FGCU/LSU PREVIEW

Baton Rouge, LA- FGCU (2-0) heads on the road to face LSU (1-0), looking to avenge last season’s loss at home to the Tigers.

Stats:

LSU averages 82.0 ppg, shoots 53.0% (34/64) from the field, 42.0% (6/14) from beyond the arc, and grab 44.0 team rebounds per game. The Tigers dish out 23.0 assists, 12.0 steals, and 5.0 blocks per game. LSU averages 16.0 team turnovers per game.

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

6’1 JR G Kierstan Bell 24.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg

5’7 GR G Kendall Spray 13.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg

5’3 SR G TK Morehouse 11.5 ppg

Players To Watch For (LSU):

6’5 SO C Hannah Gusters 19.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg

-Transferred from Baylor University (5.0 ppg last season as a Freshman)

5’7 GR G Khayla Pointer 16.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg

-Averaged 16.9 ppg last season for the Tigers

-Accolades include

2021 All-SEC First Team
2021 All-SEC Defensive Team
2021 USA Women’s AmeriCup Invitee

2020-21 SEC Winter Honor Roll
2020-21 Louisiana Player of the Year
2020-21 Preseason Coaches All-SEC First Team

5’8 GR G Jailin Cherry 12.0 ppg

-Averaged 3.5 ppg last season for the Tigers

Overview:

FGCU heads to Baton Rouge hoping to knock off SEC foe, LSU. Head Coach Kim Mulkey, is in her 1st season leading the Tigers. She has won six national championships (3 with Baylor University), an Olympic gold medal (1984l, and is set for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in May. She spent her last 21 seasons in Waco, Texas with Baylor University. This matchup pits one of the most successful power 5 conference head coaches, with one of the most successful mid major coaches in Head Coach Karl Smesko. The matchup of Kierstan Bell and Khayla Pointer pits two of the John R Wooden Award Wendy’s Preseason Top 50 against each other, and it will be fireworks.

LSU’s 5’7 GR G Khayla Pointer, 6’5 SO C Hannah Gusters (transfer from Baylor University), and 5’8 GR G Jailin Cherry provide a challenge matchupwise, so it’ll be interesting to see the combinations defensively the Eagles run out there Sunday afternoon.

Prediction:

FGCU 78 LSU 73

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