Florida Gulf Coast sank 22 shots from 3-point range Saturday to break its own single-game NCAA Division I women’s record in a 97-60 victory over East Tennessee State in Johnson City, Tenn.
Betsy Adams, who finished with 25 points on 7-for-12 shooting in just 14 minutes. She got plenty of help from her teammates as the Eagles (12-5 overall, 5-0 Atlantic Sun Conference) took 43 long-range attempts, making 51.2 percent.
“We shot the ball really well today,” coach Karl Smesko said. “It was nice to see a lot of players get hot in the same game, because it really worked to our advantage.
“I was not aware that we were approaching the record, but we shoot a lot of 3’s in every game, so if we hit those shots at a high percentage, we’ll probably be around that record number.”
Florida Gulf Coast, which had been averaging 8 3-pointers in 27.8 attempts per game this season, made 21 3-pointers in 51 attempts last season in a 106-27 victory over Webber International on Nov. 28, 2011. That tied the record set by New Mexico State in 49 attempts during a 94-62 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 23, 2002.
The men’s Division I record is 28, set by Troy on Dec. 10, 1994.
A couple of freshmen hit the shots that tied and broke the record for the Eagles, who have won their last 23 conference games. Stephanie Haas’ 3-pointer tied the mark with 6:44 to go in the game, and Amanda Moore’s 3 with 1:48 to play was the Eagles’ 22nd.
Seven players made at least one 3-pointer for Florida Gulf Coast, which sank 10 in the first half and 12 in the second.
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At No. 16 Oklahoma 65, Texas Tech 55: Aaryn Ellenberg scored 26 points, including Oklahoma’s last 13, in beating the Red Raiders. Oklahoma (14-2, 4-0 Big 12) led 52-48 with 4:48 left when Ellenberg hit a 3-pointer, jumper and another 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to thwart a comeback attempt by the Red Raiders (12-4, 2-2).
At No. 25 Iowa State 68, TCU 52: Chelsea Poppens scored 24 points and had 15 rebounds as the Cyclones (12-2, 3-1 Big 12) beat the Horned Frogs (7-8, 0-4).
No. 15 Louisville 70, at Providence 62: Shoni Schimmel and Bria Smith scored 17 points each, and the Cardinals (14-3, 2-1 Big East) overcame a season-high 26 turnovers in beating the Friars (5-10, 0-2).