Jacobson's Three-Point Barrage Leads FGCU to a 98-50 A-Sun Win at Mercer
Monday, January 02, 2012 | by Mike Hill (mike_hill84)
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Photo Credit: Dennis Snyder
Photo Credit: Dennis Snyder
Florida Gulf Coast (11-2 (3-0 A-Sun))
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Mercer (3-11 (1-2 A-Sun))
1/2/2012 | Macon, Ga. - University Center | Attendance: 1080
1st2ndFinal
Florida Gulf Coast514798
Mercer272350
Stats at a GlanceFGCUMERW
FG Percentage.492 (32-65) .400 (22-55)
3P FG Percentage.538 (14-26) .263 (5-19)
FT Percentage.909 (20-22) .333 (1-3)
Offensive Rebounds1511
Defensive Rebounds2319
Total Rebounds3830
Turnovers1126
Steals157
Bench Points3817
Statistical LeadersFGCUMERW
PointsJACOBSON - 24
BUCHANAN - 11
ReboundsKNIGHT - 7
PHILLIPS - 9
AssistsKENNEDY - 6
BRIDGES - 3
StealsKENNEDY - 5
BRADSHAW - 3
BlocksKNIGHT - 3
BUCHANAN - 2

MACON, Ga. – Senior Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) scored a career-high 24 points on a career-high eight three-pointers, as the FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down 14 triples, en route to a 98-50 blowout win over A-Sun foe Mercer on Monday night.

With the win, FGCU improves to 11-2 overall (3-0 A-Sun), while the Bears fall to 3-11 (1-2 A-Sun) on the season. The Eagles are now 9-0 all-time against Mercer and 5-0 at MU’s University Center.

Jacobson has now made a three in 76 of her last 79 contests and 98 of 105 for her career. During her decorated FGCU career, Jacobson has made 3+ threes 45 times, 5+ threes on 17 occasions and a career-best of eight twice.

The Eagles, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (12.7), have drained double digit three-pointers in 10 of their 13 games this season and now have 165 triples as a team. Six different players made at least one trey for the Green and Blue, led by Jacobson’s 8-of-9 night.

Jacobson, the A-Sun’s all-time leader and the nation’s leader (among active players) in career three-pointers (291), added two rebounds, a steal and an assist to go with her 24 points. Sophomore Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) chipped in with 15 points and two steals, while freshman Whitney Knight (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds HS) added 10 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and three steals in 18 minutes.

Trailing 12-9 early in the first half, the Eagles used an 11-2 run, capped by a Jacobson trey, to grab a 20-14 advantage with 10:49 remaining in the half. A jumper from Jasmine Blakemore cut the FGCU advantage to 22-18 with 10:31 remaining in the opening frame, but the Green and Blue used a 29-9 run, highlighted by 15 points from Jacobson on 5-of-5 shooting from behind the arc, to close out the half and take a 51-27 lead into the locker room at the intermission.

In the second half, FGCU continued to dominate Mercer and extended their lead to as many as 48 points before picking up the 98-50 conference win.

The Bears shot 22-of-55 (40 percent) from the field and 5-of-19 (26.3 percent) from behind the arc in the game, while the Eagles hit 32-of-65 (49.2 percent) from the floor on the night, including 14-of-26 (53.8 percent) from long distance.

The Green and Blue will now head to Kennesaw, Ga. to take on A-Sun foe Kennesaw State. FGCU will face the Owls (6-8, 1-2 A-Sun) on Jan. 4 (4:45 p.m.).