Crocitto picks up win #150; women's basketball defeats Florida Memorial

Crocitto picks up win #150; women's basketball defeats Florida Memorial

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo women's basketball head coach Anthony Crocitto picked up his 150th career win after he guided the Lions to an 81-64 victory over Florida Memorial on Saturday evening inside the Marion Bowman Activities Center. Crocitto stands at 150-138 in his 11th season as a head coach. 

Saint Leo saw three score in double figures, led by junior Mary Redmond who finished with 19 points, connecting on 50-percent of her three-point attempts. Following Redmond was freshman Gina Brierley, who tallied a season-high 13 points. Ragen Dotson finally got her offense going in the fourth game of the season as she added 10 points.

The Lions shot 40.3-percent from the field as a team and were able to hold FMU to just 34.3-percent shooting, and just 20.5-percent from deep.

The Basics
Final Score:
 Saint Leo tops Florida Memorial, 81-64.
Location: Marion Bowman Activities Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 2-2 | Florida Memorial 0-4

How It Happened

1Q | The Lions opened the game shooting 42-percent from the field and hit four of their first eight three-point attempts. Florida Memorial opened with a 10-9 lead at the 5:38 mark, but a Nikira Hooks jumper gave the Lions a lead they would take into the second quarter. | SLU 23-16

2Q | At the 5:28 mark, Florida Memorial cut the Lions lead to just four points, but from there, Saint Leo would dominate. The Lions closed the half on a 19-2 run to take a 48-27 lead. The Lions hit five threes in the period to maintain the lead. | SLU 48-27. 

3Q | The Lions continued to push FMU, but at the 3:48 mark, FMU pushed back. The visiting Lions had gone on an 11-0 run before an Izabell Skoogh three halted the run at the 00:40 mark. Saint Leo saw Redmond score six points inside the arc to help keep FMU at bay. | SLU 67-48

4Q | Florida Memorial opened with two straight baskets before Skoogh again hit a three. From there the two teams went back and forth, but it was never enough to cause the Lions to falter. Saint Leo saw five different players score in the final period, including four-straight points from Asia Royster. | SLU 81-64

Beyond the Box

  • Head Coach Anthony Crocitto picked up career win 150 to move to 150-138 in his 11 seasons of coaching. 
  • This is the second time in the young season that Redmond has led the Lions in scoring. Both times came in home games.
  • Freshman Madelin Lang dished out a team-high five assists.
  • Chelsy Springs finished just one point shy of a double-double, tallying nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds. She added four steals as well.
  • This marks the first game that Dotson reached double-figures.
  • Abreona Cabell led FMU with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Coach's Quote
"Our backcourt is coming together with the two rookies leading the charge in Brierley and Lang. They set up not only the shooters we have but also our energy. I'm proud to see so many players not only see time but play well in their opportunities. We had ten kids score the ball today, and we had 17 assists. When we subbed, here and there, we maintained intensity and efficiency. Ragen Dotson has been scuffling a bit, but she looked more confident today and was tremendous off the bench. Izabell Skoogh got going as well and played an impressive 13 minutes today. Overall, our defense led the charge early, and we were all over the court. We need to make more free throws and get in better shape if we want to continue this pace of play. We also need to get Chelsy more involved at times as she is hard to guard."

Up Next
Saint Leo takes on Embry-Riddle on Wednesday, Nov. 30 in a home game at 5:30 p.m.

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