FGCU women advance in Cancun, beat No. 21 South Florida

The Associated Press

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) -- Nasrin Ulel made five 3-pointers and scored a season-high 23 points, and Florida Gulf Coast held off No. 21 South Florida 81-77 on Friday in the Cancun Challenge.

FGCU (7-1) will play South Dakota State on Saturday for the championship in the Mayan Division. The Bulls (5-3) conclude the tournament against Notre Dame.

Keri Jewett-Giles added 19 points and Davion Wingate had 12 for the Eagles. Tytionia Adderly had nine points and 10 rebounds.

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Elena Tsineke scored 19 points and Maria Alvarez added 14 to lead USF. Bethy Mununga grabbed 12 rebounds and had eight points.

FGCU led 68-58 with 3:39 remaining. Alvarez, Tsineke and Elisa Pinzan hit consecutive 3s to pull the Bulls to 70-67 with 1:44 to play, but the Eagles made 11 of 14 free throws to end it.

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