Hatters Advance to ASUN Final with 30-Point Win Over Kennesaw State
McKenna Beach led five Hatters in double figures with a career-high 17 points as top-seeded Stetson rolled to a 78-48 ASUN semifinal victory over fourth-seeded Kennesaw State Wednesday night at the Edmunds Center.
With their 15th win in a row, the Hatters (26-5) advance to Sunday’s ASUN Final against Florida Gulf Coast at the Edmunds Center. The Eagles defeated the Dolphins 68-64 in the other semifinal game.
Kennesaw State fell to 10-20.
The Hatters led wire-to-wire Wednesday, jumping out to a 12-0 lead just five minutes into the game. Stetson led 19-7 after the first quarter and 41-24 at the break.
“I thought we really played well,” Stetson head coach Lynn Bria said. “That’s what it came down to. Our defense was really good. We guarded them very well. We didn’t give them so many offensive rebounds like we did the last time, which was a big key for us. That was an emphasis that we had, so I was pleased with that.”
Stetson dominated the boards and the paint throughout the game, finishing with a 49-28 advantage on the glass and a 42-12 advantage on inside points. Brianti Saunders finished with a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double, marking the fourth double-double of her career.
Sarah Sagerer had a huge game in the post, recording 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Brittney Chambers and Kennedi Colclough added some scoring punch off the bench, netting 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Stetson shot 45 percent from the floor while holding KSU to just 27 percent shooting. It was the 12th time this season the Hatters have held their opponent below 50 points.
Stetson will now advance to the ASUN final for the fifth time in the past seven years. The Hatters are seeking their fourth NCAA tournament berth, and their first since 2013.
Tip-off between the Hatters and Eagles will be at 3 p.m. with live coverage on ESPN3 and WSBB radio. Tickets are available online or at the Hatter Ticket Office.
Notes: Stetson is now one win shy of its single-season record for wins (27) and longest winning streak (16) in school history … The Hatters set the school record for most home wins in a single season (15) … The Hatters won the first quarter for the 16th straight game.