Lions Drop Conference Game to Barry, 81-68
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball team fell to Barry University by a score of 81-68 on Saturday evening from Miami Shores.
Barry (8-4, 1-3 SSC) pulled away from the Lions in the second half behind a strong outside shooting performance. The Bucs quickly added on to their one-point halftime lead and led by as many as 16 before the Lions began to cut into the Barry lead. The Lions were able to reduce the Barry lead to seven, but were never able to get any closer.
Saint Leo (7-7, 2-2 SSC) had four players score in double figures, and was led by Teresa Manigrasso, who contributed 15 points, five rebounds and three assists. Saturday afternoon's game also saw the homecoming of Miami native Kinnara Lewis, who dropped in 10 points. Chelsea Connelly had another double-double performance for the Lions, as she scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Keishara Green continued where she left off against Florida Southern—this time adding 11 points and eight rebounds.
Barry led by as many as 10 points in a first half that saw three ties and three lead changes, but Jessee's squad bounced right back and led a 14 point turnaround that saw the Lions take a four-point lead in the waning minutes of the half. Lewis had 10 points in the period including going 2-for-4 from downtown. Dominique Dixon led the Bucs with nine first half points—all three-pointers—including one at the buzzer to cut the Lions' lead to one at the half.
Barry continued to rely on their outside shooting in the second half and extended their lead into double-digits. The Lions battled their way back into the game and reduced the deficit to seven multiple times, but could not seem to get enough defensive stops to make a stronger push. Dixon continued to provide offense for the Bucs, scoring 20 points on the night—12 of those coming from behind the arc.
Saint Leo shot 32.9 percent for the game, drastically lower than the Bucs' impressive 49 percent. The Lions were able to outscore Barry in the paint 26-14, and get 13 more second chance points than their opponent.
The women's basketball team gets back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 16 when they travel to Tampa where Coach Jessee will go head to head with her husband Tom Jessee and the Tampa Spartans. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.