Lady Wildcats Fall to Florida Gulf Coast, 71-38
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Bethune-Cookman Lady Wildcats fell to 0-2 on the season after dropping a 71-38 decision to Florida Gulf Coast (2-0), Tuesday night inside the unfriendly confines of Alico Arena.
B-CU hit the court with high intensity from the opening tip, matching the Eagles shot-for-shot and holding two early leads in a single-possession game. However, quick fouls attached to all-around contributors Chastity René Taylor and Terrenisha Hollis, shuffling the lineup and halting B-CU’s momentum.
With the game tied at 10 and a pair of B-CU’s primary players heading to the bench, the Eagles launched on an 11-2 run, capped by consecutive threes from Amanda Moore.
“We came out with the intensity we wanted, but the sustainability of that we lacked,” Head Coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis said. “It was tough for us to get offensively in a flow with our best two offensive players on the bench.”
B-CU senior guard Jasmine Evans responded with a three at 10:15 in the first to interrupt the run, narrowing the deficit to a two-possession game at six, but that’s the closest the Lady Wildcats would get for the rest of the night. FGCU guard Kaneisha Atwater would score eight consecutive points to extend the Eagles’ lead to 29-18, en route to a 19-point halftime margin.
The Lady Wildcats struggled to get back on track offensively in the second half, outscored 15-3 in the first six minutes of the period. B-CU began to see an offensive spark from Evans, but she soon exited the game after receiving her fifth foul on a technical.
Late in the half, Hollis left the game in the same fashion.
Evans led all B-CU scorers with eight points, while grabbing five boards, sharing rebound-leading honors with Shakeyia Colyer and Taylor Houston. Kayla Crawford also had six points in the loss.
The Lady Wildcats head back to Daytona Beach in preparation for the 2013-14 home opener later this week, as St. Thomas travels to Richard V. Moore Gymnasium for a 7 p.m. matchup on Thursday, Nov. 14.
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Per the moniker, it did, in fact rain threes in Alico; 37 percent of shots made for both teams were threes, including the 27 points the Eagles garnered off the perimeter…In fact, all but one FGCU field goal in the second half was for three, with one two-pointer and 12 points from the free throw line…Again the Lady Wildcats struggled from the stripe, hitting just 42.9 percent from the free throw line, shooting 43.6 percent as a team through two games…With tighter rules on contact, the foul count was high again with 41 (22 B-CU) infractions whistled, last week at Florida, the total count was 50; noting the trend, Coach Blair-Lewis said, "We’ve got to be more disciplined and play with our feet."…After lighting up the Gators for 22, Taylor was held to just four points against the Eagles…Freshman center Kailyn Williams picked up her first collegiate points, along with one (1) rebound.