Women's basketball falls to #14 Eckerd on Senior Night

Women's basketball falls to #14 Eckerd on Senior Night

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball team was halted at home by the nationally-ranked No. 14 Eckerd Tritons on Wednesday evening, as the Lions fell 64-40 in Sunshine State Conference action.

Chelsy Springs led the Lions on Senior Night with 14 points, adding three rebounds and two assists. Asia Royster added nine points, a team-high eight rebounds, two blocks and two assists.

The Basics
Final Score:
  Saint Leo falls to Eckerd, 64-40
Location: Marion Bowman Activities Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 9-16, 4-13 SSC | Eckerd 22-4, 15-2

How It Happened 

1Q | In the first quarter, Eckerd jumped out to an early lead that they were able to maintain through the period. The Tritons shot 60-percent from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds while forcing the Lions into five turnovers. Saint Leo forced Eckerd into four turnovers, but they only scored four points on those opportunities. | EC 18-7

2Q | Saint Leo was able to stick closer to the Tritons, as the quarter score was 20-15. The Lions again forced the Tritons into five turnovers but were only able to score three points on the chances. Kamryn Kimmel tallied two steals in the period while adding three points and two rebounds. Eckerd improved their shooting in the period to 61.5-percent, hitting eight shots. | Eckerd 38-22

3Q | Again, the Lions were able to stay within striking distance, scoring 14 points to the Tritons' 18. Saint Leo was able to outrebound the visitors in the third, 10-9. Asia Royster led the Lions with five points and helped force Eckerd into five turnovers. Eckerd's shooting finally cooled, as they hit just 42.9-percent. | Eckerd 56-36

4Q | The game concluded with a low scoring quarter, allowing Eckerd to keep a steady margin between them and the Lions. Asia Royster led the Lions in rebounds with two boards, while Springs scored all four of the Lions points in the quarter. Both teams shot under 20-percent for the period. | Eckerd 64-40

Points to Note

  • This marks Springs' 20th double-digit performance of the season.
  • Eckerd out-scored the Lions, 40-14, in the paint.
  • The Lions hit six threes in the game, all from different players.
  • Saint Leo force Eckerd into 20 turnovers
  • Saint Leo honored seniors Chelsy Springs, Gabby Ortiz, and Alysia Johnson before the game.

Coach's Quotes
"Regardless of the score, I was very proud of my team tonight. We did everything we could except hit open shots in while that's unfortunate, they tried. We executed on both ends, but couldn't buy a layup, open three, free throw or foul call at times."

"Eckerd's a very good basketball team and top 15 in the country for a reason. They are very balanced fundamentally and disciplined. We just need to get better through the weekend and hopefully be blessed with a chance to play postseason basketball."

"I'm very proud to have been with these three seniors in my first year here at Saint Leo as they all have impacted me in many different ways. Congratulations again to all three of them as they've all done things to make Saint Leo University proud."

Up Next
Saint Leo hits the road for the final game of the regular season as they take on Rollins on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.

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