SAINT LEO, Fla. - The Lions, who overcame a 16-point deficit to defeat Eckerd College, look to continue their solid play against another tough conference competitor in Rollins.

Saint Leo is trying to shake off a rough previous four games. Before last Wednesday’s win against the Tritons, the Lions had been losers of three of games including a pair of SSC losses to Florida Southern and Tampa.

The Tars, however, are winners of the three of their last four including a 73-58 win over Florida Tech. The Tars lone loss over the stretch was to first-place Tampa two weekends ago. The Lions have lost 10-straight games to the Tars, with their last win coming in February of 2004 when they defeated Rollins, 65-45.

SAINT LEO
Coming into the contest the Lions are 11-5 overall with a conference record of 4-2. Leading the way for the Green & Gold on the year is Dominique Daniels. She ranks sixth in the conference in scoring with a team-best 13.6 points-per-game and 9.1 rebounds-per-game. Two other Lions are also scoring in double-figures for the season. Willonda Windham is the low–post presence for SLU averaging 12.3 points-per-game, while Gekeela Clemmons is the perimeter shooter Saint Leo has been searching for, averaging 11.1. Brittany Carannante is averaging just a tick under 10 points at 9.6 points-per-game and currently is the team leader in steals 40.

As a team, the Lions rank in the middle of the pack when it comes to scoring offense. They rank fifth in field goal percentage, but first in the SSC from behind the three-point arc.

As good as the start has been for Leo though; the Lions have had their struggles away from the Bowman Center. SLU is 4-3 on the road this season and are being outscored, 62.9-to-67.7. They have committed 147 turnovers during the seven-game stretch and outrebounded 311-to-284. In the six conference slates this season, the Lions’ turnover problem remains a thorn in the side of the team, allowing 121 giveaways.

As evident, the key to success in the Lions matchup with the Tars is their ability to protect the basketball. In their 11 wins in 2009-10, SLU has committed 227 turnovers while forcing 233. The Lions are also outscoring their opponent 71.6-to-62.9 and are shooting nearly 40% from behind the three-point line.

ROLLINS
Rollins is equipped with a solid scoring offense and a defense that ranks in the top-half of nearly every category, including scoring defense and steals. Leading the way for the visitor’s from Winter Park, Fla. is Brittainy Daiger. Through 16 games, Daiger is the leading scorer for the Tars, pouring in 10.3 points-per-game. She is also tied for third in the conference with 21 blocked shots.

 Amber Heistan and Brooke Burgess are the other two scoring threats for the Tars averaging 9.4 and 9.0 points-per-game, respectively.

Guard Paris Moore is quick to deliver the ball, ranking fifth in the conference in assists at 3.8 per game.

Still, defense is the name of the game for this Rollins team, as they have two players in the top seven in steals and four players in the top 20 in total rebounds.

Tip-off for the SSC clash is scheduled for Saturday at 2:00 p.m. from the Alfond Sports Center.

Probable Starters - Saint Leo

PlayerPPGRPGSpecialty
Dominique Daniels13.69.177.5% FT's (62-80)
Willonda Windham12.37.846.8 FG% 
Gekeela Clemmons11.13.835.2 (3-pt fg%)
Brittany Carannante9.63.940 Stl's
Sierra Williams7.33.625 Assists

Probable Starters - Rollins

PlayerPPGRPGSpecialty
Brittany Daiger10.35.321 Blk's
Amber Heistan9.45.12.6 APG
Jasmine Bradley6.94.127 Stl's
Kourtnie Berry6.34.917 Stl's
Parris Moore5.93.13.8 APG