JU Clinches First Round Home Game; FGCU, UNF and Upstate Tally Wins

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LakePoint, Ga. - FGCU, USC Upstate, North Florida and Jacksonville all picked up victories in #ASUNWBB action on Monday night. FGCU trounced NJIT in Newark. Upstate upset Stetson. North Florida completed the season sweep of Kennesaw State, while Jacksonville clinched a home game in the ASUN Championship with its win over Lipscomb

ASUN Women's Basketball Results - Feb. 12
FGCU 89, NJIT 43
USC Upstate 69, Stetson 64
North Florida 68, Kennesaw State 44
Jacksonville 70, Lipscomb 63

FGCU dominated the Highlanders Monday night, securing a 89-43 win to sweep the season series. The Eagles were led by Jessica Cattani who had 18 points and a career-high six three pointers. FGCU saw five players reach double figures, Rose Julien (17), China Dow (15), Tytionia Adderly (11) and Ryan Chandler (10). On the other side, NJIT's Ellyn Stoll (13) and Kelly Guarino (11) led the Highlanders' offense. The Eagles drained 17 three pointers, while NJIT threw down five. FGCU improves to 10-1 in conference play and 24-4 overall. 

It was all Stetson in the first quarter against USC Upstate, but the Spartans came back and walked away with a win against the Hatters to split the season series. In the last moments, free throws made all the difference, as USC Upstate made 24-28 from the charity stripe. The Spartans take a 69-64 victory after losing the first game to the Hatters 62-61. Riley Popplewell led the team with 16 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double and recorded one assist, one block and one steal. For Stetson, McKenna Beach and Brittney Chambers put up 16 points a piece, but couldn't close the game. The Spartans earn their 10th win of the season and move higher in the ASUN standings right behind Stetson and Lipscomb. 

Defense was the name of the game for North Florida on Monday night against Kennesaw State. The Ospreys smothered the Owls, as they allowed KSU to shoot just 25% from the field and 12.5% from three-point land. UNF also forced Owls in 24 turnovers. Offensively, the Ospreys were led by Tesh Hanson who poured in a game-high 17 points and was 7-8 from the charity stripe. Tiffany Tolbert scored chipped in with 15 points and four rebounds, while Keonna Farmer poured in 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Kamiyah Street led the way for Kennesaw State, as she led the Owls across the board with 13 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. 

Jacksonville went into Allen Arena on Monday night and came away with hard-fought victory over Lipscomb. The Dolphins and Bisons went into the half tied at 30, and was nip-and-tuck for most of the second half. JU clinged to a 56-53 lead with 4:48 when they went on a 7-0 run, highlighted by a three-pointer by Jasmyn Brown, to seperate themselves from Lipscomb for good. Kayla Gordon had a huge night, as she poured in a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds. Brown scored 15 points and hauled in eight boards, while Naqaiyyah Teague tallied 14 points and nine rebounds. Reigning ASUN Player of the Week Loren Cagle had another big night, as she scored a game-high 28 points. Her backcourt mate Lauren Rau chipped in with 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists. With the win Jacksonville clinched a home game in the ASUN Championship.

ASUN Women's Basketball Standings

School  ASUN  Overall
 FGCU 10-1 24-4
 Jacksonville 9-2 19-7
 Stetson 6-4 15-12
 Lipscomb 6-5 10-16
 USC Upstate 5-6 10-16
 North Florida 4-7 11-15
 Kennesaw State 3-8 7-15
 NJIT 1-10 3-23


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