FORT MYERS, Fla. - Adrianne McNally scored 18 points and Shannon Murphy and Chelsea Lyles each added 14 points, but it wasn't enough as the FGCU women's basketball team fell to East Tennessee State on Thursday night, 75-67. The loss marks the first home loss for the Eagles this season as well as the first time the Eagles have lost consecutive games this season.
ETSU jumped out in front right away, scoring the first four points of the game. The Eagles answered back with a 5-0 run of their own to take a 5-4 lead with 16:52 remaining in the first half. Throughout the rest of the first half, neither team was able to pull away; the largest lead came with 3:50 left in the half and the Eagles leading 32-25, and ETSU would score four straight points to bring the deficit back down to just four. In the first half there were three ties and five lead changes, with FGCU holding a 37-33 lead at the break. Adranne McNally and Chelsea Lyles led all scorers with 9 points each in the half; Latisha Belcher led ETSU with 8 points in the half.
The second half started nearly identical to the first half, with the Buccaneers scoring the first four points of the half, pulling ETSU even with FGCU at 37-37. The Eagles would again answer back with a 5-0 run, just as they did in the first half, giving FGCU a five point lead with 17:25 left in the game. A few minutes later TaRonda Wiles hit a jumper to bring the Bucs back to a tie score, this time at 45 apiece. The two teams traded the lead four times over the next two and a half minutes, with ETSU eventually opening up a lead of five with 8:21 to play. The Eagles were able to cut the lead to just a single point on three separate occasions, but were never able to regain the lead, as ETSU would hang on to win, 75-67.
For the Buccaneers (6-6, 4-1), Latisha Belcher led the way with 18 points on 8-9 shooting from the field. Belcher also added 5 points and 4 steals. Siarre Evens scored 15 to go along with 8 rebounds, and TaRond Wiles tallied 10 points and 7 boards. Kami Phillips also dished out a game-high 6 assists for the Bucs.
For the Eagles (9-4, 2-3), Adrianne McNally led the team with 18 points, along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Shannon Murphy registered 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists, and Chelsea Lyles also scored 14 points and pulled down 3 rebounds.
The Eagles will be back in action inside Alico Arena on Saturday, January 10th, taking on USC Upstate. Tip-off is set for approximately 4:15 PM, as the women's game will be following the men's game, also against USC Upstate, at 2:00 PM.