Women's basketball downed, 71-47, by Tars

Women's basketball downed, 71-47, by Tars

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball team fell in Sunshine State Conference action to Rollins, 71-47, on Saturday evening in the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

Saint Leo was led by Chelsy Springs and Ragen Dotson, who each finished with 11 points. Freshman Gina Brierley added nine points.

The Lions were unable to get their shots to fall on Saturday, as they connected on just 28.1-percent of their shots. They took 31 three-point shots, but only connected on nine.

The Basics
Final Score:
  Saint Leo drops game to Rollins, 71-47
Location: Marion Bowman Activities Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 5-10, 0-8 SSC | Rollins 9-6, 4-4 SSC

How It Happened

1Q | Saint Leo pressured fast and early in the opening quarter, and for the first half of the 10 minutes, the only point the Tars scored were off free throws. The Lions needed to take better care of the ball, however, as they finished with two full shot clock possessions that ended up empty. The Tars did not score their first basket until the 3:50 mark, but it gave them a 7-6 lead. The teams traded points until Rollins went on an 11-0 run to end the quarter, led by Denise Daniels who tallied seven. | Rollins 20-9

2Q | The second quarter opened with a great three-point play by Ragen Dotson, which would set the scene for the period. While in the opening period, Saint Leo out-fouled the Tars, the second quarter flipped the script as the Tars were foul-laden. The Lions were able to get the line to help cut the gap. However, Rollins hit three straight from deep to extend the lead.  The run was ended by the Lions' first three of the game from Izabell Skoogh. The Lions played strong defense through the first half but were only able to connect on 27.6-percent of their shots. | Rollins 41-25

3Q | Dotson opened the period with the first three points again, this time with the Lions' second triple of the game. But from there the Lions would be held scoreless for the following four and a half minutes until a Nikira Hooks fast-break basket ended the run. The Tars were on a three-minute scoreless run of their own, but the Lions were unable to take advantage. Saint Leo and Rollins would trade baskets again, and it was followed by another two and a half minute scoreless streak by the visitors, but the Lions were unable to convert and close the gap. | Rollins 57-38

4Q | The two teams opened the final quarter trading baskets, but the Lions could not find a way to cut the gap. Their defense was strong, holding Rollins scoreless for over two minutes. A scoreless five-minute span haunted the Lions as they were unable to find the bottom of the basket and use their strong defense to their advantage. A Dotson three ended the drought for the Lions, but it came with just a 1:50 on the clock and the Lions weren't able to recover. | Rollins 71-47

Beyond the Box

  • Springs put together her 10th straight double-digit performance and her fourth double-double of the season. She scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
  • Dotson added five rebounds and a block to her stat line.
  • Madelin Lang added four assists on the day to lead the team. Gina Brierley added three rebounds and three steals as well

Coach's Quotes
"I knew there'd be a game where we wouldn't play our best, and unfortunately, tonight was that game. But we will see the character and resilience of this team in how we come back from a bad defeat. Tonight we were exposed on many fronts, and when we don't shoot the ball well early and getting foul trouble, we just don't have enough to sustain the flow of the game."

"I thought Chelsy Springs fought hard and I thought Gina Brierley was a warrior, but again that's not enough to win in this league. We can expect Chelsy to do it all every night, but she cannot do it all; she needs help. We will regroup, and we will fight harder Wednesday at Florida Tech."

Up Next
Saint Leo heads across the state to take on Florida Tech on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 5:30 p.m.

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