Eagles Cruise 103-50 over UPR Rio-Piedras
Saturday, November 27, 2004
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Florida Gulf Coast cruised to a 103-50 victory over Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras in women's college basketball and claimed third place at the 2004 Sodexho Thanksgiving Tournament, Saturday afternoon at the Clemente Center. Candy Myers (New Bavaria, Ohio) led six Florida Gulf Coast players in double-digit scoring. Myers scored a game-high 21 points, including five three-pointers, while Andrea Clarke (Guelph, Ontario) added 16 and Andrea Holbrook (Jeffersonville, Ind.) chipped in 14. Other Eagles scoring in double figures included Jennifer Santana (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) and Ebonie Halliburton (East St. Louis, Mo.) with 12 points each and Alex Kwoecinska (Mississauga, Ontario), who added 11. Florida Gulf Coast (3-2) sprinted out to an early 20-5 lead just six minutes into the contest, but the Jerezanas showed brief signs of life, trimming the Eagles’ lead to six points, 28-22, with 8:37 to play in the half. Gulf Coast eventually built the lead back up to 21 points, taking a 49-28 lead at the half. At the start of the second half, Florida Gulf Coast began play with a 13-2 run over the first five minutes, taking a 62-30 lead and never looking back. The Eagles’ lead would grow to as many as 55 points, as Florida Gulf Coast outscored the Jerezanas 54-22 in the final period. For the game, Florida Gulf Coast shot 52% (29-of-56) from the field, including 50.0% (13-of-26) from three-point range, while holding Rio Piedras to just 31% shooting (16-of-52). The Eagles forced 35 turnovers in the game. From the free throw line, Florida Gulf Coast outscored Rio Piedras 32-14, converting 71% (32-of45) of their attempts, compared to just 46% (14-of-30) for the Jerezanas. Ileana Rodriguez (Bayamon, PR) led PR-Rio Piedras (0-2) with 18 points, including four three-point field goals, to join Myers on the All-Tournament team. In two tournament games, Myers averaged 20.5 points and made 11 three-pointers, while Rodriguez averaged 14.5 points with six three-pointers. Megan Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.) added nine assists in the second straight game for Florida Gulf Coast, which tallied 23 assists on 29 field goals.