FORT MYERS, Fla. - For the sixth time in eight seasons, the FGCU Eagles are the ASUN Conference Women's Basketball Champions. The Eagles took care of the Liberty Flames in the ASUN Championship Final by a score of 72-49. The Green and Blue are now headed back to the NCAA Tournament for the third-straight season with the conference's automatic berth.
Keri Jewett-Giles, the ASUN Championship's Most Valuable Player, got the ball rolling for FGCU on Sunday afternoon, as she scored the first 11 points for the Eagles. FGCU never looked back, as they jumped out to a 26-8 lead after the end of the first quarter. It was the 22nd time this season that the Eagles held an ASUN opponent to single-digits in a quarter. After an evenly played second stanza, FGCU took a commanding, 44-26 lead into the locker room.The Eagles outshot the Flames 51.6 percent to 38.5 percent in the first half. They also held Liberty to just 2-of-6 from three-point land, while draining six of their own.
The second half continued to lean towards the Eagles, as the home side outscored Liberty 28-23 in the final 20 minutes of play. The Eagles converted on five more made three-pointers in the second half, upping their total to 11 in the game to match their per game average. Liberty was able to find some offensive rhythym in the final two frames, led by seven points from sophomore guard Emily Lytle. The Flames were never able to bring the lead into a manageable spot however, allowing the Eagles to cruise to the conference title.
Jewett-Giles finished the game with a game-high 21 points on 7-of-15 from floor, while hauling down six rebounds and dishing out six assists. Davion Wingate had a very efficient day for the Eagles, as she chipped in with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Destiny Washington contributed with 12 points, as she was the third and final player in double-figures for the Eagles. ASUN Defensive Player of the Year, Tytonia Adderly cleaned up on the glass, as she pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. The Eagles forced 17 Liberty turnovers, while committing just nine of their own.
Emily Lytle and Ria Gulley were the the high-point scorers in the box score for Liberty, as they scored 14 and 12 points respectively. The Flames won the battle on the boards, as they pulled down 37 rebounds to FGCU's 32. The Flames finish the season with a 16-16 record in just their first year in the league and an appearance in their 20th conference championship in the least 23 years.
FGCU now awaits its NCAA Tournament fate, as the selection show is set to air on Monday night at 7 PM ET on ESPN.
ASUN Conference Women's Basketball All-Tournament Team
- Kamiyah Street, Guard, Kennesaw State
- Ty Purfioy, Guard, North Florida
- Kierra Johnson-Graham, Forward, Liberty
- Emily Lytle, Guard, Liberty
- Ty Adderly, Forward, FGCU
- Nasrin Ulel, Guard, FGCU
- Championship MVP: Keri Jewett-Giles, Guard, FGCU
ASUN Conference Women's Basketball Championship Notes
- The Eagles have now won three-straight ASUN titles, becoming the first team since 2008-10 to accomplish the feat.
- The Green and Blue become just the fourth ASUN squad ever to win three consecutive ASUN Championships
- FGCU is headed back to the NCAA Tournament for the third-straight season. They made it to the second round in 2018 before falling to top-seed Stanford