Women's basketball falls to Rollins, earns #7 seed in SSC Tourney

Women's basketball falls to Rollins, earns #7 seed in SSC Tourney

WINTER PARK, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's basketball team battled with a tough Rollins College team, but ultimately fell 74-61 in Sunshine State Conference action on Saturday afternoon in Winter Park, Fla.

Saint Leo saw senior Chelsy Springs score a career-high 30 point, adding 11 rebounds for the double-double. Her partner in crime on the day was sophomore Asia Royster, who added a double-double of her own with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Lions entered the game with a handful of scenarios that put them in the postseason. As the day's games around the conference unfolded, the Lions found themselves as the No. 7 seed in the 2017 Sunshine State Conference tournament. Their opponent will be either Florida Southern or Rollins, but that is to be determined by a coin flip.  

The Basics
Saint Leo fell to Rollins, 74-61
Location: Winter Park, Fla. | Warden Arena
Records: Saint Leo 9-17, 4-14 | Rollins 20-6, 14-4

How it happened…
1Q | The host squad opened on a 6-0 run, but the Lions countered with an 8-0 run of their own that was emphasized by a triple by Izabell Skoogh. From there, the two teams battled through the period. It went back-and-forth through the whole period. The Tars' first three of the game put them up by four with 1:20 left to play. Saint Leo shot 41.2-percent in the period and out-rebounded the Tars, 13-10. | RC 19-17

2Q | Kamryn Kimmel made an impact to start the second, first dishing the rock to an open Chelsy Springs for the easy lay-in, and then Kimmel hit a jumper of her own to give the Lions a 21-19 lead. Saint Leo would lead for about three minutes of action, until their foul count started to build up, sending the Tars to the free throw line, where they took a two-point lead at the 5:06 mark. They would lead from there, while the Lions continued to scrape away. Five consecutive points by Asia Royster would bring it to 37-36 Rollins, with 55 seconds left to play. Rollins had ten free throw attempts in the period but were only able to convert on five. | RC 38-36

3Q | Royster continued her roll, hitting a three to start things off for the Lions giving them a 39-38 lead. However, the Lions shot just 16.7 percent in the period and were only able to tally nine points, hitting just two of 12 shots. | RC 53-45

4Q | Saint Leo was able to cut the lead to just six points early, but eventually, timely makes by the Tars and defensive stops, kept the Lions from getting any closer. The Tars shot 61.5-percent in the final period to take the game. | RC 74-61

Points to note

  • Saint Leo is making the Sunshine State Conference for the first time under head coach Anthony Crocitto, and this is the first time since 2013-14. 
  • Chelsy Springs has 21 double-digit performances on the year, and this is her ninth double-double of the season. 
  • Asia Royster's double-double is her second of her career. 
  • Madelin Lang tallied a team-high five assists and two blocks.
  • This was Rollins' 12th-straight win.

Coach's Quotes
"Three things - first, this was one of the best efforts I have coached in 22 years. Second, this was one of the best individual efforts I have coached in 22 years in Chelsy Springs. Finally, we are in the postseason… as the seventh seed. Chelsy Springs was unstoppable and scored a variety of ways, while Asia Royster played her best defensive game of the year while getting herself another double-double. We executed everything perfectly regarding strategy but needed to make three more open shots. I also thought the first half was one of the best I ever saw from this group this season."

"We have more hills to climb, but we made the postseason, doubled the previous season's wins and could have the 2016-17 scoring leader in the SSC. I'm proud to lead this program and like our chances next week."

Up Next
Saint Leo is headed to the SSC Tournament at the No. 7 seed. Everything else is to be determined. 

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