Eagles Clinch Spot in A-Sun Tourney with, 58-51, Win Over Kennesaw State
Saturday, January 28, 2012 | by Mike Hill (mike_hill84)
Kennesaw State (9-13, 4-7 A-Sun)
Florida Gulf Coast (19-2, 11-0 A-Sun)
1/28/2012 | Fort Myers, Fla. (Alico Arena) | Attendance: 3027
Kennesaw State282351
Florida Gulf Coast312758
Stats at a GlanceKSUFGCU
FG Percentage.340 (18-53) .333 (20-60)
3P FG Percentage.300 (3-10) .261 (6-23)
FT Percentage.522 (12-23) .571 (12-21)
Offensive Rebounds1714
Defensive Rebounds3025
Total Rebounds4739
Bench Points1415
Statistical LeadersKSUFGCU
PointsGIDEON - 11
ReboundsFARRAR - 11
AssistsMILLS - 5
StealsWELLS - 3
BlocksGRAY - 1

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Three players scored in double figures as the FGCU women’s basketball team defeated a scrappy Kennesaw State squad, 58-51, to pick up their 11th consecutive victory and clinch the program’s first-ever spot in the A-Sun Tournament.

With the win, FGCU improves to 19-2 overall (11-0 A-Sun), while the Owls fall to 9-13 (4-7 A-Sun) on the season. The Eagles are now 8-2 all-time against KSU and 76-8 in games played in January.

The Eagles, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (11.5), knocked down just 6-of-23 shots from behind the arc. The six triples by FGCU marks just the seventh time this season the team has not drained double digit three-pointers in a game. Four different players made at least one trey for the Green and Blue, led by senior Eglah Griffin’s (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar HS/Seminole CC) 3-of-5 night.

Griffin scored 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field, while also adding three rebounds and a pair of steals. Freshman Whitney Knight (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds HS) added 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a block in just 19 minutes off the bench. Redshirt-sophomore Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) chipped in with 12 points, seven boards, five steals and three blocks.

Sametria Gideon led the Owls with 11 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

FGCU opened the game with a 12-5 run, capped by a Brittany Kennedy (Spokane, Wash./Lewis and Clark HS/Oregon State) triple, over the first 3:32 of the game. KSU responded by outscoring the Eagles 16-8 to take a 21-20 lead with less than seven minutes left in the first half. The Green and Blue regained the lead (27-21; 4:43) after Griffin drained a trey and Knight made a layup and made a pair from the charity stripe. The teams fought back-and-forth over the final four minutes of the period and FGCU took a 31-28 lead into the locker room at the intermission.

After a pair of Hansen free throws put the Eagles ahead 33-28, KSU got back-to-back layups from Sametria Gideon to cut the FGCU lead down to one point (33-32) with 17:49 left in regulation. The Green and Blue responded with a 20-7 run, capped by a Griffin three-pointer, to take a 53-39 advantage. Kennesaw State cut the FGCU lead down to six points (00:48), but the Eagles were able to hold off the Owls to pick up the 58-51 conference win.

Winners of 11 consecutive games, the Green and Blue will now head to Jacksonville, Fla. to take on UNF and Jacksonville. FGCU will face the Ospreys on Feb. 2 (7:00 pm), before taking on the Dolphins on Feb. 4 (1:00pm).