FORT MYERS, Fla. – Redshirt-freshman Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) scored a career-high 27 and picked up tournament MVP honors as the FGCU women’s basketball team defeated SIU Edwardsville, 73-68, in the final game of the Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Classic on Sunday night at Alico Arena.
The Cougars fall to 11-18 overall, while the 2010-11 A-Sun regular season champs improve to 27-3 overall and extend their home winning streak, which is the third longest in the nation behind UConn and Stanford, to 41 games.
Hansen finished with 27 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the floor. She also added seven rebounds and three steals. Senior Shannon Murphy (Brighton, Mich./Brighton HS), who earned an All-Tournament team selection, and junior Nicoya Jackson (Houston, Texas/Cypress Springs HS/Southwestern Christian) each chipped in with 12 points.
Jazmin Hill led the Cougars with a team-high 20 points, while Melia Duncan and Michaela Herrod both finished with 12 points in the loss.
SIUE jumped out to a quick 10-6 lead, capped by a three-pointer from Hill with 11:03 left in the first half.
The two teams battled back-and-forth over the next six minutes of the half, which included six ties. Trailing Edwardsville 30-29, the Eagles used a 6-0 spurt over the final 2:11 of the half to take a 35-30 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
SIUE was 12-of-28 (42.9 percent) from the field and 6-of-10 (60 percent) from behind the arc in the first half.
FGCU shot 13-of-30 (43.3 percent) from the floor in the first half, including hitting just 1-of-6 (16.7 percent) from long distance.
In the second half with the score tied at 37-37, the Eagles employed a 15-6 run, capped by a triple from Jackson with 10:26 left, to grab a 52-43 advantage. The Cougars responded with a 19-8 run to take a two-point lead with less than three minutes to go in the game.
The Blue and Green went on to outscore SIUE 13-6 over the final 2:30 of the game to pick up the 73-68 victory.
The Eagles now have to sit and wait to see who, where and when they will be playing in the first round of the WNIT. The WNIT selection committee will announce the 64-team Postseason WNIT field late the evening of Monday, March 14, following the NCAA Tournament field announcement. The first round of the WNIT scheduled for March 16-18. Stay tuned to FGCUAthletics.com for more information.
Bria White – Longwood
Elle Kerfoot - Seattle
Jazmin Hill – SIUE
Michaela Herrod – SIUE
Shannon Murphy – FGCU
Tournament MVP – Sarah Hansen - FGCU