ATLANTA, Ga. - Four ASUN Conference Women's Basketball teams earned wins on Friday including an upset by FGCU over No. 20 South Florida in the Cancun Challenge. Jacksonville had a strong showing in its 72-55 win over Nicholls State, North Alabama was dominate in its 15-point win over Alabama A&M, while Liberty earned its second win of the season over Miami (Ohio).
FGCU battled back and forth with South Florida the entire first half and went into the break trailing by one. The Eagles outscored the Bulls 45-40 in the second half. FGCU would not trail again in the contest after Tytionia Adderly made a three to put FGCU up 46-44 with 5:24 left on the clock in the third. Jacksonville was down one after the first quarter and rallied back to take a 34-23 lead into halftime that it would not concede. North Alabama grabbed an early 13 point lead in the first quarter that would hold the remainder of the game. The Flames jumped out to an early 18-8 lead. Liberty would hold the lead the next three quarters with Miami outscoring them 17-12 in the second quarter.
Today's Top ASUN Conference Performances
Ivy Wallen, North Alabama: 33 Points (5-9 FGs; 10-12 FTs), 7 Assists, 5 Rebounds
Nasrin Ulel, FGCU: 23 Points (5-14 3FGs), 3 Steals, 2 Assists
Tiffany Tolbert, North Florida: 20 Points (7-9 FGs; 4-4 3FGs)
Shakayla Nevitt, Jacksonville: 15 Points (6-18 FGs), 4 Assists, 2 Rebounds
Ria Gulley, Liberty: 12 Points (4-7 FGs; 2-3 3FGs), 6 Rebounds, 3 Assists
What You Need to Know from Today's Wins
FGCU 81, No. 20 South Florida 77
- Nasrin Ulel led all scorers with 23 points, making five of the team's 12 three-point baskets including a buzzer-beater to end the first half. She surpassed the 1,000 career point mark and sits 10th in the program's Division I era.
- Two other Eagles reached double figures in scoring. Keri Jewett-Giles scored 19 points while Davion Wingate recorded 12.
- FGCU went 25-33 from the free-throw line in the game which was the most makes and attempts from the line by the Eagles this season.
Jacksonville 71, Nicholls State 55
- Four players scored in double figures for the Dolphins, including a game-high 15-point performance by Shakayla Nevitt.
- Jacksonville shot 48.3 percent (28-58) from the field with Shalonda Neely leading the way making five of her six shots.
- The Dolphins had 44 points in the paint, 21 points off of turnovers with 28 points coming off the bench.
North Alabama 80, Alabama A&M 65
- The Lions shot 48.1 percent from the field. They also went 44 percent from behind the three-point arc making 11 threes, 10 coming from the Wallen sisters.
- Both Emma and Ivy Wallen reached season-highs in scoring with 23 and 33 points, respectively.
- UNA forced 20 turnovers and turned them into 24 points. The Lions also tallied 17 fast break points.
Liberty 65, Miami (Ohio) 53
- Four players reached double-digit points for the Flames led by Ria Gulley and Ashtyn Baker with 12 each. Bridgette Rettstatt and Asia Todd added 11 points apiece.
- Todd reached 10+ points for the third consecutive game, shooting 44.4 percent (4-9) from the floor in today's contest while shooting 62.5 percent (5-8) from distance over the three-game span.
- A three-pointer at the end of the third by Gulley sparked a 17-3 run that was highlighted by seven points from Rettstatt.
Saturday, Nov. 30
North Florida vs. Nicholls State - 12 PM ET
Jacksonville vs. Norfolk State - 2 PM ET (ESPN+)
Liberty vs. No. 5 Oregon State - 2 PM ET
North Alabama vs. UC Irvine - 3 PM ET
ABOUT THE ASUN
The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.