Women's basketball falls to Embry-Riddle, 71-65

Women's basketball falls to Embry-Riddle, 71-65

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball team fell in non-conference action to provisional Sunshine State Conference foe Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 71-65, on Wednesday evening at the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

The Lions were without their leading scorer in Mary Redmond, and in her absence, Ragen Dotson and Nikira Hooks stepped up. Dotson led the Lions with a career-high 20 points, while Hooks added a career-high of her own with 16 points.  

Both squads were highly efficient from the floor. Saint Leo shot 45.9-percent from the hardwood, while Embry-Riddle connected on 46-percent of their attempts.

The Basics
Final Score:
 Saint Leo fell to Embry-Riddle, 71-65
Location: Marion Bowman Activities Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 2-3 | Embry-Riddle 5-2

How It Happened

1Q | Saint Leo opened the game on a 7-2 run after Nikira Hooks hit a threat the 7:51 mark. But over the next minute, Embry-Riddle responded with a 5-0 run to tie the game up. The Lions maintained a lead until the 3:42 mark, but the Eagles tied it up and closed the quarter on 6-0, which ended at the 2:09 mark. Over the last two minutes of the game, neither team scored a basket. | ERAU 17-11

2Q | Ragen Dotson recorded a steal that led her to a jumper to open the second quarter. That sparked the Lions offense that cut into the Eagles, lead making it a one-point game, 19-18. The Eagles, however, inflated their lead to nine. The two squads traded baskets to close the period, and ERAU went into the break with a six-point lead. | ERAU 32-2

3Q | Embry-Riddle was able to open the second half on a 10-point run over the first three minutes of the period. The Lions were forced to call a timeout, and following the timeout, Hooks scored the first points of the half for the Lions. Overall the period went to the Eagles as they saw their lead grow to 21 points before the Lions were able to bring it back down to just 16 points finish the third. | ERAU 57-41

4Q | At the 4:20 mark in the final period the Lions called a 30-seccond timeout, down 62-52. Saint Leo was then able to whittle Embry-Riddle's lead to just five at the 2:10 mark. But over the final two minutes, the teams traded points, and the game was kept in favor of ERAU. | ERAU 71-65

Beyond the Box

 

  • Ragen Dotson scored 20 points for the first time in her Saint Leo career, 16 of which came in the second half. She also led the team in rebound with six.
  • Nikira Hooks tallied her second double-digit performance of the season, scoring a season-high 16 points. She connected on seven of 12 shots for the total.
  • The Lions tallied 15 assists, four of which came from Madelin Lang and Gina Brierly.
  • Embry-Riddle saw four players score in double-digits, and the team shot 46-percent from the field. Sabrina Whiting score 19, while Tara Fields added 13, and both Mercedes Jorge and Lauren Ellenberger scored 11.

 

Coach's Quote
"We played without Mary Redmond tonight, and it was nice to see others step up such as Ragen Dotson and Nikira Hooks. I am proud of those two developing on both ends of the floor and working hard daily. We cannot come out so sluggish at half time and allow so many open looks from three. I was happy with our fourth quarter resilience but we cannot dig holes like that and expect to rally all the way back. We are young, and we work hard daily and we will continue to grow and get better daily."

Up Next
Saint Leo takes on Sunshine State Conference foe Barry on Saturday, Dec. 3 in a home game at 2 p.m.

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