Honolulu, HI- FGCU (2-0) heads into the Bank of Hawai’i Classic, looking to win their 3rd game in a row, as they face the University of Hawai’i (0-2), Friday night at 7:30 PM from the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Eagles average 86.5 ppg, shoot 47.3% (61/129) from the field, and 36.9% (24/65) from beyond the arc. FGCU averages 45.5 team rebounds per game. The Eagles dish out 21.0 assists, 10.0 steals, and 5.0 blocks per game. FGCU averages 17.5 team turnovers per game.
The Rainbow Warriors average 57.0 ppg, shoot 37.3% (41/110) from the field, and 32.6% (15/46) from beyond the arc. Hawai’i averages 26.5 team rebounds per game. The Rainbow Warriors dish out 9.0 assists, 10.0 steals, and 3.0 blocks per game. Hawai’i averages 15.0 team turnovers per game.
3 Players To Watch For (FGCU):
5’8 R-JR G Alyza Winston 20.5 ppg
5’3 5th G TK Morehouse 15.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg
6’0 5th G Sha Carter 9.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg
3 Players To Watch For (UH):
5’10 SO G Daejah Phillips 18.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg
-Selected as an Honorable Mention in the Big West Conference last season as a Freshman
5’7 SO G Lilly Wahinekapu 9.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg
-Named Big West Freshman of the Year while playing at Cal State Fullerton last season
6’3 GR F Kallin Spiller 8.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg
-Led team in blocks last season (23)
-Tied for 2nd in rebounds per game (5.1)
-Named to Bank of Hawai’i Classic All-Tournament Team last season
The Eagles have played well in their first two games defating Old Dominion University (81-62), and Florida International University (92-63). Alyza Winston leads the Eagles offensively, averaging 20.5 ppg. She earned ASUN Newcomer of the Week honors also last week for her offensive performance. It’s great to have a 1,2 punch in Winston and Morehouse, and this team is super talented and deep at guard, which will benefit them the longer the season goes.
Head Coach Laura Beeman has led the Rainow Warriors since the 2012. She led Hawai’i to the NCAA Tournament last year, and it was their first appearance in six years. Hawai’i is a member of the Big West Conference. Hawai’i won an exhibition game vs D2 Hawaii Pacific University, but has lost both regular season games on the road vs Oregon State (61-60), and Portland (70-54). Hawai’i is led offensively by Daejah Phillips, who averages 18.5 ppg. Hawai’i has major height in the post with 6’3 Forward Kallin Spiller, who averages 8.0 ppg, and 6’3 SR F Meg Jefferson, who transferred from the University of Virginia. Meg, was 6th in the NCAA in shooting percentage (73.3%), and led the Cavaliers in shooting percentage. The Rainbow Warriors also boast 6’2 SO F Nnenna Orji, and 6’4 FR F Imani Perez. The key for the Eagles will be to maximize guarding the bigs. FGCU is super talented at guard, and defensively should be able to hold Phillips, and Wahinekapu in check.