Springs, Royster sweep SSC women's basketball weekly awards

Springs, Royster sweep SSC women's basketball weekly awards

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball team swept the Sunshine State Conference women's basketball weekly awards as Chelsy Springs was named Player of the Week, and Asia Royster was named Defensive Player of the Week for games played Dec. 12-19.

Senior Chelsy Springs poured in back-to-back 27 point performances at the Courtyard Holiday Classic as the Lions went 2-0, taking down Benedict, 93-84 in overtime, and Miles, 96-78, to earn the Player of the Week honor.

Against Benedict, Springs tallied her second double-double of the season, scoring 27 points and adding 11 rebounds, four of which were offensive. She shot 45.5-percent from the floor and hit seven of eight free throw attempts. Against Miles, Springs scored 27 points in just 24 minutes. She added six rebounds, four of which were offensive. She also tallied an assist and a steal. She was perfect from the charity stripe, going 11-11, adding eight made baskets on 53.3-percent shooting. She now leads the Sunshine State Conference in scoring at 16.4 points per game. She also leads the SSC in field goal percentage at 49.2-percent.

Sophomore Asia Royster was key on defensive all weekend for the Lions to lock down SSC Defensive Player of the Week honor. She finished with 17 points, six rebounds (five defensive), four blocks, and two steals.

The guard came off the bench against Benedict, and in just 12 minutes of action, she recorded four points, four rebounds (three defensive), and added a block and a steal. However, it was her block that was the most crucial. In the fourth quarter, she subbed in at the 2:15 mark, and during that time, Benedict did not record a single point, and Saint Leo was able to climb back into the game. With 44-seconds on the clock, Royster was fouled, and she was sent to the line. She connected on one of her two attempts, and the Lions were down by two, 76-74. Following a timeout, Benedict had possession, and it was a steal by Royster that got the ball back in the hands of the Lions with 27-seconds on the clock. Following a missed lay-up, Royster grabbed the offensive rebound and found Chelsy Springs for the game-tying basket. Benedict would have possession for the last shot. It was Royster again who came up clutch. Benedict went up for the jumper as the time expired, and Royster swatted the ball away to send the game into overtime. The Lions went on to win the game.

Against Miles, the guard scored a career-high 13 points, adding two rebounds, both defensive, adding a career-high three blocks and a steal.

Springs and Royster helped guide the Lions to their first back-to-back win mark since the 2014-15 season. The Lions are now .500 on the season.

This marks the first career weekly honors for both student-athletes.

Saint Leo is on a 12-day break for the holidays before returning to action on Dec. 30 to take on Palm Beach Atlantic at 5:30 p.m.

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