#20 FGCU/UCA PREVIEW

Conway, AR- #20 FGCU (19-1, 8-0 ASUN) looks to extend their winning streak to 13 games, as they face ASUN newcomer, Central Arkansas (8-11, 3-5 ASUN), Thursday night at 6:30 PM from the Farris Center.

Stats (#20 FGCU):

The #20 Eagles average 83.6 ppg, shoots 45.4% (608/1338) from the field, 33.4% (248/743) from beyond the arc, and average 36.0 team rebounds per game. FGCU dishes out 18.9 assists, 10.7 steals, and 2.7 blocks per game. The Eagles average 12.1 team turnovers per game.

Stats (UCA):

UCA averages 55.0 ppg, shoots 38.5% (395/1027) from the field, 23.6% (33/140) from beyond the arc, and averages 37.8 team rebounds per game. The Sugar Bears dish out 10.2 assists, 7.2 steals, and 2.1 blocks per game. UCA averages 18.6 team turnovers per game.

Players To Watch For (#20 FGCU):

5’3 SR G TK Morehouse 14.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg

5’7 GR G Kendall Spray 10.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg

5’9 GR G Kerstie Phills 9.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg

Players To Watch For (UCA):

6’0 JR F Lucy Ibeh 14.0 ppg, 10.1 rpg

6’2 GR F Hannah Langhi 11.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg

5’7 FR G Randrea Wright 9.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg

Overview:

#20 FGCU faces an ASUN newcomer in Central Arkansas. The Sugar Bears came to the ASUN after playing in the Southland Conference. Head Coach Sandra Rushing is in her 10th year leading UCA. UCA is led offensively by 6’0 JR F Lucy Ibeh, who averages 14.0 ppg, and 10.1 rpg. She will be a tough matchup for the Eagles with Kierstan Bell injured, so expect Kerstie Phills (9.3 ppg) to step in to guard her. The Sugar Bears played a non-conference schedule which featured games at Oklahoma, at Kansas State, and Arkansas.

#20 FGCU comes into this game as winners of their past 12 games, and doing it in dominant fashion. The Eagles crush teams in the 2nd half, and TK Morehouse (14.8 ppg) is playing her best basketball this season, as she has taken over with Kierstan Bell out indefinitely. Expect the #20 Eagles to continue their ASUN Conference dominance, with another double digit victory on the road.

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