FGCU Handles Lipscomb to Win Seventh Straight
Monday, February 04, 2008
Mandi Pierce recorded 12 points, five rebounds and three steals in the win.
Mandi Pierce recorded 12 points, five rebounds and three steals in the win.

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Four Eagles scored in double figures as the FGCU women’s basketball team defeated Lipscomb 65-51 to win their seventh consecutive game.

The Eagles improve to 12-7 overall and 7-2 in the A-sun, while Lipscomb falls to 6-17 overall and 4-5 in the A-Sun.

The Eagles once again showed their depth as four players scored in double figures. Senior Delia De La Torre (Las Cruces, N.M.) led the way with a game-high 17 points, senior Mandi Pierce (Altoona, Pa.) totaled 12 points, five rebounds and three steals, sophomore Adrianne McNally (Howell, Mich.) had 10 points and five steals and senior Chelsea Dermyer (Fort Collins, Col.) chipped in with 10 points and seven assists.

FGCU began the second half trailing 29-28, when a 7-4 run, capped by a Dermyer 3-pointer (at the 16:50 mark) gave the Eagles back the lead at 35-33 and began a back and forth second half that featured nine lead changes and five ties. From the 16:50 mark through the 8:11 mark, neither team held more than a two-point advantage in the second half. It was at the 8:10 mark when FGCU was finally able to gain some distance and put Lipscomb away, as De La Torre knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Eagles the 49-45 advantage. The Eagles would stay in control for the rest of the contest and increased their lead to as many as 17 points before winning by the final score of 65-51.

For the game, the Eagles shot 24-of-56 (42.9 percent) from the field and 9-of-22 (40.9 percent) from behind the 3-point line, while Lipscomb shot 44.2 percent (23-of-52) from the floor and 33.3 percent (4-of-12) from long range. The Bisons dominated the boards and out-rebounded the Eagles 39-27, but FGCU forced Lipscomb into 24 turnovers, while committing only 11 miscues.

FGCU will host USC Upstate on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. for “Think Pink” night.