FMU/FGCU PREVIEW

Fort Myers, FL- FGCU hosts Florida Memorial University (0-3), in their home opener at 5 PM from Alico Arena.

FMU Stats (’21-22):

FMU averages 54.0 points per game, shoots 31.6% (61/193) from the field, and 20.7% (12/58) from beyond the arc. The Lions average 39.0 rebounds per game, 7.7 assists per game, 10.3 steals per game and 22.0 team turnovers per game.

Players To Watch For (FMU):

5’8 SR G Keaynna Tolbert 20.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg

5’9 GR F/G Monique Esbrand 9.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg

5’9 SO G Chantel Barnett 8.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

6’1 JR G Kierstan Bell 24.3 ppg, 10.6 rpg (20-21)

5’3 SR G TK Morehouse 17.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg (20-21)

5’6 JR G Aaliyah Stanley 9.6 ppg (20-21)

Overview:

Head Coach Karl Smesko heads into this season with a team so loaded you could say the ASUN Conference title is theirs to lose! In all reality, this team is full of upperclassmen, starting at the top with JR G Kierstan Bell and SR G TK Morehouse. The two combined to average 42.0 ppg last season and were the heart and soul of this team. JR G Aaliyah Stanley, SR G Tyra Cox, and R-SR G Emma List were also counted on for the Eagles, and as we always say who do you try to contain on this team?

FGCU added 5’7 JR G Kendall Spray (10.3 ppg, Clemson, ’20-21), 5’6 JR G Kaela Webb (17.7 ppg, Detroit Mercy, ’20-21), 5’7 GR G Karli Seay (4.9 ppg, LSU, ’20-21), and 5’8 SR G Milan Schimmel (5.7 ppg, Cincinnati, ’20-21) to the rotation. 5’9 GR G Kerstie Phills (6.4 ppg, ’19-20) who opted out of last season due to COVID-19, also rejoined the team which gives the Eagles even more depth and knowledge of Coach Smesko’s system.

Prediction:

FGCU 87 FMU 45

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