Redmond breaks school record in women's basketball win

Redmond breaks school record in women's basketball win

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball team took down Shorter University in the second game of the Sunshine State Conference / Gulf South Conference Challenge, 72-64, in their 2016-17 home opener.

Junior Mary Redmond sparked the Lions off the bench, sinking eight three-point field goals to break the Saint Leo single-game record that was set back in 2011. She connected on eight of her 12 attempts and added a lay-up to finish with a team-high 26 points.  

This marks the first win for Head Coach Anthony Crocitto as the Lions' head coach.

The Basics
Final Score:
 Saint Leo tops Shorter, 72-64.
Location: Marion Bowman Activities Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 1-1 | Shorter 0-2

How It Happened

1Q | It was a slow start for both squads as the score remained at just 2-2 by the 5:45 mark. From there Shorter jumped out to a four-point lead before Saint Leo went on a 7-0 run over just two minutes of action. The lead from there stayed with the Lions the entire game. Nikira Hooks was the driving force over the period for the Lions, scoring her first seven points of the season. She also led all rebounders with three and tagged on two steals. | SLU 16-10

2Q | The second quarter was all Mary Redmond. The Lions found ways to get her the ball, and she was successful. After missing her two three-point shots, she went on to connect on her next four attempts, adding a mid-range jumper as well. The junior scored 14 of the team's 21 second quarter points. She was able to do so as Asia Royster was able to dish out three assists in the period. The Lions grabbed nine offensive boards to help keep the Hawks at bay. | SLU 37-24.

3Q | Out of halftime, Shorter's Taylor Adams came out on fire, scoring 11 points and grabbing six rebounds. Shorter was able to use seven offensive rebounds to outscore the Lions 15-10 in the period. Izabell Skoogh led with five points, while Chelsy Springs led rebound with three. | SLU 50-37

4Q | Redmond's three-point shooting came alive once again in the fourth quarter as she hit four of her six attempts in the period. She led all scorers with 12 points, while Springs again grabbed three more rebounds. Despite a late charge by Shorter, the Lions were able to keep the visitors down, and only allow them to get as close as seven points. | SLU 72-64

Beyond the Box

  • Redmond finished five rebounds to her 26 points. She hit four threes in each of the second and fourth quarters.
  • Nikira Hooks added 15 points and eight rebounds on six of 11 shooting.
  • Izabell Skoogh and Gina Brierley each added seven points, while Brierley added five rebounds, and Skoogh added two assists and two steals.
  • Asia Royster dished out a career-best six assists, adding five rebounds, three points, two steals and a block.
  • The Lions shot 37-percent from behind the arc while holding the Hawks to just 12.5-percent.
  • Saint Leo also tallied 10 steals and forced Shorter into 17 turnovers.
  • SU's Taylor Adams finished with 31 points, 20 rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

Coach's Quotes
"To compete like we did with Chelsy in foul trouble is amazing and I am so proud and happy for this group as a whole. Mary competed on another level today and stayed focused throughout the game.  I am very proud of her commitment to being a part of this system, and let the game come to her today. Nikira Hooks was Nikira Hooks.  She passionately approaches life and stays level-headed.  She wasn't pleased with yesterday's effort, and results and played well today. Asia Royster can do some many things on the basketball court. She had a career-high six assists today, and she made her teammates better. Now we have to ready ourselves for an exceptional team in Florida Southern.  We need to make free throws, cut back on turnovers, and continue to share the basketball while running the floor hard."

Up Next
Saint Leo opens Sunshine State Conference play at No. 6 Florida Southern at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

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