Delia De La Torre recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Chelsea Dermyer scored a career-high 24 points and Delia De La Torre recorded a double-double as FGCU defeated Kennesaw State 75-64 on Saturday night to secure the program’s second consecutive Atlantic Sun conference victory.
Four Eagles scored in double figures led by Dermyer’s (Fort Collins, Col.) career-high 24 points. Dermyer played another solid game at the point guard position for the Eagles by shooting 9-of-14 (62.3 percent) from the field and 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) from long-distance. The senior also added five assists and four steals.
Adrianne McNally (Howell, Mich.) played an all-around game by registering 14 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Ashley Haegele (Imperial, Mo.) and Delia De La Torre (Las Cruces, N.M.) had 13 points each. Haegele shot 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) and added four rebounds. De La Torre recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Kennesaw State was led by Nikki Gurley’s 15 points.
FGCU (7-7, 2-2 A-Sun) started the game on a 13-0 run, capped by a McNally layup at the 14:26 mark, and held the Owls scoreless until Kennesaw State forward DeAndrea Bullock knocked in a free-throw with 12:41 left in the half.
Bullock’s free-throw ignited the Kennesaw State offense and the Owls mounted a comeback and eventually cut the FGCU lead down to one point with 33 second left in the half, but the Eagles got a timely three-pointer from Haegele with 19 seconds left on the clock and took a 33-29 lead going into the locker room at halftime.
FGCU shot only 12-of-31 (38.7 percent) from the field and 7-of-24 (29.2 percent) from three-point range in the first half while the Owls shot 43.5 percent (10-of-23) from the field and 42.9 percent (3-of-7) from behind the arc.
In the second half, the Eagles came out on fire. FGCU began the half on an 8-0 run and never looked back. The Eagles never let Kennesaw State get closer than five points and they secured the program’s second consecutive A-Sun victory by outscoring the Owls 42-35 in the half to win by the final of 75-64.
The Eagles finished the game 28-of-60 (46.7 percent) from the field and 13-of 34 (38.2 percent) from three-point range. The Owls shot 50 percent (22-of-44) from the field and 46.7 percent (7-of15) from long-distance.
FGCU will be back in action on Monday, January 21 when they host Mercer in Alico Arena at 7 p.m.