LakePoint, Ga. - FGCU, Jacksonville, Stetson and Lipscomb walked away with wins on Saturday. The Eagles dominated USC Upstate, while Jacksonville pulled away from the Owls at Kennesaw. Stetson trampled NJIT in New Jersey and Lipscomb overpowered North Florida to collect its 10th win, which is the most since the 2007-08 season. Furthermore, with its victory over the Spartans, FGCU becomes the first squad to clinch a home game in the ASUN Championship, which begins March 2.
ASUN Women's Basketball Results - Feb. 10
Stetson 72, NJIT 53
FGCU 88, USC Upstate 44
Jacksonville 67, Kennesaw State 49
Lipscomb 78, North Florida 57
After the first quarter of play in Newark, it looked like we would be in for a good one between Stetson and NJIT, but the Hatters would quickly clamp down defensively in the second quarter. Stetson outscored NJIT 18-8 in the second quarter and never looked back. Reigning ASUN Freshman of the Week, Michelle Pruitt had a huge day. In the first half she recorded a double-double with 11 and 12 rebounds. She'd finish the day with a monster statline of 19 points and 18 rebounds. Senior Brittney Chambers also had a solid day as she chipped in with 17 points. McKenna Beach also registered double-figures with 13 points, while also dishing out five assists. Kelly Guarino led the Highlanders on her senior day with 14 points.
FGCU rode some hot shooting as they took down Upstate on Saturday afternoon in Spartanburg. The Eagles were 6-11 from three-point land in the first quarter, and headed into the break shooting 10-23 from long range. Taylor Gradinjin was on fire for most of the day as she poured in a game-high 22 points and was 6-10 from downtown. Tytionia Adderly also had a big day, as she notched a double-double of 16 points and 13 boards, and also dished out five assists. FGCU brought it on the defense end as well. They held the Spartans to 28% from the floor and just 6% (1-15) from three-point land. Brittney Delva and Michaela Gibbons were the leading scorers for Upstate with nine points a piece.
Jacksonville took control of the game against Kennesaw State early on and never looked back, defeating the Owls 67-49. The Dolphins started off the game with a 16-0 lead, but Owls' freshman, Kamiyah Street put the team on her back and went on a 9-0 run to get Kennesaw State back in it. Street ended the game with 13 points, six assists and four rebounds to lead the Owls. On the other side, Jacksonville's senior Kayla Gordon recorded a double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds, followed by Jasmyn Brown with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. The Dolphins move to 8-2, remaining in second place, as the Owls drop to 3-7.
Lipscomb grabbed its 10th win of the season with a dominating performance against North Florida as the Bisons won 78-57. The victory marks the most wins in a season since 2007-08. Freshman Emily Kmec led the team with 15 points, shooting 5-6 from three point land. The matchup between Lipscomb and the Ospreys resulted in a combined 17 three pointers, 14 of which belonged to the Bisons. For North Florida, Ty Purifoy led the team with 10 points, followed by Tiffany Tolbert with nine points. The Bisons remain tied at third with Stetson as they improve to 6-4 in conference play and 10-15 on the season.
ASUN Women's Basketball Standings