Smesko Captures 500th, FGCU Routs American 90-71 in Rainbow Wahine Finale

Smesko Captures 500th, FGCU Routs American 90-71 in Rainbow Wahine Finale

HONOLULU - The trio of Nasrin Ulel, Keri Jewett-Giles and Tytionia Addlery combined for 60 points to lead the FGCU women's basketball team (4-2) to a 90-71 win over American University (3-3) in the finale of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown at the Stan Sheriff Center on Sunday.

With the victory, head coach Karl Smesko secured his 500th career head coaching victory, which includes his time at Walsh University and IPFW. He achieved the milestone in just 616 games (500-116), and he has compiled a 439-90 record during his time at FGCU, including a 307-68 record in the Division-I era.

"This was our best performance of the season," Smesko said. "We earned a quality win against a very good team. It is a great way to finish a great trip."

Ulel tied her career-high with a game-high 28 points on 10-for-18 shooting, while adding team-highs in rebounds (6) and steals (4) along with three assists. Jewett-Giles , who recorded her fifth straight game with at least 15 points, poured in all 22 of her points in the first half. She finished 7-for-11 from the field while adding three assists and two steals. Adderly  tied Ulel for the team-high in rebounds while adding a season-high 11 points. She finished 5-for-7 from the field.

With her team down 10-6 in the opening quarter, Ulel hit back-to-back 3-pointers to tie it at 12. Moments later, FGCU started a 16-4 run over the final four minutes. Alyssa Blair had a free throw, a steal and a fast break layup towards the end of the run, while Ulel converted a three-point play to give the Eagles a 30-19 lead.

American opened the second quarter on a 5-0 run, but the Green and Blue responded with an 11-1 run to take a 41-25 lead. Jewett-Giles capped the run with three consecutive 3-point field goals as FGCU eventually took an 11-point lead at the break.

In the second half, FGCU went on a 13-0 run that featured 3-point field goals from Adderly, Ulel, Lisa Zderadicka as the lead grew to 24 with 4:38 left in the third. From there, the Eagles led by as many as 26 and led by no fewer than 18.

Zderadicka and Destiny Washington-Mabon each added nine points, while Zderadicka had a season-high six assists, four rebounds and two steals. Washington-Mabon's scoring total was a new season-high, and she added five rebounds and two steals.

Jewett-Giles finished just one shy of her career-high of 23, which was set during her time at Southern Miss. Eight different players scored for the Eagles. Defensively, FGCU forced 25 turnovers, which led to 38 points going the other way.