Baton Rouge, LA- FGCU (3-0) defeated LSU (1-1) 88-74, Sunday afternoon from the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
FGCU shot 53.1% (34/64) from the field, 56.0% (14/25) from beyond the arc, and were outrebounded 43-33 by LSU. The Eagles dished out 16 assists, had 8 steals, and 4 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 16 Tigers team turnovers, while having 16 team turnovers of their own.
Outstanding Players (FGCU):
Kierstan Bell 32 pts, 10 reb, 4 asts
TK Morehouse 17 pts, 5 reb, 6 asts
Kendall Spray 17 pts, 8 reb
Outstanding Players (LSU):
Khayla Pointer 23 pts, 10 reb
Alexis Morris 12 pts, 5 reb
Faustine Aifuwa 10 pts, 6 reb
The Eagles earned a huge non-conference victory against LSU, and were able to make up for last season’s loss at home. Kierstan Bell carried the Eagles offense as she finished with 32 pts, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists in the game, outplayed LSU’s Khayla Pointer, who finished with 23 pts, 10 rebounds to lead the Tigers in scoring. Head Coach Karl Smesko was able to overcome another legend in Head Coach Kim Mulkey, who is in her 1st season leading LSU, after winning three national championships with Baylor University.
FGCU was able to limit 6’5 C Hannah Gusters to only 7 pts in the game, and that was a matchup we mentioned in the preview of this game, since the Eagles tallest player is Kierstan Bell, who is 6’1. Kendall Spray continues to hit big shots from beyond the arc, and finished with 17 pts (5/6 from 3). TK Morehouse also finished with 17 pts, and gave LSU fits when she drove to the basket. If you ask us or anyone close to the program, they would say this is FGCU doing what FGCU does in big games, and you can add the win today over LSU to their NCAA Tournament resume, which will be huge because at some point this season, LSU will be a top 25 team.
FGCU heads to the ASUN/MAAC Challenge in Orlando, FL where they’ll face Manhattan on November 19th and Fairfield on November 20th.