TROY, Ala. – Led by three players in double figures and a big run to close out the game, the FGCU women’s basketball remain unbeaten on Sunday afternoon with a 63-50 win over Troy at Sartain Hall.
With their second win over the Trojans this season, the Eagle extend on their best Division I start in program history and move to 7-0, while Troy falls to 2-7.
Defense has fueled FGCU’s hot start to the 2010-11 campaign, as the Eagles have limited six of their seven opponents to 60 points or less.
Freshman Sarah Hansen (Edinboro, Pa./General McLane HS) finished with team-highs of 16 points and six rebounds in her seventh collegiate game. Junior Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) registered 13 points on the strength of a trio of three-pointers, while pulling down five rebounds. Senior Shannon Murphy (Brighton, Mich./Brighton HS) rounded out the double figure scorers with 12 points, five assists, four steals and three boards over 39 minutes.
The opening 20 minutes featured 16 lead changes and seven ties, as FGCU shot only 33 percent (9-27) from the field and 4-of-13 (.308) from three-point range. On the flipside, the Trojans shot 41 percent (9-of-22) from the floor and were unable to hit a shot from long distance (0-of-3). Despite their shooting woes, the Eagles were able to trail by only one, 25-24 at the half thanks to forcing Troy into 14 turnovers.
After a Donette McNair free throw gave the Trojans a 38-35 edge with 11:02 to play, the Eagles used a 28-12 run over the final 11 minutes to close the game and defeat the Trojans by 13 points (63-50) to pick up their seventh victory of the 2010-11 campaign.
FGCU shot a much-improved 45 percent (13-29) in the final frame and was able to knock down 11-of-13 shots from the free throw line to fuel the comeback and eventually seal the win. For the game, FGCU knocked down six three-pointers, marking the 140th consecutive game it has registered at least one long range field goal.
Junior Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio/Alter HS) turned in a solid 36 minutes with nine points, three rebounds, three steals, two assists and no turnovers. After turning the ball over 11 times in the first half, Chihil helped FGCU take much better care of the ball over the final 20 minutes with only five miscues.
Despite battling foul trouble, McNair led Troy with game-highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Jamesha Blake also hauled down double figure rebounds (10) to help the Trojans hold a 42-31 edge on the glass.
The Blue and Green now return home to Alico Arena for a pair of non-conference matchups before the Christmas holiday. The Eagles will face in-state rival FIU on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 7:05 p.m., before hosting the Hoosiers of Indiana on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the back-end of a doubleheader after the men’s team hosts N.C. Central.
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