FORT MYERS, Fla. - Six players scored in double-figures, led by 15 from hometown-favorite Keri Jewett-Giles, as the FGCU women's basketball team (1-1) cruised past Florida Memorial (3-3) 99-68 in Alico Arena on Monday.
FGCU's scoring output represented the second-most scored in a home opener in program history behind a 100-31 win over Warner on Nov. 10, 2012. Davion Wingate, Tyra Cox and Brittany Johnson each scored their first points in the Green and Blue, and 11 different players entered the scoring column.
"I thought we were a little better offensively than last game," FGCU head coach Karl Smesko said. "We shared the ball more, we moved the ball more. I thought we got good shots on offense for the most part. The concern is obviously on defense. We fouled too much in the first half and they were able to beat us off the dribble and get the ball into the paint. That's something we're going to have to work on."
Jewett-Giles (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar HS), who sat out last season after transferring from Southern Miss, finished 6-for-11 from the field and added four rebounds, three assists and one steal.
"It was just a great experience playing in front of my home crowd," Jewett-Giles said. "I'm just glad to be back home and playing for this university. It's just a great feeling. Last year, I spent a lot of time sitting out. I've been waiting forever to get back."
Lisa Zderadicka (Vienna, Austria/HAK Korneuburg) opened the game with a layup, and the Green and Blue went on a 15-0 run moments later to open up a 19-4 lead. Kerstie Phills (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian HS) closed the quarter with an old fashioned 3-point play to push the margin to 18. The 33-point first quarter tied the Dec. 4, 2016 performance against Ave Maria for the program's most in an opening quarter since the NCAA went to its current format.
In the second, Chandler Ryan and Alyssa Blair combined for a trio of 3-point field goals in the final two minutes, including one at the buzzer from Blair (Sun Prairie, Wisc./Sun Prairie HS) to give the Eagles a 22-point margin at the break.
Jewett-Giles then scored eight points to spur a 13-4 run to open the second half, giving FGCU a 70-39 lead. Another old fashioned 3-point play, this one from Cox (Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Prep), capped off an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter. A 3-pointer from Tanner Bryant, and a layup from Johnson (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North HS) then gave the Green and Blue its largest lead, 36, in the final two minutes.
Outside of the team-high from Jewett-Giles, three players reached a new career-high in scoring including Alyssa Blair (13), Chandler Ryan (13) and Bryant (Washington Court House, Ohio/Miami Trace HS).
Blair and Ryan (Groveland, Ill./Morton HS) each made four 3-pointers en route to eclipsing their previous scoring-high by one apiece. Bryant had 10 points in 14 minutes for her first double-digit scoring performance in just her second collegiate game.
Tytionia Adderly (Jupiter, Fla./Cardinal Newman HS), who holds the two best single-seasons in Alico Arena rebounding history with 161 and 158, got her junior season off to the right start with a game-high 13 caroms. It was her 15th career game with at least that many, and she needs just 22 rebounds to become just the program's fourth player in the Division-I era with 600 or more.
As a team, FGCU's 59 rebounds was just three shy of matching the Alico Arena record as the team improved to 11-0 all-time against Florida Memorial. The 99-point outburst is tied for the eighth-most points in a Division-I era game, and the team's field goals made (38) and attempted (78) is tied for fifth and fourth-most, respectively, in the same era.
FGCU will be back in action at home this Friday at 5 p.m. against Florida International (0-3). The Eagles have met FIU once each year since 2009 and are 9-0 all-time against them.
ASUN Conference Women's Basketball Upcoming Schedule - Nov. 13, 2018
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