FORT MYERS, Fla. – Junior Eglah Griffin (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar HS/Seminole CC) scored a team-high 15 points and redshirt-freshman Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) recorded a double-double as the FGCU women’s basketball team was defeated by Kennesaw State, 63-52, in Atlantic Sun action at the KSU Convocation Center.
With the loss, the Blue and Green move to 20-2 overall (13-2 A-Sun), while the Owls improve to 8-16 overall (5-11 A-Sun). The Blue and Green, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (11.0), knocked down nine trey balls on the night, but tied a season-high with 26 turnovers.
Griffin shot 5-of-10 from the field and 4-of-8 from long distance en route to scoring her team-high 15 points. Hansen recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Shannon Murphy (Brighton, Mich./Brighton HS) registered 10 points and four boards.
Angie Smith, one of four Owls to score in double figures, finished with a game-high 21 points to go with six rebounds and five assists in 40 minutes of action.
The Eagles opened the game with a 19-7 run, highlighted by six points from Griffin and five points from both Hansen and Murphy. A jumper from Lisa Capellan stopped the FGCU run and made the score 19-9 with 9:48 left in the half.
The Owls responded to the FGCU run with a 16-0 run to grab a 23-19 lead with 5:58 left in the opening stanza. Kennesaw State held the Eagles scoreless for more than seven minutes during their big run, which was ended by a layup from Griffin at the 5:41 mark.
Leading the Blue and Green 30-28, the Owls used a 7-2 run to close out the first half to take a 34-30 lead into the locker room at the break. The four-point halftime deficit marked just the fifth time during the 2010-11 season that the Eagles trailed at the half. KSU shot 13-of-29 (44.8 percent) from the field and 3-of-9 (33.3 percent) from distance in the opening half.
FGCU shot 11-of-23 (47.8 percent) from the floor in the first half, including hitting 38.5 percent (5-of-13) of their attempts from behind the three-point line. The Blue and Green were plagued by 13 first half turnovers.
The Blue and Green fought an uphill battle the entire second half as Kennesaw State’s defense gave the Eagles problems and limited them to just 7-of-28 (25 percent) from the floor in the final 20 minutes of the game.
Leading FGCU 48-42 with 10:09 left, the Owls used a 9-2 run to grab a 57-44 lead (largest of the game) and went on to pick up the 63-52 A-Sun win.
The Blue and Green will now play the next four contests at home. The Eagles will host the Camels of Campbell (11-14, 10-6 A-Sun) on Saturday, Feb. 19 (7:30 p.m.).