FGCU Women Race Past Fayetteville State
Senior forward Andrea Clarke poured in a career-high 24 points to lead Florida Gulf Coast University to a 70-51 win over Fayetteville State (NC) in women’s college basketball action at Alico Arena on Thursday night.
The Eagles struggled early with the Broncos full-court press but a late 13-4 run gave FGCU its first lead. Three late free throws game gave FGCU a slim 33-30 halftime edge. Clarke (Guelph, Ontario) and Andrea Holbrook (Jeffersonville, IN) combined for 22 points in the first 20 minutes to help FGCU overcome Fayetteville State’s 15 offensive rebounds.
The Eagles opened the second half on a 20-12 run to break open the game, beating the Broncos press for open looks in the offensive zone. FGCU held Fayetteville to 30.9% from the field, including just 1-of-9 from beyond the three-point arc. The Eagles held a 43-38 advantage on the board, holding the Broncos to just four second-chance opportunities in the second half.
Clarke connected on 6-of-9 shots from the field while hitting 12-of-15 free throws as the Eagles improved to 6-3 on the season. Junior Andrea Holbrook added a career-high 16 points, while Ebonie Halliburton (East St. Louis, IL) scored 13 points and Candy Myers (New Batavia, OH) had 12 for FGCU. Clarke also had a game-high nine rebounds.
Senior forward Tokisha Burton (Danville, VA) led FSU (3-2) with 12 points while junior guard Tiffany Mitchell (Sanford, NC) added 11.
Fayetteville State travels to the University of Tampa for a game on Saturday while FGCU is back in action on Saturday, December 18 in West Palm Beach to face Molloy College of New York.