WNIT Daily Roundup
Florida Gulf Coast knocks down eight 3-pointers
Florida 59, UMBC 47 -- Box Score
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Jordan Jones scored a game-high 18 points and Florida’s defense held UMBC to four field goals in the second half as the Gators defeated the Retrievers 59-47 in the First Round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament on Friday in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
Florida used a 20-3 run early in the second half to turn an eight-point deficit into a 51-42 lead with 11:43 remaining and never trailed again, as UMBC (20-12) managed only one field goal in the final 18:02 of the game, connecting on 4-of-26 in the second frame.
Jones hit 6-of-8 from the floor, including 3-of-4 3-pointers to lead Florida, which sank 8-of-18 from beyond the arc during the game.
Bonds added 13 points, while Bartley chipped in nine points with five rebounds and four assists. Madu and George both collected seven rebounds to lead the Gators, which held a 39-31 rebounding edge.
Florida Gulf Coast 73, Drexel 67 -- Box Score
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Junior Nicoya Jackson scored a team-high 17 points off the bench as FGCU defeated Drexel 73-67 in front of 3,002 fans on Friday night at Alico Arena to advance to the Second Round of the WNIT and extend its home winning streak, which is the third longest in the nation behind UConn and Stanford, to 42 games.
The 2010-11 A-Sun regular season champs, who lead the nation in 3-point field goals per game (10.9), knocked down eight triples on the night. The Eagles are now 3-3 all-time in the WNIT, including 3-0 at home.
Jackson finished with a team-high 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and 2-of-5 from behind the 3-point line. Senior Shannon Murphy and junior Kelsey Jacobson each finished with 15 points and three boards. Redshirt-freshman Sarah Hansen registered 10 points, six rebounds and two assists. Junior Eglah Griffin chipped in with eight points and five boards, while junior Courtney Chihil recorded a game-high 11 rebounds to go with eight points and four assists.