Bucs Claim Share of SSC Women's Basketball Title

Bucs Claim Share of SSC Women's Basketball Title
The Buccaneers cut down the nets and enjoyed the spoils of a co-SSC title. Photo by Emily Wolfe

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Glaucia Lehn had a smile on her face that summed up the story.

Barry had the nets to prove it.

The Buccaneers beat Saint Leo, 71-51, Saturday in the final regular season home game to give Barry women's basketball a share of the Sunshine State Conference title.

"It's been amazing," Lehn said after a cluster of departing Bucs seniors gathered around for a post-game celebration. "It's been a great senior year."

Barry earned the No. 3 seed and a right to host a first round SSC Tournament game Wednesday night at Health & Sports Center. The Bucs (18-8, 12-4 SSC) will play Florida Tech to open the postseason tourney.

The Buccaneers cut down the nets after a game in which they converted 23 Lions turnovers into 31 points and outscored Saint Leo, 30-18, in the paint.

Barry shot 41 percent from the floor, and never trailed in a game the Lions (7-19, 1-15) cut to one, 21-20, with 5:03 left in the first half. The Buccaneers built a 15-point lead 54 seconds into the second half on a pair of Danielle DeBerry free throws, but the Lions whittled it down to five on a basket by Chelsea Williams, who finished with 23 points and two blocks, at the 11:36 mark.

Jen Mitchell scored with 9:52 to play to push the Bucs' lead back to 11, and Alex Zamora scored in the paint with 8:59 to play as Barry extended it to 52-40. Yvonne Houston's layup and Jackie Perez's three-pointer with 5:44 on the clock gave the Buccaneers a 21-point lead.

Saint Leo's Chelsea Connelly had 10 points and 13 of the Lions' 49 rebounds.

Nine players scored for Barry, four of which reached double figures. Houston had 23 points. Zamora finished with 16 points, nine boards and a block. Shanna Suttington had 10 points, nine assists and four steals. DeBerry had 10 points, nine rebounds, three steals and a block.

"A lot of hours of hard work," Bucs coach Bill Sullivan said. "So proud of our group."