KENNESAW, Ga. - The Eagles saw a 22-point second-half lead cut down to two, but held on and knocked off the Lady Owls 78-72 on Saturday afternoon at the KSU Convocation Center in an Atlantic Sun Conference game.
After trailing 61-39 with just over nine minutes remaining, the Lady Owls pilled out a full court press that forced the Eagles (12-4, 5-3 A-Sun) into bad shots and turnovers. Kennesaw State (6-9, 3-4) converted those turnovers and bad shots into a 24-4 run, making the score 65-63 after a pair of free throws from Greteya Kelley.
The Eagles ended the run on a desperation three-pointer from Adrianne McNally (Howell, Mich.) at the buzzer of the shot clock to extend the lead back to five. The Eagles would push the lead back up to nine, but the Lady Owls came back again, taking advantage of seven consecutive missed free throws by the Eagles. Trailing by six, DeAndrea Bullock connected on a three-pointer to trim the lead to three, 75-72. FGCU missed a pair of free throws on the other end, but Bullock's attempt from beyond the three-point line to tie the game was blocked by Kristine Herman (San Ramon, Calif.) and after an FGCU rebound and made free throw, the Eagles had a two-possession lead. KSU would not score again and the Eagles won by six.
McNally finished with a team-high 18 points to lead five Eagles in double figures. Junior Chelsea Lyles (Colorado Springs, Col.) scored 15 points and grabbed five boards. Shannon Murphy (Brighton, Mich.) scored 12 points and dished out six assists before fouling out with 12:18 left in the second half. Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn.) scored 11 points, grabbed seven boards, and dished four assists. Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio) chipped in with 10 points.
Greteya Kelley led the Owls with a game-high 19 points.
It was a tale of two halves as FGCU shot “lights out” in the first 20 minutes while the Lady Owls could do no right. The Eagles connected on 15-of-24 from the field, including 7-of-13 from three-point range to open up a lead as high as 23. The Lady Owls went just 8-of-28 in the first half with 12 turnovers.
The Eagles will be back in action on Thursday when they host Jacksonville. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.