RAINBOW WAHINE SHOWDOWN PREVIEW: FGCU/#2 STANFORD

Honolulu, HI- FGCU (4-0) faces #2 Stanford (6-1), Friday at 5 PM from the Stan Sheriff Center in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.

Stats (FGCU):

#25 FGCU averages 76.5 ppg, shoot 44.4% (108/243) from the field, and 36.5% (46/126) from beyond the arc. The Eagles average 38.5 team rebounds per game. FGCU dishes out 17.0 assists, 9.0 steals, and 3.3 blocks per game. The Eagles average 13.5 team turnovers per game.

Stats (#2 SU):

#2 Stanford averages 87.7 ppg, shoot 52.6% (195/371) from the field, and 40.3% (56/139) from beyond the arc. The Cardinal average 47.3 team rebounds per game. #2 Stanford dishes out 20.0 assists, 7.3 steals, and 8.2 blocks per game. The Cardinal average 13.3 team turnovers per game.

3 Players To Watch For (FGCU):

5’8 R-JR G Alyza Winston 20.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg

5’3 5th G TK Morehouse 15.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg

6’0 5th G Sha Carter 8.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg

3 Players To Watch For (#2 SU):

6’4 JR F Cameron Brink 12.5 ppg, 6.5 ppg

-NCAA champion (2021)

-Two-time Pac-12 champion (2021-22)

-Two-time Pac-12 Tournament champion (2021-22)

-WBCA All-America (2022)

-Associated Press All-America Third Team (2022)

-USBWA All-America Third Team (2022)

-Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Finalist (2022)

-Katrina McClain Award Finalist (2022)

-Pac-12 Player of the Year – Media (2022)

6’0 SR G Hannah Jump 12.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg

-NCAA Champion (2021)

-Two Time Pac-12 Champion (21-22)

-Two-Time Pac-12 Tournament Champion (21-22)

-Pac-12 academic honor roll as a Junior

6’3 SO F Kiki Iriafen 11.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg

-Pac-12 Champion

-Pac-12 Tournament Champion

-Pac-12 All-Freshman Team-Coaches and Media (2022)

-Pac-12 Freshman of the Week (Jan 3, 2022)

Overview:

FGCU faces former national champion: #2 Stanford, and the Eagles look for the upset of the season, in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown. #2 Stanford has wins over San Diego St, CSU Northridge, Pacific, Portland, and Cal Poly. Their lone loss came to #1 South Carolina, in overtime. Tara Vanderveer is the Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women’s Basketball, and has over 36 seasons leading the Cardinal. 6’4 JR F Cameron Brink is one of the best players in women’s college basketball, and she is averaging 12.5 ppg. At 6’4, she will present true matchup problem for the Eagles, so finding a way to limit her in the post, is a huge concern for FGCU. 6’3 SO F Kiki Iriafen (11.7 ppg), and 6’5 SR F Ashten Pretchel (4.7 ppg), also play big minutes in the post for #2 Stanford, so it will be interested to see how FGCU guards the Cardinal frontcourt.

FGCU is led offensively by 5’8 R-JR G Alyza Winston, who is averaging 20.0 ppg. The combination of Winston with TK Morehouse (15.5 ppg), will have to continue their strong play of recent, to keep up with the offense of #2 Stanford.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: