Hansen Scores Her 1,000th Career Point as the Eagles Maul the Maine Black Bears, 79-49
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|Stats at a Glance||MAINE||FGCU|
|FG Percentage||.333 (18-54)||.418 (28-67)|
|3P FG Percentage||.280 (7-25)||.333 (13-39)|
|FT Percentage||.545 (6-11)||.625 (10-16)|
Wood - 2
Heise - 1
Charles - 1
Wells - 1
HANSEN - 1
KENNEDY - 1
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Redshirt junior Sarah Hansen (Edinboro, Pa./General McLane HS) became the sixth player in program history to score 1,000 career points and finished with a game-high 20 points to lead the FGCU women’s basketball team to a 79-49 win over Maine on Saturday night at ‘The Nest’ at Alico Arena.
“Hansen has a thousand career points?,” head coach Karl Smesko joked. “Seriously, Sarah is a great player. She can score in so many ways – off of offensive rebounds, in conversion, off of offensive moves, off of cuts and even from the three-point shot. It’s really hard to defend her just one way, because she has so many different ways she can score. Sarah’s a complete player and is as good as a player as we have had in our program…ever.”
With the win, FGCU picked up their 16th consecutive home win and improved to 4-3 overall, while the Black Bears fell to 1-6 on the season. The Eagles’ 16-game home winning streak now ranks t-7th in the nation behind Stanford (81), Baylor (43), Kentucky (25), Ohio St. (25), Central Arkansas (17) and Chattanooga (17).
The Eagles, who led the nation in three-point field goals per game (10.7) last season, knocked down 13-of-39 shots from behind the arc to mark just the second time this season they have drained double-digit triples in a game.
Hansen tallied eight rebounds and three steals and scored her 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor in 26 minutes of action. She scored her 1,000th point on a layup with 12:59 remaining in the first half and now has 1,012 career points, just five shy of overtaking former teammate Courtney Chihil for fifth all-time in program history. Senior Joyce Iamstrong (Chicago, Ill./Thornton Fractional South HS/Jefferson College) registered a career-high 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field and 5-of-9 from behind the arc. Senior Brittany Kennedy (Spokane, Wash./Lewis and Clark HS/Oregon State) filled the stat sheet with 16 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Freshman Jaime Gluesing (Solon, Ohio/Solon HS) added eight points, three rebounds and a pair of steals, while classmate Amanda Moore (Seymour, Ind./Seymour HS) chipped in with six points and three rebounds.
Liz Wood led Maine with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Danielle Walczak added nine points for the Black Bears.
Trailing Maine (11-10) 13:09 into the opening half, the Eagles used a 12-5 run, highlighted by seven points and two steals from Kennedy and capped by an Iamstrong triple, to grab a 22-16 advantage with 11:02 on the clock. A 5-0 run from Maine cut the FGCU lead down to 22-21 (9:56), but the Green and Blue responded with a 15-2 spurt to grab a 37-23 lead (3:41).
The teams would trade buckets over the final three minutes of the half and FGCU took a 43-30 lead into the intermission.
Kennedy led the Eagles with 12 points, four assists and three steals in the first half, as FGCU shot 45.7 percent (16-for-35) from the floor. Maine shot 42.9 percent (12-for-28) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes.
FGCU opened the second half on a 31-5 spurt, capped by a Bethany Murrell (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine HS) triple, to take a 75-35 lead with 7:33 remaining in the game. The Eagles shot 10-of-22 from the field, hit 7-of-15 from long range and forced the Black Bears into 10 turnovers during their run, which spanned the first 12:27 of the second period.
The Eagles would cruise the rest of the way and went on to pick up the 79-49 non-conference victory.
Maine shot 33.3 percent (18-for-54) from the floor and hit seven of its 25 attempts from behind the three-point line.
FGCU shot 41.8 percent (28-for-67) from the floor and hit 13-of-39 three-pointers. The Eagles also registered 14 steals, forced 28 turnovers (scored 33 points off of those turnovers) and tallied 14 assists on 28 made baskets.
The Eagles are back in action on Wednesday, December 5 when they travel to Tampa to battle in-state foe USF (6-0). Tipoff for the third meeting all-time between the two squads is set for 7 p.m.
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