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Saint Leo Lions 2011-12 basketball preview

Saint Leo Men

Coach: Lance Randall (first season)

Last season: 12-16 (2-14 Sunshine State Conference)

Notable: Randall takes over after serving as associate head coach at Wisconsin-Stevens Point, which won the NCAA Division III national title in 2010. He inherits a team that finished last in the Sunshine State Conference last season and won only two games in February. The Lions lose their four leading scorers but return junior G Dominick Robinson, who started 24 games last season and recorded nine double doubles. Inexperience will be a concern for a team that boasts no seniors. Jerrel Harris led Wisconsin-Stevens Point in scoring last season (15.4 ppg) before transferring to Saint Leo. The Lions were picked to finish last in the conference's preseason poll.

Roster

No. Player Ht. Pos. Yr.

3 Marcus Ruh 6-4 G Jr.

4 Shaun Adams 6-6 F Jr.

5 Tom Neary 6-7 F Jr.

10 Johnny Johnston 6-2 G Fr.

11Dominick Robinson6-0 G Jr.

13 Angel Gonzalez 5-9 G Fr.

15 Sven Sabljak 6-7 F R-Fr.

20 Taylor Bassett 6-3 G Fr.

22 Jerrel Harris 5-10 G Jr.

24 Cale Girten 6-6 F Fr.

25 Derik Hawkey 6-2 G Jr.

32 Spenser Mitchell 6-8 F So.

34 Trent Thomas 6-4 G Jr.

42 Alex Stewart 6-6 G So.

Schedule: Nov. 11 — Southeastern, 7:30; Nov. 12 — Southern Poly Tech, 4; Nov. 15 — at Valdosta State, 8; Nov. 19 — at Stetson, 3; Nov. 23 — Puerto Rico-Bayamon, 7:30; Nov. 26 — Trinity, 4; Dec. 3 — Valdosta State, 4; Dec. 13 — at New Orleans, 7; Dec. 17 — West Liberty State, 2; Dec. 18 — Tuskegee, 2; Dec. 31 — Lynn, 4; Jan. 4 — at Tampa, 7:30; Jan. 7 — at Florida Tech, 4; Jan. 11 — Florida Southern, 7:30; Jan. 14 — Rollins, 4; Jan. 18 — at Eckerd, 7:30; Jan. 21 — at Nova Southeastern, 4; Jan. 25 — Barry, 7:30; Feb. 1 — at Lynn, 7:30; Feb. 4 — Florida Tech, 4; Feb. 8 — Tampa, 7:30; Feb. 11 — at Rollins, 4; Feb. 15 — at Florida Southern, 7:30; Feb. 18 — Nova Southeastern, 4; Feb. 22 — Eckerd, 7:30; Feb. 25 — at Barry, 4.

Women

Coach: Nikki Jessee (first season)

Last season: 9-18 (1-15 Sunshine State Conference)

Notable: Jessee was hired in April after serving as an assistant at the University of Tampa and was a former head coach at Lynn University. F Chelsea Williams made the conference's all-freshman team last year after averaging 10.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Saint Leo has no seniors and loses its two leading scorers from a team that ended the season with a nine-game losing streak. The Lions are picked to finish second to last in the league's preseason poll.

Roster

No. Player Ht. Pos. Yr.

00 Kinnara Lewis 5-6 G Fr.

3 Sarah Winans 5-8 G Fr.

5 Shalisa Hill 5-7 G Jr.

10 Asia Wilson 5-6 G R-Jr.

12 Elise Clyburn 5-5 G Jr.

13 Chelsea Williams 6-0 F So.

15 Christina Granville 5-10 F Jr.

21 Artigua Kilpatrick 5-8 G So.

23 Rachel Burnett 6-0 F Fr.

24 Chelsea Connelly 5-10 G So.

32 Keishara Green 5-11 F So.

33 Melissa Schmidt 6-0 F Jr.

Schedule: Nov. 11 — West Florida, 5:30; Nov. 19 — Valdosta State, 2; Nov. 23 — Puerto Rico-Bayamon, 5:30; Nov. 26 — Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, 2; Nov. 30 — Warner, 5:30; Dec. 3 — Southeastern, 2; Dec. 13 — Newberry, 5:30; Dec. 18 — Alabama-Huntsville at Lakeland, 1; Dec. 19 — Delta State at Lakeland, 3; Dec. 28 — Maryville, 5:30; Dec. 31 — Lynn, 2; Jan. 4 — at Tampa, 5:30; Jan. 7 — at Florida Tech, 2; Jan. 11, Florida Southern, 5:30; Jan. 14 — Rollins, 2; Jan. 18 — at Eckerd, 5:30; Jan. 21 — at Nova Southeastern, 2; Jan. 25 — Barry, 5:30; Feb. 1 — at Lynn, 5:30; Feb. 4 — Florida Tech, 2; Feb. 8 — Tampa, 5:30; Feb. 11 — at Rollins, 2; Feb. 15 — at Florida Southern, 5:30; Feb. 18 — Nova Southeastern, 2; Feb. 22 — Eckerd, 5:30; Feb. 25 — at Barry, 2.

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Saint Leo Lions 2011-12 basketball preview 11/05/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 5, 2011 5:14pm]
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