Basketball Practices Tip-off Friday Night
Friday, October 16, 2009

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Along with over 300 Division I programs in the country, FGCU's third-year D-I basketball teams are set to begin organized practices on Friday night.

FGCU Women's Basketball Head Coach Karl Smesko returns all five starters -- including preseason all-conference first-team forwards Adrianne McNally and Chelsea Lyles -- from last year's Atlantic Sun regular-season championship team that advanced to the second round of the postseason WNIT, losing to eventual WNIT champ USF in overtime on the road.

The Eagles, who finished the 2008-09 season 26-5 overall and 17-3 in the A-Sun, were picked to repeat in the coaches and media polls released Oct. 7. They open their season on Nov. 13, when they host UTEP in a Preseason WNIT first-rounder at 7:05 p.m.

FGCU Men's Basketball Head Coach Dave Balza returns three players who started at least 28 games last season, including four of his top five scorers. FGCU finished last season with an 11-20 overall record and 7-13 record in the A-Sun to finish ninth in the 11-team conference.

The men were picked to finish seventh among the 11 A-Sun teams by the coaches and eighth by the media, and they also tip off their season on Nov. 13, when they play at national runner-up Michigan State.

Season tickets for the 2009-10 season are now available for purchase through the FGCU Ticket Office. CLICK HERE for more information.