FORT MYERS, Fla. (FGCUAthletics.com) - Keri Jewett-Giles poured in 21 points along with eight assists to lead the FGCU women's basketball team (5-1) to a 97-64 win over Saint Francis (1-4) at Suncoast Credit Union Arena on Friday.
"I thought Keri and O'Neal were outstanding on the offensive end, and they actually played pretty good defense too," FGCU head coach Karl Smesko said. "Ty was outstanding defensively and on the boards. She actually looked to score a little bit more today so that was encouraging."
Jewett-Giles (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar HS) finished 9-for-12 from the field, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range, while adding three steals. With her final field goal, a 3-pointer from the left wing, the senior guard reached 1,000 points in her NCAA career.
"It shows that she's had a very successful college career," Smesko said of Jewett-Giles reaching 1,000 points. "She's somebody that the local community can be very proud of. She's a great player. For point guards to score 1,000 points, that's pretty impressive."
Ashli O'Neal had her best game in the Green and Blue, pouring in a season-high 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting off the bench. She added two assists while Davion Wingate went 8-for-10 from the field with 19 points for her sixth consecutive game with at least 10 points to open the season. Another solid performance off the bench came from Tyra Cox, who had 12 points in 11 minutes on 4-for-5 shooting
Outside of those four players, who combined for 70 points on 28-for-39 shooting, Nasrin Ulel and Tytionia Adderly each had nine points, while Adderly (Jupiter, Fla./Cardinal Newman HS) had a season-high 15 rebounds. In fact, the senior forward now has double-digit boards in three of six games this year and pushed her career total to 905, which puts her 26 shy of matching Tamika Coley (931, 1993-96, UCF) for the 16th-most in ASUN history.
Wingate (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson HS) now has 996 career points, which puts her on the verge of joining Jewett-Giles in the prestigious club. Meanwhile, Ulel (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta HS) has 981, and O'Neal (Wyoming, Ohio/Wyoming HS) surpassed 900 on Friday.
The Eagles will leave for Cancun on Monday to take part in a daunting three-game slate Nov. 28-30 against defending national runner-up Notre Dame, nationally-ranked USF and reigning Sweet 16 team South Dakota State in the Cancun Challenge.
Friday's game was moved to Suncoast Credit Union Arena to accommodate the FGCU volleyball team hosting the ASUN tournament at Alico Arena.
FGCU outscored Saint Francis 27-2 in points off turnovers.
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The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.