SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women’s basketball team (13-14, 6-10 SSC) fell to the Barry University Buccaneers (19-8, 10-6 SSC) 60-57, Saturday evening from the Bowman Center in Sunshine State Conference action. The squad attempted to overcome an eight-point deficit with five minutes to play, but could not finish the task as the Lions fell for the sixth consecutive game.
Leading the way for the Lions was Dominique Daniels as she posted a game-high 16 points, in addition to her eight rebounds and three steals. Brittany Carannante also had a solid day on the court totaling 10 points, seven boards, and a team-high three assists. Willonda Windham put together an all-around performance, dropping in nine points and adding eight rebounds. Gekeela Clemmons chipped in by bucketing 12 points.
As a team, the Lions shot 35 percent from the field (21-for-60) and out-rebounded the Bucs, 45-38. SLU also did a tremendous job protecting the basketball committing only eight turnovers and hit on 12-of-16 free throws.
It was the start Head Coach Chanita Olds was looking for. The team came out of the gate attacking the basket as a pair of Daniels’ layups and a three-pointer by Carannante, gave the Lions a six-point, 15-9 lead with 10:47 left in the first. The lead, however, quickly evaporated on an 8-0 Barry run. And despite staying within striking distance the remainder of the half, the Lions couldn’t regain the lead the final seven minutes, going into the breakdown 27-25.
Out of the break, the two teams exchanged points for the eight minutes resulting in two lead changes and four ties. But with the game tied at 36 apiece, Barry connected on a layup that shot them on an 8-2 run to gain a six-point advantage. The Bucs kept a nine-point running margin over the next four until Saint Leo pushed with one final gasp.
After connecting on a pair of free throws, Daniels cut into the lead even farther with a layup at the 5:25 marker. Barry withstood the Lions’ onslaught of opportunities still commanding a seven point advantage going into the final three minutes.
Still, the Lions managed to claw their way back into the contest as the trio of Daniels, Carannante, and Sierra Williams cut the lead to one with 1:42 left. The two teams proceeded to exchange possessions with no one finding the basket. In fact, with seven seconds remaining in the contest the Lions had the opportunity to put themselves in front. Unfortunately, the chance was missed as the Lions were edged by the Bucs for the second-straight time.
With the loss, the Lions finished sixth in the SSC and will most likely be re-matched with Barry in the first round of the SSC Tournament on Wednesday, March 3rd with times to be announced.
The official release will be released in the near future.