FORT MYERS, Fla. – With the Atlantic Sun Conference season just underway for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, Eagles Club members and fans will have an opportunity to attend and listen to the third FGCU Coaches Show of the year on Tuesday night, Jan. 7, as head men’s coach Joe Dooley and head women’s coach Karl Smesko will sit down with host Bill Banfield starting at 5:30 p.m.
The hour-long show can be heard for free on FGCUAthletics.com via Stretch Internet or by clicking on the link to the right. Banfield will be joined by Dooley and junior Bernard Thompson (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County HS) from 5:30-6. Smesko and redshirt junior Jenna Cobb (New Holland, Ohio/Miami Trace HS) will be on the air with Banfield for the final 30 minutes.
Members of the Eagles Club, the official organization which supports FGCU Athletics, and their guests can attend the show by calling Graham Diemer at 239-590-7107 or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The show will be held in the Hospitality Suite on the second floor of Alico Arena.
Eagles Club members will get the chance to ask questions during the show. Fans can also submit questions for any of the coaches or players on Twitter (@FGCU_MBB and @FGCU_WBB) as well as Facebook (/FGCUMBB and /FGCUWBB).
The men (9-7, 3-0 A-Sun) have started A-Sun play with three straight wins for the first time in program history, and are currently tied with the University of North Florida for first place in the league standings. Thompson leads FGCU in scoring at 14.4 points per game, and on Dec. 17 at USF set the program’s all-time Division-I scoring record with 32 points. As part of a 14-point performance at Stetson on Sunday, the guard moved into sole possession of third place on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,098.
On the women’s side, the Eagles (7-6, 1-0 A-Sun) trailed by as much as 10 points in the first half, but out-scored rival Stetson 44-21 in the second half to open A-Sun action with a 72-56 win Saturday night at The Nest. Cobb, a transfer from Butler, is averaging 6.8 points per game and has started all 13 contests during her first season with the Green and Blue. The co-captain recorded a season-high 17 points in the Eagles’ win over Saint Francis University (Dec. 20) and currently leads the team with 33 assists.
At a combined 4-0 in the early stages of league action, FGCU is the only school in the A-Sun in which both its men’s and women’s teams are undefeated in conference play.
2013-14 men’s and women’s basketball season tickets are selling quickly, and only a limited amount remain. New this year are mini-plan packages for all men’s games, and individual-game tickets are now on sale. Fans can reserve their seat(s) by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets.