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Kaela Webb helps No. 22 Spark Women’s Basketball win 63-52 at North Florida

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JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Paced by three double-digit players including a season-high 11 points from Kaela Webb, the No. 22 FGCU women’s basketball team earned a 63-52 win over North Florida on Saturday at UNF Arena. The Eagles improved to 24-2 overall and 13-1 in ASUN, while the Ospreys fell to 11-15 overall and 4-10 in the league.

“For the first 35 minutes I think we played very well – we were very intense defending and executing our game plan,” the head coach said. Karl Smesko. “It was a good day overall with good performances for a lot of players – especially Emma List, Tyra Coxand Kaela who really had a big day for us.”

Webb’s 11 points came on a 4-of-8 shooting effort highlighted by a three-pointer line. She also added a pair of rebounds and steals in the game.



Tishara Morehouse led the Eagles with 14 points and nearly had a double-double with eight rebounds. Kendall Vaporizer hit four three-pointers to finish with 12 points. The graduate guard moved to fourth all-time in NCAA history with 443 in his career. Maryland’s Katie Bezan now sits in fifth place (442) with the Terps playing on Sunday.


The win marked the 29th straight road win for the nation-leading Eagles and dates back to Dec. 4, 2019. With the two wins this week, FGCU also earned its 15th season with 12 or more ASUN wins, four shy of all other schools in the league combined. Stetson is the next team on the list with the most seasons from 12 wins to five. The win over the Ospreys was the 10th straight in the series and took the Eagles to 31-3 overall against UNF.


UNF’s Emma Broermann tied Morehouse for the game-high with 14 points, while Rhetta Moore had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. The Eagles managed to hold Ospreys leading scorer Jazz Bonx to just six points, 9.5 points below his season average.


After the Eagles took a 14-11 lead after the first quarter, FGCU used a 7-0 run highlighted by a triple and a layup from Webb to extend the lead to 21-13 at 7 :50 of the second. The Greens and Blues continued with three pointers from Andrea CecilSpray (two) and List to create a 35-22 lead at intermission.


In the third quarter, FGCU kept the defensive pressure on UNF basketless for nearly five minutes while building a 20-point, 48-28 lead after a seven-point flurry. List hit his second triple of the game followed by a jumper from Morehouse and a layup from Cox at 1:29.


The Ospreys cut the deficit late in the fourth quarter with an 11-to-3 run in the game’s final 3:53 to give the final score.


The Eagles will remain on the road next Thursday for a game that will determine the first seed in the Eastern Division ahead of the ASUN Tournament as the FGCU heads to Liberty. The opening tip in Lynchburg is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN+.


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SMESKO COACH
FGCU Head Coach Karl Smesko maintains a career record of 604-127 (.826) overall, which is the third-highest winning percentage among active Division I coaches behind only UConn’s Geno Auriemma and LSU’s Kim Mulkey. He also led the Eagles to a 230-18 (.929) ASUN regular season record and 27-2 (.931) ASUN tournament record. In the previous 10 seasons, he guided FGCU to a 153-5 (.968) conference record with six undefeated seasons. The 11-time ASUN Coach of the Year has led the program to 11 straight 25-win seasons and 18 straight 20-win campaigns, including more than 30 wins in four of the last seven years. On top of all that, the Eagles are 543-100 (.845) since Smesko started the program in the 2002-03 season, and the Greens and Blues’ all-time winning percentage of .845 is the best in NCAA Division I. the history of women’s basketball.



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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 87 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of DI playoff eligibility, the Eagles have brought together 43 teams or individuals competing in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs ranked in the top 25 nationally in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (#20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (#20, 2021) and men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s football. (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Vert et Bleu posted the department’s best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and Florida State’s top seven teams won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progression in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 classroom GPA in the fall 2020 semester and outperformed the general undergraduate college population for 25 consecutive semesters. The Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Fall 2021 semesters each saw another milestone reached, with all 15 programs achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or higher in each . The Eagles also served an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two finalists for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.



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