BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Saint Leo women’s basketball team (12-8, 5-5 SSC) fell to the Lynn University Fighting Knights (12-8, 4-6) 66-47, Wednesday evening from the DeHoernle Center in Sunshine State Conference action. The loss evens the season series at one apiece and marked only the second time all season the Lions were held in the 40’s.
The Lions were led by Gekeela Clemmons as she scored 13 points and added four rebounds to her sheet. Willonda Windham was the second leading scorer dropping in nine points to go along with her five rebounds. Senior Sierra Williams was on track with her point total, scoring eight points, while fellow senior Dominique Daniels was held to a season-low four points. She did, however, grab a team-best nine rebounds in the losing effort.
As a team, the Lions were outshot 27.1 percent (16-for-59) to 42. 6 percent (26-for-61). The Fighting Knights also held plus-11 rebound advantage over SLU, as they hauled in 46 boards. The Lions committed a season-low 11 turnovers and converted on 12-of-16 free throw attempts. Saint Leo also received a boost from the bench as they outscored Lynn 25-20. It did not matter though as the Fighting Knights’ low-post scoring ability gave the Lions fits all game.
The first half did not begin to Head Coach Chanita Olds liking, as the team did not light the scoreboard up until 16:07 left in the first period. By that time the Fighting Knights had opened up a 7-2 advantage. Lynn continued to expand their lead, having it grow to nine with 13:14 remaining.
Clemmons and the Lions began to find their offensive groove half way through the period, as the guard from Port St. Joe’s. Fla. rallied off six of the Lions next 10 points. Unfortunately, the defense couldn’t stop the Fighting Knight, as they answered the Lions’ challenge basket-for-basket.
Later in the period, another scoring drought by SLU allowed Lynn to bump their advantage back to double-figures, 30-17, with 3:26 to play. Nonetheless, Saint Leo maintained their composure on the defensive end, holding Lynn to just two points over final three minutes. Still, the Green & Gold entered the intermission down 32-21.
Lynn’s Madeline Doyle converted 13 of her game-high 17 points in the first half. On the other side, the Lions struggled to find the basket, converting on only seven field goal attempts. The Lions, however, did do a good job protecting the basketball committing only six turnovers.
Facing an 11-point deficit out of the break, Lynn took total control of the game with a 15-1 rally in the opening minutes and open a 47-22 lead.
The Fighting Knights’ continued to pace the game with a running margin of 20 points, and despite the Lions best efforts, could not answer the Lynn call.
With the lead growing, the Lions pressed the issue from behind the three-point line. Unfortunately like other attempts as the basket, the shots did not fall. Lynn made the Lions pay off those missed shots, as they used a dominant inside game to score 38 points of their 66 points.
Saint Leo returns to their home court on Saturday, February 6th as they take on the Florida Tech Panthers in SSC action. Tip-off for the clash is set for 2:00 p.m.