Adams and Hansen Lead the Eagles to a 63-56 Win Over ACC Foe Virginia Tech
Sunday, December 16, 2012 | by Mike Hill (@mike_hill84)
Photo Credit: Lindwood Ferguson
Photo Credit: Lindwood Ferguson
Florida Gulf Coast (5-4)
Virginia Tech (4-5)
12/16/2012 | Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum) | Attendance: 1767
Florida Gulf Coast352863
Virginia Tech243256
Stats at a GlanceFGCUVT
FG Percentage.435 (20-46) .393 (24-61)
3P FG Percentage.316 (6-19) .000 (0-5)
FT Percentage.739 (17-23) .471 (8-17)
Offensive Rebounds817
Defensive Rebounds2320
Total Rebounds3137
Bench Points1217
Statistical LeadersFGCUVT
PointsADAMS - 19
Taijah Campbell - 14
ReboundsKENNEDY - 11
Monet Tellier - 9
AssistsKENNEDY - 5
Aerial Wilson - 6
StealsKENNEDY - 2
Larryqua Hall - 3
BlocksMEADOR - 1
Taijah Campbell - 4

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Redshirt senior Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes HS/Valpo) and redshirt junior Sarah Hansen (Edinboro, Pa./General McLane HS) both poured in a game-high 19 points as the FGCU women’s basketball team picked up a huge, 63-56, non-conference win over Virginia Tech Sunday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.

“We got off to a really good start,” said head coach Karl Smesko. “We made some defensive plays early and our offensive execution the first 10-12 minutes of the game was pretty good. It helped us get an early cushion, which obviously we needed all of.”

With the win, FGCU improves to 5-4 overall and 3-0 all-time against Va. Tech, while the Hokies fall to 4-5 on the season. The win also gives the Green and Blue their first win over a BCS opponent this season.

The Eagles, who drained 17 triples in the last meeting with Va. Tech (Dec. 21, 2011 in Fort Myers) and are 18th in the nation in three-point field goals per game (7.6) this season, knocked down six shots from behind the arc, led by four of treys from Adams.

Adams finished with 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 from long distance. Hansen tallied 19 points, her eighth double figure scoring performance of the season, to go with six rebounds and four assists. Freshman Jaime Gluesing (Solon, Ohio/Solon HS), in 25 solid minutes off the bench, totaled 10 points and three boards. Senior Brittany Kennedy (Spokane, Wash./Lewis and Clark HS/Oregon State) grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds to go with five points, five assists and two steals, while senior Joyce Iamstrong (Chicago, Ill./Thornton Fractional South HS/Jefferson College) chipped in with six points and four assists.

After the Hokies made a shot from the charity stripe to take a 1-0 lead with 19:03 left in the opening half, the Eagles used a 20-6 run, highlighted by a pair of Adams triples and four points from Hansen, to take a 20-7 advantage (10:23).

VT got back-to-back buckets to cut the FGCU lead down to 20-11 (8:39), but the Green and Blue used another run, this time a 9-1 spurt, capped by an Iamstrong layup, to increase their lead to 17 points (29-12) with 6:38 left on the clock. Virginia Tech would go on to outscore the Eagles 12-6 over the final five minutes of the half as FGCU took a 35-24 lead into the locker room at the intermission.

Hansen led all scorers with 12 points in the first half. She also added four boards and three assists, as FGCU shot 56.5 percent (13-for-23) from the floor and 30.0 percent (3-of-10) from behind the arc. Va. Tech shot 32.3 percent (10-for-31) from the floor and missed all four of their attempts from long distance in the opening 20 minutes.

The Eagles were in control of the contest midway through the second half, before the Hokies used a 10-1 run to get to within a basket (52-50) with 3:50 left in regulation.

The Green and Blue responded to the VT run by draining back-to-back threes (Adams and Gluesing) to virtually seal the non-conference victory.

Virginia Tech shot 39.3 percent (24-for-61) from the floor and were held without a three-pointer on the afternoon (five attempts).

FGCU shot 43.5 percent (20-for-46) from the floor and hit six of their 19 attempts from behind the three-point line. The Eagles also registered five steals, forced 12 turnovers and tallied 13 assists on 20 made baskets.

The Eagles will now head to Richmond, Va. to battle the Spiders of Richmond (7-4) on Dec. 19 (7 p.m.).

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