FGCU roundup: Women's basketball rolls at Stetson

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The FGCU women's basketball team celebrated its return to both national polls with a rout at Stetson on Wednesday.

The Eagles, who are ranked No. 21 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll and No. 24 by The Associated Press, used a 14-4 run to close the first half to build a 17-point lead and went on to a 78-41 victory in DeLand.

"Tonight was a great team win," FGCU coach Karl Smesko said. "We really shared the ball well and had a great defensive effort."

FGCU (16-1, 5-0 ASUN) returned to The AP poll this week, and the Coaches Poll last week. It moved up two spots in the latter this week.

Kerstie Phills had an FGCU career high with 23 points, scoring 10 in the first quarter. She had 15 by the half, with the Eagles' run resulting in a 40-23 lead at the break.

"Phills had an outstanding game on both ends of the floor," Smesko said.

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Star Kierstan Bell, who announced on Facebook earlier Wednesday she was entering the WNBA draft, had five points in 17 minutes while dealing with a left knee issue.

FGCU made 15 of 49 3-pointers, led by Phills' 4 of 7. Kendall Spray also had four, going 4 of 11 and scoring 12 points off the bench. She was the only other Eagle in double figures. T.K. Morehouse and Karli Seay had eight points apiece.

Tatiana Streun had 12 points and seven rebounds for Stetson (8-10, 1-4).

The Eagles play at Jacksonville State (13-3, 4-0) on Saturday at 2:45 p.m.

This article originally appeared on Naples Daily News: FGCU women's basketball rolls at Stetson