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FGCU Notes: Women drop opener, men play Mich. St, volleyball seeking title

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WOMEN DROP OPENER TO SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

A 21-2 run through the second and third quarters proved fatal for the FGCU women’s basketball team, as South Dakota State pulled away to an 80-62 win in the season opener for both teams Friday in Brookings, S.D.

The Eagles(0-1) led 35-29 with 2:02 left in the second, but would go without a basket until 4:44 left in the third when Lisa Zderadicka scored on a transition layup. That bucket made the score 50-39.

FGCU shot 35 percent from the floor, including 10-of-34 on threes. South Dakota State(1-0) shot 50.8 percent, by comparison.

“We gave up some easy baskets,” FGCU coach Karl Smesko said. “On offense, we were standing around too much and holding the ball too long. We weren’t really moving it, working together to create shots. And (SDSU) went on that big run to start the second half and then the crowd got behind them. They started playing with a lot of energy, and we never really made a run to get back into the game after the first few minutes of the second half.”

The Jackrabbits never led the Eagles back within single digits after that run. Macy Miller led them with 25 points, one of four in double figures. Chandler Ryan had 12 points to lead the Eagles, while Zderadicka added 10 points. Highly-anticipated transfer Keri Jewett-Giles scored eight points, going 2-of-9 from the floor.

FGCU returns home Monday to play non-Division I Florida Memorial.

MEN TO TAKE ON MICHIGAN STATE

The last time FGCU and Michigan State played, it was the subject of much controversy at the end of the game.

A clock error in the closing seconds marred a last-second shot attempt for the Eagles, as Michigan State held on to win 78-77.

But when the two play again in East Lansing, there aren’t many Eagles who remember that game. Only two players from that 2016 roster, the injured RaySean Scott Jr., and walk-on Dolan Mahoney were a part of that game.

Don’t expect new Eagles coach Michael Fly to use any film of that game as motivation either.

“We probably won’t show any film from that game,” Fly said Thursday after the Eagles 81-54 win over Southeastern. “They’ve got a completely different team and so do we. But we’ve talked about it – it doesn’t matter if it’s Southeastern or Michigan State, we want to play the same way with the same intensity.”

VOLLEYBALL LOOKING FOR OUTRIGHT ASUN TITLE

The FGCU volleyball team clinched a share of the conference title in a four-set win over Stetson on Tuesday, but can take that title outright on Saturday with a win over Liberty.

On October 12, FGCU won in five sets in the team’s first matchup in Lynchburg, Va.

The Eagles earned a share of their first conference title since 2012, but are still seeking their first ever NCAA Tournament berth. They reached the conference final each of the last two seasons, and three times in their history, but have not yet won a conference tournament.


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