SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball team fell on Wednesday evening to a strong Nova Southeastern squad, 78-66, in a mid-week Sunshine State Conference game at the Marion Bowman Activities Center.
The Lions, who led the majority of the time for the second-straight game, were out-rebounded by 11, and outscored in the paint by eight. The visiting Sharks shot also 53.2-percent for the game, while Saint Leo finished the game with a 38.1-shooting percentage.
Despite the low shooting numbers, Saint Leo was able to stay within reach of the Sharks with their defense. The Lions forced Nova Southeastern into 20 turnovers, four more than the Sharks average on the season. Saint Leo finished with 11 steals and five blocks.
Final Score: Saint Leo falls to Nova Southeastern, 78-66 Location: Marion Bowman Activities Center | Saint Leo, Fla. Records: Saint Leo 5-7, 0-5 SSC | Nova Southeastern 9-5, 5-1 SSC
How It Happened
1Q |Izabell Skoogh earned the start on Wednesday afternoon, and she proved why after coming out hitting two of her three three-point attempts and adding a mid-range jumper for eight points. She also got her teammates involved by dishing out two assists and took a charge late in the period. Freshman Gina Brierley added another eight points for the Lions as she also hit two threes. Saint Leo forced the Sharks into five turnovers, and they only hit six shots as a team. | Saint Leo 22-14
2Q | The Sharks came back strong in the second quarter and flipped the exact score of the first, outscoring the Lions 22-14. Nova Southeastern hit nine shots, on 64.3-percent shooting for the period. They took their first lead at the 5:55 mark, and from there the two teams went back and forth. However, Saint Leo saw Kamryn Kimmel score their final five points of the half to tie the game heading into the break. | 36-36
3Q | The Lions hit six shots in the third period, while the Sharks hit just three, but the difference came at the free-throw line. Nova Southeastern was awarded eight attempts, and they connected on six, while Saint Leo was only award two from the charity stripe, sinking one. The Lions were able to keep themselves in the game by forcing NSU into six turnovers in the period. | Nova Southeastern 50-49
4Q | Saint Leo looked to get back in the game, but as time wound down, they had to resort to fouling to stop the clock. As they chalked up fouls, it sent the Sharks to the line 12 time, and they hit 11 of those attempts. Chelsy Springs, who was having an off night, scored six of her 12 points in the final quarter, while Ragen Dotson added six of 17. | Nova Southeastern 78-66
Beyond the Box
Ragen Dotson led the Lions in scoring for the second time this season with 17 points. She also added an impressive career-high six steals.
Chelsy Springs finished with 12 points, adding a team-high six rebounds.
Madelin Lang dished out five assists while only committing one turnover.
The Lions scored 17 points off of turnovers. They also out-rebounded the Sharks on the offensive end, 12 to 8, and scored 13 second-chance points because of that.
NSU's Megan Piggott finished with a game-high 26 points, scoring 13 of her points from the charity stripe.
"While I'm always proud of this group, we must learn to play 40 minutes. We aren't a team that can afford to take possessions off on defense. We had some major breakdowns in the first half, most unforced, and that cost us a half time lead for sure."
"Ragen Dotson continues to develop more and more and fought on both ends which kept this game close. I need my rookies to grow to sophomores quickly as we need more consistency and 40 solid minutes of play. When Chelsy Springs isn't going as well as we are accustomed to, we need more players to step up and tonight we didn't have that."
"We are a good basketball team that must continue to work and grow daily. We will watch more film, work on our craft, and the results will come."
Up Next Saint Leo heads down I-275 to take on the University of Tampa Spartans on Jan. 7 at 2 p.m.
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