FORT MYERS, Fla. - Behind a slew of three-pointers and multiple double-digit scorers, top-seeded FGCU advances into the ASUN Conference Women's Basketball Championship Finals with a 77-48 victory vs. No. 7 Kennesaw State.
The first half was highlighted by an onslaught of three-pointers in the second quarter for the host Eagles, taking a 16-12 first quarter lead and extending it to 40-24 after the first half. Seven players scored for FGCU in the first half with each of them hitting at least four points. A trio of Chandler Ryan three-pointers lead the team with nine points at the break. Kennesaw State's fire was ignited by Kamiyah Street who had nine of her own in the first half on 4-7 shooting.
The second half leaned FGCU's way as well as the Eagles took a 16-point lead and reached 33 points with 7:04 to go in the game. ASUN Player of the Year Nasrin Ulel came alive in the second half to score 12 points, upping her game total to a team-high 16. Davion Wingate and Kerstie Phills each provided seven points off the bench as well, leading to FGCU's eventual blowout victory. For Kennesaw State, Street and Amani Johnson scored 18 of the team's 24 points in the second half with Street hitting 10 of her own. Johnson and fellow freshman Payton Lewis were the only two Owls to hit three-pointers in the game, doing so in the second half.
With the win, FGCU moves into the ASUN Finals yet another time, continuing its streak of not missing out on the final game of the ASUN season since joining the league. The Eagles meet #3 Liberty in the final conference clash, a matchup of two teams who made the NCAA Tournament last season. The Eagles won the season series 2-0 but the Flames nearly pulled out the upset at home this season, dropping a close 65-64 decision. The ASUN Championship Final will take place on Sunday, March 17th at 3 PM ET and can be seen on ESPN+.
ASUN Conference Women's Basketball Championship Notes
- FGCU advances into the ASUN Finals looking to claim its second-straight conference crown
- Kennesaw State finishes the year at 9-22. The Owls were just the second seventh seed to make the ASUN Semifinals
- ASUN Player of the Year Nasrin Ulel had 16 points to lead FGCU while Kamiyah Street led all scorers with 19 for KSU
- FGCU prepares to face Liberty in the ASUN Finals; both teams made the NCAA Tournament last season as conference champions