FGCU Falls to EKU in the Championship Game of the FGCU Thanksgiving Classic
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Delia De La Torre scored a career-high 19 points and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team as the FGCU women’s basketball team fell to Eastern Kentucky in the championship game of the FGCU Thanksgiving Classic 74-56 in Alico Arena.
The Eagles drop to 1-2, while the Lady Colonels improve to 3-0.
For the game, the Eagles shot 43.2 percent, connecting on 19-of-44 attempts from the field. De La Torre’s (Las Cruces, N.M.) 19 points eclipsed her previous career-high, which she set on Friday against Central Connecticut State in the first game of the tournament. De La Torre shot 5-of-11 (45.5 percent) from the field and 8-of-12 (66.6 percent) from the charity stripe, while also adding five rebounds and two assists.
Adrianne McNally (Howell, Mich) finished with 16 points on 66.6 percent shooting (6-of-9) from the field. McNally also added six rebounds, four assists and a steal.
Ashley Cazee, tournament MVP, and Niki Avery, All-Tournament Team, led Eastern Kentucky with 26 points and 14 points, respectively. Cazee shot 10-of-12 (83.3 percent) from the field, including 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) from behind the arc. For the game, the Lady Colonels collectively shot 44.8 percent (26-of-58) from the field, including 50.0 percent (12-of-24) from long-distance.
FGCU opened the contest with a 16-4 run, that was capped by an Ashley Haegele (Imperial. Mo.) three-pointer with 13:50 left in the half. Eastern Kentucky would answer FGCU’s run with one of their own, as the Lady Colonels turned up their defense pressure, forcing FGCU into 18 first half turnovers and finished the half on a 26-9 run to take a 30-25 lead going into halftime.
In the second half the Lady Colonels continued to increase their defensive pressure by throwing a full-court press at the Eagles. FGCU handled the press and were able to tie the score at 46-46 with 9:48 left in the game, but EKU finished the game with a 28-10 run and won by final score of 74-56.
FGCU will hit the road for its next five games. The Eagles road slate starts Friday, Nov. 30 when they meet Bowling Green State University, a 2007 Sweet Sixteen team, in the first round of the Cornell Classic. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.
FGCU Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team
Danica Covington (CCSU)
Agnieszka Kulaga (Valpo)
Delia De La Torre (FGCU)
Niki Avery (EKU)
Ashley Cazee (EKU) - Tournament MVP
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