Balanced Attack Leads the Eagles to 79-50 Win Over Northern Kentucky
|Florida Gulf Coast||49||30||79|
|Stats at a Glance||NKU||FGCU|
|FG Percentage||.294 (15-51)||.424 (25-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.238 (5-21)||.395 (15-38)|
|FT Percentage||.789 (15-19)||.636 (14-22)|
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Four players scored in double figures as the FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down 15 three-pointers en route to a 79-50 Atlantic Sun Conference victory over Northern Kentucky on Saturday night at Alico Arena.
“We had a really good defense effort through the first 25 minutes and our defensive intensity was pretty good,” said head coach Karl Smesko. “NKU wasn’t getting the quality shot that they typically get and I credit our defense for that.”
With the win, FGCU, winners of 25 straight A-Sun games, improves to 14-5 overall and 7-0 in the A-Sun, while NKU falls to 6-9 overall (3-3 A-Sun). FGCU’s 25 consecutive conference victories ranks as the third longest streak in the country behind defending national champion Baylor (27) and Princeton (26).
The Eagles, who have made at least one three-pointer in 216 consecutive contests and 328 of 329 games in program history, made 15 triples on the night and now have 171 triples as a team. Seven different players made at least one trey for the Green and Blue, who set the NCAA Division I record for three-pointers in a single game (22) last week, led by Chatzigiakoumi’s 5-of-15 night.
Hansen turned in 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor, 2-of-6 from behind the arc and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. She also added career-highs in rebounds (15) and assists (6). Chatzigiakoumi registered 17 points and six boards, which were both career-highs, in 23 minutes. Freshman Katie Meador (Salem, Ill./Salem Community HS) totaled two rebounds and a career-high 12 points in 13 minutes, while classmate Jaime Gluesing (Solon, Ohio/Solon HS) added 11 points and four assists.
The Eagles opened the game with a 22-6 run, capped by a Hansen layup, over the first 10:21 of the opening period. After a NKU converted a three-point play to cut the FGCU lead down to 22-9, the Green and Blue used a 17-5 spurt, highlighted by nine points from Gluesing, to grab a 39-14 advantage with just over three minutes remaining in the half.
A pair of Norse free throws made the score 39-16 in favor of the home team (2:30). Meador then went on a one-person 7-0 run (two free throws, a triple, a layup) to push the Eagles in front by 26 points (46-20) with 1:26 left on the clock. After Hansen corralled a NKU miss, FGCU burned a 30 second timeout to set up a play to end the half (00:10). Coming out of the break, Adams came off a double screen and buried a trey with five seconds left to give the Eagles a 49-20 lead going into the locker room at halftime.
Hansen led the Green and Blue with 15 points and 11 rebounds in the first half, while Chatzigiakoumi added 11 points and four boards. FGCU shot 53.3 percent (16-for-30) from the floor, while limiting the Norse to 6-of-26 (23.1 percent) from the field. The Eagles, who knocked down nine shots from behind the arc in the first half, forced Northern Kentucky into 10 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
In the second half, FGCU continued their solid play, extending their lead to as many as 38 points (17:05) before winning by the final score of 79-50.
The Norse were held to 29.4 percent (15-for-51) from the floor and 23.8 percent (5-for-21) from long range.
The Eagles shot 42.4 percent (25-for-59) from the floor and hit 15 three-pointers on 38 attempts (39.5 percent). FGCU also registered 46 rebounds to win the rebound battle (46-33), forced NKU into 19 turnovers and tallied 19 assists on 25 made baskets.
The Green and Blue are back in action on Monday, January 21 when they host the Bisons of Lipscomb (2-14, 1-5 A-Sun) at Alico Arena. Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m.
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