Women's basketball downs Ave Maria, 65-58

Women's basketball downs Ave Maria, 65-58

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball team took down visiting Ave Maria Gyrenes, 65-58, in non-conference action on Tuesday evening at the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

The Lions saw junior Ragen Dotson record 18 points, hitting four three-point baskets, while senior Chelsy Springs added 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

Ave Maria hit eight three-pointers to keep them in the game. They hit 36.4-percent of their attempts from three, and made 22 total shots from the floor, two more than the Lions. The difference came from the free throw line where Saint Leo hit 21 of 27, while Ave Maria hit just six of 12.

The Basics
Final Score:
 Saint Leo topped Ave Maria, 65-58
Location: Marion Bowman Activities Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 3-4 | Ave Maria 4-5

How It Happened

1Q | The opening quarter was vital for the Lions as they held Ave to just five points, and tallied 17 of their own to take the lead. A 6-0 run that was started by a Dotson triple. The Lions held the Gyrenes to just two points over the first 7:30 minutes of the period. Dotson had eight of the teams 17 points, while Gina Brierley netted five. Brierley aided the Lions defensively, snagging three steals in the period alone. | Saint Leo 17-5

2Q | Ave Maria started hitting their shots in the second quarter of action, connecting on 41.2-percent of their shots. Sarah Miller hit three of four attempts and led the Gyrenes with eight points. The Gyrenes out-scored the Lions 18-16 in the second. Ave brought the score to within two points, 21-19, at 5:27 mark. However, Asia hit four-straight free throws to extend the lead. | Saint Leo 33-23 

3Q | The two team each hit seven shots in the period, and they each hit two threes, and no free throws, to score 16 points apiece in the third. Chelsy Springs and Dotson each scored six points. The Lions out-rebounded the visitors, 10-7, but that was the only differing stat in the period. | Saint Leo 49-39

4Q | Ave Maria continued to throw up three-point attempts, taking nine, connecting on three. Springs added another seven points in the final quarter, adding four rebounds. Ave Maria saw Lauren Gillingham score all 10 of her points in the fourth, and the Gyrenes scored 19 total points, while the Lions scored just 16. All 19 of AMU's points came from the bench. They continued to attempt to close the gap, but ultimately ran out time | Saint Leo 65-58.

Beyond the Box

  • Three players nearly recorded double-doubles. Springs finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Asia Royster added nine points and nine boards. Nikira Hooks tallied eight points and nine boards.
  • The Lions connected on 77.8-percent from the free throw line, sinking 21 of 27. On the season, they hit just 61.3-percent.
  • This is the second time this season that Dotson led the Lions in scoring.
  • The Lions forced AMU into 23 turnovers and recorded 12 steals.
  • Thirteen Lions saw action in Tuesday's game. 

Coach's Quotes
"I enjoyed seeing Chelsy Springs, Nikira Hooks, and Ragen Dotson respond after being thoroughly challenged tonight. Asia Royster came ready to play, and I am excited as I fully expect her to develop for us, game by game. I was inspired by seeing many contributions across the board and many solid efforts in practice this week. Our progress we make daily is due to our effort and attention to detail. We got to the foul line tonight, and that was important because we struggled somewhat from deep. The ladies must continue to believe and understand we are a good team fighting for a strong identity."

Up Next
Saint Leo takes on Eckerd in Saint Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, Dec. 10 in a 2 p.m. game.

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