(6-14, 4-9 A-Sun)
Florida Gulf Coast
(20-5, 13-0 A-Sun)
2/11/2013 | Fort Myers, Fla. (Alico Arena) | Attendance: 1602
|Florida Gulf Coast||37||33||70|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||FGCU|
|3P FG Percentage||.333
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) scored a game-high 26 points as the FGCU women’s basketball team forced their fourth straight opponent into 15+ turnovers and defeated ETSU, 70-48, to pick up their 14th consecutive win.
“We were fortunate to come away with the win even though we didn’t shoot the ball particularly well tonight,” said head coach Karl Smesko. “We played solid defense and were able to force a lot of turnovers and turn them into easy buckets on the other end.”
With the win, FGCU, winners of 31 straight A-Sun games, improved to 20-5 overall and 13-0 in the A-Sun, while ESTU falls to 6-14 overall (4-9 A-Sun). FGCU’s 31 consecutive conference victories rank as the second longest streak in the country behind defending national champion Baylor (34). The win, which gives the Eagles their 10th season with at least 20 victories, also improves the Green and Blue’s impressive record at Alico Arena to 161-11 all-time and 53-1 in conference matchups.
The Eagles, who have made at least one three-pointer in 222 consecutive contests and 334 of 335 games in program history, made 11 triples on the night and now have 229 triples as a team this season.
Hansen registered her 26 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field and 8-of-11 from the charity stripe. She also added seven boards and two steals in 30 minutes of playing time. Senior Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes HS/Valpo) scored 14 points and knocked down a game-high four trifectas. Freshman Jaime Gluesing (Solon, Ohio/Solon HS), the conference’s leader in three-point percentage during league play (.500), recorded 11 points and three rebounds, while senior Brittany Kennedy (Spokane, Wash./Lewis and Clark HS/Oregon State) tallied a game-high seven assists to go with four boards and four steals.
ETSU jumped out to a 5-4 lead after Shawn Randall knocked down a triple with 17:47 left in the opening period. FGCU responded with a 28-6 run, highlighted by 17 points from Hansen, to take a 32-11 lead (4:24). During the FGCU run, the Eagles held ETSU without a field goal for more than 11 minutes (from 17:47 to 6:41).
The Lady Bucs wouldn’t go away without a fight and used a 10-2 spurt to cut the Green and Blue’s lead down to 13 points (34-21) with 32 seconds left in the half. On the next possession, Kennedy found Adams for an open three-pointer at the top of the key that gave FGCU a 37-21 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.
Hansen led the Eagles with 18 points and five rebounds in the first half, while Adams added six points. FGCU shot 34.3 percent (12-for-35) from the floor, while the Lady Bucs were limited to 7-of-25 (28 percent) from the field. FGCU, who knocked down five shots from behind the arc in the first half, forced ETSU into 15 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
The Eagles opened the second half with a 14-6 run, capped by back-to-back triples from Adams and a trey from Gluesing, to take a 51-27 lead with just under 14 minutes left in regulation. The Green and Blue would go on to extend their lead to as many as 28 points (9:23; 62-34) before picking up the 70-48 conference victory.
The Lady Bucs finished the night with a 31.5 percent shooting percentage (17-of-54) and won the rebound battle 53-33.
The Eagles had an off night shooting the basketball, knocking down just 31.7 percent (20-of-63) of their shots from the field. The Green and Blue, who set the NCAA Division I record for triples in a single game (22) earlier this season at ETSU (Jan. 12), hit 11 three-pointers on 30 attempts (36.7 percent), forced ETSU into 25 turnovers and tallied 15 assists on 20 made baskets.
The Green and Blue are back in action on Saturday, February 16, when they take on the Lady Bison of Lipscomb in Nashville, Tenn. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. and the game can be seen live on ESPN3 or on the WatchESPN app.
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