RAINBOW WAHINE SHOWDOWN: #2 STANFORD/FGCU RECAP

Honolulu, HI- FGCU (4-1) dropped their first game of the year, falling 93-69, to #2 Stanford University (6-1), Friday night in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.

Stats (#2 SU):

#2 Stanford shot 52.1% (37/71) from the field, 33.3% (6/18) from beyond the arc, and outrebounded the Eagles 58-21. The Cardinal dished out 15 assists, had 3 steals, and 1 block in the game. #2 Stanford forced 7 FGCU team turnovers, while having 14 team turnovers of their own.

Stats (FGCU):

FGCU shot 34.3% (24/70) from the field, 28.3% (13/46) from beyond the arc, and were outrebounded by the Cardinal 58-21. The Eagles dished out 10 assists, had 4 steals, and 1 block in the game. FGCU forced 14 Stanford team turnovers, while having 7 team turnovers of their own.

Outstanding Players (FGCU):

TK Morehouse 24 pts, 4 asts

Uju Ezeudu 13 pts, 4 reb

Kaela Webb 6 pts

Outstanding Players (#2 SU):

Haley Jones 24 pts, 14 reb

Kiki Iriafen 16 pts, 11 reb

Cameron Brink 13 pts, 7 reb

Overview:

FGCU held their own vs the #2 team in the country, for most of the game, until the Cardinal pulled away, courtesy of a 32 point 4th quarter. Haley Jones scored a game high 24 points, and grabbed 14 rebounds and was one of two Cardinal players with a double-double in the game. Kiki Iriafen, was the other player with a double-double, and she finished with 16 points, and 11 rebounds. Cameron Brink also scored in double figures for #2 Stanford, scoring 13 points.

The Eagles were led offensively by TK Morehouse, who scored a game high 24 points, and Uju Ezeudu, who scored 13 points in the game. FGCU shot 28% from beyond the arc, hitting thirteen 3 points field goals in the game. The seven team turnovers by the Eagles, were another positive for the team, and FGCU can only find positives to build off, after facing the #2 team in the country in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.

What’s Next:

FGCU (4-1) faces the University of Hawai’i (0-4), Saturday at 7:30 PM from the Stan Sheriff Center in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.

RAINBOW WAHINE SHOWDOWN PREVIEW: FGCU/#2 STANFORD

Honolulu, HI- FGCU (4-0) faces #2 Stanford (6-1), Friday at 5 PM from the Stan Sheriff Center in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.

Stats (FGCU):

#25 FGCU averages 76.5 ppg, shoot 44.4% (108/243) from the field, and 36.5% (46/126) from beyond the arc. The Eagles average 38.5 team rebounds per game. FGCU dishes out 17.0 assists, 9.0 steals, and 3.3 blocks per game. The Eagles average 13.5 team turnovers per game.

Stats (#2 SU):

#2 Stanford averages 87.7 ppg, shoot 52.6% (195/371) from the field, and 40.3% (56/139) from beyond the arc. The Cardinal average 47.3 team rebounds per game. #2 Stanford dishes out 20.0 assists, 7.3 steals, and 8.2 blocks per game. The Cardinal average 13.3 team turnovers per game.

3 Players To Watch For (FGCU):

5’8 R-JR G Alyza Winston 20.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg

5’3 5th G TK Morehouse 15.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg

6’0 5th G Sha Carter 8.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg

3 Players To Watch For (#2 SU):

6’4 JR F Cameron Brink 12.5 ppg, 6.5 ppg

-NCAA champion (2021)

-Two-time Pac-12 champion (2021-22)

-Two-time Pac-12 Tournament champion (2021-22)

-WBCA All-America (2022)

-Associated Press All-America Third Team (2022)

-USBWA All-America Third Team (2022)

-Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Finalist (2022)

-Katrina McClain Award Finalist (2022)

-Pac-12 Player of the Year – Media (2022)

6’0 SR G Hannah Jump 12.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg

-NCAA Champion (2021)

-Two Time Pac-12 Champion (21-22)

-Two-Time Pac-12 Tournament Champion (21-22)

-Pac-12 academic honor roll as a Junior

6’3 SO F Kiki Iriafen 11.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg

-Pac-12 Champion

-Pac-12 Tournament Champion

-Pac-12 All-Freshman Team-Coaches and Media (2022)

-Pac-12 Freshman of the Week (Jan 3, 2022)

Overview:

FGCU faces former national champion: #2 Stanford, and the Eagles look for the upset of the season, in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown. #2 Stanford has wins over San Diego St, CSU Northridge, Pacific, Portland, and Cal Poly. Their lone loss came to #1 South Carolina, in overtime. Tara Vanderveer is the Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women’s Basketball, and has over 36 seasons leading the Cardinal. 6’4 JR F Cameron Brink is one of the best players in women’s college basketball, and she is averaging 12.5 ppg. At 6’4, she will present true matchup problem for the Eagles, so finding a way to limit her in the post, is a huge concern for FGCU. 6’3 SO F Kiki Iriafen (11.7 ppg), and 6’5 SR F Ashten Pretchel (4.7 ppg), also play big minutes in the post for #2 Stanford, so it will be interested to see how FGCU guards the Cardinal frontcourt.

FGCU is led offensively by 5’8 R-JR G Alyza Winston, who is averaging 20.0 ppg. The combination of Winston with TK Morehouse (15.5 ppg), will have to continue their strong play of recent, to keep up with the offense of #2 Stanford.

GULF COAST SHOWCASE CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP: FGCU/KANSAS CITY

Estero, FL- FGCU (5-2) defeated Kansas City (3-5), 73-59, winning the Gulf Coast Showcase championship, Wednesday night from Hertz Arena.

Stats (FGCU):

FGCU shot 42.2% (27/64) from the field, 29.0% (9/31) from beyond the arc, and were outrebounded 44-38 by the Roos. The Eagles dished out 14 assists, had 6 steals, and 3 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 11 Roos team turnovers, while having only 3 team turnovers of their own.

Stats (KC):

Kansas City shot 33.9% (20/59) from the field, 32.0% (8/25) from beyond the arc, and outrebounded the Eagles 44-38. The Roos dished out 6 assists, had 2 steals, and 5 blocks in the game. Kansas City forced 3 FGCU team turnovers, while having 11 team turnovers of their own.

Outstanding Players (FGCU):

Zach Anderson 15 pts, 10 reb

Isaiah Thompson 14 pts, 3 asts

Dahmir Bishop 12 pts, 3 reb

Outstanding Players (KC):

Rayquawndis Mitchell 29 pts, 4 reb

Shermarri Allen 10 pts, 4 reb

Allen David Mukeba Jr. 4 pts, 14 reb

Overview:

FGCU won three games in three days, defeating Northern Kentucky, Drexel, and Kansas City, winning the Gulf Coast Showcase! The Eagles had four players finish in double figures in scoring including: Zach Anderson (15 pts), Isaiah Thompson (14 pts), Dahmir Bishop (12 pts), and Chase Johnston (10 pts). Anderson finished with a double double in the game, and continues his stellar season in the Eagles frontcourt. Andre Weir grabbed 11 boards in the game, and the frontcourt was able to shut down forwards Allen David Mukeba Jr (4 pts), and Jeff Ngandu (2 pts).

Rayquawndis Mitchell led Kansas City with a game high 29 points. Shermarri Allen also in finished in double figures in the game, scoring 10 points.

The Eagles committed a season low 3 team turnovers in tonight’s game, which is huge to build off as FGCU continues non-conference play. It was a great stretch of basketball from Hertz Arena, and now it’s onto the rest of the non-conference schedule, before FGCU soars into ASUN Conference play.

What’s Next:

FGCU (5-2) heads on the road to face Georgia Southern University (3-3), on 11/30 from Statesboro, Georgia.

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