Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (12-1, 1-0 ASUN) behind a 31 point 4th quarter, routed UNF (7-6, 0-1 ASUN), 88-57, Wednesday night from Alico Arena.
The Ospreys shot 45.3% (24/53) from the field, 46.2% (6/13) from beyond the arc, and outrebounded the Eagles 40-30. UNF dished out 14 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block in the game. The Ospreys forced 7 Eagles team turnovers, while having 25 team turnovers of their own.
The Eagles shot 44.8% (30/67) from the field, 41.5% (17/41) from beyond the arc, and were outrebounded by UNF 40-30. FGCU dished out 19 assists, 11 steals, and 1 block in the game. The Eagles forced 25 Ospreys team turnovers while having only 7 team turnovers of their own.
Outstanding Players (UNF):
Rhetta Moore 14 pts, 7 reb
Jazz Bond 9 pts, 7 reb
Emma Broermann 7 pts, 7 reb
Outstanding Players (FGCU):
Kierstan Bell 27 pts, 11 reb
TK Morehouse 21 pts, 7 asts
Kendall Spray 12 pts
FGCU began ASUN Conference play in dominant fashion defeating a super durable UNF team, that will be one of the best teams they will face as part of ASUN Conference play. Kierstan Bell could not be stopped once again, as she finished with 27 pts, 11 rebounds, and TK Morehouse finished with 21 pts in the game. When the Kierstan/TK stack combines for 48 points, you’re in trouble. UNF had the height inside with 6’4 Jazz Bond (9 pts), and 6’3 Emma Broermann (7 pts), but the two front court players only combined for 16 pts. Rhetta Moore was the leading scorer for UNF, scoring 14 pts in the game. The 31 point 4th quarter for the Eagles was as dominant of a quarter as they have played all season, and FGCU combined for 52 points in the 2nd half, after only having a 36-27 halftime lead. The Eagles scored 51 points from beyond the arc (17/41), and almost outscored UNF overall solely from the 3 point line. The Eagles are the team to beat in the ASUN Conference and performances like they had vs UNF, let the conference know how great of a head coach Karl Smesko is, and how great this team is. Lastly, congratulations to Kierstan Bell for being named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 List, another prestigious honor for her, and another outstanding season for her and FGCU so far.
FGCU (12-1, 1-0 ASUN) heads on the road to face Jacksonville University (7-4, 0-0 ASUN), Saturday afternoon at 1 PM, from Historic Swisher Gymnasium.
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