Head Coach Karl Smesko and the Eagles look to take down UNF and secure the program's first A-Sun victory.
- FGCU: 5-6, 0-1 A-Sun
- UNF: 6-7, 1-0 A-Sun
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The FGCU women's basketball team is looking to get back on the winning track and also pick up the program's first Atlantic Sun Conference victory when they take on North Florida on Monday night.
The Eagles are coming off a tough 62-58 loss at Jacksonville (Jan. 5), where Delia De La Torre (Las Cruces, N.M.) scored a team-high 18 points and Chelsea Dermyer (Fort Collins, Col.) added 15 points as the FGCU women's basketball team lost its conference opener on the road to the A-Sun Preseason favorite.
Jacksonville erased a five-point deficit at the half by shooting 14-of-30 from the field (47 percent) in the second half while holding the Eagles to 8-of 28 shooting (29 percent). The Eagles and Dolphins combined for 13 ties and 14 lead changes in the game.
Leading 46-44 with more than six minutes remaining, the Eagles gave up a 5-0 run to the Dolphins and Jacksonville would take the lead for good Desarae Johnson capped the run with a layup with 5:07 left. FGCU tied the game with 1:10 left in regulation after De La Torre drove to the basket and dropped in a layup. Jacksonville used a 4-0 run and held the Eagles scoreless in the final 1:10 to wrap-up the victory.
As a team, the Eagles connected on 21-of-56 (37.5-percent) shots from the field, including 7-of-20 (35.0-percent) from long-distance. De La Torre finished the game 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) from the field while pulling down a team-high seven rebounds. Dermyer ended the contest 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) from the field and 2-of-4 (50 percent) from behind the arc
News and Notes on UNF:
UNF (6-7, 1-0 A-Sun) has won its last two outings and three of its last five games without the services of leading scorer Jennifer Bowen. Without their leading scorer, the Lady Ospreys defense has been the key ingredient to their wins with UNF surrendering an average of 39.8 points in those victories.
UNF allowed only nine points in the first half of its win against Stetson and gave up a team Division I low of 36 points overall. Juliemay Syquio led the offense in that win, hitting a pair of 3-pointers en route to a 14-point performance.
UNF comes into the contest leading the league in 3-point defense, holding opponents to a .249 mark from long range.
UNF Statistical Leaders
Jennifer Bowen, 10.5 ppg
Shandrea Moore, 8.5 ppg
Shandrea Moore, 3.5 apg
Jennifer Bower, 2.6 apg
Jennifer Guldager, 6.5 rpg
Jennifer Bowen, 5.0 rpg