Florida Gulf Coast
(22-5, 14-0 A-Sun)
(2-23, 1-13 A-Sun)
2/16/2013 | Nashville, Tenn. (Allen Arena) | Attendance: 491
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Four players scored in double figures as the FGCU women’s basketball team forced 27 turnovers and led wire-to-wire in an 89-38 win over Lipscomb to extend their winning streaks.
“We had a solid defensive effort tonight,” said head coach Karl Smesko. “We also had great contributions from our bench. Anthi (Chatzigiakoumi) and Katie (Meador) gave us great production and Steph (Haas) had a tremendous second half.”
With the win, FGCU improves to 21-5 overall and 14-0 in the A-Sun, while Lipscomb falls to 2-22 overall (1-12 A-Sun). The Eagles have now won 35 straight A-Sun games overall (including the conference tourney) and 32 consecutive regular season conference contests. FGCU’s 32 consecutive conference victories rank as the second longest streak in the country behind defending national champion Baylor (35). The win also gives the Eagles their 15th consecutive victory and 11th win in a row over Lipscomb.
Lipscomb’s 38 points mark the 13th time this season that the Eagles have held an opponent below 50 points. FGCU, the A-Sun’s leader in scoring defense in conference play (47.5 ppg), forced LU into 27 turnovers to mark the third straight game they have made an opponent commit 25+ miscues. The Green and Blue scored an impressive 45 points off the Bisons turnovers.
The Eagles, who have made at least one three-pointer in 223 consecutive contests and 335 of 336 games in program history, made 13 triples on the night and now have 242 trifectas as a team this season.
Redshirt junior Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) registered a game-high 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from behind the arc. She also added four boards and four steals in just 18 minutes of playing time. Senior Joyce Iamstrong (Chicago, Ill./Thornton Fractional South HS/Jefferson College) finished with 17 points in 18 minutes. Freshman Stephanie Haas (Avon Lake, Ohio/Magnificat HS) had the best outing of her collegiate career, finishing with a career-high 16 points, on 8-of-13 shooting, to go with four rebounds. Sophomore Anthi Chatzigiakoumi (Athens, Greece/General Sr. HS of Kallithea) chipped in with 10 points, while rookie Katie Meador (Salem, Ill./Salem Community HS) snagged 10 rebounds and scored seven points.
The Eagles opened the game with a 31-6 run, highlighted by 10 points from Hansen and five from both Iamstrong and freshman Jaime Gluesing (Solon, Ohio/Solon HS), over the first 12:31 of the opening period. The Eagles forced LU into 12 turnovers during their spurt.
After Lipscomb used an 8-0 run to cut the FGCU lead down to 17 points (31-14) with 5:42 left, the Green and Blue outscored the Lady Bisons 12-5 over the final 5:10 the period to take a 43-19 lead going into the locker room at halftime.
Hansen and Iamstrong led the Green and Blue with 10 points each in the first half, while Meador, Gluesing and Chatzigiakoumi added five points apiece. FGCU shot 48.6 percent (17-for-35) from the floor, while limiting the Lady Bisons to 7-of-20 (35 percent) from the field. The Eagles, who knocked down eight shots from behind the arc in the first half, forced Lipscomb into 13 miscues in the opening 20 minutes.
The Eagles opened the second half with a 16-2 run, capped a trey from Gluesing, to take a 59-21 lead with just under 15 minutes left in regulation.
Leading 59-29 just 7:05 into the second period, FGCU used a 14-3 run, highlighted by 10 points from Haas, to go ahead 73-32 (8:37). The Green and Blue would coast the rest of the way, picking up the 89-38 conference victory.
The Lady Bisons finished the night with a 31.1 percent shooting percentage (14-of-45). Kelli Smith led LU with 11 points.
The Eagles knocked down 47.9 percent (35-of-73) of their shots from the field. The Green and Blue, who rank second in the nation in three-point field goals made per game, hit 13 triples on 38 attempts (34.2 percent), forced LU into 27 turnovers and tallied 19 assists on 35 made baskets.
The Green and Blue are back in action on Monday, February 18, when they take on the Norse of Northern Kentucky (11-11, 8-5 A-Sun), who are coming off a huge 73-68 win over Stetson. Tipoff at the Bank of Kentucky Center is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen live on ASun.TV.
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