FGCU Forces 28 Camel Turnovers, Stay Undefeated in A-Sun
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Senior forward Adrianne McNally scored 22 points as the Florida Gulf Coast University women’s basketball team extended its Atlantic Sun Conference winning streak to 22 games with a 64-59 victory over Campbell University at the Pope Convocation Center Thursday night.
The Eagles (12-3, 7-0 A-Sun) forced the Camels (8-7, 3-3 A-Sun) into 28 turnovers as they upped their record to 4-0 all-time against Campbell.
FGCU, which leads the A-Sun by two games, never trailed in the contest.
The teams were tied at six with 16:49 remaining in the first half before the Eagles went on a 10-0 run taking a 16-6 advantage, thanks in part to three-pointers by junior guard Shannon Murphy (Brighton, Mich.) and senior forward Chelsea Lyles (Colorado Springs, Col.).
Back-to-back buckets by Adrianne McNally (Howell, Mich.) helped the Blue and Green garner a 28-23 advantage headed into the halftime break.
Campbell cut the FGCU lead to one with 16:51 remaining in the second half (30-29), only to see the Eagles regain a nine-point advantage (45-36) after three-pointers by Eglah Griffin (Fort Myers, Fla.) and Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn.).
The Camels went on a 6-0 run, again chipping away at the FGCU lead (45-42) with 9:58 to play. The Blue and Green held a 51-48 lead with 7:23 remaining before going on an 11-0 run including a pair of treys by Murphy to take a 62-48 lead with 3:47 on the clock.
Despite only hitting 2-of-7 free throw attempts in the final 1:21 of the game, FGCU held on to defeat Campbell by a final score of 64-59.
Murphy scored 12 points for the Eagles while Griffin chipped in with 10. Lyles finished with eight points and a team-high six assists, while Brittany Brown (Flint, Mich.) had seven points and five steals off the bench. Sophomore guard Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Oh.) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
Courtney Cannon led the Camels with a career high 19 points.
The Blue and Green are back in action Saturday when they take on East Tennessee State University at 1:45 p.m. in Johnson City, Tennessee. The Buccaneers (6-7, 4-1 A-Sun) are in second place in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
The Eagles land back at home in Alico Arena January 21 when they host the Owls of Kennesaw State University. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m.
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