Women's Basketball Wins Big in First Round of Conference Tournament

Christina Thompson had 13 points in the Buccaneer win. Photo by J.C. Ridley.
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.—The Barry University women’s basketball team beat Saint Leo 68-51 in the quarterfinal round of the BlueCross and BlueShield of Florida SSC Basketball Tournament on Wednesday night.
 
The Bucs (20-8) held slim leads throughout the early part of the first half, up by five and six at various times.
 
With 6:52 remaining in the first half, Adrienne Hicks hit a jumper in the lane to start a 12-0 run and put the Bucs on top 36-15. The Lions (13-15) would score once more before Nadia Tijani drove the lane and hit a six-foot jumper to send the Bucs to halftime with a 38-17 lead.
 
The Bucs’ defense remained solid through the first nine minutes of the second half, only allowing the Lions 13 points in that time frame.
 
Barry’s largest lead of the night, 28, came with 11:00 remaining in the game when Tilde Ahlin hit a three-pointer to put the Bucs up 58-30.
 
Saint Leo made an offensive run in the final minutes, chipping into the Bucs’ lead, but were unable to overcome the deficit. Barry went on to win 68-51.
 
The Bucs played the Lions twice in the regular season, winning both games by a combined five points. The Bucs won by 17 this time.
 
For Barry, Mariesa Greene had 20 points and seven rebounds. Christina Thompson had 13 off of 5-8 shooting from three-point land. Hicks chipped in 12 and Ahlin had eight.
 
The Bucs move on to play Rollins in the semifinal round of the SSC Tournament. In the regular season, the Tars and Bucs split games. The teams will match up on Saturday afternoon at 5:00 pm at Nova Southeastern. Visit the Tournament Central page or the Sunshine State Conference for more information.
 
Buccaneer fans can catch all the action live on the Buccaneer Broadcasting Network. In addition, the semifinal games can be viewed by visiting the Tournament Central page, and clicking on "tournament brackets."
 
Newspaper Box Score
Saint Leo vs Barry
03/03/10 5:30 pm at Miami Shores, Fla.
At Miami Shores, Fla.
 
BARRY 68, SAINT LEO 51
 
SAINT LEO (13-15)
 WINDHAM, Willonda 5-10 4-8 14; DANIELS, Dominique 6-11 2-4 14; WILLIAMS,
Sierra 4-12 0-0 8; CARANNANTE, Brittany 2-4 0-0 6; REYNARD, Monique 0-4 3-4
3; BRADLEY, Kiara 1-3 0-0 2; CLEMMONS, Gekeela 0-8 2-4 2; LEE, Lauren 1-8
0-0 2; LOLLIS, Brianna 0-2 0-0 0; SCHMIDT, Melissa 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-62
11-20 51.
BARRY (20-8)
GREENE, Mariesa 9-14 2-5 20; THOMPSON, Christina 4-8 2-2 13; HICKS, Adrienne
4-6 3-4 12; AHLIN, Tilde 3-5 0-0 8; O'MALLEY, Tara 2-4 0-0 6; TIJANI, Nadia
3-6 0-0 6; SUTTINGTON, Shanna 0-9 2-2 2; RIVERA, Anika 0-0 1-2 1; LEWIS,
Tasheema 0-0 0-0 0; MULLINGS, Alicia 0-2 0-0 0; HOUSTON, Yvonne 0-1 0-0 0;
DUNCAN, Kisa 0-0 0-0 0; LOPEZ, Jennifer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-55 10-15 68.
Saint Leo.....................   17   34  -   51
Barry.........................   38   30  -   68
3-point goals--Saint Leo 2-12 (CARANNANTE, Brittany 2-4; WILLIAMS, Sierra
0-2; REYNARD, Monique 0-2; CLEMMONS, Gekeela 0-2; LOLLIS, Brianna 0-2),
Barry 8-18 (THOMPSON, Christina 3-5; O'MALLEY, Tara 2-3; AHLIN, Tilde 2-3;
HICKS, Adrienne 1-2; SUTTINGTON, Shanna 0-5). Fouled out--Saint Leo-None,
Barry-None. Rebounds--Saint Leo 39 (WILLIAMS, Sierra 9), Barry 39 (GREENE,
Mariesa 7). Assists--Saint Leo 6 (WILLIAMS, Sierra 2), Barry 13 (THOMPSON,
Christina 4). Total fouls--Saint Leo 15, Barry 15. Technical fouls--Saint
Leo-None, Barry-TEAM.
BlueCross and BlueShield of Florida Sunshine State Conference 
Basketball Championship -- Quarterfinal Round
Barry advances to play Rollins in the Semifinal of the SSC Tournament
 
 

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