Eagles Return to Winning Ways with 77-64 Victory Over UCF
Sunday, December 07, 2008
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Kelsey Jacobson scored 17 points, all in the second half, to lead the Eagles in the victory
Kelsey Jacobson scored 17 points, all in the second half, to lead the Eagles in the victory
Adrianne McNally scored 11 points to go along with a team-high 8 rebounds and a game-high 6 assists for the Eagles
Adrianne McNally scored 11 points to go along with a team-high 8 rebounds and a game-high 6 assists for the Eagles

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Kelsey Jacobson scored all of her 17 points in the second half and three other Eagles reached double-figures in scoring as FGCU knocked off the visiting UCF Knights 77-64 on Sunday afternoon.

 

The Eagles jumped out to a quick start, scoring the game's first five points.  The Knights' Emma Cannon responded, scoring six consecutive points herself, giving UCF a 6-5 lead three minutes into the contest.  The two teams exchanged baskets for a few minutes until an Adrianne McNally layup gave the home team a 16-14 lead with 10:45 to play in the half.  The Eagles would maintain that lead for the remainder of the half, extending it to as many as ten points with 3:01 to play, but UCF ended the half strong, cutting the lead to just a single point, 35-34, by halftime.  Chelsea Lyles scored 13 first-half points for the Eagles, shooting 5-9 from the field including 3-5 from behind the 3-point line.

 

The Knights came out of the locker room looking to build off of the momentum they carried into halftime, and they did just that, taking a 36-35 lead just 1:20 into the second half on a layup from Emma Cannon.  Two and a half minutes later, two free throws from Ashia Kelly made it a 41-37 game in favor of UCF, which would end up being their largest lead of the game.  With 12:36 to play and the Knights holding a 43-41 advantage, Adrianne McNally sank two free throws which sparked the Eagles on to a 10-0 run, capped off by two 3-pointer field goals from Kelsey Jacobson, her first points of the game.  About six minutes later, UCF was still hanging around, trailing 56-49.  Over the course of 1:50 Jacobson hit three treys and two free throws, opening up the lead to 67-51 with 4:49 to play.  Courtney Chihil’s layup with 2:27 left gave FGCU a 20-point lead, essentially sealing the victory for the Eagles.

 

For the Knights (1-7), Emma Cannon recorded a double-double with 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-4 FT) and 13 rebounds (7 offensive).  Marshay White added 12 points and 4 rebounds, and Aisha Patrick tallied 7 points, 7 rebounds, a team-high 7 assists, as well as a game-high 3 steals.

 

For the Eagles (5-2), Kelsey Jacobson scored a game-high 17 points, all in the second half, on 5-9 shooting from 3-point range and 2-2 from the free throw line.  Adrianne McNally registered a game-high 6 assists, a team-high 8 rebounds, as well as scoring 11 points.  Courtney Chihil added 15 points and 6 rebounds.  Chelsea Lyles scored 13 points, all in the first half.

 

The Eagles will hit the court again on Saturday afternoon inside Alico Arena against the Campbell Camels as part of a double-header with the FGCU men's basketball team.  The women's game is scheduled to tip-off at 1:00 PM, with the men's game, also against Campbell, set for 3:15 PM.