FORT MYERS, Fla. – Three players for the FGCU women's basketball team scored in double figures as the Eagles defeated Seton Hall, 64-57, in the season opener for both squads on Saturday night in front of 1,963 fans at Alico Arena.
With the win, the Eagles extend their home win streak to 25 games, the fourth-longest streak in the nation.
Shannon Murphy (Brighton, Mich./Brighton HS) scored all of her team-high 12 points in the second half to lead a trio of players in double figures for FGCU. Eglah Griffin (Fort Myers, Fla/Dunbar HS/Seminole CC) and Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) each chipped in with 11 points and 10 points, respectively. Sarah Hansen (Edinboro, Pa./General McLane HS) scored nine points and grabbed five boards in her first collegiate start. The Eagles shot 45.5-percent from the field in the second half, after only managing only a 23.8 percent (5-21) clip in the opening 20 minutes.
The Eagles enjoyed a 44-16 edge in free throw attempts, making 29 to SHU’s 11. Seton Hall claimed a 33-30 edge on the glass and shot 40.4-percent to FGCU’s 34.9-percent.
In the first half, both teams seemed to come out tight as the Pirates scratched and clawed to take a 24-19 lead at the intermission. Both teams combined for 36 turnovers, 26 fouls and 29.8-percent shooting from the field in the opening stanza.
Griffin and Murphy drained back-to-back treys as the Eagles took a 25-24 lead one minute into the second half. After a pair of Seton Hall buckets, the Pirates cut the FGCU lead down to 28-25.
Griffin and Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio/Alter HS) knocked down shots from beyond the arc to put FGCU ahead 31-28 with 15:23 remaining. Seton Hall’s Jazzmine Johnson knocked down a three-ball before driving to the bucket for a lay-up to give the Pirates a 35-34 lead with 9:57 remaining.
The teams traded baskets as the clock moved under nine minutes, and with Seton Hall down two, Alexandra Maseko got a put back off an offensive board to make it 43-43 with 6:05 to go.
Trailing by four points, Seton Hall’s Jasmine Crew converted a three-point play with 2:34 remaining to cut the Blue and Green’s lead to 48-47. Jacobson answered with a three and Chihil split a pair of free throws on a foul away from the ball to make it 52-47. After Chihil missed the second shot from the charity stripe the rebound went to the Eagles. Murphy was then fouled and connected on a pair from the stripe with 1:54 on the clock, to complete a six-point possession and give FGCU a 54-47 advantage. Seton Hall could get no closer than five the rest of the way as the Eagles went on to pick up the 64-57 victory.
FGCU will be back in action when it hosts the Troy Trojans on Sunday, Nov. 21 at Alico Arena. Tip-off is slated for 2:05 p.m.