FORT MYERS, Fla. – Three Eagles scored in double figures and the FGCU women’s basketball team drained 14 three-pointers en route to an 87-63 win over Seattle in front of 1,652 fans on Friday night at Alico Arena.
The Redhawks fall to 7-21 overall, while the Blue and Green improve to 25-3 overall and extend their home winning streak, which is the third longest in the nation behind UConn and Stanford, to 39 games. The 2010-11 A-Sun regular season champs, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (10.9), knocked down 14 triples on the night.
Junior Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) finished with a team-high 19 points on 5-of-11 from three-point range. She also added nine rebounds and a pair of steals. Senior Shannon Murphy (Brighton, Mich./Brighton HS) scored 18 points in 28 minutes of action. Redshirt-freshman Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) registered 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. Junior Lerrin Cook (Kearny, Ariz./Ray HS/Yavapai College) provided excellent shooting off the bench, scoring nine points on a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc, while junior Eglah Griffin (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar HS/Seminole CC) and senior Shavonne Butler (New Orleans, La./McDonogh HS/Hill College) both recorded eight points in the win.
Elle Kerfoot led the Redhawks with 24 points, while Ashley Ward contributed nine points and five rebounds.
The Eagles jumped out to a quick 9-3 lead, capped by a triple from Murphy with 14:32 left in the first half.
After a three-pointer from Elle Kerfoot cut the Blue and Green’s lead to just 19-15, the Eagles employed a huge 31-9 run over the final eight minutes of the opening stanza to take a commanding 50-24 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
The Redhawks were limited to just 8-of-25 (32.0 percent) from the field and 4-of-12 (33.3 percent) from behind the arc in the first half. Seattle’s eight first half field goals mark the 13th time this season that FGCU has held an opponent to single digit field goals in the first 20 minutes.
FGCU hit 16-of-27 (59.3 percent) from the floor in the first half, including 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) from long distance.
In the second half, the Eagles continued to keep their foot on the gas, extending their lead to as many as 31 points (4:33) before winning the contest 87-63.
The Eagles return to the court for day two of the Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Classic on Saturday, Mar. 5 when they host the Lancers of Longwood (7-21 overall). Tip off for the game, which will be ‘Senior Day’ for seniors Shannon Murphy and Shavonne Butler, is set for 7:30 p.m. at Alico Arena.