BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball team fell at the hands of the Lynn University Fighting Knights on Wednesday evening, 81-72, in Sunshine State Conference action.
The Lions saw Chelsy Springs score 24 points, adding five rebounds, a block, and a steal, while Ragen Dotson added 19 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
Saint Leo was able to tie the contest three times but was unable to take the lead, which is a change of pace the Lions as they led 90 of 130 minutes over the last three contests.
Final Score: Saint Leo falls at Lynn, 81-72. Location: de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla. Records: Saint Leo 5-9, 0-7 SSC | Lynn 8-6, 3-4
How It Happened
1Q | The host team jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, but five-straight Ragen Dotson points brought the score even. From there they would trade runs, and a three-pointer by Chelsy Springs would bring the game even again with 55-seconds on the clock. Lynn would score the final four points of the quarter to take the lead. | Lynn 21-17
2Q | Dotson scored her seventh points of the game to open the scoring for the second quarter, and from there the two teams traded baskets. Hooks scored her sixth points to bring the game within a point at the 6:04 mark. This continued to be the fashion of the quarter, as two free throws from Springs brought the score to 27-26, Lynn up by one. The Lions continued to battle, but fouls troubled them. They committed seven fouls before the 4-minute marks. And it didn't stop there, but they were able to start forcing Lynn to commit fouls as well and get to the free throw line. Saint Leo was called for 11 fouls in the second period alone. On the opposite side, they only committed four turnovers in the half. Springs helped the Lions stay in the game as she moved to double figures scoring with 11 points in the half. | Lynn 39-33
3Q | Throughout the third, the host led by as much as 10 points at the, including as late as the 4:35 mark. Saint Leo was able cut the gap to just five points at 1:04 mark on a Springs jumper, but the Fighting Knights would hit a final jumper to bring their lead back to seven. The Lions cleaned up their fouling problem in the third, as they only committed four, and Lynn only took four free throws. | Lynn 56-49
4Q | In the final quarter of action, the Lions pressured the Fighting Knights and forced two turnovers within the first two minutes of action, and were able to score off those opportunities to bring the score gap to six points. Brierley, who was bringing the effort on Wednesday, converted the 'and-1' play after her driving layup got the luck roll. Another big defensive stop followed by a Dotson jumper cut the gap to three. However, that was the closest the Lions would get, as Lynn inflated the gap back to 10 points, and would hold the lead the rest of the game. | Lynn 81-72
Beyond the Box
This marks Chelsy Springs ninth-straight double-digit performance. Springs finished with 24 points, her fifth 20-plus point performance this season. Three of her 20-plus point games came in Lynn's gym as she scored 27 in both games of the Courtyard Holiday Classic hosted by Lynn as well.
Gina Brierley recorded her third double-digit performance of the season, adding 12.
Saint Leo finished the game with 32 fouls, with Dotson, Madelin Lang, and Brierley all fouling out.
The Lions scored 34 points in the paint.
Coach's Quotes "We continue to battle and fight, but they outplayed us like a home team should and hit many key shots which ended runs for us. Ragen Dotson continues to develop her game and her mindset and I am proud of her commitment to change. Chelsy Springs needs to rebound more but works on every possession to score the ball, and is often dominant."
"We need more consistency up and down our bench as we fight to win a conference game. We are certainly in every game, but we don't except moral victories."
"I do expect a better second half. Our rookies need to be sophomores and our seniors need to lead more. We will work harder and coach better. Like I said, I think we are a good team and we will find a way. It was nice to see my rookie backcourt progress and stay steady. They combined for 18 points, six rebounds, six assists and one turnover."
Saint Leo returns home to host Rollins on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 5:30 p.m.
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