No Repeat Victory in Women’s Basketball Rematch Against FGCU

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No Repeat Victory in Women’s Basketball Rematch Against FGCU

Jas Chung

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The women’s basketball team (10-14 overall, 3-6 ASUN) were not able to repeat their upset performance against Florida Gulf Coast University (22-4 overall, 8-1 ASUN) as they fell 67-52 in Fort Myers on Feb.6.

North Florida started out strong with a 6-0 run, but they were not able to keep the tempo up as Florida Gulf Coast looked to find their offensive rhythm. The Eagles couldn’t convert any of its ten shots in the first five minutes of the quarter.That trend didn’t remain for long. FGCU started a run to get on the board and chip away at UNF’s early lead.

In the last two minutes of the opening quarter, the Eagles held the Ospreys scoreless to end it 10-8.

Senior duo Keonna Farmer and Tesh Hanson continued to be the offensive flow for North Florida while the home team went on another run to push out their lead.The second quarter finished with FGCU up 30-22.

Out of the break, North Florida came out with a run of their own to bring the game within two points. This momentum wouldn’t remain for long as the Eagles created a 14-3 run in response. The third quarter burst was the biggest run of the game. At the end of three, FGCU held a 46-33 lead over North Florida.  

Strong defensive efforts by both teams highlighted the fourth quarter. The Ospreys were held to only one shot down the stretch, but managed to keep the Eagles from rebounding late. Florida Gulf Coast held a slight advantage over North Florida as they reeled in 31 to 29 off the glass.

Unlike the previous matchup, threes were not falling for the visiting team. North Florida connected four times, all of which came in the second half, from behind the arc compared to nine from the FGCU.

The Eagles forced 17 turnovers for North Florida compared to their 12 miscues.

Farmer finished her night with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Hanson added 14 points. FGCU’s China Dow had a 19-point performance and led two other teammates in double digits.

Women’s basketball will stay on the road to face Lipscomb on Feb.10 at 2:30 p.m.

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