Miami, FL- FGCU (2-0) dominated FIU (1-1), defeating the Golden Panthers, 92-63, Sunday afternoon from the Ocean Bank Convocation Center.
FGCU shot 47.1% (33/70) from the field, 40.5% (15/37) from beyond the arc, and outrebounded FIU 48-37. The Eagles dished out 25 assists, had 9 steals, and 6 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 19 FIU team turnovers, while having 17 team turnovers of their own.
FIU shot 35.8% (24/67) from the field, 38.9% (7/18) from beyond the arc, and were outrebounded 48-37 by FGCU. The Golden Panthers dished out 11 assists, had 9 steals, and 3 blocks in the game. FIU forced 17 FGCU team turnovers, while having 19 team turnovers of their own.
Outstanding Players (FGCU):
Alyza Winston 19 pts
Sha Carter 13 pts, 5 reb
Seneca Hackley 13 pts
Outstanding Players (FIU):
Sifa Joyeuse 15 pts, 4 reb
Kaliah Henderson 11 pts, 6 reb
Maria Torres 11 pts, 6 reb
In what was a highly contested game after one quarter (21-15), FGCU surely changed the pace, en route to a huge victory vs FIU, Sunday afternoon. FGCU was paced by Alyza Winston, who scored a game high 19 points, and three other Eagles scored in double figures in the game. The Eagles shot 40% from beyond the arc, hitting 15 3 point field goals, and that was the difference in this afternoon’s game. It was great to see other players like Seneca Hackley (13 points), Sha Carter (13 points), and Sophia Stiles (10 points) step up too, which shows the depth of this team overall. FIU was led offensively by Sifa Joyeuse, who scored 15 points. This team is super talented and full of depth, and while we are only two games into this season, keep a close eye on this team, as they enter the Bank of Hawaii Classic, and Rainbow Wahine Showdown, to see if the Eagles can pull the ultimate upset vs #2 Stanford, and win the other remaining games of these two prestigious tournaments.
FGCU (2-0) heads to the Bank of Hawaii Classic, where they will face Hawaii (11/18), and San Diego (11/20).