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FGCU Faces Kennesaw St. Saturday Afternoon in League Action
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Winning streaks and a season sweep will be on the line Saturday afternoon when the FGCU women's basketball team takes on conference foe Kennesaw State in the Atlantic Sun game of the week in the KSU Convocation Center. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.
The matchup on Saturday afternoon will feature the two hottest teams in the Atlantic Sun conference FGCU, winners of nine straight and co-leaders of the Atlantic Sun Conference, takes on second place Kennesaw State. The Owls have won three straight and five of their last six to climb within striking distance of a regular season title. Junior Britteny Henderson has powered Kennesaw State’s surge up the standings. In two games a week ago, the forward averaged 25 points and 16 rebounds. A pair of seniors have led the Eagles’ second half flight. Forward Delia De La Torre leads the Eagles in scoring averaging 14.8 points per game, while guard Chelsea Dermyer scores 11.1 per game, dishes out 4.7 assists and boasts a pair of Player of the Week honors this season.
A WIN SATURDAY WOULD ...
- extend FGCU’s winning streak to 10 games
- make the Eagles 15-7 overall
- make the Eagles 10-2 in A-Sun play
- make FGCU 147-28 all-time
- make Smesko’s record 208-55 overall and 147-28 at FGCU
Eagles Claw Their Way To The Top
With the win over ETSU on Feb. 11 and Jacksonville being defeated by Belmont, the Eagles earned a share of 1st place in the A-Sun. FGCU is currently tied with JU and ETSU atop the conference.
“Were Going Streaking Through The Quad And Into the Gymnasium”
The Eagles have currently won nine in a row, which is the longest current winning streak in the conference. The Eagles are tied for 13th in the nation for the longest winning streak (Chattanooga had the longest winning streak with 17 in a row).
During their current 9-gm winning streak, the Eagles have averaged 71.6 points and shot 46.6% from the field and 40.8% from behind the 3-pt line, while forcing the opposition into 19.1 turnovers and holding them to only 51.7 points, 36.7% shooting from the field and 30.1% from behind the arc.
FCGU vs. Kennesaw St.
- This is the second meeting all-time between the two teams.
(Last Meeting: Jan. 19 in Fort Myers, Fla. – FGCU 76, KSU 64) Chelsea Dermyer scored a career-high 24 points and Delia De La Torre recorded a double-double as FGCU defeated Kennesaw State 75-64 on Saturday night to secure the program’s second consecutive Atlantic Sun conference victory.
Four Eagles scored in double figures led by Dermyer’s (Fort Collins, Col.) career-high 24 points. Dermyer played another solid game at the point guard position for the Eagles by shooting 9-of-14 (62.3 percent) from the field and 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) from long-distance. The senior also added five assists and four steals.
Adrianne McNally (Howell, Mich.) played an all-around game by registering 14 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Ashley Haegele (Imperial, Mo.) and Delia De La Torre (Las Cruces, N.M.) had 13 points each. Haegele shot 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) and added four rebounds. De La Torre recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Kennesaw State was led by Nikki Gurley’s 15 points.
FGCU (7-7, 2-2 A-Sun) started the game on a 13-0 run, capped by a McNally layup at the 14:26 mark, and held the Owls scoreless until Kennesaw State forward DeAndrea Bullock knocked in a free-throw with 12:41 left in the half.
Bullock’s free-throw ignited the Kennesaw State offense and the Owls mounted a comeback and eventually cut the FGCU lead down to one point with 33 second left in the half, but the Eagles got a timely three-pointer from Haegele with 19 seconds left on the clock and took a 33-29 lead going into the locker room at halftime.
FGCU shot only 12-of-31 (38.7 percent) from the field and 7-of-24 (29.2 percent) from three-point range in the first half while the Owls shot 43.5 percent (10-of-23) from the field and 42.9 percent (3-of-7) from behind the arc.
In the second half, the Eagles came out on fire. FGCU began the half on an 8-0 run and never looked back. The Eagles never let Kennesaw State get closer than five points and they secured the program’s second consecutive A-Sun victory by outscoring the Owls 42-35 in the half to win by the final of 75-64.
The Eagles finished the game 28-of-60 (46.7 percent) from the field and 13-of 34 (38.2 percent) from three-point range. The Owls shot 50 percent (22-of-44) from the field and 46.7 percent (7-of15) from long-distance.
Last Time Out Kennesaw St @ Campbell (W, 67-55: Feb. 11)
The Kennesaw State women’s basketball team used a 19-3 run in the second half to break open a 47-47 tie en route to a 67-55 road victory over the Campbell Camels on Monday night inside Carter Gymnasium.
The Lady Owls (13-10, 8-3 A-Sun) posted their best offensive out-put of the season to win their third game in a row and sixth out of the last seven. KSU finished the game shooting 51.9 percent after making 27 of-52 shots and put the defensive clamps down on the Camels (10-14, 5-6), holding the hosts to 42.6 percent shooting (23-of-54).
Britteny Henderson continued her hot play of recent weeks, scoring a career-high 28 points. The Atlanta native missed just two opportunities, going 11-of-13 from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. The Atlanta native gathered 11 rebounds to finish with her second consecutive double-double.
Greteya Kelley tied her season-high with 20 points after shooting 8-of-17 from the field and knocking down a season-best four three-pointers. She added five assists to go along with four steals. Montinique Nixon chipped in seven for the Lady Owls, while Jennifer Baker added five.
Marlena Murphy had 11 points for the Camels, but KSU held the senior forward to four rebounds below her season average with seven. Lauren Yesh added 10 points in the losing effort.
KSU Statistical Leaders
Britteny Henderson, 14.4 ppg
Greteya Kelley, 13.5 ppg
Ashley Johnson, 4.2 apg
Jennifer Baker, 2.6 apg
Britteny Henderson, 8.6 rpg
Montinique Nixon, 6.0 rpg