Women's basketball tops Barry for first SSC win of season

Women's basketball tops Barry for first SSC win of season

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball team used a balanced offense and an all-around team effort to earn their first Sunshine State Conference win of the season on Saturday afternoon as they took down Barry University in Miami Shores, 70-67.

Saint Leo saw Ragen Dotson lead with 16 points, while senior Chelsy Springs added 15 points and 10 rebounds for her second-straight double-double. Freshman Gina Brierley added 15 points, and Asia Royster matched her career-high with 14 points.

The Basics
Final Score:
  Saint Leo tops Barry, 70-67
Location: Health & Sports Center | Miami Shores, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 6-14, 1-11 SSC | Barry 5-17, 3-11 SSC

How It Happened

1Q | Ragen Dotson was on fire to open the game, sinking two threes and adding two free throws. The Lions used an early lead to gain control of play, leading by six through most of the period, but over the final three and a half minute of the period, the Lions were unable to score, and Barry brought the game within three points. | Saint Leo 14-11.

2Q | Barry scored the opening basket of the second period and brought the game within one point, but a layup by Asia Royster and a three by Dotson inflated the lead to six points. A layup by Chelsy Springs brought it up to 21-13 for the Lions. Barry continued to battle on their home court, cutting it back to just three point gap as they outscore the Lions 7-2 over two and a half minutes. A three-point play by Springs and a triple by Brierley got the Lions back on track. Saint Leo closed out the half strong. | Saint Leo 33-24

3Q | Over the third quarter, Saint Leo was able to keep their lead within a double-digit gap, including as much as 15 points at the 1:22 mark in the quarter. The Lions starters combined for 17 points in the quarter. | Saint Leo 50-38

4Q | On Nikira Hooks jumper, the Lions again led by 15 points at the 8:25 mark, but Barry started to chip away. Barry outscored the Lion 29-20 in the final quarter to cut into the Lions lead, but it was not enough to overcome the lead Saint Leo had gained. | Saint Leo 70-67.

Beyond the Box

  • Chelsy Springs recorded her sixth double-double on the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. She added a career-high four blocks as a well and four assists.
  • Freshman Madelin Lang added seven assists
  • The Lions shot 71.4-percent from the free throw line. They also out-rebounded Barry, 35-30.

Coach's Quotes
"This team fights. They are fighters but today we fought and executed a good part of the game. I was proud to see us hold it together and close it out. Ragen Dotson is gaining more and more confidence in her all-around game and is far from just a pure shooter. She dominated most of the first half and helped us build our lead. Chelsy Springs has been solid and much more efficient in her decision making on offense. She played both ends today and should be a candidate for defensive player of the week."

"Madelin Lang and Asia Royster both put together another solid game at their respected positions and are gaining more control, confidence, and maturity. This has to be one of the best, if not the best game Gina Brierley has played in a Lion uniform. She is a loyal warrior and having a solid rookie year. Kamryn Kimmel is also developing nicely and made some key plays for us in limited minutes. We have a lot of games left, and the program knows that we aren't dead just yet. They are committed to growth and chasing greatness."

Up Next
Saint Leo hosts Lynn on Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m.

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