SAINT LEO, Fla. - The Saint Leo women's basketball team (3-0) concluded the second day of the Sleep Inn Classic by defeating the University of Puerto Rico Bayamon (0-3), 90-74, Saturday evening from the Bowman Center.
A trio of Lions scored in double figures, including a game-high 22 points from Dominique Daniels and a double-double from Willonda Windham.
Windham, a senior transfer, had a solid day on the boards, bringing down a team-high 12 rebounds to go along with her 19 points from the field. While the senior forward Daniels shot 66% (8-for-12) from the field, and was one rebound shy of a double-double. Junior guard Clemmons was 7-11 with 12 points for the Green & Gold. Clearwater, Fla. native Lauren Lee had a solid performance, scoring 7 points and grabbing 5 boards. Briana Lollis also chipped in seven points.
The Lions jumped out to a 21 point lead eight minutes into the first half, with a score of 24-3, and never looked back. The Lions shot 49% (16-of-33) from the field and 75% (9-of-12) at the free throw line. The Lions two low post players, Daniels and Windham, were too much for Bayamon to handle scoring 16 of the Lions initial 24 points. The Lions saw their lead start to dwindle when Bayamon went on a 10-0 run and cut the lead to nine with 4:01 left in the first half.
However, the Lions remained calm and with the help of Clemmons shooting, SLU increased their lead to 15 going into the locker room.
With Lions holding a running margin of 15 points, head coach Chanita Olds went to her bench in the second half. Junior point guard Joanna Bussa took to the floor for the Lions where she played solid defense, pressuring Bayamon into two steals. In a game which saw both teams combine for 52 fouls, proved to be superior from the free throw line shooting 71% (22-of-31).
Their efforts at the line helped Saint Leo claim a game-high 21 point lead with ten minutes to go in regulation. And, despite numerous comeback attempts by Puerto Rico, the Lions held their hefty advantage for the remainder of the game.
Bayamon did most of their scoring with free throws and three pointers. Bayamon shot 33% (7-21) in three pointers and 19-26 from the free throw line. Angelie Morales was UPRB leading scorer with 18 points, 3 three pointers, and was 5-6 from the line to go along with her 6 assists.
The lions as a team outscored UPRB 46-30 in the paint and had a 30-2 advantage in second chance points. The most telling statistic on the night was the Lions dominance on the boards where they out-rebounded Bayamon, 54-19. The Lions finished the night shooting fantastic 46.7% (28-of-60) from the floor.
The Lions will take their three game win streak on the road to St. Petersburg, Fla. for the 2009 Eckerd College Thanksgiving Classic were they will face the University of Montevallo at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 27th.