PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (fgcuathletics.com) - Davion Wingate registered a career-high 31 points to lead the FGCU women's basketball team (12-2) to a 93-67 win over Temple (6-6) on the road Sunday afternoon.
Wingate (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson HS) finished 10-for-15 from the field while making 6-for-8 from long distance and all five of her foul shots. In topping her previous career-high of 29 from earlier this year against UCF, she joined Keri Jewett-Giles as the first set of teammates in program history to record 30-point performances in back-to-back games.
"We played a very good first half," FGCU head coach Karl Smesko said. "We moved the ball well and passed it to open teammates who were ready to shoot. Offensively, Keri and Davion were outstanding, and I am also happy with the contributions of Emma and Erna off the bench. Defensively, Nasrin, Ty and Kerstie set the tone."
In fact, several others had great days offensively as FGCU finished 32-for-75 (.427) from the field, including 19-for-47 (.404) from 3-point range, which tied the team's season-high for most makes in a game. Jewett-Giles (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar HS) had 20 points, a season-high nine assists, four rebounds and two steals, while Nasrin Ulel (16) and Kerstie Phills (11) also reached double-figures in points.
Tytionia Adderly had maybe the most complete all-around performance with six points, nine rebounds, six steals and two assists. Erna Normil had three points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal in a season-high 21 minutes off the bench as the Eagles lineup was without the services of Ashli O'Neal, Tyra Cox, Chandler Ryan and Alyssa Blair.
As a team, FGCU only had four turnovers while forcing 15 on the other end, which turned into 21 points for the Eagles.
The Green and Blue got off to a bit of a slow start offensively by scoring just five points over the first four minutes. Wingate, though, made her first of six 3-pointers with 5:24 left in to give FGCU a lead they wouldn't relinquish as they finished 6-for-15 from long distance in the first 10 minutes alone and opened up a 26-14 lead behind an 8-2 run to finish the quarter.
Following that, Wingate scored five points during a 13-2 run to open the second quarter. Emma List (Colorado Springs, Colo./Discovery Canyon Campus HS) capped the run with a pull-up 3-pointer to give FGCU a 39-19 lead with 5:24 left in the half.
After Temple ended that run, Erna Normil (Lake Worth, Fla./Lake Worth HS) capped a 9-2 run as the Eagles eventually led by 23 at the break.
Over the first five minutes of the second half, Temple was able to trim its deficit by six to 17, but back-to-back 3-pointers from Jewett-Giles calmed things down. In fact, Jewett-Giles finished the third quarter with a layup in the final seconds to give the Eagles a 22-point advantage.
A 13-2 run to open the fourth, capped by a 3-pointer from Ulel (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta HS), signaled the end for most of FGCU's starters. Wingate made all three free throws with 5:32 left after getting fouled on a 3-point attempt to eclipse the 30-point plateau and exited following the final make as the Eagles slowed every possession following that.
FGCU will be back in action against Duke (7-4) on Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. inside Alico Arena.
With her nine rebounds, Adderly (Jupiter, Fla./Cardinal Newman HS) pushed her career total to 982, which is 18 shy of allowing her to become just the 12th player in ASUN history to reach the 1,000 milestone - including the first such player in FGCU history. She is also now 14 defensive rebounds shy of surpassing Whitney Knight (621, 2011-16) for the most in program history.
With her 20 points, Jewett-Giles (1,146) passed Stephanie Haas (1,138, 2012-16) for the ninth-most NCAA points scored by a player to wear the Green and Blue. Wingate, meanwhile, now has 1,113 and passed China Dow (1,093, 2013-18) for 11th place on the same list.
FGCU is now 4-0 against American Athletic Conference (AAC) teams this year with wins over USF, UCF, Houston and now Temple - all of which were picked to finish among the top six in the AAC preseason poll.
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