ATLANTA, Ga. - The first Tuesday action of ASUN Conference Women's Basketball league play featured intriguing matchups throughout the schedule, each leading to double-digit victories for home and road sides. FGCU and North Florida came away victorious on the road, while Kennesaw State and Stetson defended the home court to each grab their first win in league action.
ASUN Women's Basketball Results - Tuesday, Jan. 8th
FGCU 68, North Alabama 50
Kennesaw State 75, Jacksonville 55
North Florida 68, Lipscomb 53
Stetson 69, Liberty 52
Kennesaw State bounced back from Saturday's road loss in a big way as the Owls defeated Jacksonville 75-55 at the Convocation Center on Tuesday night. The win snapped a 12-game losing streak for the Owls in the series, as Kamiyah Street led the team in scoring with 18 points. Four of her teammates joined her in double figures with Alexis Poole and Carlotta Gianolla tallying 13 points each. Jacksonville was led by Trudy Walker who had a double-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds. Rolanda Hayes added 11 points and Amber Bender had nine for the Dolphins. It was a tightly contested first quarter as Jacksonville jumped out to a 14-8 lead. The Owls battled back and trailed only 21-19 after one. Defenses were on top in the second quarter as neither team was able to find much offensive rhythm. Kennesaw State took a narrow 35-33 lead into the break, but came out of the locker room on fire to put the game out of reach. The Owls started the third quarter with a 10-0 run to take a double-digit lead. Midway through the fourth quarter, Street ignited and 11-0 run to give Kennesaw State a 23-point advantage. The Owls' defense forced 28 turnovers tonight and converted those into 23 points.
FGCU took the early conference play battle between 10-win teams as the Eagles defeated North Alabama 68-50 on the road. Destiny Washington led the team with 20 points and 11 rebounds fresh off being named the ASUN Newcomer of the Week. The senior guard totaled 14 points in the first half alone, helping the Eagles to a 13-point lead at the break in Flowers Hall. That lead was built thanks to a 17-5 start from the visiting side, later cut into by UNA who went on an 8-0 run to make the score 17-13 early in the second. But that was the closest the game ever got as FGCU continued to hit back with every swing the Lions took at the large lead. Guards Keri Jewett-Giles and Lisa Zderadicka took over in the final 20 minutes, leading their team with nine points apiece en route to the 18-point win vs. the conference newcomer. Defending Player of the Week Brittany Panetti totaled 14 points and eight rebounds while battling foul trouble and Ivy Wallen scored an additional 14 while dishing out five assists.
Stetson picked up an historic win 69-52 over visiting Liberty in its conference opener. With the victory, Head Coach Lynn Bria becomes the third-active ASUN coach with 200 wins at their current program, joining Karl Smesko (FGCU) and Carey Green (Liberty). The contest started tightly with the Hatters only holding a 13-10 lead following the first 10 minutes after a McKenna Beach three-pointer. After shaking off the rust though, Stetson outscored the Flames by nine points in each of the next two quarters, building a 21-point lead into the final 10 minutes before closing the book on its home conference opener. Stetson's all-time blocks leader Sarah Sagerer had another fantastic game, totaling a game-high 20 points as well as eight boards to lead the Stetson charge of four players in double figures. Bridgette Rettstatt posted a double-double on the Liberty side, leading her team with 12 points and 10 rebounds, five on the offensive glass.
North Florida went to Nashville and came away with the 68-53 win vs. Lipscomb to even its ASUN record to 1-1. Getting off to a hot start for the second-straight game, the Ospreys held a 19-5 lead after one by holding Lipscomb without a made field goal until eight seconds left in the opening frame. The Bisons did cut into the lead during the second quarter, outscoring the Ospreys 12-9 behind six points from Carleigh Short. During the second half, Short continued to shoot lights out, hitting four three-pointers to finish with a career-high 21 points off seven made threes. The first Lipscomb player to break 20 points in a game this season, her hot shooting was not enough to overcome the Ospreys' attack as UNF shot 56.3 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes. During the third quarter alone, two Jazz Bond baskets pushed the UNF lead to 22 points and seal the deal on the eventual road win. Bond led the way with a game-high 23 points, hitting 11-of-19 shots from the field. Ty Purifoy tallied nine assists for the visitors while Adrienne Jackson finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
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ASUN Women's Basketball Upcoming Schedule - Saturday, Jan. 12th
North Florida vs. FGCU, 1 PM (ESPN+)
North Alabama vs. NJIT, 1 PM CT (ESPN+)
Lipscomb vs. Stetson, 1:30 PM CT (ESPN+)
Liberty vs. Jacksonville, 4:30 PM (ESPN+)