Women's basketball falls at Embry-Riddle, 66-38, Saturday

Women's basketball falls at Embry-Riddle, 66-38, Saturday

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -  A slow first two quarters for Saint Leo women's basketball resulted in a 66-38 loss to Sunshine State Conference provisional member Embry-Riddle on Jan. 21 inside the ICI Center. 

Chelsy Springs led all scorers with 22 points on the night where the Lions produced their best quarter after the halftime break. Saint Leo came out of the locker room and scored 18 points in the third compared to six in the first, four in the second and 10 in the fourth.

The Basics
Final Score: Saint Leo 38 | Embry-Riddle 66
Location: ICI Center | Daytona Beach, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 5-12, 0-9 | Embry-Riddle 13-4

1Q | Embry-Riddle started the game off in control as they jumped out to a 14-0 lead before Chelsy Springs converted the first bucket for the Lions with 2:38 to play. The Lions would outscore the Eagles 4-2 over the remaining two minutes, on a Ragen Dotson layup and another Springs bucket, before the end of the first quarter. | Embry-Riddle 16-6

2Q | The Eagles extended their lead in the second quarter by the way of the deep ball connecting on four of 19 three-pointers where the Lions continued to struggle to score as their only points came on a Springs jumper and two Madelin Lang free throws. At the break Springs led the team with six points where Lang and Ragen Dotson scored two apiece. | Embry-Riddle 30-10

3Q | Saint Leo showed some promise as they came out of the break and scored 18 points in the third quarter. The Lions had a three-minute span of pressure and points as Embry-Riddle committed turnovers forcing an Eagle timeout with 4:17 to play. After the timeout, Embry-Riddle would outscore Saint Leo 11-6 before the final buzzer in the quarter. | Embry-Riddle 53-28

4Q | Embry-Riddle continued to control the final quarter scoring the first four points before the Lions would score a layup from Springs. The Eagles scored the next nine points before the Lions scored the final eight points of the game with Asia Royster scoring five, Jackie Layng connecting on one free throw and Ragen Dotson converting a layup. | Embry-Riddle 66-38

Beyond the Box

  • Springs' 12th-straight double-digit performance, and 15th overall performance in double figures. With her 22-point performance, Springs now has 727 points in her two-year Saint Leo career.
  • Ragen Dotson was second on the team with eight points and hauled in game-high six rebounds where Asia Royster came off the bench and scored five for the Green and Gold.

Coach's Quotes
"I expected much more of an effort than I got tonight out of these ladies. Our prep was excellent, practice was excellent, shoot-around was solid, but our mental toughness and overall toughness was not there."

"We dealt with adversity early on, and we caved. We gave in, and it steamrolled, and that's unacceptable. We need to get tough and get tough, quick because the schedule doesn't get any easier through March. Chelsy Springs tried doing everything and needs consistent help. Our back court work was subpar, and confidence was shot after a weak beginning to the game, and that cannot happen."

"We did make some exciting runs in the second half while only being outscored by eight in the two quarters. I thought Kamryn Kimmel fought hard and Jackie Lanyg learned from practice as seen in her minutes. We have to be better than this, and we will be." 

Up Next
Saint Leo has an off week before hosting Tampa on Saturday, January 28th at 5:30 p.m. in the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

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