ESTERO, Fla. – FGCU women’s basketball will welcome a likely Top-10 opponent to Southwest Florida when the Eagles face Ohio State in a first-round game of the Gulf Coast Showcase. Tournament promoters announced the game will tip-off at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 25 at Germain Arena. The game time has been set as to not conflict with the FGCU-Long Beach State men’s game later that evening on FGCU’s campus.
Ohio State returns First-Team All-American Kelsey Mitchell (26.1 points per game last season) and will add the services of two transfers that sat out last season per NCAA rules. Junior forward Stephanie Mavunga will become eligible after transferring from North Carolina and sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun joins the squad after playing at Duke. Both players were McDonald’s All-Americans coming out of high school.
Coming off a record-breaking 33-win season, FGCU will be bolstered by two transfers of its own. Mikala McGhee will be immediately eligible after playing at George Mason and China Dow becomes eligible after sitting out last season following a transfer from Middle Tennessee. FGCU has won six straight Atlantic Sun regular season titles and completed its fourth perfect league season in five years in 2015-16.
The winner of the FGCU-Ohio State will advance to Saturday’s semifinals and will play either last season’s national runner-up Syracuse or defending Atlantic 10 champion George Washington.
The women’s tournament first-round schedule will be as follows:
- 11 a.m. – Baylor vs. Kent State
- 1:30 p.m. – DePaul vs. Western Kentucky
- 5 p.m. – Ohio State vs. FGCU
- 7:30 p.m. – Syracuse vs. George Washington
Individual Session Tickets
Individual session tickets for both the men’s and women’s tournaments will go on public sale on Friday. Tickets are good for both games of a given session and range from $10 General Admission to $45 Courtside. Each day of the tournament will feature an afternoon session (starting at 11 a.m.) and evening session (5 p.m.) and tickets will be good for both games of a given session. Tickets are available at the Germain Arena box office, GermainArena.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling 800.745.3000.
FGCU is selling tickets for each of its tournament games through the school’s ticket office. Full info for these tickets can be found at FGCUAthletics.com or by calling 239.590.7145.