Eagles take on Florida Tuesday Night in Gainesville
Monday, December 03, 2007
Senior Delia De La Torre and the Eagles look to get to .500 with a win over the Gators on Tuesday night.
Senior Delia De La Torre and the Eagles look to get to .500 with a win over the Gators on Tuesday night.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - After capturing its second victory of the season Gardner-Webb on Saturday, Dec. 1, the FGCU women's basketball team (2-3) returns to action tomorrow night against Florida(4-4) at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Last Time Out for FGCU: Eagles Take Down Gardner-Webb, 60-56, in the Consolation Game at the Cornell Classic

ITHACA, N.Y. - Delia De La Torre and Amanda Pierce both posted career-high point totals with 20 points and 17 points, respectively, as the FGCU women’s basketball team earned its second victory as a Division 1 program by defeating A-Sun foe, Gardner-Webb, 60-56, in the Consolation Game of the Cornell Classic.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs drop to 2-7 overall, while the Eagles improve to 2-3.

For the game, the Eagles shot 35.1 percent, connecting on 20-of-57 attempts from the field. FGCU also forced Gardner-Webb in 22 turnovers, while only committing 10 miscues.

De La Torre’s (Las Cruces, N.M.) 20 point performance earned her a spot on the All-Tournament team and topped her previous career-high, which she set in the Championship Game of the FGCU Thanksgiving Classic (Nov. 24) against Eastern Kentucky. De La Torre also added eight rebounds and a block. Pierce’s (Altoona, Pa.) 17 points eclipsed her previous career-high, which she set in the first game of the Cornell Classic against Bowling Green. Pierce shot 5-of-13 (38.5 percent) from the field and 4-of-9 (44.4 percent) from behind the three point line, while also adding two steals, a rebound and an assist.

Margaret Roundtree and Monique Hudson led Gardner-Webb with 14 points and 13 points, respectively. Roundtree shot 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) from the field and added ninie rebounds, while Hudson shot 6-of-12 (50 percent) from the floor. For the game, the Runnin’ Bulldogs collectively shot 43.1 percent (25-of-58) from the field.

The Eagles started the game on a 10-4 run, capped off by a Chelsea Dermyer (Fort Collins, Col.) lay-up at the 15:49 mark. FGCU would also use a 13-6 run over an eight minute stretch to make the score 27-16, which gave the Eagles their largest lead of the half (11 points). The 13-6 run was capped off when Ashley Haegele (Imperial, Mo.) grabbed an offensive rebound, kicked the ball out to Candace Carreras (Boca Raton, Fla.), who found a wide-open Delia De La Torre (Las Cruces, N.M.) on the right block for an easy lay-up.

GWU would chip into the Eagles lead and use a 9-2 run over the final 4:23 of the half to go into the locker room trailing 29-25. The Runnin’ Bulldogs run was capped when Jessica Bryant grabbed a defensive rebound off of a De La Torre miss and took the ball the length of the court and hit a 15-foot jumper at the buzzer.

In the second half, both teams continued to battle. The Runnin’ Bulldogs tied the game at 46 apiece with more than eight minutes left in the game, but FGCU continued to take and make open shots to hold off GWU and win by the final score of 60-56.

News & Notes on Florida: Last Game vs. Louisville

Florida played its best first-half of basketball, taking a six-point halftime lead on the road at Louisville. The second half, however, belong to the Cardinals, who scored the first 19 points of the second half and outscored the Gators 18-8 in the final five and half minutes to take the 79-62 decision on Sunday afternoon (12/2) at Freedom Hall.

Florida (4-4), which was playing its fourth game in eight days, began to rally after the Cardinal’s second-half-opening stretch and dropped the deficit to seven points with over seven minutes to play. Louisville (4-2), however, looked like a team that was playing its first game after an eight-day rest, and denied the Gators their first road win of the season.

Marshae Dotson led nine different Gators who scored, as she posted her fourth double-double of the year and the 11th of her career with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Sha Brooks and Jennifer Mossor scored nine points each for Florida, which committed 31 turnovers and shot 34.3 percent (22-64) for the game, including 25.7 percent (9-35) in the deciding second half.

UL All-American Angel McCoughtry tallied 22 points with nine steals and eight rebounds, but it was Keshia Hines who garnered top scoring honors with 25 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Louisville ripped out of the halftime locker room with an 19-0 run, quickly erasing Florida’s four-point lead to take a 51-38 advantage.

Depree Bowden ended the Gator drought with a deep two-point jumper with 13 minutes remaining, but the Cardinals followed with two more buckets and built a 55-40 cushion. Lonnika Thompson stopped the run with a 3-pointer and put the Gators within 12.

The teams traded field goals for the next two minutes before Florida used a 7-0 run, as Marshae Dotson put back an offensive rebound, Brittaney Thomas collected steal and raced the length of the court for the layup and Sha Brooks nailed a 3-pointer in front of the Gator bench to bring Florida within seven points, 59-52, with just over seven minutes left.

UL’s Keshia Hines hit a jumper to stop UF’s run and Thomas answered with a bucket to keep the Gators within seven. After the teams exchanged points, the Cardinals started to take control with a 7-0 run of their own to take a 68-54 lead with just over five minutes left. During the run Florida turned the ball over three times and managed just one shot attempt, as Louisville turned up its defense and foul trouble put several starters on the bench for UF. That 7-0 run began the game-ending 18-8 march that put the game out of reach.

Florida Statistical Leaders

Points: Marshae Dotson, 15.0 ppg - Depree Bowden, 13.0 ppg

Assists: Depree Bowden, 2.8 apg - Brittaney Thomas, 2.3 apg

Rebounds: Marshae Dotson, 10.9 rpg - Aneika Henry, 6.3 rpg