No. 7 women's basketball falls to No. 2 Florida Southern in SSC Tournament, 91-55

No. 7  women's basketball falls to No. 2 Florida Southern in SSC Tournament, 91-55

LAKELAND, Fla. – The seventh-seeded Saint Leo women's basketball saw their season come to an end after a 91-55 loss to the second-seeded Florida Southern Moccasins in the Sunshine State Conference tournament inside the Jenkins Field House Wednesday night.

The Lions (9-18) saw senior Chelsy Springs record her 10th double-double of the season with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Springs finished the night on 10-of-19 shooting with 4-of-7 from the free throw line. Springs recorded her 10th 20-plus point game of the year after her 24 points against the Mocs. 

The Basics
Saint Leo fell to Florida Southern, 91-55
Location: Lakeland, Fla. | Jenkins Field House
Records: No. 7 Saint Leo 9-18 | No. 2 Florida Southern 20-8

How it happened…
1Q | The Lions started things off with a Ragen Dotson bank shot before the two teams stayed even over the first seven minutes of action, with back and forth buckets for each team. The Moccasins would end the first quarter on a 7-2 run to take an eight-point first quarter lead. Chelsy Springs led the Lions in the opening quarter with nine points. | Florida Southern 22-14

2Q | The Mocs would push their lead to 10 quickly at the start of the half before the Lions cut it to six points, 24-18 with 7:48 to play, on a Springs jumper and an Asia Royster steal and layup at the other end. Florida Southern would use an 8-0 run to push their lead to 14 points where they maintained a double-digit lead going into the break, surpassing the 20 point margin with a final layup by Anissa Toumi. Springs would pace the Lions in the quarter as she added eight points to her tally for a 17 first half total. | Florida Southern 47-26

3Q | After Florida Southern started the third quarter on an 8-0 run, the Lions changed plans and went into full court pressure. The Lions would cut the lead to 23 points on Izabell Skoogh's 5-0 run with a three-pointer and two free throws and to 22 on Kamryn Kimmel layup and-one opportunity. The mocs would close the quarter outscoring the Lions 10-4, including Madeline Lang's three with less than five seconds to play. | Florida Southern 71-41

4Q | A Nikira Hooks three-pointer would start the final quarter as the two teams were even for the first 4:07 of action where Springs would make a layup and a jumper before the Mocs went on a 10-0 run to make it a 38 point game. The Lions would score six final points to end the quarter with 14 team points. | Florida Southern 91-55

Points to note

  • The Lions ended their season with a 9-18 record, having added five victories in the win column from a year ago.
  • Chelsy Springs recorded her 10th double-double of the year, 10th 20-point performance as she scored 24 points in the setback.
  • Springs ends her Saint Leo career second on the all-time leaders in scoring average with a 16.4 average in 54 games played. 
  • Florida Southern moves on to the SSC Tournament semifinals in Daytona Beach, Fla. on March 4.

Coach's Quotes
"We are obviously disappointed with the outcome tonight. We thought we were ready but they manhandled us at times in the second quarter when the game really got away."

"We were good early but couldn't get any stops and missed some easy opportunities to keep it close. I thought these ladies fought all year to get the post season respect they deserve. They got better and better in February, even in our losses."

"We have to rebuild with the younglings that are coming in and find a complete system that works for the whole group in 2017-18."

"Chelsy Springs is an amazing person and player. She is one of the best I have coaches offensively in my 22 years of coaching. I love her and know she will become a wonderful woman in life, in her career, family and maybe even basketball."

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