SLU men's, women's basketball teams enter critical stretch
ST. LEO - With half of the Sunshine State Conference schedule complete, the Saint Leo men's and women's basketball teams are looking to rebound from recent losses and regain the momentum they picked up in early January. The men (8-13, 2-6) lost 75-60 at Barry on Wednesday, and 73-60 to Rollins last Saturday. Today's 4 p.m. game against Nova Southeastern is crucial if the Lions have any hopes of finishing in the top half of the SSC standings by season's end. The women play the Sharks at 2 p.m. Wednesday's loss was the third in a row for the men. The Lions shot only 36 percent from the field, and Jordan Prais was held to 10 points. After losing to Rollins last weekend as well, the women (11-7, 4-4) nearly came from behind against the Bucs before they lost 59-57. The Bucs led by as many as 16 in the second half, but SLU cut the lead to 2 with less than a minute remaining. The Lions got no closer after a free throw by Brittany Carannante with 2.6 second left. Dominique Daniels had 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting to pace the SLU attack.Lacrosse players honored David Erdman and Pat LoGiudice were tabbed by Inside Lacrosse/Face-Off Yearbook as preseason All-Americans this week. Erdman, a goalkeeper who averaged 8.28 goals allowed per game last year, was a second-team pick, while LoGiudice was honorable mention at defender. They were joined by Kyle Marceau, Luke Baruch and Mike Del Buono on the preseason All-Deep South Conference team as well. Girls and Women in Sports Day University of Florida volleyball coach Mary Wise will speak at Thursday's Saint Leo Girls and Women in Sports Day, an annual tradition on campus. Wise is the fastest woman to win 500 volleyball matches in NCAA Division I history. She also has earned two national coach of the year awards and 11 Southeastern Conference coach of the year honors. The event, which takes place in the SLU Student Community Center, features a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7. To purchase tickets, contact Saint Leo assistant athletic director Vicki Fredrickson at (352) 588-8221, Ext. 7314 or via email at email@example.com. Lions leftovers The baseball team opens the 2010 season at Valdosta State with a three-game series starting next Friday. The home opener is a non-conference game against Florida Southern on Feb. 9. ... The women's golf team kicks off the second half of its 2009-10 schedule next weekend at Kiawah Island, S.C., in the Tusculum/Kiawah Island Women's Intercollegiate.
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