FGCU Women's Hoops Set to Host FGCU Thanksgiving Classic
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Senior Delia De La Torre and the Eagles take on Central Connecticut State on Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.
Senior Delia De La Torre and the Eagles take on Central Connecticut State on Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU women’s basketball team will host the 2007 FGCU Thanksgiving Classic this weekend in Alico Arena.

The field of teams participating in the tournament include Central Connecticut State, Eastern Kentucky, FGCU and Valparaiso.

The tournament begins on Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. when Eastern Kentucky takes on Valpo. FGCU will host Central Connecticut St. in game two. Tip-off for game two is set for 7 p.m.

The consolation game (Loser of Game. 2 vs. Loser of Game 1) will be on Nov 24 at 5 p.m and the championship game (Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 1) is set for a 7 p.m. start.

Last Time Out: FGCU Falls to No. 19 Florida State

Fort Myers, Fla. - The FGCU women’s basketball team dropped its first game as a Division 1 program as more than 2,000 fans watched the Eagles fall to the No. 19 Florida State Seminoles 93-53 in Alico Arena.

The Eagles (0-1) are now 5-1 in home-openers and 4-2 in season-openers.

FSU (1-0) has now won 14 consecutive season-openers with the win over the Eagles. The Seminoles are also 7-0 vs. A-Sun Conference teams under Head Coach Sue Semrau. Tonight’s game was the fi rst true road game to open a season for the Seminoles since 1998-1999 when they defeated St. Mary’s 78-57 at the Paradise Jam.

Sophomore Jacinta Monroe (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) led the way for the Seminoles with 23 points while junior Tanae Davis-Cain (Dawson, Ga.) finished with 18. FSU was in control from the start after a 10-2 run to begin the game.

Seniors Delia De La Torre (Las Cruces, N.M.) and Chelsea Dermyer (Fort Collins, Col.) led the Eagles with 14 points and nine points, respectively.

De La Torre was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line and pulled down four rebounds, while Dermyer snagged six rebounds and dished out four assists with no turnovers.

Freshman Kristine Herman (San Ramon, Calif.) looked strong in her collegiate debut with 7 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the charity stripe.


News & Notes on Central Connecticut State

Last Time Out: Central Connecticut played game three of its five-game season starting road trip, losing 88-65 at Western Michigan. Rose led the Blue Devils with 13 points, while Covington had a career-high 10 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Alexzandria Dowdy added seven points and four steals, and Dugan led CCSU with eight rebounds and seven assists.

Thanksgiving Touneys: This is the third consecutive year CCSU will play in a Thanksgiving time tournament. Two seasons ago, the Blue Devils defeated Alaska Anchorage. 77-51. and Arizona, 69-65 in overtime, to win the Great Alaska Shootout. Last year, Central Connecticut lost both games at the URI Thanksgiving Classic, falling to Boston College, 67-57, and host Rhode Island, 75-63.

Central Conn. St. Statistical Leaders

Points: Emily Rose - 11.3 ppg, P.J. Wade - 8.7 ppg

Assists: Kerrianne Dugan - 3.3 apg, Three with 1.3 apg

Rebounds: Danica Covington - 8.0 rpg, P.J. Wade - 4.3 rpg


News & Notes on Valpo

Valpo Looks for 1st Tournament Championship in 22 Years: Valparaiso has not won an in-season tournament since the 1985-1986 campaign when the Crusaders won all three games at the Lady Redmen Classic in Kenosha, Wis., a tournament hosted by Carthage. Valpo last played in a multi-day event during the 2005-2006 season, falling in the championship of the National City Xavier Invitational to the host Musketeers.

Last Time Out: Valparaiso shot just 28.6% from the floor, fell behind by 21 early, and could not rally on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders dropped a 64-53 decision to Xavier in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sarah Ott (Chippewa Falls, Wis./Chippewa Falls H.S.) led Valpo with her first career double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing a career-high 10 boards.

Xavier started quickly, scoring 17 of the game’s first 20 points as the Crusaders opened shooting just 1-of-10 from the floor. The lead grew to 29-8 at the 6:15 mark of the first half before Valpo cut into the deficit. Sarah Ott’s three-pointer just before halftime brought the Brown and Gold to within 34-17 at the break.

Kulaga led Valpo with 12 points while Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joesph’s H.S.) added 10 more.

Valparaiso Statistical Leaders

Points: Aimee Litka - 9.8 ppg, Launa Hochstetler - 9.5 ppg

Assists: Aimee Litka - 2.5 apg, Launa Hochstetler - 2.25 apg

Rebounds: Sarah Ott - 4.8 rpg, Two with 4.5 rpg


News & Notes on EKU

Last Time Out: Four players scored in double figures and 11 of the 12 Lady Colonels scratched the scoring column as the Eastern Kentucky women’s basketball team opened its 2007-08 campaign by beating West Virginia Tech, 90-59. Senior Crystal Jones led EKU (1-0) in its season opener with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

The Lady Colonels out-rebounded West Virginia Tech 64-38 and 25 EKU steals contributed to 35 Golden Bear turnovers.

Jones added six assists, four blocks and six steals to go along with her double-double. Fellow senior guards Niki Avery and Ashley Cazee added 15 points and 14 points respectively.

Newcomers LaTonyah Bentley and LaTanya Stokes came off the bench to help the rebounding effort. Bentley grabbed nine boards in only 12 minutes of play. Stokes had eight rebounds and eight points in 16 minutes of action.

The Lady Colonels shot 42.4 percent (14-of-33) from the field in the first half, including 3-of-6 from three-point range.

Eastern shot 35.4 percent in the second half and finished the game having made 31 of 81 shots for 38.3 percent. The Lady Colonels knocked down 23 of 29 free throw attempts for 79.3 percent.

West Virginia Tech shot 35.9 percent (23-of-64) for the game and went 0-for-10 from three-point range. The Golden Bears made just 13 of 24 from the charity stripe for 54.2 percent.

EKU Statistical Leaders

Points: Crystal Jones - 16.0 ppg, Niki Avery - 15.0 ppg

Assists: Crystal Jones - 6.0 apg, Two with 4.0 apg

Rebounds: Crystal Jones - 11.0 rpg, LaTonyah Bentley - 9.0 rpg