JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Freshman Sarah Hansen (Edinboro, Pa./General McLane HS) scored a career-high 24 points as the FGCU women’s basketball team picked up a 73-51 blowout win at UNF in their A-Sun opener on Thursday night.
With the win, the Eagles improve their record to 5-0 overall and 1-0 A-Sun, while the Ospreys fall to 1-5 overall and 0-1 in conference.
Hansen, in just her fifth collegiate game, led the Blue and Green with a career-high and game-high 24 points, while racking up eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. Hansen shot 10-of-12 (83.3-percent) from the floor and 2-for-2 (100-percent) from long range. Senior Shannon Murphy (Brighton, Mich./Brighton HS) chipped 17 points, six assists, four boards and three steals. Junior Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) finished with 11 points and five assists.
Trailing the Ospreys 14-13 with 15:09 left in the first half the Eagles got back-to-back three-pointers from junior Nicoya Jackson (Houston, Texas/Cypress Springs HS/Southwestern Christian) and Murphy to take a 19-14 lead with 14:34 left to play in the half. UNF’s Brittany Kirkland knocked down a jumper to cut the FGCU lead to three-points at 19-16. The Blue and Green then employed a 13-0 run over the next 7:12 to take a commanding 32-16 lead. FGCU held the Ospreys without a point for the duration of their run (7:12). UNF finally snapped their scoreless drought with a Kirkland trey ball with 7:11 left in the stanza (32-19). After a layup from UNF’s Kim Baker made the score 32-21 in favor of FGCU, the Eagles used a 15-6 run to close out the opening half and went into the locker room with a 47-27 lead.
In the second half, the Eagles continued their scorching hot shooting from the floor. FGCU extended their lead to as many as 30 points and went on to defeat the Ospreys by the final score of 73-51.
The Eagles shot 52-percent (26-of-50) from the floor and 44.4-percent (12-of-27) from beyond the arc, while limiting UNF to a dismal 18-of-62 (29-percent) from the field and 5-of-22 (22.7-percent) from three-point range. The Blue and Green limited the Ospreys to just 9.1-percent (1-of-11) from long distance in the second half. FGCU won the rebounding battle 39-38, and forced UNF to 15 miscues. The Eagles also assisted on 20 of their 26 field goals on the night.
The Blue and Green return to action on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 4) when they take on the Jacksonville Dolphins at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. at 1 p.m.
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