FGCU Wins 12th Consecutive Game; Remains Undefeated in Conference Play
|Florida Gulf Coast||35||37||72|
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||UNF|
|FG Percentage||.443 (27-61)||.444 (24-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.280 (7-25)||.455 (5-11)|
|FT Percentage||1.000 (11-11)||.800 (8-10)|
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Four players scored in double figures as the FGCU women's basketball team defeated UNF, 72-61, to pick up their 12th consecutive victory.
With the victory, FGCU improves to 20-2 overall (12-0 A-Sun), while the Ospreys fall to 8-15 (5-7 A-Sun) on the season. The Eagles are now 8-2 all-time against the Ospreys and 3-2 at UNF Arena.
The Eagles, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (11.3), knocked down 7-of-25 shots from behind the arc and now have 249 triples as a team. Four different players made at least one trey for the Green and Blue.
Ranked No. 3 in the CollegInsider.com Mid-Major poll and receiving votes in both national polls, FGCU forced the Ospreys into 23 turnovers and held them to 61 points. UNF’s 61 points mark the 19th time the Eagles, who lead the conference in scoring defense (52.1 ppg), have held an opponent below 65 points this season.
Senior Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio/Alter HS), who was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 4 Women’s Basketball first team Thursday morning, scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe, while also adding four steals and three boards. Redshirt-junior Brittany Kennedy (Spokane, Wash./Lewis and Clark HS/Oregon State) turned in her best all-around performance since she joined the team, finishing with 15 points, nine rebounds, seven steals and four assists in 34 minutes. Senior Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) scored 13 points and knocked down 3-of-8 shots from behind the arc. Redshirt-sophomore Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS), who joined Chihil on the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 4 Women’s Basketball first team, chipped in with 11 points, five boards, three assists and three blocks.
Destinee Smith led UNF with a game-high 20 points. Brittany Kirkland added 14 points and five assists.
The beginning of the first half saw the teams fight 10-10 tie through the first six minutes of the game. UNF outscored the Eagles 12-9 over the next 5:26 of the game to take a 22-19 lead with 8:40 left in the half, but the Green and Blue used a 16-4 run, highlighted by six points from Kennedy and four points from Whitney Knight (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds HS), to close out the first stanza and take a 35-26 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
In the second half, FGCU continued to hold off UNF and extended their lead to as many as 15 points before picking up the 72-61 conference win.
The Green and Blue, who are 58-8 all-time in the month of February, will return to the court on Saturday, Feb. 4 when they take on the Dolphins of Jacksonville at Veterans Memorial Arena. Tipoff is set for 1:00 p.m. and is the first game of a double-header with the men’s team.
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