DeLAND, Fla. - Kennesaw State pulled off the upset in the ASUN Conference Women's Basketball quartefinals on Friday night, as they marched into DeLand and took down No. 2 Stetson by a score of 67-59. With the win, the Owls move on to just their third-ever semifinal appearance. The Owls now face No. 1 seed FGCU in the ASUN Championship Semifinal on Wednesday, March 13th.
Alexis Poole was the story for Kennesaw State, as she poured in a game-high 27 with six rebounds. Poole did a majority of her damage from the free-throw line as she went 17-of-18 from the charity stripe. Freshman of the Year, Amani Johnson chipped in with 21 points on 7-of-13 from the field. Johnson also dished out five assists, pulled down a team-high seven boards and knocked down three triples.
Kennesaw State saw its lead grow to as big as nine in the second half, but the Hatters would not go down without a fight. Stetson cut it down to three at 57-54 with 3:19 left in the fourth quarter, but it would not be enough. On the ensuing possession, Johnson knocked down a huge three-pointer to put away the Hatters. Kennesaw State knocked down 7-of-8 free-throws in the last minute to seal the deal.
Despite the Hatters shooting 57.9 percent from the field to KSU's 36.2 percent, the Owls made up for it at the free-throw line, as they went 28-of-31 at the line, while Stetson made just 12-of-21 free-throws. The Owls dominated on the offensive glass, as they has 12 offensive boards to Stetson five. Day'Neshia Banks was the high scorer for Stetson, as she poured in 16 points on 7-of-11 from the field. Senior guard, McKenna Beach scored 15 points in her final game as a Hatter, while Megan Vincent scored 10 points off the bench.
With results from Friday night, the Owls face No. 1 seed FGCU in the ASUN Championship Semifinal on Wednesday, March 13th. The Eagles took down No. 8 NJIT in Fort Myers by a score of 58-45 on Friday night. Liberty is set to host North Florida on Mar. 13th at the Vines Center as the Ospreys defeated North Alabama by two points and Liberty defeated Jacksonville.
ASUN Conference Women's Basketball Championship Notes
- Kennesaw State became just the first No. 7 seed to advance to the semifinal since North Florida did so in 2010
- The Owls seek their first ASUN Championship Final appearance in program history; KSU is 0-2 all-time in semifinal contests
- Alexis Poole's 27 points was the most-ever for a KSU player in ASUN Championship, topping Sametria Gideon who scored 21 in 2012
- McKenna Beach ends her Stetson career with 1,086 points, which ranks 95th all-time in ASUN history