Hansen Leads Eagles to 62-51 Win At Lipscomb
Saturday, January 29, 2011

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Redshirt-freshman Sarah Hansen (Edinboro, Pa./General McLane HS) scored a game-high 17 points as the FGCU women’s basketball team picked up a season sweep of Lipscomb with a 62-51 Atlantic Sun win over the Bisons on Monday night.

With the win the Blue and Green move to 16-1 overall (9-1 A-Sun), while the Bisons fall to 8-13 overall (5-7 A-Sun).

The Blue and Green, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (11.3), knocked down just seven trifectas on the night. FGCU’s defense forced Lipscomb into 22 turnovers and limited the Bisons to just 18-of-49 (36.7 percent) shooting from the field, including 3-for-20 from behind the arc. Lipscomb’s 51 points mark the twelfth time the Eagles, who lead the conference in scoring defense (55.1 ppg), have held an opponent below 60 points this season.

Hansen finished with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field, including hitting 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. Hansen also added eight rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes. Senior Shannon Murphy (Brighton, Mich./Brighton HS) registered 14 points and a pair of assists. Junior Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio/ Alter HS) recorded 11 points, on a perfect night shooting the ball (2-of-2 from the field, 1-of-1 from long range and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe), to go with six boards.

Jenna Bartsokas, the lone LU player to score in double figures, finished with 14 points and five rebounds.

The Eagles opened the game with a quick 9-0, capped by a layup from Hansen, before LU was able to get on the scoreboard with a pair of free throws from Bartsokas at the 17:21 mark. A three-pointer from Murphy gave FGCU a 12-2 lead, before a layup from Leah McAlister gave the Bisons their first field goal of the game and cut the Blue and Green’s lead to 12-4 with 15:41 remaining in the opening half.

Leading the Lady Bisons 24-15, the Eagles went on a 11-5 run, highlighted by four points from Hansen and a triple from junior Lerrin Cook (Kearny, Ariz./Ray HS/Yavapai College), to grab a 13-point lead (33-20) with 2:36 left in the opening half. LU responded with a run of their own (4-0) to cut the FGCU lead to 33-24 at the break.

The Blue and Green have held eight of their 10 A-Sun opponents to 27 points or less in the first half so far this season. The Eagles have also outscored their 10 conference opponents 379-249 in the first 20 minutes in 2010-11.

Lipscomb was limited to just 7-of-28 shooting in the first half. FGCU has held the opposition to single-digit first half field goals nine times during the 2010-11 campaign.

FGCU shot 11-of-27 (40.7 percent) from the floor in the first half, including 5-of-14 (35.7 percent) from long distance.

A 14-2 run to open the second half gave the Eagles their largest lead of the game (21 points), 47-26, with 12:26 left in the game. Lipscomb responded with a 15-5 run, capped by a jumper from Brittany Duerk, to cut the Blue and Green’s lead to just 52-41 with 6:09 left in regulation.

The teams would play even over the final six minutes as the Eagles went on to pick up the 62-51 win.

The Blue and Green will return to the court on Monday, Jan. 31 when they take on the Bruins of Belmont (7-14 overall, 4-8 A-Sun) at the Curb Event Center. Tip is set for 7 p.m. ET and the game can be seen live on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS), which is channel 70 for Comcast subscribers in Southwest Florida.