Women's basketball falls to Tampa, 66-39

Women's basketball falls to Tampa, 66-39

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball team fell to the visiting University of Tampa Spartans, 66-39, in Sunshine State Conference action on Saturday evening in the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

Saint Leo committed 18 turnovers in the game, and the Spartans were able to convert 22 points off those mistakes. Fouls also haunted the Lions as they committed 19 in the game, including going into the bonus early.

Chelsy Springs led the way with nine points, adding seven rebounds and two steals. Asia Royster added six points and eight rebounds.

The Basics
Final Score:
  Saint Leo fell to Tampa, 66-39.
Location: Marion Bowman Activities Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 5-13, 0-10 SSC | Tampa 15-4, 9-3 SSC

How It Happened

1Q | It was a low-scoring period for both teams. Saint Leo scored just seven points on 27.3-percent shooting, let by Ragen Dotson who hit a three, before picking up two fouls, which limited her to just two minutes of action. Tampa recorded 14 points in the opening period, shooting 41.7-percent. Faith Sauders tallied a team-best six points. | UT 14-7

2Q | The second quarter was very turnover heavy as there were 11 combined in the second period alone. The Lions had six turnovers and were only able to score one point off the Spartans turnovers. Tampa scored nine points off of the Saint Leo turnovers, while also adding seven fast-break scores. Elena de Alfredo racked up seven points for the Spartans, while the Lions only scored eight as a team. | UT 29-15

3Q | Out of the break the Spartans took off. They shot a hot eight of 12 from the field and hit four threes. Saint Leo looked better in the third, connecting on 35.7-percent of their shots, with Springs going a perfect two-for-two from the floor. However, the Spartans created a gap that was far too big. | UT 50-27

4Q | In the final quarter, the Lions again could not find the bottom of the basket, shooting just 27.8-percent. Just four Lions were able to get on the scoreboard, led by Royster with four points. Tampa was led by Saunders and Karma Jeremie with five. | UT 66-39

Beyond the Box

  • Saint Leo scored 16 points in the paint on Saturday.
  • The Lions grabbed ten offensive rebounds to just five for the Spartans.

Coach's Quotes
"We are showing our youth and inexperience out there lately, and this must change quickly, or we will be in for a rough final three weeks. We need more players to resonate aggressively on both ends of the floor. When we were doing better, we had more contributions and a lot more confidence. This is a rough and tough league. You can't let your guard down and play weak-minded or soft for even a half of quarter or teams will make you pay quickly, and in three of our last four games, teams have dismantled us early. I expect us to grow over the final eight games and continue to put in the work necessary to compete. We have Florida Southern this Wednesday and hope to put a better product out on the floor."

Up Next
Saint Leo hosts Florida Southern on Feb. 1 at 5:30 p.m.

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