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SFU women at Fla. Gulf Coast

Tipoff: 2 p.m. at Suncoast Credit Union Arena, Fort Myers, FL

Records: Saint Francis (1-3); Florida Gulf Coast (4-1).

Coaches: Keila Whittington is 1-3 in her first season at Saint Francis; Karl Smesko is 467-93 in his 18th year at Florida Gulf Coast and is 528-120 in his 21st year overall.

Internet stats: www.fgcuathletics.com

Leading scorers: Saint Francis — G Karson Swogger, 5-8 Jr. (12.5); Florida Gulf Coast — G Davion Wingate, 5-6 R-Sr. (19.8).

Notes: Florida Gulf Coast leads the all-time series 2-0, including an 83-69 win on Dec. 5, 2018 at DeGol Arena. The first meeting was a 75-68 victory for the Eagles on Dec. 20, 2013 … Altoona graduate Mandi Pierce is in her fourth season on Smesko’s staff … As a team, the Red Flash are shooting 78 percent from the fou line (58-of-74) … Saint Francis will travel to South Florida on Sunday … FGCU has won at least 20 games for 15 straight seasons … The Eagles are 124-4 in Atlantic Sun Conference play over the past eight seasons.

Mirror prediction: Florida Gulf Coast 86, Saint Francis 53

Comment: The Red Flash are going to have a tough time in this matchup as the Eagles are scoring 82.6 points a game, while only giving up 55.0. FGCU is also making an NCAA high of 14.2 3-pointers per game. In years past, SFU would have no problem matching that number — not this year.

Mirror prediction record: 3-1

— Nate Ritchey


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