GREENSBORO, N.C. - Four players scored in double figures as the Lady Eagles defeated UNCG, 66-50, in the second game of the UNCG Marriott Classic on Friday.
The Eagles (3-1) were led by Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio) and Adrianne McNally (Howell, Mich.), as they scored a game-high 15 points apiece. Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn.) scored 14 points, all of which came in the first half, and Chelsea Lyles (Colorado Springs, Col.) had 13 points. Chihil nearly recorded her first collegiate double-double by grabbing nine rebounds.
The Spartans (1-4) hung with the Eagles in the first half, leading by as many as four with 13:08 to play in the opening frame. FGCU then went on a 17-4 run to end the half that turned an 18-16 deficit into a 33-22 halftime lead.
Lyles’ pair of free throws tied the game at 18 before Chihil’s pair of freebies put the Eagles ahead for good. A McNally layup made it a four-point game, but UNCG freshman Sarah Folwell hit a jumper to draw UNCG back to within two at 22-20.
Back-to-back three-pointers from Chihil and Jacobson pushed FGCU’s lead to eight, and after a UNCG layup, Jacobson hit a pair of free throws and another three-pointer, which was her fourth of the half , to put FGCU up by 11 points at halftime, 33-22.
Early in the second half, Agne Girstautaite’s layup cut the Eagles’ lead to single digits at 35-26, and Gini Grimsley’s three-point play made it a two-possession game again. FGCU quickly responded, however, as Chihil and McNally hit consecutive layups underneath to push the Eagles’ lead back to 10 at 39-29. Lyles and Brittany Brown (Flint, Mich.) added layups of their own to make it an 8-0 run.
With a 43-32 lead, FGCU never looked back. The Eagles stretched their lead to as many as 23 before the Spartans closed the game on a 12-5 run.
Winston-Salem State and Bowling Green played the early game of day one of the UNCG Marriott Classic, with Bowling Green coming away with an 80-43 win.
WSSU and FGCU will play at 1 p.m. Saturday, and UNCG and Bowling Green will close out the Classic with a contest starting at 3 p.m.