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FGCU women’s basketball punches its ticket to the NCAA tournament

Avenging its regular-season finale loss to Stetson that gave the Hatters the ASUN regular-season crown, the No.2 FGCU women’s basketball team defeated No.1 Stetson 77-70 to claim the ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship crown. Despite the Hatters shooting 11-16 from long range in a game that saw nine lead changes, the Eagles rode a strong performance from China Dow to outlast Stetson and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. With the men taking on FSU in the first round of the NCAA tournament on March 16, this is the first time in FGCU history that the men’s and...

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FGCU women’s basketball defeats JU to advance to ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship Final

With a spot in the ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship Final on the line, the No. 2 FGCU women’s basketball team defeated No. 3 JU 68-64 to advance to its sixth consecutive ASUN Championship Final. Since the ASUN changed where Championship games are played to higher-seed hosts four years ago, the Eagles will now travel to Deland to take on No. 1 Stetson following the Hatters 78-48 victory over No. 5 Kennesaw State. This is the first time the team will play a Championship Final away from home. “We understand that Stetson earned the right to host this thing (ASUN...

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Preview: FGCU women’s basketball vs JU ASUN Women’s Championship

With a spot in the ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship Final on the line, the No.2 FGCU women’s basketball team takes on No.3 JU on Wednesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at Alico Arena. After shaking off a dismal first-half performance against UNF to defeat the Ospreys 59-42, the Eagles welcome a Dolphins’ side that defeated No.6 Lipscomb 91-64. After JU defeated FGCU in the ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship Final last season, the Eagles and Dolphins split the season series 1-1. Avenging its Championship loss in their first matchup, FGCU defeated JU 60-57 at Alico Arena. Facing off again a...

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FGCU men’s basketball takes ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship Final

(Filmed and edited by Matt Ricci) With an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and the ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship crown on the line, the FGCU men’s basketball team defeated UNF 77-61 to book its second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. “I’m happy for our guys,” FGCU head coach Joe Dooley said. “We struggled a little tight in the first half and sort of figured it out at halftime and made some plays. It’s a really big deal for our program to be able to play in the NCAA tournament again.” Heading to the NCAA tournament for the...

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Preview: FGCU men’s basketball vs. UNF in ASUN Final

With a spot in the NCAA tournament on the line, the No.1 FGCU men’s basketball team will take on No.3 UNF in the ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship Final on Sunday, March 5 at 3 p.m. at Alico Arena. With a 74-62 victory over Kennesaw State on Thursday, the Eagles rode a combined 42 points from Brandon Goodwin and Demetris Morant to make it to their fifth ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship Final in six years. With the biggest upset of the tournament thus far, the Ospreys drained a season-high 16 threes to defeat No.2 Lipscomb 91-85 in Nashville on Thursday....

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FGCU women’s basketball shakes off poor first half to advance to the ASUN Semifinal

Coming off of their overtime loss to Stetson in the regular-season finale, the No.2 FGCU women’s basketball team shook off a poor first half to defeat No.5 UNF 59-42. “Obviously this was a game where we had to rely on our defense because offensively, we had a really bad first half,” FGCU head coach Karl Smesko said. “We didn’t shoot it well. We didn’t work together well to create opportunities, so we understand that we’re going to have to play better offensively if we’re going to get past this next round. But the second half was much better. People started...

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FGCU women’s basketball takes home series of ASUN postseason awards

On the eve of its ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship Quarterfinal matchup against UNF, the FGCU women’s basketball team had four members collect ASUN Postseason awards. Announced by ASUN on Thursday, March 2, Rosemarie Julien took home ASUN Newcomer of the Year and claimed a spot on the ASUN All-Conference First Team. Jordin Alexander earned a spot on the ASUN All-Conference Second Team. Rounding out FGCU’s award recipients, Tytiona Adderly was named to the ASUN All-Freshmen team, while Taylor Gradinjan received a spot on the ASUN All-Academic team thanks to her 4.0 GPA. Becoming the program’s first ever ASUN Newcomer...

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FGCU men’s basketball rides strong performance from Goodwin to book a spot in the ASUN Final

(Filmed and edited by Matt Ricci) With a spot in the ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship Final on the line, the No.1 FGCU men’s basketball team defeated No.5 Kennesaw State 74-62 to move one step closer to the NCAA Tournament. “I feel like today we came out with a lot of energy,” Demetris Morant said. “On defense we were relaxed at first, but we picked it up as the game went on and that helped us get the win.” With the ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship crown and a spot in the NCAA tournament up for grabs, the Eagles will host...

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Preview: Women’s basketball vs. UNF ASUN Quarterfinals

After suffering a tough 64-67 loss against Stetson to close-out their regular season schedule, the No. 2 FGCU women’s basketball team will take on No. 4 UNF in the quarterfinals Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at Alico Arena. UNF is coming off a 59-69 loss against Jacksonville to end their regular season play. The last time FGCU and UNF met was Feb. 8 at Alico Arena where the Eagles beat the Ospreys 69- 46. The Eagles went 2-0 against the No. 4 UNF this...

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