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Jessica Cattani leads Eagles to win over Ave Maria

Coming off perhaps the Eagles’ biggest win at home in program history over #20 Kentucky, FGCU went up against its second NAIA program this week against Ave Maria, winning 99-35. Jessica Cattani led the Eagles in points coming off the bench, tying a career high with 21 points. Alyssa Blair and Chandler Ryan each added 12 points as the Eagles’ bench outscored their opponent 60-12. “I don’t care what the score is,” head coach Karl Smesko said. “I want to see whoever is on the floor for us playing well and doing well. If there is something they are...

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Eagles fall to FAU for second straight loss

For only the fourth time since FGCU has been in division one, the Eagles dropped their consecutive home non-conference game, as the FAU Owls stunned FGCU after carrying an 11-point lead in the second half. The Eagles gave up 58 points in the second half, which is by far the most this season, as FGCU moves to 6-4 on the season. Brandon Goodwin had a game-high 23 and four other Eagles were in double figures on the night. However, the Owls got 9 or more points from the only six players to score for them to lead them to...

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Women’s basketball finishes long road-trip with a 94-55 win

With FGCU playing the final game of an eight-game road trip, the Eagles handed Abilene Christian their third loss of the year in a 94-55 route of the Wildcats. The Eagles’ win ends a two-game loss and finishes the longest road-trip of the season at 6-2. FGCU finished tying a program best 22 three-pointers, as they shot 48.9 from behind the arc in the win. Nasrin Ulel finished with a game-high of 19 points, and seven different Eagles registered at least seven points. With Taylor Gradinjan’s 18 points, she is now just one point away from 1,000 in her...

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Terrell reaches 1,000 points as FGCU dominates Webber International

After winning three straight over the weekend, the Eagles welcomed Webber International to Alico Arena and defeated the Warriors 115-61 for their sixth win of the season. Besides all the dunks FGCU had, senior Christian Terrell achieved a milestone that only five other Eagles have ever done in reaching 1,000 career points. Teammate Brandon Goodwin reached that accomplishment last year and Terrell joins him, having scored all of them while playing for the Eagles. “It was a cool accomplishment,” Terrell said. “A lot of my teammates were very excited that I was close, and they just wanted to give...

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Eagles drop second straight versus Middle Tennessee 85-72

In the first of a home and home this season with Middle Tennessee State University, the Blue Raiders dominated FGCU to extend the Eagles losing streak to two. The two teams will play in Fort Myers with FGCU hosting MTSU in 10 days. It was the first time since 2012 that the Eagles trailed by more than 18 at halftime since losing to Duke by 21 in North Carolina. The game consisted of 70 free throws with a combined 54 fouls between the two teams in a slow moving first half. Brandon Goodwin led FGCU with 20 points and...

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Eagles struggle early but rally late to move to 5-0

Playing in their third game in four days, the Eagles struggled mightily early but found a way to play a dominant fourth quarter, beating Sienna. China Dow led FGCU with a double-double, as she finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Taylor Gradinjan went 4/10 on three pointers to score 16. “I thought Siena was really aggressive,” FGCU head coach Karl Smesko said. “They had most of the energy and outplayed us for three quarters. Fortunately, we took it up a notch in the fourth quarter and we were able to knock down some shots.” FGCU found a way...

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Men’s basketball falls to Bowling Green on late three-pointer

Coming off a second straight win to begin the season, the Eagles dropped their first game against Bowling Green to move to 2-1 on the season. Despite a thirteen-point lead in the first half, FGCU was outscored 43-37 in the second half and fell after Dylan Frye hit a three-pointer with .9 seconds remaining. FGCU was down by six with less than a minute remaining, but the team was able to tie the game after a pair of free throws from Zach Johnson. Bowling Green ended up taking a time out following the free-throws. After they scored, the Eagles...

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Eagles score 58 points in second half to defeat FIU

Despite a slow start to the game, the Eagles rallied to beat FIU 88-52 in the first of eight games away from Alico Arena. After winning the opening game versus Illinois in dominant fashion, FGCU struggled early on versus a team the Eagles beat by 47 a season ago, the Panthers, but they managed to only trail by three at break and ultimately scored 58 points in the second half to earn the win Nasrim Ulel once again set a career-high in points with 28, and Rose-Marie Julien added a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Tytionoa Adderly...

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Eagles shutout FAU in final regular season match

In the final match of the regular season, the Eagles traveled to FAU and came away with a 3-0 to finish the regular season 8-5-3 as they get ready to play in the ASUN Tournament. Having played just two days ago, head coach Jesse Cormier went deep into his bench getting lots of different players into the action without Nico Samayoa, Dylan Sacramento and Caleb George, who didn’t travel with the team. “We have some momentum right now,” Cormier said. “The guys are attacking and pressing well, and we have a few key people getting back healthy and fit....

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FGCU men’s soccer secures #2 seed in ASUN Tournament

Playing in a crucial matchup with the number two seed in the ASUN Tournament on the line, the Eagles picked up a 5-0 win to secure a first round bye in the ASUN Tournament. “I thought the guys did a good job concentrating on playing a complete game,” head coach Jesse Cormier said. “It was excellent to have the seniors be honored in a way where I thought the effort was there from the whole team across the board, and that’s the way they deserve to go out. They have done so much for this program and have been...

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