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Eagles Return to Action Saturday Night Against Kennesaw State
Date: Jan. 19
Time: 5 p.m. ET
Arena: Alico Arena (4,500)
Location: Fort Myers, Fla.
Internet: Livestats are available at FGCUAthletics
Video Streaming: Watch the game LIVE at A-Sun.tv
Records: FGCU (6-7, 1-2 A-Sun), Kennesaw State (7-8, 2-1 A-Sun)
Series: This is the 1st meeting between the teams
Coaches: FGCU - Karl Smesko is 138-28 in his sixth year at FGCU and 199-55 overall. Kennesaw State - Colby Tilley is 232-132 in his 13th season at KSU.
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU women's basketball team will play their second Atlantic Sun Conference home game Saturday night against Kennesaw State. The game can be seen live on ASun.tv and is the first game of a double-header.
Just One More To Go....To Get To 200
Head Coach Karl Smesko is just one win shy of his 200th career victory following the Eagles 65-44 win over Stetson on Jan. 12.
KENNESAW STATE - Last Time Out vs. JU (L, 61-53 on 1/14)
Britteny Henderson scored 18 points, but a 28 percent shooting night did in Kennesaw State as the Lady Owls lost to Jacksonville, 61-53, in a battle for first-place in the Atlantic Sun Conference on Monday night at the KSU Convocation Center.
The Lady Owls (7-8, 2-1 A-Sun) committed only 17 turnovers and matched Jacksonville in rebounds, but a 6-for-31 first half put KSU in a deep hole in which they couldn’t recover.
Kennesaw State held Jacksonville (14-3, 4-0) to 29 points in the first half, but could only score 19 and trailed the Dolphins by 10 points at the break. The Lady Owls made just two field goals in the first 12 minutes of the half, as they didn’t hit double-figures until the 6:39 mark.
The Dolphins shot 48 percent in the first half even though they missed all 10 of their three-point attempts. However, on defense they were able to keep the Lady Owls on the perimeter where the Black and Gold made just one of 11 three-pointers.
Ashley Williams (9-for-12) scored a game-high 20 points to lead Jacksonville while Regina Omoite (2-for-10) picked up a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. She came close to a triple-double, dishing out a game-high seven assists.
Jacksonville jumped out to a quick start, scoring the first six points of the game, Williams scoring the first four, and never trailed over the course of the night. Kennesaw State was able to come within three points in the first half and did rally in the second half, cutting a double-digit lead to five points late in the second half.
Jacksonville led, 47-32, with 8:52 remaining before a jumper by Ashley Johnson (2-for-10) ignited a, 14-4, run which cut the KSU deficit to five points, 51-46, with 2:34 left. The Lady Owls wouldn’t get any closer as they shot 2-for-8 the rest of the way.
Nikki Gurley (4-for-13) scored 11 points and Greteya Kelley (3-for-10) added 10 points and eight rebounds for Kennesaw State. Virginia Gregoire (4-for-11) scored 13 points and had five rebounds for Jacksonville.
Kennesaw St. Statistical Leaders
Britteny Henderson 12.3 ppg
Greteya Kelley 11.9 ppg
Ashley Johnson 4.2 apg
Jennifer Baker 2.5 apg
Britteny Henderson 8.1 rpg
Montinique Nixon 6.3 rpg