RAINBOW WAHINE SHOWDOWN: GRAMBLING STATE/FGCU RECAP

Honolulu, HI- FGCU (6-1) came back to defeat Grambling State (1-7), 73-67, Sunday night from the Stan Sheriff Center in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.

Stats (GSU):

Grambling State shot 40.6% (26/64) from the field, 40% (6/15) from beyond the arc, and were outrebounded 34-30 by the Eagles. The Tigers dished out 4 assists, had 11 steals, and 0 blocks in the game. Grambling State forced 20 FGCU team turnovers, while having 16 team turnovers of their own.

Stats (FGCU):

FGCU shot 48.0% (24/50) from the field, 29.2% (7/24) from beyond the arc, and outrebounded the Tigers 34-30. The Eagles dished out 15 assists, had 6 steals, and 0 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 16 GSU team turnovers, while having 20 team turnovers of their own.

Outstanding Players (GSU):

Phylicia Allen 16 pts, 5 reb

Colbi Maples 15 pts, 2 reb

Leah Morrow 13 pts, 1 reb

Outstanding Players (FGCU):

Kaela Webb 18 pts, 6 reb

Sophia Stiles 17 pts, 9 reb

Alyza Winston 15 pts, 2 reb

Overview:

Grambling State did not make it easy for FGCU, as the Tigers took a 1 point lead to the half, but behind thirty nine 2nd half points, the Eagles were able to earn the victory. FGCU had four players finish in double figures in scoring in the game: Kaela Webb (18 pts), Sophia Stiles (17 pts), Alyza Winston (15 pts), and Uju Ezeudu (14 pts). Grambling State was led offensively by Phylicia Allen, who scored 16 points. The Eagles had 20 team turnovers in tonight’s game, which is very uncharacteristic for a Karl Smesko coached team.

FGCU had an impressive 4-1 record while taking part in both the Bank of Hawaii Classic, and Rainbow Wahine Showdown. It’s impressive to see this team fight back the way they did Sunday, and this trip to Hawai’i has provided the Eagles with much needed time together, as well as facing a powerhouse team like #2 Stanford, and the Eagles were able to see how they stood vs a former national champion.

What’s Next:

FGCU (6-1) heads home to face Ave Maria University, Sunday 12/4, at 3:00 PM from Alico Arena.

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