DELAND, Fla. – Stetson advanced to the second round of the 2016 Women's Basketball Invitational with an 89-54 home victory over McNeese State on Thursday night. The Hatters shot a single-game record 64.9 percent from the field to secure the win. They will take on Louisiana in the second round on March 19th at 7 p.m.
Brianti Saunders had her 11th 20-point game of the season to lead six players in double figures as the Hatters made 37 total field goals in tonight's victory. Sarah Sagerer continued her great late season form as she scored 17 points and added eight rebounds. DeAsia Beal (14), McKenna Beach (10) and Breana Bey (10) ensured that all five starters scored in double figures for Stetson.
After taking a 16-14 lead in the first quarter, the Hatters pulled away in the second quarter by scoring 30 points and taking a 22-point lead into halftime. The Hatters were 20-of-29 from the floor in the opening two quarters. Stetson controlled the battle in the paint as they finished the game with a 62-20 advantage down low.
McNeese State was led by Allison Baggett's 17 points, but was unable to find a way back into the game following the 46-24 halftime deficit. Aisha Turner scored 10 points off the bench for the Hatters as they continued to shoot outstanding for the remainder of the game. The previous school record stood at 64.4 percent, but was bested tonight as the Hatters closed the game shooting 64.9 percent from the field.
Thursday's win marks the second time in the last three seasons that the Hatters secured a postseason win. Their last win came in the WNIT in 2014 against Miami. Stetson is making its first appearance in the WBI postseason tournament this season.
Stetson vs. McNeese State WBI Tournament Notes
- Brianti Saunders scored 20 points tonight for her 11th 20-point game of the year. That ties Ashley Southern of Lipscomb for the most in the A-Sun this season.
- The Hatters shot a school-record 64.9 percent from the field. It marked the second time this season they shot 60.0 percent or more. Previously they connected on 61.0 percent of shots in the season opener.
- Sarah Sagerer scored 17 points, giving her three-straight double-digit games. It marks her best scoring stretch of the season for the Hatters.
- Aisha Turner dished out three assists tonight giving her 102 assists on the season. She is only the fourth A-Sun player this year to surpass 100 total assists.