#14 FGCU Women Travel to Florida Memorial
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University women’s basketball team continues its six-game road swing when it plays at NAIA member Florida Memorial on Tuesday night. It will be the only contest this week for the Eagles (18-1, 16-1 South Region).
The game at Florida Memorial will mark the first non-Division II game this season for the Eagles, who won a pair of non-region Division II contests over the weekend. The Eagles beat Columbia Union, 71-59, on Thursday behind 24 points from senior Candy Myers (Leipsic, Ohio), including eight 3-pointers which tied the FGCU record for most 3-point field goals made in a single-game set in November by Jen Conely (Warren, Minn.) On Saturday, FGCU topped the University of District of Columbia 71-66 as junior forward Katie Schrader (Fort Collins, Colo.) posted a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
FGCU continues to rank among the top teams in the country in several statistical categories, according to the NCAA. The Eagles are third in team defense, allowing just 44.1 points per game and seventh in field goal percentage allowed at 33.0%. FGCU is eighth in rebounding margin. Offensively, the Eagles are sixth in 3-point field goals made per game at 8.3 and 27th in scoring offense at 75.1 points per game. The Eagles winning percentage is sixth in Division II (94.7%), behind the five remaining unbeaten teams.
Schrader averages a team-high 14.8 points and 7. 1 rebounds per game to lead the Eagles. Three other players are averaging in double figures for FGCU. Myers is second in scoring at 11.3 points per game and 44th in 3-pointers made per game (2.4). Conely scores 10.4 points per game and ranks second among D-II players in 3-point field goal percentage (50.5%) and 30th in 3-pointers made per game (2.5). Myers and Conely are tied for fourth nationally in most 3-pointers made by a player with eight. Senior guard Ebonie Halliburton (East St. Louis, Ill.) averages 10.2 points per game and leads the team in assists (72).
Defensively, freshman Princess Stewart (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) and junior forward Alex Nelson (Edinburgh, Scotland) are among six players to record at least 20 steals and are tied for the team lead with 34. Nelson posted the second-highest Division II single game total of nine steals against Eckerd on December 29.
FGCU closes its road trip with a pair of games in Alabama next week.