Sophomore Adrianne McNally scored a team-high 15 points in the loss to the Florida Gators.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Adrianne McNally scored 15 points as the FGCU women's basketball team fell to the Florida Gators at the Stephen C. O’Connell Arena, by the final score of 78-52.
The Eagles fall to 2-4 overall, while the Gators improve to 5-4.
For the game, the Eagles shot 32.8 percent, connecting on 19-of-58 attempts from the field. McNally’s (Howell, Mich.) 15 points led the Eagles offensive attack. McNally shot 6-of-12 (50 percent) from the field and 3-of-3 (100 percent) from the charity stripe, while also adding five rebounds and a two steals.
Chelsea Dermyer (Fort Collins, Col.) scored 14 points and pulled down four rebounds. Delia De La Torre (Las Cruces, N.M.) finished with 10 points and snagged four rebounds.
Aneika Henry and Depree Bowden led Florida with 17 points and 16 points, respectively. Henry shot 8-of-8 (100 percent) from the field and added five rebounds and three blocks, while Bowden shot 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) from the floor. For the game, the Gators collectively shot 57.4 percent (31-of-54) from the field, including 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from long-distance.
The first half proved to be a tough one for the Eagles. FGCU struggled offensively, shooting only 30.8 percent (8-of-26) from the floor and 16.7 percent (2-of-12) from behind the three-point line in the first half. The Eagles also committed 10 first half turnovers, which the Gators capitalized on and turned into 12 points. FGCU did most of their damage from the perimeter, as they were only able to score eight points in the paint and registered zero second chance and zero fast break points.
The Eagles stormed out of the gate to begin the second half, opening the half on a 5-0 run to make the score 33-27 and forced the Gators to call a 30 second timeout at the 18:57 mark. Florida would answer FGCU’s run with a quick 12-4 run of their own to make the score 45-29 and kill the Eagles momentum. The Gators would increase their lead to as many as 28 points before winning by the final score of 78-52.
The Eagles will continue their road trip and travel to Orlando, Fla. to face the University of Central Florida this Sunday, with the tip scheduled for 1:00 p.m.