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Hansen & Chihil Lead FGCU to 13th Consecutive Victory with 70-60 Win at JU
|Florida Gulf Coast||37||33||70|
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||JU|
|FG Percentage||.450 (27-60)||.404 (21-52)|
|3P FG Percentage||.227 (5-22)||.333 (6-18)|
|FT Percentage||.846 (11-13)||.667 (12-18)|
KENNEDY - 7
KENNEDY - 5
KENNEDY - 2
BELL - 2
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Redshirt-sophomore Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) scored a game-high 23 points as the FGCU women's basketball team defeated Jacksonville, 70-60, to pick up their 13th consecutive victory.
With the victory, FGCU improves to 21-2 overall (13-0 A-Sun), while the Dolphins fall to 7-18 (5-8 A-Sun) on the season. The Eagles are now 9-1 all-time against JU and 4-1 at Veterans Memorial Arena. The win also gives FGCU the eighth 21-win season in program history
The Eagles, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (11.0), knocked down just 5-of-22 shots from behind the arc and now have 254 triples as a team. The Green and Blue’s five made triples are the fewest the team has made in a game this season.
Ranked No. 3 in the CollegInsider.com Mid-Major poll and receiving votes in both national polls, FGCU forced the Dolphins into 16 turnovers and held them to 60 points. Jacksonville’s 60 points mark the 19th time the Eagles, who lead the conference in scoring defense (52.4 ppg), have held an opponent to 60 points or fewer this season.
Hansen, who scored FGCU’s first 10 points of the game, tied her season-high with 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field, 2-of-2 from behind the arc and 3-of-3 from the charity stripe. She also added five assists, four rebounds and three blocks in the win. Senior Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio/Alter HS) scored a season-high 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field, while also adding three rebounds. Senior Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) scored 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting grabbed a season-high seven boards. Senior Nicoya Jackson (Houston, Texas/Cypress Springs HS/Southwestern Christian) chipped in with 12 points, six boards, two assists and a pair of steals.
Krystal Bell led JU with 15 points, four rebounds and four steals. Jade Cargill and Jessica George each added eight points.
Jacksonville opened the game on fire as they hit four of their first five shots from the field to take a quick 11-4 lead (15:46). Trailing the Dolphins 15-10, FGCU used a 20-6 run, highlighted by seven points from Jackson and six points from Chihil, to take a 30-21 lead with 5:30 left in the first half. The Eagles continued their solid play the rest of the period and took a 37-27 lead into the locker room at the intermission. The Green and Blue outscored JU 27-12 over the final 12 minutes of the first half.
In the second half, FGCU continued to roll offensively and extended their lead to as many as 17 points before picking up the 70-60 conference win. JU fought hard in the second period and cut the Eagles’ lead down to seven points (64-57; 3:03), but that would be as close as the Dolphins would get before dropping the A-Sun contest.
The Green and Blue, who are 59-8 all-time in the month of February, will now return home to host their final three home games of the season. FGCU will take on Lipscomb (Feb. 9) and Belmont (Feb. 11), before facing Stetson on ‘Senior Day’ (Feb. 18).