KENNESAW, Ga. – Adrianne McNally’s game-high 25 points and Kelsey Jacobson’s season-high 16 points helped the Florida Gulf Coast University women’s basketball hold off the Kennesaw State Owls and pick up a 75-64 victory Saturday night at the KSU Convocation Center.
The Eagles (16-4, 11-1 A-Sun) trailed 9-6 with 15:30 remaining in the first half, before using a 9-2 run to take a 15-11 lead over the Owls (5-15, 2-9 A-Sun) heading into 12 minute media timeout. The Blue and Green would never trail again in the contest and picked up their 11th conference win of the season.
Senior forward Adrianne McNally (Howell, Mich.) dished four assists and grabbed six boards to go along with her game-high 25 points, while junior guard Shannon Murphy (Brighton, Mich.) chipped in with 18 points and a team-high five assists. Sophomore guard Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn.) added 16 points off the bench on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and 4-of-8 from long range.
With the win the Eagles retain sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Sun, leading East Tennessee State by half a game.
FGCU shot 8-of-18 (44.4-percent) from 3-point range in the first half compared to KSU’s 1-of-5 (20-percent).
The Blue and Green were outscored by Kennesaw State 40-39 in the second after leading by 12 points at halftime. The Eagles were 2-for-8 (25-percent) from beyond the 3-point arc in the game’s final 20 minutes while the Owls shot 4-for-10 (40-percent).
FGCU got solid contributions from Chelsea Lyles (Colorado Springs, Col.) and Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio). Lyles ended the game with six points, a team-high seven rebounds, and a game-high five steals, while Chihil added six points and six boards in the win.
The Blue and Green shot 45.3-percent (24-of-53) from the field and 10-of-26 (38.5-percent) from three-point range for the contest, compared to Kennesaw State’s 41.1-percent (23-of-56) from the floor and 5-of-15 from behind the arc (5-of-15) .
The Eagles are back in action on Monday, February 1 when they travel to Macon, Ga. to face third place Mercer (11-9, 8-3 A-Sun) for the CSS Game of the Week. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Mercer’s University Center and will be televised live on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast.