FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU women's basketball team will host A-Sun foe Jacksonville in the first game of a double-header Thursday evening. The game can be seen live on A-Sun.TV and tip-off is set for 5 p.m.
Date: Feb. 28
Time: 5 p.m. ET
Arena: Alico Arena
Location: Fort Myers, Fla.
Internet: Livestats are available at FGCUAthletics.com
Video Streaming: Watch the game LIVE at A-Sun.tv
Records: FGCU (16-8, 11-3 A-Sun), Jacksonville (21-6, 11-3 A-Sun)
Series: This is the 2nd meeting between the teams
Web Sites: FGCU - FGCUAthletics.com ; Jacksonville - JUDolphins.com
Last Time vs. Jacksonville - Jan. 5, 2007 (L, 62-58)
Delia De La Torre scored a team-high 18 points and Chelsea Dermyer added 15 points as the FGCU women's basketball team lost its conference opener on the road to the A-Sun Preseason favorite, Jacksonville Dolphins 62-58 Saturday afternoon at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
FGCU falls to 5-6 overall this season and 0-1 in the A-Sun. Jacksonville improves to 11-3 on the season and start the A-Sun 1-0.
Jacksonville erased a five-point deficit at the half by shooting 14-of-30 from the field (47 percent) in the second half while holding the Eagles to 8-of 28 shooting (29 percent). The Eagles and Dolphins combined for 13 ties and 14 lead changes in the game.
Leading 46-44 with more than six minutes remaining, the Eagles gave up a 5-0 run to the Dolphins and Jacksonville would take the lead for good Desarae Johnson capped the run with a layup with 5:07 left. FGCU tied the game with 1:10 left in regulation after De La Torre (Las Cruces, N.M.) drove to the basket and dropped in a layup. Jacksonville used a 4-0 run and held the Eagles scoreless in the final 1:10 to wrap-up the victory.
As a team, the Eagles connected on 21-of-56 (37.5-percent) shots from the field, including 7-of-20 (35.0-percent) from long-distance. De La Torre finished the game 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) from the field while pulling down a team-high seven rebounds. Dermyer (Fort Collins, Col.) ended the contest 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) from the field and 2-of-4 (50 percent) from behind the arc.
Ashley Williams finished 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) from the floor while also grabbing a game-high eight rebounds and three blocks. Virginia Gregoire finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Jacksonville got on the Eagles early by jumping out to a 20-14 lead with 9:33 left to play in the opening half. FGCU responded with a 17-6 run, that was capped by a Delia De La Torre (Las Cruces, N.M) jumper, over the final nine minutes of the first half and took a 31-26 lead into the locker room at halftime.
FGCU In the A-Sun (as of Feb. 27)
Scoring Offense - 4th (65.1)
Scoring Defense - 2nd (59.1)
Scoring Margin - 3rd (+6.0)
Free Throw % - 3rd (70.0)
FG % - 3rd (41.6)
FG % Def. - 9th (41.6)
3-pt FG % - 2nd (34.4)
3-pt FG % Def. - 12th (37.7)
Rebounding Offense - 12th (31.8)
Rebounding Defense - 5th (36.8)
Rebounding Margin - 10th (-5.1)
Blocked Shots - 12th (1.32)
Assists - 3rd (14.58)
Steals - 6th (8.79)
TO Margin - 2nd (+3.92)
Assist/TO Ratio - 1st (1.01)
Offensive Rebounds - 12th (10.58)
Defensive Rebounds - 12th (21.17)
3-pt FG’s Made - 1st (7.96)