FGCU/KENTUCKY PREVIEW

Lexington, KY- FGCU (8-2) faces the University of Kentucky (7-3), Sunday afternoon at 1 PM from Memorial Coliseum.

Stats (FGCU):

FGCU averages 74.0 ppg, shoot 43.9% (265/603) from the field, and 32.5% (110/338) from beyond the arc. The Eagles average 33.7 team rebounds per game. FGCU dishes out 15.1 assists, 8.9 steals, and 2.1 blocks per game. The Eagles average 13.2 team turnovers per game.

Stats (UK):

Kentucky averages 71.9 ppg, shoot 43.0% (283/658) from the field, and 24.9% (43/173) from beyond the arc. The Wildcats average 36.8 team rebounds per game. Kentucky dishes out 17.4 assists, 11.3 steals, and 4.2 blocks per game. The Wildcats average 16.7 team turnovers per game.

3 Players To Watch For (FGCU):

5’8 R-JR G Alyza Winston 13.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg

5’3 5th G TK Morehouse 13.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg

6’0 5th G Sha Carter 9.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg

3 Players To Watch For (UK):

5’9 GR G Robyn Benton 15.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg

-Averaged 8.8 ppg as a Senior last season

-Spent Freshman and Sophomore seasons at Auburn

-All SEC Freshman Team honors (2018-19)

5’7 SO G Jada Walker 14.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg

-All-SEC Freshman Team (league coaches)

-SEC Freshman of the Week (Feb. 22, 2022)

6’2 GR G Blair Green 8.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg

-All-Freshman Team by league coaches (2019)

-SEC Academic Honor Roll (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

-Tore Achilles Senior season (21-22)

Overview:

FGCU heads on the road to face their only SEC opponent this season: the University of Kentucky. The Wildcats are led by Head Coach Kyra Elzy, who is in her eleventh season with the team. She has been head coach of the team since the 2020-21 season. The Wildcats are led offensively by 5’9 GR G Robyn Benton, who averages 15.3 ppg. Kentucky is 7-3 overall, with wins over Radford, Morehead State, Coastal Carolina, Bellarmine, Dayton, UNC Greensboro, and Minnesota. Their setbacks came against Virginia Tech in the Bahamas, and vs Louisville, and Murray State at home. The Wildcats are on a season long two game losing streak headed into the game with the Eagles.

FGCU looks for another signature win in non-conference play Sunday afternoon in Lexington. The Eagles continue to be led offensively by Alyza Winston (13.9 ppg), and TK Morehouse (13.8 ppg). Defending Kentucky in the post will be a big challenge for FGCU, like any other power five conference team they have played all year, with Kentucky having a roster of five players between 6’2-6’4. It’s a huge opportunity for FGCU Sunday afternoon, and we will be watching with hopes of victory number 9 as the Eagles inch closer to ASUN play.

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