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Women's Basketball Outlasts USC Upstate
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Adrianne McNally and Chelsea Lyles each scored 21 points as the Eagles ran away from the USC Upstate Spartans on Saturday afternoon, 70-61. The Eagles used a 16-5 run in the second half to break open a tie game, and FGCU was able to hit their free throws down the stretch to hang on for the win.
The first half was a very tight affair, with neither team able to extend a lead into double digits. The Spartans did use an 8-0 run to grab the largest lead of the half, 22-13, with 8:40 to play in the half. The Eagles responded with a 9-0 run of their own to tie the game at 22-22 with 5:31 left until halftime. USC Upstate would eventually carry a one point lead into the half, 30-29.
The second half started out very similar to the first half, with five different tie scores in the first 8:19 of the half. With the scored tied at 46, FGCU finally broke the game open, going on a 16-5 run over a 10:50 span to take a 62-51 lead with 3:51 to play. Adrianne McNally led that charge, scoring 8 of the Eagles’ 16 points. Down the stretch, the Eagles converted enough free throws (their last 8 points all came from the free throw line) to seal the victory, 70-61.
For the Spartans (7-7, 2-4), Courtney Hawkins led all scorers with 22 points and also had a game-high 5 assists and a game-high 3 steals. Chelsea McMillan added 11 points and a game-high 3 blocks.
For the Eagles (10-4, 3-3), Adrianne McNally and Chelsea Lyles each scored a team-high 21 points and each dished out a team-high 4 assists. Lyles also pulled down 8 boards and grabbed 2 steals, while McNally pulled down a game-high 11 boards and a game-high 3 steals. Brittany Brown also scored 10 points for the Eagles.
The Eagles will hit the road for a pair of A-Sun conference games next week, first at Mercer followed by a trip to Kennesaw State. On Thursday, January 15th, the Eagles will travel to Macon, Georgia, to take on the Mercer Bears at 7:00PM. Then on Saturday, January 17th, the Eagles will be in Kennesaw, Georgia, to pay a visit to the Kennesaw State Owls at 2:00PM. The Eagles land back at home on Thursday, January 22nd, to take on the Jacksonville Dolphins at 7:00PM.