Women's basketball falls to Nova Southeastern, 83-53

Women's basketball falls to Nova Southeastern, 83-53

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball team fell to Nova Southeastern, 83-53, on Saturday afternoon in Sunshine State Conference action.

Chelsy Springs led the Lions with 17 points, Asia Royster added seven, while both Gina Brierley and Izabell Skoogh added six apiece.

Saint Leo forced NSU into 18 turnovers, but it was not enough to stop the Sharks who shot 44.1 percent from the field and hit 21 of 23 free-throw attempts.

The Basics
Final Score:
  Saint Leo falls to Nova Southeastern, 83-53
Location: Rick Case Arena | Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 9-15, 4-12 SSC | NSU 16-10, 11-6 SSC

How It Happened

1Q | The host team jumped out to an early lead, outscoring the Lions, 19-4, Saint Leo only connected on two of their 13 attempts for a 13.3-shooting percentage. The Sharks also outrebounded the Lions in the period, 17-6. Nova shot 43.6-percent in the quarter. | NSU 19-4

2Q | The second quarter was a bit more balanced as the Lions scored 11 points to Nova's 14. The Sharks rebounding still did the Lions in as Saint Leo only grabbed six rebounds in the period, while NSU grabbed 13. Saint Leo was able to get more players involved in the offense as Madelin Lang finished with four points in the period. | NSU 33-15

3Q | The Sharks jumped out to a large lead again, mostly using a huge advantage from the free throw line. NSU took 16 free shot, sinking 14 of them. The Lions only took four, but they converted all their attempts. The Sharks continued to haul in the rebounds, grabbing 15 in the period to the Lions' seven. NSU 58-27

4Q | The fourth quarter was the most balanced of the four, as Nova only outscored the Lions by one, 27-26. Chelsy Springs led the Lions with eight points, while Izabell Skoogh added six after hitting two threes. The Lions shot 45-percent in the period, hitting five threes. However, once again, the Sharks outrebounded the Lions, 12-6. | Nova Southeastern 83-53

Beyond the Box

  • Chelsy Springs has 19 double-digit offensive performances. 
  • The Lions scored eight points off the 18 turnovers they caused and scored 15 points off the bench.
  • Nova outrebounded Saint Leo, 57-25
  • The Sharks had four double-digit scorers, led by Christen Prasse, who had 22 and 15 rebounds.

Coach's Quotes
"I was disappointed with our ability to finish in the first quarter, and we certainly did not respond mentally with our lack of execution. Nova is well-coached and has a legitimate NCAA-contender system in place. I give them tremendous credit in as, at times, they dominated us on both ends. Today was certainly a learning day as we saw a different level of SSC basketball in our face."

"We are certainly better than we were today. These ladies have worked their tails off to play meaningful games in late January, and that is what they are doing. As a young program, with new coaches and systems, we will certainly experience many highs and lows during a season, especially when you starting two rookies and a sophomore. I fully expect us to rebound with two solid practices leading to a solid effort on Senior Day."

Saint Leo hosts Eckerd on Wednesday, Feb. 22 for a 5:30 p.m. game.

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