Macon, Ga. - Junior guard Victoria McGowan (Inkster, Mich.) became the 19th player in Stetson women's basketball history to score 1,000 career points, scoring 17 on the day in a 67-39 loss for the Hatters to FGCU in the championship game of the General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Conference tournament on Saturday. Stetson (23-10) will advance to the WNIT for the first time in program history with the A-Sun's automatic bid.
Entering the day with 991 career points, McGowan passed the 1K mark when she hit a jumper with two seconds left in the half to draw the Hatters within 35-23 at halftime. FGCU (29-2) jumped out to a 20-4 lead in the first eight minutes and would not let Stetson closer than 12 points the rest of the game. The Eagles qualify for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
McGowan finished with 17 points and eight rebounds for the Hatters. Junior guard Shanasa Sanders (Jacksonville, Fla.) tied for the team high with eight rebounds. A-Sun Tournament MVP Sarah Hansen scored 16 points to lead three Eagles in double figures. Courtney Chihil had 15 points and Eglah Griffin 11 for FGCU.
With 1,008 career points, McGowan passed Nicole Knappmiller '00 into 18th place in Stetson career scoring. Next up would be Sharnesha Smith '09 (1,042).
The WNIT hands automatic bids to the top team in each of the 31 NCAA Division I conferences that does not make the NCAA Tournament; at 23-10 overall and 12-6 in A-Sun play the league's bid will go to Stetson this March. Selection announcements for the WNIT will be made Monday evening, March 12.
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