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Eagles to Participate in the Cornell Classic
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU women's basketball team will participate in the 2007 Cornell Classic this weekend in Ithaca, N.Y. The field of teams participating in the tournament include Bowling Green, Cornell, FGCU and Gardner-Webb.
The tournament begins on Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. when FGCU takes on Bowling Green State University. Cornell will host Gardner-Webb 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 Dec. 1 at 3 p.m and the championship game (Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 1) is set for a 5 p.m. start.
Last Time Out: FGCU vs. EKU
Delia De La Torre scored a career-high 19 points and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team as the FGCU women’s basketball team fell to Eastern Kentucky in the championship game of the FGCU Thanksgiving Classic 74-56 in Alico Arena.
The Eagles drop to 1-2, while the Lady Colonels improve to 3-0.
For the game, the Eagles shot 43.2 percent, connecting on 19-of-44 attempts from the field. De La Torre’s (Las Cruces, N.M.) 19 points eclipsed her previous career-high, which she set on Friday against Central Connecticut State in the first game of the tournament. De La Torre shot 5-of-11 (45.5 percent) from the field and 8-of-12 (66.6 percent) from the charity stripe, while also adding five rebounds and two assists.
Adrianne McNally (Howell, Mich) finished with 16 points on 66.6 percent shooting (6-of-9) from the field. McNally also added six rebounds, four assists and a steal.
Ashley Cazee, tournament MVP, and Niki Avery, All-Tournament Team, led Eastern Kentucky with 26 points and 14 points, respectively. Cazee shot 10-of-12 (83.3 percent) from the field, including 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) from behind the arc. For the game, the Lady Colonels collectively shot 44.8 percent (26-of-58) from the field, including 50.0 percent (12-of-24) from long-distance.
FGCU opened the contest with a 16-4 run, that was capped by an Ashley Haegele (Imperial. Mo.) three-pointer with 13:50 left in the half. Eastern Kentucky would answer FGCU’s run with one of their own, as the Lady Colonels turned up their defense pressure, forcing FGCU into 18 first half turnovers and finished the half on a 26-9 run to take a 30-25 lead going into halftime.
In the second half the Lady Colonels continued to increase their defensive pressure by throwing a full-court press at the Eagles. FGCU handled the press and were able to tie the score at 46-46 with 9:48 left in the game, but EKU finished the game with a 28-10 run and won by final score of 74-56.
News & Notes on Bowling Green
- Bowling Green has beaten two Atlantic Sun Conference teams with their W’s at Lipscomb (54-42, Nov. 15) and Belmont (77-66, Nov. 18). The Falcons are currently 2-0 against the conference.
- Senior Kate Achter became one of just 39 women’s basketball participants in MAC history to earn Player of the Week honors on four or more occasions throughout their collegiate career. On Nov. 26, Achter was honored with the MAC East POW award for the second straight week after her scoring a career-high 32 points vs. St. Bonaventure.
- BG senior Kate Achter is currently averaging 20.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, and 4.25 apg. She is also shooting 35-of-40 (.875) from the charity stripe. In the Falcons last two contests alone, she has gone to the line 34 times, connecting on 30 of those attempts (.882).
- The Falcons are a perfect 4-0 and off to their best start since 2005.
Bowling Green Statistical Leaders
Points: Kate Achter, 20.3 ppg Lauren Proshaska, 13.8 ppg
Assists: Kate Achter, 4.3 apg Lindsey Goldsberry, 2.5 apg
Rebounds: Lindsey Goldsberry, 6.0 rpg Lauren Prochaska, 4.8 rpg
News & Notes on GWU
- GWU is currently 2-5, but the Runnin’ Bulldogs play their competition fairly even as far as statistics go. The Bulldogs and their opponents are both averaging 65.3 points per game. Each have 19 blocks, GWU has one more assist, is averaging 38.6 rebounds per game compared to 38.4 rebounds per outing for its opposition and are shooting just six thousandths of a point less than the teams it faces.
Last Time Out: GWU vs. South Carolina State
A furious second-half rally could not help the Gardner-Webb women’s basketball team come back from a 12-point halftime deficit as the Bulldogs fell to S.C. State by a 62-56 score Tuesday evening.
GWU dropped to 2-5 on the season while SCSU improved to 1-4 on the year.
GWU was led by Monique Hudson’s 12 points off the bench as the rookie hit 6-of-10 from the floor. However, she fouled out in just 21 minutes of play. Hudson was the only Bulldog to reach double figures, but her twin sister, Dominique Hudson, canned nine in the losing effort. Redshirt-sophomore Sherika Montgomery had eight points.
Sophomore Margaret Roundtree pulled down 10 boards to lead the way, seven of which were on the defensive end of the court.
GWU shot better than the opposition, 37.3 percent to 34.5 percent, but the home squad bested the Bulldogs from the charity stripe. SCSU drained 19-of-23 attempts from the charity stripe while GWU converted just four-of-eight.
The Bulldogs also struggled behind the arc, hitting just 2-of-21 attempts for the night.
GWU took an early 5-4 lead on a lay-up by Jessica Bryant and again took a one-point advantage on a Latroya Pope jumper with 16:45 to play at 9-8. However, it would be the last lead for the Bulldogs in the opening half.
SCSU went on an 8-2 run over the next six minutes of action and stayed up the rest of the half. The home team went up by 16 with just 1:43 to play in the half off a Brittany Baity foul shot. SCSU led 34-22 at the intermission.
As SCSU went up six with just under 10 to play, the Bulldogs sliced into the lead once more, eventually taking a 51-50 lead with 5:33 to play on a jumper by Monique Hudson.
The teams battled back and forth over the next four minutes as GWU had its final advantage of the night with 1:28 to play, 56-55. However, SCSU would post the final seven points of the match as the young Bulldogs missed two lay-ups. Laura Povilonyte also fouled Sophilia Hipps in the act of shooting down the stretch, and Hipps made the bucket and the charity toss for an old-fashioned three-point play.
GWU Statistical Leaders
Points: Monique Hudson, 12.6 ppg Margaret Roundtree, 10.1 ppg
Assists: Meranda Burnett, 3.7 apg Dominique Hudson, 2.7 apg
Rebounds: Margaret Roundtree, 7.9 rpg Sherika Montgomery, 4.7 rpg
News & Notes on Cornell
Last Time Out: Cornell vs. Bucknell
Jeomi Maduka dominated in the paint with 24 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots as Cornell knocked off preseason Patriot League favorite Bucknell, 74-63, on Sunday afternoon at Newman Arena. The Big Red evened its record at 2-2, while the Bison dropped to 1-4.
Maduka had 18 points and six rebounds after halftime as the Big Red stormed out to a 20-point lead and held on for the victory. The junior hit on 8-of-15 field goals and 8-of-13 free throws in setting a season high in both points and rebounds. She was joined in double figures by Gretchen Gregg (14 points, eight rebounds) and Lauren Benson (11 points, six assists). The Big Red shot 48 percent from the field and limited the Bison to 44 percent shooting, dominating on the glass with a 41-25 edge on the backboards.
Bucknell got 43 of the team’s 63 points off the bench, with Amanda Brown netting 17 and Andrea Wright posting 14. Preseason Patriot League Player of the Year Hope Foster was limited to just two points and five rebounds in 17 minutes of action.
Gregg scored the first 11 points of the game for the Big Red as Cornell jumped out to a 14-5 lead just five minutes into the contest. Bucknell slowly fought its way back into the game, using an 11-4 scoring run to close the gap to 18-16 at the 9:15 mark. Just under two minutes later, the Bison tied the game, 20-20, off a jumper from Andrea White and then used a steal by Lauren Schober and a fastbreak layup on the other end by Kristinia Collymore to take its first lead since the opening minute, 22-20.
The teams traded baskets for the next four minutes before Cornell closed the first half on a 13-2 scoring run to take a 39-29 advantage into the intermission.
Moina Snyder nailed a turn-around jumper in the paint on the Big Red’s first possession of the second stanza and Cornell never looked back pushing the lead to 48-32, thanks to five-straight points by Maduka, to make it 38-32 with 16:44 to play.
The Big Red took its largest lead of the game, a 20-point advantage, just over five minutes later as a layup by Maduka made it a 59-39 game.
Cornell maintained its comfortable lead until the final two minutes of the game, before the Bison managed to whittle the advantage down, but it was too little, too late as the home team rolled to the 74-63 victory.
Cornell Statistical Leaders
Points: Jeomi Maduka, 14.0 ppg Lauren Benson, 10.5 ppg
Assists: Lauren Benson, 5.0 apg Moina Snyder, 3.8 apg
Rebounds: Jeomi Maduka, 7.8 rpg Moina Snyder, 4.5 rpg