FORT MYERS, Fla. –
Florida Gulf Coast used an inside-outside attack in knocking off Jacksonville in women’s basketball action at the Alico Arena on Thursday night.
The win continues the Eagles hopes for a postseason berth in the NIT while the Dolphins postseason hopes rest in winning the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament next week in Nashville, Tenn.
The Eagles (16-8, 11-3 A-Sun) hit six 3-pointers in the game, worked their backdoor offense for several layup and hit 17-of-24 at the free throw line.
Chelsea Dermyer led Florida Gulf Coast with 20 points on 8-of 12 shooting, hitting two 3-pointers in the second half en route to 14 points in the final 20 minutes. She was one of four Eagles in double figures, with Shannon Murphy adding 16 points with a pair of second half 3-pointers as well.
Adrian McNallly had 14 points and Ashley Haegele had 13 to add in the Eagles team scoring effort.
Trailing by one at the half, the Eagles opened the second half on 13-5 run to take a 46-39 lead with 14:22 remaining. The Dolphins cut it to four a couple of times, but FGCU pushed the lead to 12, 63-51, on a Murphy’s second 3-pointer of the half with 7:24 left in regulation.
The Eagles never looked back from there, pushing the lead to as many as 18 as they cruised to the win. During that spurt, the Dolphins went scoreless over a six minute span to seal their fate.
Ashley Williams recorded a double-double to lead the Dolphins (21-7, 11-4 A-Sun). She had 18 points and 11 rebounds to finish as the only Dolphin in double figures.
In a back-and-forth first half in which neither team led by more than four, Jacksonville’s Danielle Gray hit a turnaround jumper in the lane to give the Dolphins a 34-33 lead at the intermission.
FGCU wraps up its regular season against UNF at home on Saturday evening.