Florida Gulf Coast
(22-5, 15-0 A-Sun)
(11-12, 8-6 A-Sun)
2/18/2013 | Highland Heights, Ky. | Attendance: 1192
|Florida Gulf Coast||27||41||68|
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||NKU|
|3P FG Percentage||.313
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Redshirt senior Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes HS/Valpo) scored her 1,000th career-point as the FGCU women’s basketball team shot used a solid second half performance to pick up a 68-53 win at NKU to extend their winning streaks.
“We struggled offensively in the first half, because we weren’t executing,” said head coach Karl Smesko. “I was happy with our offensive execution after halftime and I’m proud of Betsy (Adams) for scoring her 1,000th career point tonight.”
With the win, FGCU improves to 22-5 overall and 15-0 in the A-Sun, while Northern Kentucky falls to 11-12 overall (8-6 A-Sun). The Eagles have now won 36 straight A-Sun games overall (including the conference tournament) and 33 consecutive regular season conference contests. FGCU’s 33 consecutive conference victories rank as the second longest streak in the country behind defending national champion Baylor. The win also extends the Eagles’ current winning streak to 16 games.
The Eagles, who have made at least one three-pointer in 224 consecutive contests and 336 of 337 games in program history, made 10 triples on the night, led by four from senior Joyce Iamstrong (Chicago, Ill./Thornton Fractional South HS/Jefferson College).
Redshirt junior Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) registered a double-double with 18 points and 13 boards in 35 minutes of playing time. Iamstrong finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Freshman Jaime Gluesing (Solon, Ohio/Solon HS) has another solid performance in conference play, finishing with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field and 2-of-5 from behind the arc. Adams, who tallied her 1,000th career point on a layup with 13:26 left in the second half, recorded 10 points, three rebounds and a pair of steals.
FGCU opened the game with a 7-2 run, highlighted by four points from Hansen, over the first 1:18 of the period. The Eagles’ run was started by a Gluesing corner three-pointer just eight seconds into the game. NKU responded by outscoring FGCU 10-5 over the next 7:17 to tie the game at 12-12 (11:25).
The Green and Blue closed the final 10 minutes of the opening period with a 15-5 spurt, highlighted by six points from Hansen, to take a 27-17 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
Hansen led the Eagles with 10 points and seven rebounds in the first half, while Gluesing added six points. FGCU struggled shooting the ball, managing just a 28.6 percent (8-for-28) from the floor, while limiting the Norse to 6-of-25 (24 percent) from the field. The Eagles knocked down two shots from behind the arc in the first half, while forcing Northern Kentucky into 13 miscues in the opening 20 minutes.
FGCU opened the second period with a 13-6 run, capped by an Iamstrong triple, to take a 17-point lead (40-23; 16:06). The Eagles led by no less than nine points the rest of the way and held off the Norse to pick up the 68-53 conference win.
The Norse finished the night with a 37 percent shooting percentage (20-of-54). Tiara Hopper led NKU with 18 points and nine rebounds.
The Eagles used a solid shooting performance in the second half (50 percent) to finish the contest with a 39.7 shooting percentage. The Green and Blue, who came into the game rank tied-first in the nation in three-point field goals made per game (9.3), hit 10 triples on 32 attempts (31.3 percent), forced Northern Kentucky into 17 turnovers and tallied 17 assists on 23 made baskets.
The Green and Blue are back in action on Saturday, February 23, when they travel to DeLand to battle A-Sun rival Stetson (19-7, 12-3 A-Sun). Tipoff at the Edmunds Center, where the Hatters are 12-0 this season and have 16 consecutive games, is set for 1 p.m. and the game can be seen live on ASun.TV. A win over Stetson on Saturday afternoon will give the Eagles at least a share of the A-Sun Regular Season crown.
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