CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Brittany Brown scored a team-high 12 points and Chelsea Lyles recorded her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds, as the Florida Gulf Coast University women’s basketball team fell, 70-57, its first round WNIT matchup with the Miami Hurricanes at the BankUnited Center on Thursday night.
With the loss the Eagles fall to 24-7, while the Hurricanes improved their record to 18-13 on the season and will face Florida in the second round of the WNIT.
The Eagles started the game on a 5-0 run after an Adrianne McNally (Howell Mich.) jumper and a Shannon Murphy (Brighton, Mich.) three-pointer. Miami quickly responded with a 12-0 run to take a 12-5 lead with 14:37 remaining in the half. The teams traded buckets and with Miami leading 18-13 with 8:19 remaining, the Eagles used a 22-9 run over the final 7:38, highlighted by 10 points from Eglah Griffin (Fort Myers, Fla.), to take a 35-27 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.
The Eagles shot 13-of-27 (48.1-percent) from the field and 6-of-14 (42.9-percent) from three point range in the first half, while the Hurricanes shot 12-of-32 (37.5-percent) from the floor and 1-of-8 (12.5-percent) from long range in the first 20 minutes.
The Hurricanes started the second half on a 13-0 run to take a 40-35 lead (15:21), before a McNally layup with 15:02 remaining stopped the run. After Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio) went down with an injury with 10:08 remaining in the game, Miami continued their hot shooting and aggressive play and used an 18-2 run to push their lead to 58-43 with 8:03 left in regulation.
The Eagles went on to outscore the Hurricanes 14-12 over the final eight minutes of the game, but fell by the final score of 70-57.
FGCU shot 19-of-51 (37.3-percent) from the field and 7-of-22 from three-point range (31.8-percent), while the Hurricanes shot 25-of-58 (43.1-percent) from the floor and 3-of-13 (23.1-percent) from long range.
FGCU’s senior trio of Brown (Flint, Mich.), Lyles (Colorado Springs, Col.) and McNally, combined for 32 points, 14 boards, and four steals in their final game in a FGCU Eagles uniform.
FGCU stands as the first A-Sun school to make consecutive WNIT appearances since FIU in 1992 and 1993. The Eagles advanced to the WNIT second round in 2008 and 2009.