points.
The Dolphins had four of five starters in double figures, but the hosts were led by Ashanti Williams, who came off the bench to knock down a game-high 13 points in just 15 minutes.
Saint Leo will wrap up their exhibition schedule on Sunday afternoon as they face the University of Central Florida in Orlando. The Lions and Golden Knights will tip things off at 3:00 p.m. in the UCF Arena.