Christian Brothers Edges FGCU Women's Hoop
The Christian Brothers University overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Florida Gulf Coast University 55-50 Wednesday night at Canale Arena in a Division II South Region women’s basketball game.
The Eagles (15-6 overall, 8-6 south region) had their seven-game winning streak snapped. FGCU dropped four spots to eighth in the NCAA Division II region rankings released earlier in the day. Christian Brothers, ranked 10th in the region, improved to 12-7.
It was a tale of two halves for FGCU. The Eagles came out firing in the first 20 minutes, building a 23-7 lead at the 6:55 mark. The Eagles held the Bucs to just 17.1% from the floor in the first 20 minutes and held a 27-16 halftime advantage.
The second half was a different story as CBU outscored the Eagles 39-23, hitting 39.3% from the field, while FGCU hit at only a 26.1% clip. The Bucs also converted 17-of-20 free throw attempts in the half.
CBU missed all 16 of its three-point field goal attempts in the game but held a 46-43 rebounding advantage and forced 28 Eagles turnovers.
The Eagles actually stretched the lead to 13 at 42-29 with 11:24 remaining in the game. The Bucs then went on a 15-2 run to tie the game at 44-44 with 2:36 remaining. Over the next two minutes, the teams traded free throws and the game was tied 45-45 with 36 seconds remaining.
Kristen Kirkland converted eight straight free throws attempts in the final 36 seconds to propel the Bucs to the win. Kirkland finished with a game high 19 points, including 13-of-15 free throws, to go with six rebounds. Charlie Moore added 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocks for the Bucs.
Senior forward Andrea Clarke (Guelph, Ont.) led FGCU with 12 points and 11 rebounds, posting her second double-double of the season. Freshman forward Jessica Hathaway (Fort Wayne, IN) added nine points. Junior forward Andrea Holbrook (Jeffersonville, IN) had seven points – all in the first half – while junior guard Candy Myers (New Batavia, OH) also had seven points, including a three-pointer for the 28th straight game.
FGCU concludes its three-game road trip at Arkansas-Monticello on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.