FGCU WBB NON CONF RECAP/ASUN BREAKDOWN

The FGCU Women’s Basketball team heads into ASUN Conference play at 7-2. The only games the Eagles lost were in the Gulf Coast Showcase vs #24 Missouri State (74-49) and #14 Arkansas (86-80). The two losses were also before Kierstan Bell was eligible for FGCU.

THE SCHEDULE:

The Eagles have been on a roll winning their last seven games in a row. Their key wins include on the road vs UCF, FIU (2 wins) and at home vs Temple.

ANALYSIS:

Kierstan Bell is having one of the best years in FGCU Women’s Basketball history averaging 23.0 ppg and 11.8 rpg. She is a double-double machine and is joined by TK Morehouse, who is averaging 17.4 ppg, and is the field general on the court for FGCU. Coach Smesko is getting the absolute most out of his team as they look to win another ASUN Conference championship. The returning leading scorer from last year’s team, Tyra Cox is starting to settle in after returning from injury and is averaging 12.0 ppg in 4 games played for the team. Eastern Michigan transfer Aaliyah Stanley is the fourth Eagle averaging double digits in scoring and is at 10.1 ppg.

THE REST OF THE ASUN:

KENNESAW STATE (3-0):

The Owls had a limited non-conference schedule due to COVID-19 canceling a ton of their games. Their lone D-1 win came against UNC Wilmington. Jah’Che Whitfield (14.7 ppg, 8.7 ppg), Gabi Legister (13.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg), and Amani Johnson (11.7 ppg) lead the Owls in scoring. KSU begins ASUN play at Jacksonville on 1/2.

LIBERTY (4-3):

The Flames were the team we talked up as the team to beat in the ASUN, until Kierstan Bell had her waiver approved. Liberty comes into conference play with losses vs Virginia Tech, Ohio, and Memphis but played mostly D-1 teams overall. Their key wins include wins over High Point and Hampton. Emily Lytle (17.0 ppg), Ashtyn Baker (12.0 ppg), and Brittany Rettstatt (11.0) lead the Flames in scoring. The Flames open ASUN play at home vs Lipscomb on 1/2.

LIPSCOMB (3-3):

The Bisons head into ASUN play with 1 D-1 win over Morehead State and had a non-conference schedule which includes games on the road vs Tennessee, South Dakota, and Middle Tennessee. Taylor Clark (13.8 ppg), Jalyn Holcomb (8.7 ppg), and Sydney Shelton (8.7 ppg) lead the Bisons in scoring. Lipscomb opens up ASUN play on the road vs Liberty on 1/2.

UNF (2-5):

UNF scheduled a tough non-conference schedule with games on the road vs #8 NC State, Miami, Auburn, and Florida. Their lone D-1 win came against FIU. Jazz Bond (16.0 ppg), Marissa Mackins (16.0 ppg), and Rhetta Moore (13.3 ppg) lead the Ospreys in scoring. UNF opens ASUN play at home vs Stetson on 1/2.

JACKSONVILLE (2-3):

JU played a non-conference schedule which included games on the road vs Miami and USF and their two wins came against non D-1 teams. Deshari Graham (15.8 ppg), Jada Perry (12.0 ppg, 9.4 rpg), and Alexis Pierce (10.5 ppg) lead the Dolphins in scoring. JU opens up ASUN play at home vs KSU on 1/2.

STETSON (2-3):

The Hatters non-conference schedule included games vs USF and UAB. Stetson has no wins against D-1 teams this season. Jamiya Turner (12.4 ppg), Yazz Wazeerud-Din (10.4 ppg), and Day’Neshia Banks (10.2 ppg) lead the Hatters in scoring. Stetson opens up ASUN play on the road vs UNF on 1/2.

UNA (1-8):

The Lions have struggled during their non-conference portion of their schedule. UNA has faced Missouri, Purdue, and West Virginia on the road this season. The only win the Lions have this season came against Tarleton State. Jaila Roberts (13.6 ppg), Jaida Bond (12.9 ppg), and Sakyia White (9.9 ppg) lead UNA in scoring. The Lions open up ASUN play at home vs FGCU on 1/2.

BELLARMINE (0-4):

The Knights non-conference schedule included road games at Western Kentucky, and Evansville. Bellarmine is still in search of their first ever D-1 win in their program’s history. Tasia Jefferies (17.0 ppg), Breia Torrens (16.0 ppg), and Lauren Deel (10.5 ppg) lead the Knights in scoring. Bellarmine opens up ASUN play on the road vs Lipscomb on 1/9.

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