Eagles Take Care of UNF, 68-34
Saturday, January 07, 2012 | by Mike Hill (@mike_hill84)
Photo Credit: Dennis Snyder
Photo Credit: Dennis Snyder
UNF (5-10, 2-2 A-Sun)
Florida Gulf Coast (13-2, 5-0 A-Sun)
1/7/2012 | Fort Myers, Fla. (Alico Arena) | Attendance: 2346
Florida Gulf Coast284068
Stats at a GlanceUNFFGCU
FG Percentage.300 (15-50) .500 (26-52)
3P FG Percentage.091 (1-11) .423 (11-26)
FT Percentage.375 (3-8) .556 (5-9)
Offensive Rebounds98
Defensive Rebounds1827
Total Rebounds2735
Bench Points1323
Statistical LeadersUNFFGCU
PointsJOSIL - 8
ReboundsHICKS - 4
TEAM - 5
AssistsJOSIL - 6
StealsKIRKLAND - 3
BlocksJONES - 1

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Senior Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) scored a game-high 14 points, as the FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down 11 triples, en route to a 68-34 blowout win over A-Sun foe UNF on Saturday night.

With the win, FGCU improves to 13-2 overall (5-0 A-Sun), while the Ospreys fall to 5-10 (2-2 A-Sun) on the season. The Eagles are now 7-2 all-time against UNF.

The Eagles, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (12.5), have drained double digit three-pointers in 12 of their 15 games this season and now have 187 triples as a team. Seven different players made at least one trey for the Green and Blue, led by Jacobson’s 4-of-6 night.

Jacobson finished with 14 points, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes of action. The Barnesville, Minn. Native, the A-Sun’s all-time leader and the nation’s leader (among active players) in career three-pointers (298), hit 4-of-6 shots from behind the arc. Sophomore Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) chipped in with 11 points, four boards, two assists and one steal.

Both teams battled to a 13-13 tie to open the game. The Eagles used an 14-4 run, capped by a Jacobson three-pointer, to grab a 27-17 lead with 2:01 left in the opening 20 minutes. A layup from UNF’s Brittany Kirkland cut the FGCU lead down to eight points (27-19) with less than two minutes left in the half. Hansen split a pair of free throws to close the half as the Green and Blue took a 28-19 lead into the locker room at the intermission.

The Eagles shot 11-of-23 (47.8 percent) from the floor and 3-of-10 (30 percent) from behind the arc in the opening frame, while the Ospreys were limited to 36 percent (9-of-25) shooting from the field and were forced into 10 miscues in the first half.

In the second half, FGCU cranked up the defensive pressure and started to heat up on offense as they extended their lead to as many as 38 points before picking up the 68-34 conference win.

The Ospreys shot 15-of-50 (30 percent) from the field and 1-of-11 (9.1 percent) from behind the arc in the game, while the Eagles hit 26-of-52 (50 percent) from the floor on the night, including 11-of-26 (42.3 percent) from long distance.

The Green and Blue will return to the court on Monday, Jan. 9 when they welcome the Jacksonville Dolphins to ‘The Nest’ at Alico Arena. Tipoff is set for 5:15 p.m.