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Atwater scores 25 for FGCU in close game with No. 9 Mississippi State

Atwater scores 25 for FGCU in close game with No. 9 Mississippi State
Kaniesha Atwater leaps for a layup during a recent home game. (Photo: Linwood Ferguson)

Despite a powerful second half, the FGCU women’s basketball team was unable to earn a win against the No. 9-ranked Mississippi State in the 2015 Puerto Rican Classic on Saturday afternoon. FGCU fell to Mississippi State, 65-60.

In the first half, FGCU trailed the top-10 team, 41-29, being outscored by six in the first and second quarters. However, the Eagles led a powerful third quarter, outscoring Mississippi State 21-12 to put themselves within three going into the fourth quarter. In the fourth, FGCU kept the game close. FGCU was unable to earn the win against Mississippi State, holding the lead with a 12-10 quarter.

The Eagles outshot the Bulldogs throughout the game, shooting 44.6 percent from the field, while the Bulldogs outshot the Eagles 33.3 percent from the three.

FGCU senior Kaneisha Atwater led the floor with 25 points on Saturday, earning 5 rebounds and shooting 50 percent from the field. Atwater’s 25 points are just two shy of her season high against Akron. Atwater holds the FGCU Division I single-game record of 33 points, which she earned against Providence in the 2014-15 season.

Senior guard and Atlantic Sun Player of the Year Whitney Knight made an impact in Saturday’s game following a foot injury that kept the 6-3 guard off the court for nine games this season. Knight scored 8 points and 4 rebounds, the second-highest on the team. Knight’s 23 minutes on the court is the most she’s played this season.

In Knight’s debut this season last week in Providence, she powered the offense, scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds, earning her 12th career double-double.

FGCU moves to a 7-4 record, as it prepares to face Arizona on Sunday at 11 a.m. The game will be live-streamed at http://www.livefrompr.com/puertoricoclassic.html.

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Kelli Krebs

Kelli Krebs is a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University and is currently the editor-in-chief at FGCU's campus newspaper, Eagle News. She majors in journalism and minoring in advanced procrastination and works throughout the area as a sports reporter and freelance photographer. When she's not behind a camera, Kelli can be found secretly jamming along to the "Grease" soundtrack in her car, quoting all of the dialogue from Fight Club, or watching Breaking Bad reruns (RIP W.W.). Fan of pre-Jameis Winston Florida State, college basketball, Red Sox Spring Training, and untorrented FC Barcelona games.

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