FORT MYERS, Fla. – Four Eagles scored in double-figures as the FGCU women’s basketball team defeated Lipscomb, 64-45, in front of 1,289 fans at Alico Arena Thursday evening. The victory extends FGCU’s home winning streak to 23 games, the fifth-longest streak in the nation.
With the win the Eagles improve to 21-5 overall and 16-2 in the A-Sun, while the Lady Bisons drop to 4-23 overall and 2-15 in conference play.
Sophomore Eglah Griffin (Fort Myers, Fla.) led the Blue and Green with 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Chelsea Lyles (Colorado Springs, Colo.) added 13 points and eight rebounds, while Adrianne McNally (Howell, Mich.) chipped in with 11 points.
McNally also added four rebounds, one defensive and three offensive. The defensive rebound was Adrianne’s 405th career defensive rebound, giving her the most defensive rebounds in school history, passing the former record holder Robyn Swain. McNally now sits just three total rebounds behind Swain’s school record of 640, and four offensive rebounds behind Swain’s school record of 236.
The first 10 minutes of the game were filled with traded baskets, with neither side leading by more than five points. At 9:37 remaining in the half, the score was tied at 13. Over the next six minutes the Blue and Green went on a 13-2 run, keyed by a pair of threes from Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn.), taking a 26-15 lead with 3:20 to play in the first half. FGCU would take a 29-18 lead into the locker room.
The Eagles opened the second half on a 7-2 run, including a triple and free throw from McNally, giving FGCU a 36-20 lead 2:34 into the period.
A Griffin trey would put the Blue and Green ahead 50-26 with 10:48 remaining. The Eagles would continue to shoot the long ball until the very end, hoisting up a total of 43 threes, on their way to a 64-45 win. Just over a month ago, FGCU set a school record with 46 three-point attempts while playing at Lipscomb.
Jenna Bartsokas led the Lady Bisons with 15 points, and Anna Bowers added 10.
The Eagles wrap up the home portion of the 2009-10 regular season on Saturday night when they host the Bruins of Belmont University at 7:30 p.m. Saturday will also be Senior Night, with seniors Brittany Brown, Chelsea Lyles, and Adrianne McNally to be honored prior to tip-off.