Knight's 20 points Leads FGCU to an 87-50 Win at Kennesaw State
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 | by Mike Hill (mike_hill84)
Photo Credit: Dennis Snyder
Photo Credit: Dennis Snyder
Florida Gulf Coast (12-2, 4-0 A-Sun)
Kennesaw State (6-9, 1-3 A-Sun)
1/4/2012 | Kennesaw, Ga. - KSU Convocation Center | Attendance: 386
Florida Gulf Coast464187
Kennesaw State252550
Stats at a GlanceFGCUKSU
FG Percentage.551 (27-49) .322 (19-59)
3P FG Percentage.458 (11-24) .333 (5-15)
FT Percentage.759 (22-29) .583 (7-12)
Offensive Rebounds520
Defensive Rebounds2319
Total Rebounds2839
Bench Points379
Statistical LeadersFGCUKSU
PointsKNIGHT - 20
MILLS - 12
ReboundsHANSEN - 8
AssistsJACKSON - 3
StealsKENNEDY - 4
BlocksKNIGHT - 2

KENNESAW, Ga. – Freshman Whitney Knight (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds HS) tied her career-high with 20 points , as the FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down 11 triples, en route to an 87-50 blowout win over A-Sun foe Kennesaw State on Wednesday night.

With the win, FGCU improves to 12-2 overall (4-0 A-Sun), while the Owls fall to 6-9 (1-3 A-Sun) on the season. The Eagles are now 7-2 all-time against Kennesaw St. and 3-2 at the KSU Convocation Center.

The Eagles, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (12.6), have drained double digit three-pointers in 11 of their 14 games this season and now have 176 triples as a team. Nine different players made at least one trey for the Green and Blue, led by senior Kelsey Jacobson’s (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) 3-of-5 night.

Knight, who finished with 20 points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 15 minutes of action, shot 6-of-8 from the field, 1-of-3 from behind the arc and 7-of-10 from the charity stripe. Sophomore Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) chipped in with 17 points, a game-high eight boards, two assists and two steals. Jacobson, the A-Sun’s all-time leader and the nation’s leader (among active players) in career three-pointers (294), added 11 points and a pair of assists.

FGCU opened up the game with an 18-7 spurt, capped by an 18-foot jumper from Jacobson, over the first 6:55 of the game. A desperation triple at the end of the shot clock by KSU’s Taylor Mills cut the FGCU advantage to 25-16 with 8:44 remaining in the opening frame, but the Green and Blue used a 21-9 run, highlighted by five points from Eglah Griffin (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar HS/Seminole CC) and four points from both Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio/Alter HS) and Knight, to close out the half and take a 46-25 lead into the locker room at the intermission.

The Eagles shot 13-of-25 (52 percent) from the floor and 6-of-12 (50 percent) from behind the arc in the opening frame, while the Owls were limited to 35.7 percent (10-of-28) shooting from the field and were forced into 12 miscues.

In the second half, FGCU continued to dominate Kennesaw State on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor and extended their lead to as many as 37 points before picking up the 87-50 conference win.

The Owls shot 19-of-59 (32.2 percent) from the field and 5-of-15 (33.3 percent) from behind the arc in the game, while the Eagles hit 27-of-49 (55.1 percent) from the floor on the night, including 11-of-24 (45.8 percent) from long distance.

The Green and Blue will return home to host UNF and Jacksonville. FGCU takes on the Ospreys on Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m., before welcoming the Dolphins to ‘The Nest’ on Jan. 9 (5:15 p.m.).