JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Kelsey Jacobson’s game-high 14 points and Courtney Chihil’s game-high 13 rebounds weren’t enough as the Florida Gulf Coast University women’s basketball team was upset by the UNF Ospreys, 57-56, Saturday afternoon at the UNF Arena.
The Eagles (20-5, 15-2 A-Sun) trailed 21-7 with 12:20 remaining in the first half, before using a 14-2 run, highlighted by five points from Shannon Murphy (Brighton, Mich.), to cut the UNF (9-16, 6-11 A-Sun) lead to 23-21 with 4:41 remaining in the half. Before FGCU’s run the Ospreys were holding the Blue and Green to just 2-of-13 shooting from the field and 1-of-9 from long range.
Leading the Eagles 23-21 with 3:54 remaining in the half, UNF went on a 7-0 run to head into the locker room with a 30-21 lead. FGCU was held to only 21.2-percent (7-of-33) shooting from the field and 16.7-percent (3-of-18) from long range in the first 20 minutes of the game.
Murphy led the Eagles with five first half points, while Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio) scored four points and pulled down nine boards. In the second half, the Ospreys kept knocking down shots and getting to loose balls and seemed to outplay the Eagles, until FGCU went on an 8-2 run to cut the UNF lead down to two points (54-52) with 2:36 remaining.
UNF would get a timely three-pointer from Juliemay Syquio as the shot clock expired to extend their lead to 57-52 with 1:12 left in regulation. FGCU quickly responded when Jacobson banged in a three-pointer to pull the Eagles within two points with 55 seconds remaining (57-55).
With 43 second remaining, Murphy picked Brittany Kirkland’s pocket, drew a foul, and earned herself a pair of free throws. She would only make one of two shots from the charity stripe to bring the Eagles within one point (57-56).
After forcing UNF into a contested three-pointer, the Eagles had possession of the ball with six seconds left on the clock, but would be unable to score a bucket as Chelsea Lyles’ layup attempt was blocked with four seconds remaining and Adrianne McNally’s jumper from the right elbow rimmed out.
Jacobson grabbed two boards and dished two assists to go along with her game-high 14 points, while Chelsea Lyles (Colorado Springs, Col.) chipped in with 13 points, four boards, four steals, and a pair of blocks. Chihil scored eight points to go with her game-high 13 boards.
The Eagles are back in action on Thursday, February 18 when they host Lipscomb in their annual ‘Think Pink’ game. Tip-off for the game is set for 5:15 p.m. The team encourages everyone in attendance to wear pink in support of breast cancer research. The Eagles will be wearing pink wristbands, headbands, and socks to show support for the fight against cancer during the game.
WBCA's "Pink Zone"
The WBCA Pink Zone™ initiative is a global, unified effort for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
The WBCA began the WBCA Pink Zone™, formerly known as "Think Pink", in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women's basketball, on campuses and in communities. In 2007, more than 120 schools unified for this effort and helped make the inaugural year a success. In 2008, over 1,200 teams and organizations participated, reaching over 830,000 fans and raising over $930,000 for breast cancer awareness and research.
Why Get Involved?
There are several coaches currently fighting this vicious disease. Women's basketball coaches share not only a profession, but a community and it is important to pull together and support such causes as this.