Fort Myers, FL- #23 FGCU (15-1, 4-0 ASUN) rallied from being down 14 points in the 2nd half, to stun Liberty University (15-2, 3-1 ASUN), 73-69, Saturday afternoon from Alico Arena.
FGCU shot 41.8% (23/55) from the field, 37.0% (10/27) from beyond the arc, and were outrebounded 40-25 by the Flames. The Eagles dished out 13 assists, had 9 steals, and 3 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 17 Liberty team turnovers while having 9 team turnovers of their own.
Outstanding Players (LU):
Priscilla Smeenge 15 pts, 2 reb
Dee Brown 15 pts, 6 reb
Bridgette Rettstatt 11 pts, 11 reb
Outstanding Players (#23 FGCU):
Kierstan Bell 25 pts, 7 reb
TK Morehouse 11 pts, 4 asts
Kendall Spray 9 pts, 3 reb
What a classic from Alico Arena Saturday afternoon! This game had so many ups and downs, but FGCU was able to hang around and eventually earn the victory. The Eagles were paced by Kierstan Bell, who finished with a game high 25 points in the game. Liberty was led by Priscilla Smeenge, who scored 15 points in the game. This win gives the Eagles the separation they need, and put them one game closer to running the table in ASUN Conference play. Liberty is super talented, and we don’t expect a Carey Green coached to lose many if any more ASUN Conference games. The Flames grabbing 31 defensive rebounds was vital to them controlling the pace and their game plan in the game until FGCU made their run. Mya Berkman and Bridgette Rettstatt dominated in the paint, but FGCU was able to contain Mya in the 2nd half of the game. Games like today’s make you appreciate college basketball even more. Onto the next game!
#23 FGCU (15-1, 4-0 ASUN) heads on the road to face Stetson University (8-9, 1-3 ASUN) Wednesday night at 7 PM from the Edmunds Center.