UNF/FGCU PREVIEW

Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (11-1) opens up ASUN Conference play vs UNF (7-5), Wednesday at 5 PM from Alico Arena. The Eagles look to extend their winning streak to five games.

Stats (UNF):

UNF averages 72.8 ppg, shoot 45.5% (337/741) from the field, and 31.7% (90/284) from beyond the arc. The Ospreys average 35.7 team rebounds per game. UNF dishes out 17.2 assists. 10.0 steals, and 5.3 blocks per game. The Ospreys average 16.6 team turnovers per game.

Stats (FGCU):

FGCU averages 82.8 ppg, shoot 45.0% (366/813) from the field, and 32.0% (144/450) from beyond the arc. The Eagles average 36.3 team rebounds per game. FGCU dishes out 19.3 assists. 10.5 steals, and 2.3 blocks per game. The Eagles average 12.8 team turnovers per game.

Players To Watch For (UNF):

6’4 R-SR F Jazz Bond 17.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg

5’8 5th G Rhetta Moore 15.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg

6’3 JR F Emma Broermann 8.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

6’1 JR G Kierstan Bell 24.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg

5’3 SR G TK Morehouse 12.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg

5’7 GR G Kendall Spray 10.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg

Overview:

FGCU heads into this game after a stellar non-conference campaign that included beating LSU on the road, and Temple at home. The Tigers are now ranked #19 in the country and are 14-1 overall. This win was a signature win, and will be huge when the Eagles get closer to NCAA Tournament time. UNF heads into ASUN Conference play after a competitive non-conference schedule that included games vs #16/#24 Florida State, #21/#17 Georgia, and Auburn. The Ospreys have NCAA D-1 wins over FAU, Charleston, Bethune Cookman, and FAMU.

UNF is led in scoring by 6’4 R-SR F Jazz Bond, who is one of the best players in the ASUN Conference. She has continued to lead the Ospreys offensively, and this season gets to play with her sister Jaida Bond (5.9 ppg), who transfered to UNF from UNA. The usual household names of Rhetta Moore (15.5 ppg), and Tiffany Tolbert (7.1 ppg) make these games vs UNF the toughest games the Eagles will play this season in ASUN Conference play. Jazz vs Kierstan is going to be a key matchup, and the Eagles need to focus on keeping Kierstan out of foul trouble in the game, since the Ospreys boast Jazz (6’4), and Emma Broermann (6’3) in the frontcourt.

Prediction:

FGCU 81 UNF 72

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