FGCU WOMEN CRUSH AVE MARIA
Days after picking up perhaps the largest home win in program history, the FGCU women’s basketball team made quick work of NAIA Ave Maria on Sunday.
The Eagles led 31-6 after the first period, and 52-17 at halftime en route to a 99-35 rout of the Gyrenes.
FGCU(10-2) played a ranked opponent at home for the first time since their very first Division I game on Friday, beating No. 20 Kentucky 70-64. The other ranked home game was a 93-53 loss to No. 19 Florida State in 2007, with the Eagles coming off a Division II runner-up season in 2006.
There was no hangover or letdown on Sunday, especially after the Eagles were given a spirited challenge from NAIA Southeastern on Tuesday, in a game the Eagles eventually won 76-66. Southeastern and Ave Maria both play in the same NAIA conference, The Sun Conference.
Jessica Cattani led the Eagles with 21 points, one of five FGCU players in double figures. Walk-on Alyssa Blair had 12 points in a team-high 24 minutes of play. Reserve Chandler Ryan also scored 12 for the Eagles. Starters Nasrin Ulel and Tytionia Adderly were also in double figures, Ulel with 10 points and Adderly with 15 points and 13 rebounds in 15 minutes of play.
FGCU next faces Chattanooga on the road Sunday. The Eagles beat the Mocs last season in Fort Myers, 68-55 on Dec. 20, 2016.
GOODWIN, MERCURIUS WIN AWARDS
The FGCU men’s basketball team rebounded from back-to-back home losses with a win over UT-Arlington on Sunday in Arlington.
In addition to the wins, the Eagles picked up a couple conference awards as Brandon Goodwin was name the Atlantic Sun player of the week, and Dinero Mercurius the conference’s newcomer of the week.
Goodwin had 23 points in both the Eagles win against UTA and in a loss against FAU on Tuesday. Against FAU, Goodwin had a double-double. The senior has scored in double figures in all but one of FGCU’s games this season, and averages 18.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.6 assists.
Meanwhile, Mercurius, who has been one of the Eagles best outside shooters this season after transferring from junior college at Daytona State, hit a trio of three pointers in the win against the Mavs as part of a 16 point game which saw him go 4-of-5 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Mercurius has hit at least three three-pointers in six of the eight games he’s appeared in this season, and is shooting 50 percent, 20-of-40, from beyond the arc.
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