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Men’s basketball suffers third loss at home

In the last game before the Eagles hit the road for a three-game run, the FGCU men’s basketball team suffered a disappointing 83-64 loss to Oral Roberts Saturday night. With a slow start and inability to recover all night, the Eagles recorded their third-straight home game loss. “Oral Roberts were the aggressors all game; they had more energy, and energy finds the ball,” FGCU head coach Joe Dooley said. “It was an abysmal performance by us, partly created by them and partly created by us. I apologize to our fans – they shouldn’t have to put up with watching...

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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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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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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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Blue Raiders defeat Eagles 81-76

On Saturday, Dec. 2, the 6-3 FGCU Eagles hosted the 5-1 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Alico Arena. In their last matchup, the Blue Raiders topped the Eagles 85-72. As the ball tipped off on Saturday night, the Eagles went on a 9-0, starting from Christian Carlyle’s layup. Based off the injury leading to Ricky Doyle’s absence, the Eagles’ offense suddenly slowed down after their dominating start midway through the first. At just under eight minutes, Middle Tennessee took its first lead of the game, 20-19. Late in the first half, FGCU regained the lead 31-29 but lost it as the first...

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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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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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Women’s basketball goes 1-3 at PLAY4KAY Showcase

The FGCU women’s basketball team traveled to Las Vegas to take part in the PLAY4KAY Shootout over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Eagles went 1-3 at the tournament with their only win over DePaul on Thursday. The Eagles suffered a tough 65-104 loss to Ohio State Friday night and then finished the tournament with a close 65-75 loss to Belmont University. FGCU started the three-day tournament against DePaul, earning an 89-84 win in overtime. China Dow led the team with a total of 26 points and three steals. After a strong performance against DePaul, the team then fell victim to...

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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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