FORT MYERS, Fla. – Five Eagles scored in double figures as the FGCU women’s basketball team drained 19 three-pointers in a 92-44 win over Longwood on ‘Senior Day’ in front of 1,349 fans on Saturday night at Alico Arena.
The Lancers fall to 7-22 overall, while the Blue and Green improve to 26-3 overall and extend their home winning streak, which is the third longest in the nation behind UConn and Stanford, to 40 games.
The 2010-11 A-Sun regular season champs, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (11.2), knocked down 19 triples on the night and held Longwood to just 44 points on the night. The Lancers 44 points mark the 20th time the Eagles have held an opponent below 60 points this season.
Junior Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) recorded 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and 5-of-7 from behind the arc. She also added six rebounds and a career-high seven assists. Junior Lerrin Cook (Kearny, Ariz./Ray HS/Yavapai College) had her best performance as an Eagle, finishing with a career-high 17 points on 4-of-5 shooting from long distance and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. Junior Nicoya Jackson (Houston, Texas/Cypress Springs HS/Southwestern Christian) scored 15 points and grabbed five boards, while seniors Shannon Murphy (Brighton, Mich./Brighton HS) and Shavonne Butler (New Orleans, La./McDonogh HS/Hill College) combined for 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
The Eagles jumped out to a quick 15-1 lead, capped by a layup from redshirt-freshman Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) with 15:43 left in the first half.
LU was held without a field goal until the 14:56 mark when Krystal Garrison knocked down a jumper (15-3). The Eagles went on to outscore the Lancers 39-17, pushing their lead to as many as 36 points, over the final 14 minutes of the opening stanza to take a commanding 54-20 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
Longwood was limited to just 8-of-30 (26.7 percent) from the field and 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) from behind the arc in the first half. The Lancers eight first half field goals mark the 14th time this season and the second in as many games that FGCU has held an opponent to single digit field goals in the first 20 minutes.
FGCU hit 17-of-29 (58.6 percent) from the floor in the first half, including a blazing 12-of-19 (63.2 percent) from long distance.
In the second half, the Eagles continued to knock down shots, extending their lead to as many as 48 points before winning the contest 92-44.
The Eagles return to the court for the final day of the Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Classic Sunday, Mar. 6 when they host the Cougars of SIU Edwardsville (11-17 overall). Tip off for the game, which will follow the matchup with Longwood and Seattle, is set for 4:15 p.m. at Alico Arena.