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DELAND, Fla. (AP) — China Dow came off the bench to score a career-high 31 points and Florida Gulf Coast rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat Atlantic Sun regular-season champion Stetson 77-70 on Sunday and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in six seasons.
Dow's 3-pointer, following her two free throws, capped an 11-0 run that gave the Eagles a 64-62 lead with 3:46 to play, their first since midway through the second quarter. She also had a 3-pointer and a layup under the two-minute mark, part of an 11-2 run that sealed it.
Second-seeded FGCU made six of its final seven shots while Stetson was 1 of 11 and missed six straight before scoring at the buzzer.
Jordin Alexander added 14 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Eagles (26-8). Haley Laughter had 10 points and five rebounds off the bench. FGCU had a 41-28 rebounding advantage, 14-2 on the offensive end.
Brianti Saunders had 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting, including five 3s, for the Hatters (26-5). Brittney Chambers had 15 points, making all four of her 3-pointers, but fouled out with 6:21 remaining and her team ahead 62-53.
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