Eagles To Face Bulls in WNIT Second Round
Friday, March 20, 2009

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU women's basketball team will continue play in the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) in the Sun Dome on Saturday night at 7 p.m. when it takes on the Bulls of the University of South Florida.

Tickets for the game are on sale now by calling 1-800-GoBulls or by logging on to ticketmaster.com. Tickets prices are $8, $6 for children (14 and under) and senior citizens,  and $4 for groups of 10 or more.

The Bulls advanced to the WNIT after posting a 22-10 record and an eighth place 8-8 record in BIG EAST Conference play. USF’s 22 wins marks the most wins in the program’s 37 year history. The Bulls have won four of their last five games, six of their last nine and eight of their last 13 games with three of those eight wins coming at Rutgers, at DePaul and at Villanova, all NCAA Tournament team’s.

First team All-BIG EAST Conference selection Shantia Grace is one of four players averaging double figures in the scoring column netting 14.7 points per game, while Janae Stokes (12.7 ppg.) and Jazmine Sepulveda (12.2 ppg.) are second and third respectively. Jessica Lawson rounds out the team’s double-figure scorers averaging 10.3 points per contest.

The Bulls earned the No. 8 seed, and a first round bye, in the BIG EAST Tournament where they defeated Cincinnati, 68-58, in the second round before losing to top seeded, and No. 1/1 ranked, Connecticut in the quarterfinals.

Florida Gulf Coast advanced to the second round by virtue of a thrilling 97-94 double-overtime win over George Washington in Alico Arena on Thursday night. Brittany Brown led five Eagles in scoring with 25 points while Adrianne McNally added 21 points and a team-high 11 rebounds in the win.

FGCU goes into Saturday night's game with USF boasting a 26-4 record and winners of 17-straight games. The Eagles won their first Atlantic Sun regular season championship with a 17-3 conference record.