FORT MYERS, Fla. - Adrianne McNally scored a career-high 32 points and Kelsey Jacobson also reached a career-high with 21 points as the Eagles knocked off the Kennesaw State Owls inside Alico Arena Thursday night, 88-79.
The Eagles jumped out in front early, scoring the game’s first seven points. The Owls battled back to cut the lead to a single point at 10-9. FGCU would maintain a lead until 12:32 remaining in the half, when Brittany Henderson’s layup gave the Owls a 17-15 lead. For the next seven minutes the teams traded leads, with neither side able to extend the lead beyond a few points. But with 5:25 left in the half, Kelsey Jacobson hit a three to give the Eagles a 34-28 lead. FGCU would keep the lead around six, eventually holding a five-point advantage at the half, 45-40.
Just as they did in the first half, the Eagles got off to a quick start in the second half, scoring the first four points of the half. FGCU held a solid advantage for the first ten minutes of the second half, but the last ten minutes of the game were nip and tuck. Kennesaw’s Angie Smith knocked down a jumper with 9:30 left to cut the lead down to 62-61. Then, with 5:37 remaining, Jennifer Baker hit a three to put the Owls out in front 69-67. KSU was able to extend the lead to five after Ashley Johnson hit a three-pointer with 3:54 left at 77-72. But on the next Eagle possession Kelsey Jacobson knocked down a three, and then Jacobson got fouled and hit both free throws to tie the game at 77 apiece with 2:46 to go. DeAndrea Bullock drove to the basket for a layup to momentarily give the Owls a two-point lead, but the Eagles clamped down defensively, holding Kennesaw State scoreless over the final two minutes. Adrianne McNally scored a layup to tie the game and then hit a pair of free throws to put FGCU in front, 81-79. Kelsey Jacobson’s three with 46 seconds left proved to be the final dagger, as the Eagles would pull away for the 88-79 victory.
For the Owls (11-12, 8-7), Jennifer Baker scored a team-high 26 points on 10-14 shooting including 5-8 from behind the arc. Greteya Kelley added 22 points, 6 rebounds, and a team-high 6 assists. Britteny Henderson recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards.
For the Eagles (20-4, 13-3), Adrianne McNally scored a career-high 32 points as well as adding 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Kelsey Jacobson also recorded a career-high with 21 points on 5-7 shooting, all from three-point range, and 6-6 from the free throw line. Chelsea Lyles added 14 points and a team-high 6 assists, and Shannon Murphy chipped in 13 points and 5 assists.
The Eagles will be back in action inside Alico Arena on Saturday afternoon against the Mercer Bears. Tip-off is set for 1:00 PM, and the women’s game will be immediately followed by the men’s game against Mercer.