FORT MYERS, Fla. - Whitney Knight scored a game-high 21 points to lead FGCU to a 78-51 win over Bethune-Cookman in the opening round of the 2016 WNIT Tournament. It marks the fourth WNIT victory for the Eagles and they will host Wake Forest on Monday, March 21st in the second round at 7 p.m.
After back and forth first half that saw the Eagles take a 29-23 lead into the break, Knight exploded for 15 points in the third quarter alone to give the Eagles a double-digit lead they would not relinquish. Katie Meador scored a career-high 17 points to support Knight on the offensive end, while DyTiesha Dunson dished out a career-high 12 assists.
The Eagles shot just 30.6 percent in the opening half, but picked it up in the second half as the made 62.1 percent from the floor, 73.3 from behind the arc in the second half. Haley Laughter came off the bench and went 4-for-5 from behind the arc as the Eagles connected on 15 triples in the game. FGCU's defense also held Bethune-Cookman to just 10 points in the fourth quarter.
FGCU advances to the second round of the WNIT for the fourth time in school history, first time since 2011. The Eagles will host Wake Forest in the second round on Monday. They have never advanced beyond the second round in program history in the WNIT.
FGCU vs. Bethune-Cookman WNIT Tournament Notes
- Dytiesha Dunson became FGCU's all-time career assist leader with 425 after dishing out a career-high 12 today. It's her 14th game of the season with six assists or more.
- Whitney Knight grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds in today's victory. She also connected on five triples to give her
- Today's win gives the Atlantic Sun three postseason victories in the same season for the first time in conference history.