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3's Please! FGCU Makes NCAA Division I Record 22 Triples in 97-60 Win at ETSU
|Florida Gulf Coast||51||46||97|
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||ETSU|
|FG Percentage||.559 (33-59)||.418 (23-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.512 (22-43)||.667 (2-3)|
|FT Percentage||.818 (9-11)||.667 (12-18)|
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JOHNSON CITY, TENN. – Redshirt senior Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes HS/Valpo) scored a career-high 25 points and the FGCU women’s basketball team set the NCAA Division I record for three-pointers made in a single game with 22, en route to a 97-60 win over A-Sun foe ETSU on Saturday afternoon at the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.
“We shot the ball really well today,” said head coach Karl Smesko. “It was nice to a lot of players get hot in the same game, because it really worked to our advantage. I was not aware that we were approaching the record, but we shoot a lot of three’s every game so if we hit those shots at a high percentage we’ll probably be around that record number.”
With the win, FGCU, winners of 23 straight A-Sun games, improves to 12-5 overall and 5-0 in the A-Sun, while ETSU falls to 3-8 overall (1-3 A-Sun). The victory also improves the Green and Blue’s record against ETSU at the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center (4-1) and in the all-time series with the Lady Bucs (9-2).
The Eagles’ 22 three-point makes gives them the Division I record 14 months after draining 21 trifectas in a win over Webber International (Nov. 28, 2011; 106-27) that placed them tied for first place all-time with New Mexico State. The Aggies drained 21 triples against Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 23, 2002. Freshman Stephanie Haas (Avon Lake, Ohio/Magnificat HS) made the shot that tied the record at the 6:44 mark of the second half and classmate Amanda Moore (Seymour, Ind./Seymour HS) drilled a three-pointer with 1:48 left in the game that gave FGCU the all-time mark.
The 22 three-point makes are also a program and Atlantic Sun Conference best, as FGCU made 10 treys in the first half and 12 in the second. The Green and Blue hit 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) triples in the final frame in which they outscored the Lady Bucs 46-35.
The Eagles, who have made at least one three-pointer in 214 consecutive contests and 326 of 327 games in program history, have drained double digit trifectas four times this season and now have 150 triples as a team. Seven different players made at least one trey for the Green and Blue, led by Adams’ career-best 7-of-12 night.
Adams scored her career-high and game-high 25 points in just 14 minutes on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and 7-of-12 from behind the arc. The seven makes from long distance from Adams rank her tied for fifth place in the FGCU record books. Sophomore Anthi Chatzigiakoumi (Athens, Greece/General Sr. HS of Kallithea), in her first collegiate start, registered 15 points and four rebounds. Redshirt junior Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) chipped in with 12 points, six boards and three assists. Senior Joyce Iamstrong (Chicago, Ill./Thornton Fractional South HS/Jefferson College) poured in 12 points, while the freshman duo of Jamie Gluesing (Solon, Ohio/Solon HS) and Moore added nine points each. A-Sun Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Brittany Kennedy (Spokane, Wash./Lewis and Clark HS/Oregon State) totaled seven points and two steals to go with a career-best 12 assists. Kennedy’s 12 dimes rank her t-2nd in program history with former teammate Courtney Chihil (12; vs. Indiana, Dec. 21, 2010).
ETSU opened the game with a quick 3-0 lead over the first 2:42. The Eagles responded in a big way, using a 20-5 spurt, highlighted by nine points from Iamstrong and five from Hansen, to take a 20-8 advantage (11:06).
A jumper from Maria Bond cut the FGCU lead down to 24-12 with 9:53 left, but the Green and Blue responded with another huge run. The Eagles used a 27-12 run, including a stretch where Adams scored 16 consecutive FGCU points (four three-pointers), to take a 51-25 lead into the locker room at the half.
Adams led the Green and Blue with 19 points (five three-pointers) in the first half, while Hansen and Iamstrong added nine points each. FGCU shot 61.3 percent (19-for-31) from the floor and knocked down 10-of-20 shots from behind the three-point line. The Lady Bucs, who were forced into nine first half turnovers, shot 33.3 percent (8-for-24) from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
In the second half, FGCU continued to shoot the ball well from all over the floor, increasing their lead to as many as 45 points before picking up the 97-60 conference win.
The Green and Blue are back in action on Monday, January 14 when they head to Spartanburg, S.C. to take on the Spartans of USC Upstate (5-10, 1-3 A-Sun). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
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