The Saint Leo women's basketball team's holiday trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been as enjoyable as a vacation so far.
The Lions (5-4) won the first two games of the trip, 48-44 against Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras on Tuesday and 70-47 against UPR-Mayaguez on Wednesday. They played UPR-Bayamon on Friday in the final game of the trip.
The win against UPR-Rio Piedras avenged a 55-54 home loss on Nov. 24.
After Rio Piedras took a one-point lead with six minutes left, Lauren Lee hit a layup to give SLU the lead for good. Chelsea Williams had 18 points and seven rebounds, while Lee added 12 points and six rebounds.
The Lions shot only 30.9 percent for the game, which has been a problem all season, but they outrebounded Rio Piedras 48-30, which resulted in 10 more shot opportunities for the Lions.
In the runaway win against Mayaguez, SLU shot 47.9 percent, and it was Williams and Lee again leading the offense. Lee had 16 points, with Williams and Brittany Carannante each adding 13.
Keishara Green came off the bench to pull down 13 rebounds, and SLU outrebounded Mayaguez 57-32.
After Friday's game, Saint Leo will not return to action until Dec. 30, at Valdosta State. The Lions resume Sunshine State Conference play Jan. 2 against Lynn at the Bowman Center.
Men return to action
The men's basketball team was back on the court Friday against Palm Beach Atlantic, after a week of inactivity.
The Lions (7-2) defeated nearby Trinity College (1-17) 85-60 on Dec. 10.
Quentin Cullop, Dominic Robinson and Jeremy Jackson each scored in double figures, with Cullop leading the way (18 points).
Saint Leo is off until Jan. 2, when it hosts Lynn in an SSC matchup.
Long (food) drive
Saint Leo's baseball team wrapped up its annual holiday food drive, with 1,668 nonperishable food items donated through turkey tournaments that included several Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Hernando county high schools, as well as Ponte Vedra Beach Nease High near Jacksonville.
All of the donations were given to the Catholic Charities of Dade City.
This is the third year the baseball team has organized the food drive.