AVE MARIA/FGCU PREVIEW

Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (6-1) faces Ave Maria University (8-1 NAIA), Sunday afternoon at 3 PM from Alico Arena.

Stats (AMU):

Ave Maria averages 80.3 ppg, shoots 41.6% (266/640) from the field, and 31.6% (60/190) from beyond the arc. The Gyrenes average 49.3 team rebounds per game. Ave Maria dishes out 14.6 assists, 13.1 steals, and 3.6 blocks per game. The Gyrenes average 18.3 team turnovers per game.

Stats (FGCU):

FGCU averages 73.0 ppg, shoots 43.1% (181/420) from the field, and 32.6% (76/233) from beyond the arc. The Eagles average 33.4 team rebounds per game. FGCU dishes out 14.9 assists, 8.3 steals, and 2.3 blocks per game. The Eagles average 13.0 team turnovers per game.

3 Players To Watch For (AMU):

6’0 SO F Gianna Santacroce 10.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg

5’2 SO G Casey Humphrey 9.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg

5’10 SO F Grace Field 9.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg

3 Players To Watch For (FGCU):

5’8 R-JR G Alyza Winston 16.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg

5’3 5th G TK Morehouse 14.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg

5’6 5th G Kaela Webb 8.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg

Overview:

FGCU returns home after an extended stay in Hawai’i, where the Eagles went 4-1 in five games. FGCU is led offensively by Alyza Winston, who is averaging 16.0 ppg. FGCU looks to win their 3rd game in a row, as they face the Gyrenes. The game will count as a regular season game for FGCU, but an exhibition game for Ave Maria.

Ave Maria is off to a hot start to their season, as they are 8-1 overall, 4-0 in Sun Conference play, and have won six games in a row. The only loss on the season for the Gyrenes is to Brewton-Parker, in the SSAC-SUN Challenge. Head Coach Alex Moorehead has led the team since 2021. The Gyrenes are led offensively by Gianna Santacroce, who is averaging 10.6 ppg.

FGCU will look to the Winston/Morehouse tandem at guard, to dominate the Gyrenes backcourt. ASUN Conference Preseason Player of the Year TK Morehouse, averages 14.1 ppg and will run the offense for the Eagles. The Gyrenes have 7 players on their team that are 6’0 or taller, and their tallest girl is 6’1. Looking forward to the Eagles returning home to Alico Arena, Saturday afternoon.

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