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FGCU women’s basketball upsets No. 20 Kentucky

Friday night, the FGCU women’s basketball team secured its second top twenty-five win against No. 20 Kentucky this season. Paced by Rosemarie Julien’s 23 points and Lisa Zderadicka’s 13 points and crucial three-point shooting late in the game, FGCU shocked the Kentucky Wildcats 70-64.   The last time FGCU played a ranked team at home was in 2007 versus No. 19 Florida State, where the Eagles were defeated, 93-53.   “The first segment we started off rattled. We couldn’t catch the ball, we couldn’t dribble it. We were just a little on edge,” head coach Karl Smesko said. “I thought Lisa (Zderadicka) came in and really settled us down, got some easy baskets off attacks. I thought her coming and making the impact she did right when she got in the game helped everything just smooth out for us.”  Taylor Murray converted on the first bucket of the game, putting the Wildcats up 2-0.   Taylor Gradinjan, who surpassed the 1,000 point mark in Tuesday night’s victory versus Southeastern, evened the score at 12 with a three-ball.   In the second quarter, the Eagles grabbed the momentum, as Gradinjan’s long-ball put the Eagles ahead by five, 21-16. China Dow would convert on her free-throw attempt, pushing the lead.   Julien’s fast break layup in the closing seconds gave FGCU a nine-point lead, heading into the half 35-26.   Coming out of the break, Erica Nelson capitalized on a three-ball of her own as FGCU stretched the lead to double-digits for the first time on the night,...

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Preview: Men’s basketball vs. Middle Tennessee

On Nov. 21, the FGCU men’s basketball team fell to Middle Tennessee, 85-72. Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., the Eagles will get a rematch and a chance for redemption when they face the Blue Raiders. Middle Tennessee (4-1) is FGCU’s toughest opponent on the schedule thus far. In 2015 as a No. 15 seed in the March Madness tournament, the Blue Raiders stunned Michigan State. Last season, as a No. 12 seed, Middle Tennessee upset Minnesota. Led by Giddy Potts (10.4 PPG) and Nick King (22.8 PPG), the Blue Raiders have a perfect road record (2-0) and will...

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Volleyball earns five ASUN honors

As the FGCU volleyball team continues its play in the ASUN Tournament, five specific players were awarded Wednesday night for their contributions throughout the regular season. Freshman Snowy Burnam was named to the ASUN All-Freshman Team. Burnam, who played high school volleyball at Jensen Beach, finished the year with 154 kills. Cortney VanLiew was also awarded the ASUN All-Freshman Team honor. VanLiew, from Seymour, Ind., was second on the team in kills with 293. Setter Maggie Rick was named to the Second Team All-Conference. Rick, who was nominated preseason setter of the year, led the conference in total assists...

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Preview: Volleyball vs. Kennesaw State

The FGCU volleyball team will conclude its regular season schedule Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. versus Kennesaw State. KSU (16-4, 10-1) is riding high and is currently on a seven-game winning streak. Anaiah Boyer, Sydni Shelton and Maddie Jones are the three to watch for KSU. The Eagles are currently trailing first place by two games, with three games remaining. Up next, the Eagles will prepare for the ASUN Volleyball Championship, beginning Thursday, Nov. 16 and concluding Saturday, Nov....

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Preview: Men’s basketball vs. Illinois State

Eight months ago, the FGCU men’s basketball team was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA March Madness tournament after an 86-80 defeat against Florida State. The team will open up the 2017- 18 season at home Saturday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. hosting Illinois State. The Eagles finished last season at 26-8 with a conference record of 12-2. Senior Brandon Goodwin led the team in scoring last season, averaging 18.5 points per game. Illinois State, members of the Missouri Valley Conference, finished 21 games above .500 in the 2016-17 season (28-7). Up next, FGCU will travel to...

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Preview: Volleyball vs. Lipscomb

The FGCU volleyball team will play its second-to-last regular season game Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. versus Lipscomb. The Eagles have been led by Amanda Carroll (370 kills), Cortney VanLiew (271 kills) and Daniele Serrano (202 kills). A key player to watch for FGCU is Giovanna Borgiotti (70 kills), who is fresh off arguably her best performance of the season against NJIT with 14 kills. The Bisons are led by Carlyle Nusbaum (407 kills), Maddie Phillips (204 kills) and Lauren Anderson (201 kills). These two schools met in Nashville earlier this year, with the Eagles defeating the Bisons...

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Astros defeat Dodgers in seven to claim First World Series in franchise history

The Houston Astros have been the bottom-feeders of the MLB the last several years. In 2011, they produced 56 wins last in the league and continued to remain the bottom team of the league. However, in 2017, the Astros rebuilt their team and defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1 in the seventh game of the World Series Wednesday night. Led by the talents of Carlos Correa, MVP George Springer and Jose Altuve, the Astros finally have a baseball championship in their 55 years as a franchise. It started out in the first game, where Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw dominated...

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Volleyball suffers tough ASUN losses

The FGCU volleyball team needed one win to clinch a spot in the ASUN Conference Tournament. However, it was not the Eagles’ night, as UNF defeated the Eagles in five sets: 23-25, 25-18, 20-25, 25-17 and 5-15. Coming into the match, FGCU was on a 22-match winning streak. The Ospreys made sure to put the streak to bed. In the opening set, the Eagles scored the first three points, where two came from kills by Maggie Rick and Amanda Carroll. The two schools were exchanging leads throughout. FGCU was able to push the lead to three, 19-16, but UNF...

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Volleyball records eighth straight win over Stetson

On Saturday night, the FGCU volleyball team defeated the Stetson Hatters, 25-20, 25-14, 25-19. The victory extends the Eagles’ winning streak to an impressive eight games. The ASUN standings have Jacksonville and Kennesaw State still at the top with FGCU. The Hatters (3-17, 2-6) grabbed three of the first four points in the opening set. The Eagles (17-6, 7-1) went on a couple of runs late in the set, in large credit to Amanda Carroll, who finished with 17 kills on the night, and freshman Snowy Burnam, who had an outstanding night with 12 kills herself. With FGCU leading...

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Preview: Women’s soccer vs. UNF

The FGCU women’s soccer team will look to continue their ASUN dominance, as they close out the 2017 season at home versus UNF Saturday, October 21 with kickoff at 7 p.m. The Eagles (10-2-1, 3-0-1) are a perfect 4-0-0 at home this season. Led by Marjorie Boilesen, she has dominated with nine goals, five assists, and a total of twenty-three points. North Florida (9-4, 3-2) relies on freshman Thais Reiss. This season, she leads the team with six goals, one assist, and a total of thirteen points. Last season, FGCU defeated the Ospreys 1-0 in Jacksonville. Next, FGCU will...

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