Women's Basketball Cruises to 68-50 Win Over Eckerd in Exhibition Action
Saturday, November 05, 2011 | by Mike Hill (@mike_hill84)
Photo Credit: Dennis Snyder
Photo Credit: Dennis Snyder
Eckerd College ()
Florida Gulf Coast ()
11/5/2011 | Fort Myers, Fla. (Alico Arena) | Attendance: 567
Eckerd College232750
Florida Gulf Coast244468
Stats at a GlanceECWFGCU
FG Percentage.408 (20-49) .434 (23-53)
3P FG Percentage.167 (3-18) .385 (10-26)
FT Percentage.583 (7-12) .800 (12-15)
Offensive Rebounds108
Defensive Rebounds2423
Total Rebounds3431
Bench Points1216
Statistical LeadersECWFGCU
PointsTaylor Bestry - 12
ReboundsKati Rausberg - 8
AssistsAmy Buccilla - 4
StealsLinsey Niles - 1
Taylor Bestry - 1
Kayla Bowlin - 1
Taylor Young - 1
Krystal Charles - 1
BlocksEmilie Hesseldal - 2

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Four Eagles scored in double figures as the FGCU women's basketball team drained 10 three-pointers in a 68-50 win over Eckerd College on Saturday morning at Alico Arena.

Senior Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio/Alter HS) finished with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 from behind the arch. Chihil also added three rebounds and a pair of assists in a win. Senior Sarah Whitfield (Eugene, Ore./South Eugene HS/Lane CC) recorded 12 points and four rebounds. Freshman Whitney Knight (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds HS) and redshirt-sophomore Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa.General McLane HS) each chipped in with 10 points. Senior Nicoya Jackson (Houston, Texas/Cypress Springs HS/Southwestern Christian) filled the stat sheet with seven points, seven assists and six rebounds. Senior Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) drained 3-of-8 shots from long range to finish with nine points.

Taylor Bestry led the Tritons with 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Kati Rausberg added six points and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds, while Krystal Charles contributed eight points on 4-of-5 shooting.

The Eagles, who led the nation in three-pointers made per game (10.9) last season, knocked down 10 three-point field goals, including seven in the second half, to pull away in the final 20 minutes after holding just a one-point edge at halftime (24-23).

FGCU will open the regular season with a trip to Seton Hall on Friday, Nov. 11. Led by second-year head coach Anne Donovan, the Pirates are coming off an 8-22 season, where they finished 1-15 in BIG EAST play. The Eagles defeated Seton Hall, 64-57, in the 2010-11 season opener for both squads on Nov. 12, 2010.