FORT MYERS, Fla. – Junior Eglah Griffin (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar HS/Seminole CC) scored a game-high 16 points as the FGCU women’s basketball team used a solid team defensive effort to get back on the winning track with a 62-42 Atlantic Sun win over Campbell on Monday night.
With the win the Blue and Green move to 15-1 overall (8-1 A-Sun), while the Camels fall to 8-11 overall (7-3 A-Sun). FGCU’s win also snaps CU’s seven-game winning streak, which was the longest in 10 years for Campbell.
The Blue and Green, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (11.6), knocked down 10 trifectas on the night and have drained double digit three-pointers 11 times on the season. Six different players made at least one trey for the Blue and Green, led by Griffin’s 4-of-8 night.
FGCU’s defense was solid all night as the Eagles held CU, who put up 93 points in a win over Stetson on Jan. 22, to just 42 points. The Blue and Green forced Campbell into 23 turnovers and limited the Camels to just 13-of-47 (27.7 percent) shooting from the field, including 0-for-6 from behind the arc. Campbell’s 42 points mark the eleventh time the Eagles, who lead the conference in scoring defense (55.3 ppg), have held an opponent below 60 points this season.
Griffin finished with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field, including draining four triples. Griffin also added four rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes. Junior Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) registered 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and a career-high two blocks. Redshirt-freshman Sarah Hansen (Edinboro, Pa./General McLane HS) snagged three boards and scored eight points. Senior Shannon Murphy (Brighton, Mich./Brighton HS) registered six points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. Junior Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio/ Alter HS) had recorded seven points, nine rebounds and four assists.
Jazmine Cooper, the lone Camel to score in double figures, finished with 15 points to four rebounds.
The Eagles jumped out to a quick 20-8 lead capped by a layup from Hansen with 10:35 left in the first half. A jumpshot from Lauren Yesh cut the FGCU lead to 20-10, before junior Lerrin Cook (Kearny, Ariz./Ray HS/Yavapai College) hit a layup and drained a three-pointer on back-to-back possessions to give the Eagles a 25-10 advantage.
Leading the Camels 25-12 with more than eight minutes left in the opening half, the Eagles went on a 10-4 run, highlighted by five points from Chihil, to close the half and take a 35-16 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Blue and Green have held seven of their nine A-Sun opponents to 27 points or less in the first half so far this season. The Eagles have also outscored their nine conference opponents 346-225 in the first 20 minutes in 2010-11.
CU was limited to just 7-of-27 shooting in the first half. FGCU has held the opposition to single-digit first half field goals eight times during the 2010-11 campaign.
FGCU shot 12-of-22 (54.5 percent) from the floor in the first half, including 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) from long distance.
An 11-4 run to open the second half gave the Eagles their largest lead of the game (26 points), 46-20, with 14:58 left in the game. Campbell responded with a 16-2 run, capped by a pair of free throws from Courtney Cannon, to cut the Blue and Green’s lead to just 48-36 with 8:30 left in regulation.
The Eagles went on to outscore Mercer 14-6 over the final 5:55 to pick up the 62-42 win.
The Blue and Green will return to the court on Saturday, Jan. 29 when they travel to Nashville, Tenn. to take on the Bisons of Lipscomb (7-12 overall, 4-6 A-Sun) at Allen Arena. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.