FGCU had the shot it wanted, with all-Atlantic Sun standout Chelsea Lyles at the top of the key alone for an open three-pointer. With the Eagles trailing by six, however, Lyles couldn’t capitalize, and the Bulls escaped with an 88-81 overtime victory at the Sun Dome in the second round of the WNIT.

As it had been all game, Jasmine Wynne capped off a good performance with four points in OT to lead USF (23-10). The freshman guard finished 10-for-16 from the field and had a career-high 26 points.
With two seconds remaining in regulation, FGCU’s Adrianne McNalley drove to the lane and hit a left-handed layup to send the game into overtime. Despite trailing by as many as eight at one point, the Bulls, helped by points in the paint, were able to claw back in the second half.

The Bulls finished with a commanding 56-24 lead in points inside and 46-26 on the rebounding end. For FGCU, it was hot shooting that kept them in the game, going 46 percent on the game.

The Eagles shot 61 percent from the field in the first half.

Aside from Wynne’s performance, Brittany Denson, who sat out for a portion of the second half with four fouls, finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds on 7-for-13 shooting.

With the win, the Bulls bounce back  from last year’s loss in the WNIT to FGCU (26-5) and move on to the third round to face either Ole Miss or Murray St, which play tomorrow at 5 p.m.

The third round is scheduled to take place Wednesday-Friday and the Bulls should know soon who and when they are playing.

KK

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