(15-5, 8-1 A-Sun)
Florida Gulf Coast
(16-5, 9-0 A-Sun)
1/26/2013 | Fort Myers, Fla. (Alico Arena) | Attendance: 3234
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Freshman Jaime Gluesing (Solon, Ohio/Solon HS) scored a career-high 15 points as the FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down 11 three-pointers en route to a huge 74-55 Atlantic Sun Conference victory over rival Stetson in front of 3,234 rowdy fans at Alico Arena.
“This is obviously a very big win for us,” said head coach Karl Smesko. “Stetson is not going to lose very many games in conference, so you’ve got to win your game at home against them. Stetson made a nice run at us in the second half and I thought Brittany Kennedy and also some of our young kids really stepped up and made some big plays for us down the stretch. I was really proud of how our team responded the last six-plus minutes.”
With the win, FGCU, winners of 27 straight A-Sun games, improves to 16-5 overall and 9-0 in the A-Sun, while the Hatters falls to 15-5 overall (8-1 A-Sun). FGCU’s 27 consecutive conference victories ranks as the second longest streak in the country behind defending national champion Baylor (30). The Green and Blue’s win also moved the Eagles into sole possession of first place in the A-Sun and snapped Stetson’s 11-game winning streak, which ranked as the third-longest active streak in the NCAA, trailing only Baylor and Notre Dame.
The Eagles, who have made at least one three-pointer in 218 consecutive contests and 330 of 331 games in program history, made 11 triples on the night and now have 193 three-pointers as a team. Five different players made at least one trey for the Green and Blue, who rank third in the nation in three-pointers made per game (9.1), led by three from both Gluesing and senior Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes HS/Valpo).
Gluesing turned in 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor and 3-of-4 from behind the arc. The freshman also added a career-high eight rebounds and two blocks in 32 minutes of action. Redshirt senior Brittany Kennedy (Spokane, Wash./Lewis and Clark HS/Oregon State) registered 14 points, eight assists and six boards. Senior Joyce Iamstrong (Chicago, Ill./Thornton Fractional South HS/Jefferson College) tallied 14 points, five rebounds and four helpers, while Adams finished with 14 points to lead the FGCU bench, which outscored Stetson’s reserves 22-0.
The Eagles shot out of the gate early, taking a quick 7-2 lead over the first 2:01 of the game. Stetson fought back and after Cherisse Burris’ old fashioned three-point play, the Hatters trailed by only one point (10-9) at the 15:34 mark.
The Green and Blue used a 10-3 spurt, capped by a DyTiesha Dunson (Albany, Ga./Westover HS) layup, to grab a 20-12 advantage with 8:38 left in the opening period. A layup from Victoria McGowan and a triple from Sasha Sims pulled SU to within three points (20-17) with 7:41 on the clock.
Over the final seven minutes, FGCU outscored Stetson 17-7, highlighted by seven points from Hansen, to take a 37-24 lead into the locker room at the half.
Iamstrong led the Green and Blue with 10 points in the first half, while Hansen added nine points and six rebounds. FGCU shot 40.6 percent (13-for-32) from the floor, while limiting the Hatters to just 8-of-28 (28.6 percent) from the field. The Eagles, who knocked down seven shots from behind the arc in the first half, outrebounded Stetson 25-16 and forced SU into six turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
The teams battled back-and-forth to open the second period. Dunson buried a pair of free throws to give the Eagles a 53-43 lead with 10:57 left to play in regulation. The squads would go scoreless over the next 2:26 until Stetson used a 4-0 run to cut the FGCU lead down to 53-47 (8:31).
FGCU’s leading scorer, Hansen, picked up her fifth personal foul trying to draw a charge with 6:46 left to play, igniting the crowd and her teammates. The Eagles would go on to outscore Stetson 21-8, highlighted by eight points from Gluesing, to pick up the huge 74-55 conference win.
The Hatters shot 37.3 percent (22-for-59) from the floor, 26.3 percent (5-for-19) from long range and 60 percent (6-for-10) from the free throw line.
FGCU shot 45.6 percent (26-for-57) from the floor and hit 11 three-pointers on 30 attempts (36.7 percent). The Eagles also registered 43 rebounds to win the rebound battle (43-29), forced Stetson into 10 turnovers and tallied 17 assists on 26 made baskets.
The Eagles will now hit the road for a pair of conference contests. FGCU will take on the Dolphins of Jacksonville in Duval County on Feb. 2 (1 p.m.), before facing UNF at UNF Arena on Feb. 4 (7 p.m.).
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