UPDATE: Top-seed Florida Gulf Coast beats ETSU in the opening game of A-Sun tournament

jheeter@macon.comFebruary 29, 2012 

Top-seed Florida Gulf Coast scored the first 15 points of the second half to pull away for a 79-63 win over East Tennessee State Wednesday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference women’s tournament.

Sarah Hansen scored 22 points to lead for Eagles in double figures. Eglah Griffin added 16 points, while Courtney Chihil scored 15. Former Northeast star Maria Bond led ETSU with 13 points, while former Randolph-Clay player Destiny Mitchell added 11.

The Eagles (27-2) kept their undefeated streak in the A-Sun alive with their second-half run. ETSU (8-22) led late in the first half, and the Buccaneers trailed by just four at halftime.

Florida Gulf Coast raised its level of play in the second half.

The Eagles shot 57 percent from the floor and 56 percent from the 3-point line in the second half. That came after they shot 31 percent from the floor and 24 percent from the 3-point line.

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