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FGCU Women’s Basketball cruises past Lipscomb to claim their first ASUN home victory

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FGCU's T.K. Morehouse goes up for a layup against the Lipscomb Bisons on Saturday at Alico Arena on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus.

After a 14 day COVID-related vacation, the FGCU women’s team basketball team was back with two victories at Bellarmine in Louisville.

Saturday, they played their first ASUN home game, and cruised past Lipscomb, 103-49, at Alico Arena to beat the Bisons for the 29th time in 29 tries. This was also the biggest victory against a Division I opponent in FGCU Division I history.

The Eagles (10-2 and 3-0) will then play Lipscomb (5-6 and 2-3) on Sunday at Alico Arena.

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FGCU finished in the top 10 from 3 point range during three quarters, before Karl Smesko made all of his reserves and assigned the team to the fourth quarter.

The Eagles had 21 turnovers and committed only four. This allowed them to score 34 points.

They reached 100 points this season for the first and only time since they last played the Bisons. In the quarterfinals at the ASUN tournament, they beat them by 105 to 71. Tomia Johnson scored on a drive to get to the century mark Saturday.

Here are 5 things to know

1. The bell rings trueKierstan Bell is simply dominating since Ohio State transferred was made immediately eligible following the Eagles third game. Bell now has double-doubles in seven out of nine games and was able to score 29 points against the Bisons. Bell made 6 out of 9 shots from the 3-point line. Her average is 23 points and 11.2 boards.

Smesko stated that Bell “just really had it going.” She was relentless at the rim. From 3., she was shooting really good. “She was able to play all the phases.”

2. More House. T.K. T.K. This quick point guard scored 28 points while assisting six others. Bell and Morehouse scored 57 points together, beating Lipscomb by eight.

“T.K. Smesko said that “T.K. She passed the ball to shooters when she was short of space.

3. Antenucci out.Maddie Antenucci was a freshman who began her career against Florida Memorial with 18 points. She wasn’t suited up for the game and had to wear a walking boot on one foot. Antenucci didn’t play as often since TyraCox was able to return from a hand injury, and Bell became eligible. In seven games she has averaged 4.9 point per game, four of which were starts.

Smesko stated, “Not sure if her injury is serious but she will not be playing this weekend for certain.”

4. Lipscomb begins strongAlthough the Bisons couldn’t have asked for better, they had a great start. Lipscomb had led 10-8 at 6:33 of the first quarter. Then FGCU took the offensive and defensive side of things. The rest of the game, the Bisons managed just 39 points.

Smesko declared, Lipscomb are hard to defend. They are one of the best offensive teams in conference. Their shooters are very good. They have some really talented post players. It was the third or fourth minute that we had most of our breakdowns, which they punished us for. We were able to settle in and defend ourselves.

5. Laces of Love The nonprofit, which accepted donations Saturday, said they had enough donations to help 85 needy children in Collier and Lee counties. Another fundraiser will be held at the men’s basketball game in February 6.

Greg Hardwig, a sports journalist for The News-Press and Naples Daily News is Greg Hardwig. Follow him on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @NDN_Ghardwig, email him at [email protected] Support local journalism with this special subscription offer at https://cm.naplesnews.com/specialoffer/

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