FGCU Handles Previously Undefeated Richmond, 81-67
Friday, November 25, 2011 | by Mike Hill (@mike_hill84)
Florida Gulf Coast (3-1)
11/25/2011 | Fort Myers, Fla. (Alico Arena) | Attendance: 0
Florida Gulf Coast483381
Stats at a GlanceRICHMONDFGCU
FG Percentage.404 (21-52) .481 (26-54)
3P FG Percentage.278 (5-18) .323 (10-31)
FT Percentage.870 (20-23) .864 (19-22)
Offensive Rebounds1110
Defensive Rebounds2022
Total Rebounds3132
Bench Points1825
Statistical LeadersRICHMONDFGCU
PointsOLIVER - 17
ReboundsOLIVER - 6
TEAM - 10
AssistsOLIVER - 3
StealsREGISTER - 2
BlocksKNIGHT - 3

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Four Eagles scored in double figures as the FGCU women’s basketball team knocked off previously undefeated Richmond, 81-67, in front of 1,123 fans on Friday night at Alico Arena.

With the win, FGCU improves to 3-1 overall, while the Spiders fall to 4-1 on the season. The Eagles are now 3-0 against teams from the Atlantic 10 Conference.

The Green and Blue, who led the nation in three-point field goals per game last season, knocked down 10 trifectas on the night. Five different players made at least one trey for the Eagles, led by senior Courtney Chihil’s (Tipp City, Ohio/Alter HS) 3-of-6 night.

Sophomore Sarah Hansen (Edinboro, Pa./General McLane HS), the reigning College Sports Madness’ Atlantic Sun Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, finished with a game-high 20 points (all in the first half), to go with three boards, three steals and a pair of assists. Senior Nicoya Jackson (Houston, Texas/Cypress Springs HS/Southwestern Christian) poured in 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor. Jackson also added six assists and three rebounds. Chihil filled the stat sheet in her best performance of the season, with 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Senior Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS), who is now just two points shy of becoming the fourth player in program history to score 1,000 career points, chipped in with 11 points.

Abby Oliver led the Spiders with 17 points and six rebounds, while Miah Register contributed 13 points and five rebounds.

Leading Richmond, 28-26, with 5:10 remaining in the opening half, the Eagles used a 20-10 run, highlighted by seven points from Jackson, to grab a 12-point lead, 48-36, heading into the locker room at the intermission.

The Spiders shot 12-of-31 (38.7 percent) from the field and 4-of-11 (36.4 percent) from behind the arc in the first half.

FGCU hit 15-of-25 (60 percent) from the floor in the first half, including 4-of-10 (40 percent) from long distance.

Richmond scored back-to-back baskets to start the second half to cut the FGCU lead down to eight points, 48-40, in the opening minute of the second half. A Chihil triple stopped the UR run and sparked FGCU’s 20-8 spurt that gave the Eagles their largest lead of the game (20 points), 68-48, with 9:54 left in regulation.

Richmond clawed back to a 69-56 deficit with 6:38 left after a Genevieve Okoro layup, but the Green and Blue were able to hold off the Spiders over the final six minutes to pick up the 81-67 win.

The Eagles return to the court on Monday, Nov. 28 when they host the Warriors of Webber International (0-6 overall). Tip is set for 7:05 p.m. ET.