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Eagles sign East Carolina transfer Karina Gordon

FORT MYERS, FL – Florida Gulf Coast University women’s basketball added its sixth transfer on Saturday with the official signing of East Carolina’s Karina Gordon.

“Karina is an explosive athlete and an excellent shooter,” says the head coach Karl Smesko said. “She gained a lot of valuable experience as a freshman at East Carolina. She has the ability to excel in our style of play.”

Gordon joins fellow incoming transfers Skyar Gill (North Alabama/Kansas), Lauryn Taylor (Francis Marion), Alahna Paige (Daemen University), Anna Mortag (Butler) and Khamari Michhell-Steen (Northern Kentucky). Of the six transfers, Gordon is the fourth official DI transfer committed to FGCU’s winning tradition.

Gordon played in 33 games for the Pirates and made 24 starts as a talented freshman. She averaged 25 minutes on the floor, 6.4 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. She led ECU in made threes with 48 and shot 31 percent from distance.

The shooter knocked down a season-high six threes against UTSA for a career-high 22 points and was later named the American Athletic Conference’s Freshman of the Week. Gordon tied the ECU record for making threes in a game by a freshman and finished just one shy of the overall program record for a single game.

Gordon scored nine points against No. 1 South Carolina and added 16 points three times against Charleston Southern, Tulsa and Wichita State. She would eventually score double figures in six games for the Pirates all season.

She helped lead East Carolina to a 19-14 season and an appearance in the AAC Tournament Championship by defeating No. 1 overall seed Tulsa in the second round.

The five-foot-five native of Hallandale Beach, Florida, won five high school state championships in the Sunshine State.