Eagles Women split two games in Holiday Tournament
FORT MYERS, FL - The Florida Gulf Coast University women’s basketball team found its shooting touch to run away from Saint Joseph’s College of Indiana 93-53 in the consolation game of the 3rd Annual FGCU Holiday Tournament presented by Premium Tour & Travel Thursday afternoon at Alico Arena.
The Eagles hit 8-of-11 three-point field goals to build a 51-20 halftime lead and never looked back to snap a two-game losing streak. FGCU shot 48.4% for the game and hit 13-of-21 from beyond the arc while topping 90 points for the fourth time this season.
Junior forward Alex Kwiecinska (Mississauga, ONT) connected on 8-of-10 field goals en route to a career-high 22 points for the Eagles. Junior guard and all-tournament team selection Candy Myers (New Batavia, OH) added 18 points for FGCU, including four three-pointers, extending her streak to 21 straight games with at least one-three point field goal. Three players - senior forward Andrea Clarke (Guelph, ONT), junior forward Jennifer Santana (Pembroke Pines, FL), and junior guard Megan Jones (Indianapolis, IN), chipped in with 11 points each.
Senior Courtney Rosenbaum had a game-high 33 points for Saint Joseph’s, who finished 0-2 in the tournament and dropped to 2-10. Cameron (4-7) beat Tuskegee (3-5) 71-62 behind 25 points from Brittany Cooksey to capture the championship game.
Joining Myers on the all-tournament team were Rosenbaum, Brittany Evans and Aisha Johnson of Tuskegee and Cameron’s Cooksey and Katie Stoll.
In Wednesday’s first round match-up, FGCU couldn’t slow down a hot-shooting Tuskegee University team in the second half, as the Tigerettes rallied for a 69-63 win. The Eagles led 34-24 at the break behind four three-pointers by Myers, but Tuskegee hit 51.7% from the field to pull out the victory.
The Tuskegee rally came after Clarke, who suffered a broken nose on a no-call, fouled out late in the game. The Eagles pulled to within two points, 63-61, after a conventional three-point play by junior guard Ebonie Haliburton (East St. Louis, IL) with 1:05 left. Tuskegee answered with a three-point play in the paint in the final 30 seconds to seal the win.
Myers scored a game-high 20 points for the Eagles while Haliburton finished with 11 points. Cameron knocked off Saint Joseph's 67-57 in Wednesday's other first-round game.
FGCU, now 9-5 on the season and 5-5 in the South Region, travels to West Florida on Monday night for a 6:30 p.m. (est) regional match-up.