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Julien leads FGCU women past Southeastern University

December 7, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Rosemarie Julien scored a season-high 25 points to lead the FGCU women's basketball team past Southeastern University 76-66 on Tuesday in Alico Arena.

With the win, FGCU is now 8-2 headed into Friday's showdown with #20 Kentucky in Alico Arena at 7 p.m. Southeastern, which has five NCAA Division I transfers, came into the game undefeated at 11-0. The game counted as an exhibition for them.

Julien, who scored the first five points of the game for the Eagles, finished 8-for-18 from the field, including a 7-for-7 performance from the foul line. She added six rebounds and one assist while tying her season-high in field goals made.

The senior, who was named the ASUN player of the week on Nov. 28, now has six straight games with at least 10 points, including eight of 10 overall this year.

Taylor Gradinjan, a sixth-year senior who overcame two ACL injuries to begin her FGCU career, grabbed an offensive rebound and converted a layup in the final minute of the first half to eclipse 1,000 career points. In doing so, she became only the 10th player in program history to achieve the milestone and just the ninth in the Division-I era.

Erica Nelson came within one point of her season-high in scoring, but made a career-high four 3-pointers while finishing 7-for-13 from the field.

Outside of those three, China Dow added seven points, nine rebounds, a season-high five assists and two steals as she eclipsed 750 points in her NCAA career.

The Eagles are now 144-23 all-time against in-state opponents over 15+ seasons, including a 2-0 record this year. The team has nine more Sunshine State foes on the schedule.

FGCU will recognize Gradinjan prior to Friday's game against Kentucky for her 1,000 points.

FGCU battles #20 Kentucky Friday, then the Eagles face undefeated Ave Maria Sunday at 2 p.m.



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