Florida Gulf Coast
(17-5, 10-0 ASun)
(7-11, 3-7 ASun)
2/2/2013 | Swisher Gymnasium | Attendance: 670
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Freshman Jaime Gluesing (Solon, Ohio/Solon HS) scored a career-high 20 points as the FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down 10 three-pointers to defeat Jacksonville, 80-49, to pick up their 11th consecutive victory and clinch a spot in the A-Sun Tournament.
“I thought we played a solid game defensively,” said head coach Karl Smesko. “We were able to force Jacksonville into a lot of turnovers and limit their good looks on offense. I’m proud of our team for clinching a spot in the conference tournament.”
With the win, FGCU, winners of 28 straight A-Sun games, improves to 17-5 overall and 10-0 in the A-Sun, while Jacksonville falls to 7-14 overall (3-7 A-Sun). FGCU’s 28 consecutive conference victories ranks as the second longest streak in the country behind defending national champion Baylor (31).
The Eagles, who have made at least one three-pointer in 219 consecutive contests and 331 of 332 games in program history, made 10 triples on the night and now have 203 triples as a team. Five different players made at least one trey for the Green and Blue, led by Gluesing’s career-best 5-of-7 night.
Gluesing turned in 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor, 5-of-7 from behind the arc and 1-of-1 from the charity stripe. She also added four rebounds, one assist, one steal and a block in 28 minutes. Redshirt junior Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) registered 18 points and a career-high six steals in 23 minutes. Redshirt senior Brittany Kennedy (Spokane, Wash./Lewis and Clark HS/Oregon State) added 15 points, four assists and three steals.
The Eagles opened the game with a 26-6 run, highlighted by 11 points from Hansen and seven from Kennedy, over the first 11:20 of the opening period. The Eagles forced JU into 13 turnovers during their run.
After Queen Alford knocked down a three-pointer to cut the FGCU lead down to17 points (34-17), the Green and Blue used an 8-2 run over the final two minutes of the period to take a 42-19 lead going into the locker room at halftime.
Hansen led the Green and Blue with 14 points and four steals in the first half, while Kennedy added 13 points, two assists and a pair of steals. FGCU shot 52.9 percent (18-for-34) from the floor, while limiting the Dolphins to 7-of-26 (26.9 percent) from the field. The Eagles, who knocked down three shots from behind the arc in the first half, forced Jacksonville into 17 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
In the second half, FGCU continued their solid play, extending their lead to as many as 38 points (11:12) before winning by the final score of 80-49.
The Dolphins were held to 29.6 percent (16-for-54) from the floor and 14.3 percent (3-for-21) from long range.
The Eagles shot 50.0 percent (31-for-62) from the floor and hit 10 three-pointers on 28 attempts (35.7 percent). FGCU registered 25 rebounds, forced JU into 30 turnovers (scored 47 points off of those turnovers) and tallied 18 assists on 31 made baskets.
The Green and Blue are back in action on Monday, February 4 when they face the Ospreys of North Florida (10-11, 6-4 A-Sun) at UNF Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
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