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@FGCU_WBB Wraps Up Road Trip at UNF on Monday Night
Sunday, February 03, 2013 | by Mike Hill (@Mike_Hill84)
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Florida Gulf Coast (18-5, 11-0 A-Sun)
at
UNF (10-12, 6-5 A-Sun)
2/4/2013 | Jacksonville, Fla. (UNF Arena) | Attendance: 625
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Florida Gulf Coast313566
UNF282250
Stats at a GlanceFGCUUNF
FG Percentage.500 (21-42) .370 (17-46)
3P FG Percentage.400 (10-25) .235 (4-17)
FT Percentage.933 (14-15) .632 (12-19)
Offensive Rebounds210
Defensive Rebounds2220
Total Rebounds2430
Turnovers1418
Steals133
Bench Points2516
Statistical LeadersFGCUUNF
PointsIAMSTRONG - 18
JOSIL - 13
CONNER - 13
ReboundsHANSEN - 5
ADAMS - 5
LAMAR - 10
AssistsKENNEDY - 5
LAMAR - 3
StealsKENNEDY - 5
MERKERSON - 2
BlocksHANSEN - 1
CHATZIGIAKOUMI - 1
GLUESING - 1
MERKERSON - 1

GAMEDAY CENTRAL
FGCU (17-5, 10-0 A-SUN) at UNF (10-11, 6-4 A-SUN)
Date:
Monday, February 4, 2012
Time:
7 p.m.
City:
Jacksonville, Fla.
Site:
UNF Arena (5,800)
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Current Streak:
W11
On the Road:
7-2
Last 5:
5-0
Last 10:
10-0
Last 15:
13-2
vs. UNF:
12th Meeting; FGCU leads 9-2
Last Meeting:
FGCU 53, UNF 42 | Jan. 7, 2013 at Alico Arena

COACHING MATCHUP
FGCU Head Coach:
Karl Smesko (Kent State ‘93)
Career Record:
339-81 (14th Season)
Record at FGCU:
278-54 (11th Season)

Head Coach: Mary Tappmeyer (UNF)
Career Record:
389-387 (28th Season)
Record at UNF:
294-302 (21st Season)

KAY YOW NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
After being a finalist for the 2011 award, FGCU’s KARL SMESKO was named the recipient of the 2012 Kay Yow Coach of the Year award on April 9, 2012. Smesko is the first FGCU head coach to earn a Division I National Coach of the Year honor.

Smesko, who earned his third A-Sun Coach of the Year honor and was also named 2012 CollegeSportsMadness.com Mid-Major and A-Sun Coach of the Year, led FGCU to one of the most historic season in its Division I history, advancing to the NCAA Tournament and earning a No. 12 seed in the Raleigh Region. The Eagles finished with a 29-3 overall record that included a league-first 18-0 mark in the A-Sun.

The Kay Yow Award was established in 2010 to honor the Division I women’s head coach who embodies not only a winning spirit but who also displays great character both on and off the court.

Yow was a coaching legend who led NC State to 737 wins during her 34 seasons at the school. She was wildly successful in every forum in which she coached, leading gold medal winners at the 1981 World University Games, the 1986 Goodwill Games, 1986 World Championship Games and the 1988 Olympic Games.

Past Recipients
2011 -
Matt Bollant, Green Bay
2010 -
Connie Yori, Nebraska

AT A GLANCE
Riding an overall 11-game winning streak and a league record 28-game A-Sun conference winning streak, that dates back to the 2011-12 season when they finished 18-0, the Eagles are set to face the Ospreys of UNF on Monday, Feb. 4. Tip off at UNF Arena is set for 7 p.m.

UP NEXT
After battling the Ospreys on Monday night, the Eagles will return home to ‘The Nest’ at Alico Arena to host USC Upstate (Feb. 9) in a game that can be seen live on ESPN3.

STARTING 5 QUICK HITS
#5 Sarah Hansen (F)

• 3rd in the A-Sun in points per game (16.9)
• Scored in double figures in 20 of the team’s 22 games
• Scored a career-high 30 points in FGCU’s upset of LSU (Dec. 28)
#13 Anthi Chatzigiakoumi (F)

• Made her first collegiate start at ETSU (Jan. 12)
• Registered a career-high 17 points vs. NKU (Jan. 19)
• Hit 3 of FGCU’s 22 triples at ETSU (Jan. 12)
#21 Jaime Gluesing (G)

• Shooting .483 from the field and .447 from behind the arc
• 2nd in the conference in 3-pt field goal percentage (.447)
• Led the team in scoring in the last two outings
#24 Brittany Kennedy (G)

• Registered 14 points and 8 assists vs. Stetson (Jan. 26)
• Led the team in assists in 16 of the 21 games she’s played in
• Dished career-high 12 assists at ETSU (Jan. 12)
#30 Joyce Iamstrong (G)

• 9th in the conference in 3-pt field goal percentage (.368)
• t-14th in the conference in field goal percentage (.419)
• Averaging 9.8 points and 4.0 rebounds this season

LAST TIME OUT (FEB. 2): FGCU Clinches Spot in A-Sun Tournament with, 80-49, Win At JU 
Freshman Jaime Gluesing (Solon, Ohio/Solon HS) scored a career-high 20 points as the FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down 10 three-pointers to defeat Jacksonville, 80-49, to pick up their 11th consecutive victory and clinch a spot in the A-Sun Tournament.  •  With the win, FGCU, winners of 28 straight A-Sun games, improve to 17-5 overall and 10-0 in the A-Sun, while Jacksonville fell to 7-14 overall (3-7 A-Sun). FGCU’s 28 consecutive conference victories ranks as the second longest streak in the country behind defending national champion Baylor (31).  •  The Eagles, who have made at least one three-pointer in 219 consecutive contests and 331 of 332 games in program history, made 10 triples on the night and now have 203 triples as a team. Five different players made at least one trey for the Green and Blue, led by Gluesing’s career-best 5-of-7 night.  •  Gluesing turned in 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor, 5-of-7 from behind the arc and 1-of-1 from the charity stripe. She also added four rebounds, one assist, one steal and a block in 28 minutes. Redshirt junior Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) registered 18 points and a career-high six steals in 23 minutes.  Redshirt senior Brittany Kennedy (Spokane, Wash./Lewis and Clark HS/Oregon State) added 15 points, four assists and three steals.  •  FGCU held Jacksonville scoreless for the first 7:07 of the 2nd half and without a field goal over the first 9:12 of the second period.

SCOUTING UNF
• FGCU leads the all-time series, 9-2.

• Last time out, the Opsreys used a solid second-half comeback, highlighted by a critical 13-0 late run, to pick up a 56-52 upset of Stetson.

• UNF has lost the last five contests to FGCU.

• UNF is the lone A-Sun squad without a player averaging double digit points, but they make up for it with their defense. The Ospreys limit their opponents to 59.0 points (58.3 in A-Sun play).

FGCU AT UNF AT UNF ARENA
The Green and Blue are 3-2 all-time on the road against UNF at UNF Arena. The Eagles average 61.0 points per game in Jacksonville, Fla., while the Ospreys average 56.0 points.

The last time the two squads met in Jacksonville was on Feb. 2, 2012 at UNF Arena. Four Eagles scored in double figures as FGCU defeated UNF, 72-61, and forced the Ospreys into 23 turnovers.

FGCU VS. THE BCS
FGCU’s 63-56 win at Virginia Tech (Dec. 16) and 76-70 win vs. LSU (Dec. 28) marked the Eagles’ sixth and seventh wins over BCS conference opposition in last three seasons.

2012-13: Virginia Tech, LSU
2011-12:
Michigan State, Virginia Tech
2010-11:
Virginia Tech, Seton Hall, Indiana

FGCU IN FEBRUARY
• FGCU has an all-time record of 65-9 in games played in February.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 37-5 overall record in the month of February; 36-5 vs. Atlantic Sun conference opponents.

CONFERENCE WINNING STREAK
The Eagles have won 28 consecutive A-Sun contests, which is a league record and is the 2nd longest conference winning streak in the nation. Defending National Champion Baylor owns the nation’s longest conference winning streak (32).

FGCU’s last regular season A-Sun loss was at USC Upstate, 75-74, on Feb. 28, 2011.

WE’RE GOING STREAKING
After a tough 60-53 loss to UCF at Alico Arena, the Green and Blue have won 11 straight contests, which is tied for the fifth longest winning streak in Division I (through games on Feb. 2). Defending National Champion Baylor owns the nation’s longest winning streak (18).

Team        Streak
Baylor             18
Notre Dame     15
Delaware         12
Green Bay       12
FGCU              11

Middle Tenn.    11
Quinnipiac       10
Albany (NY)     10

FRONT RUNNERS
FGCU, winners of 14 of their last 16 games, have gone 193 minutes and 18 seconds (4+ games) without trailing in a game. The last time the Eagles trailed in a contest was at USC Upstate (Jan. 14), when the Spartans held an 11-9 lead until FGCU converted a layup with 13:18 left in the 1st half to tie the game at 11-11 and led the rest of the way.

LOCK IT UP
With their 80-49 win at JU on Feb. 2, FGCU clinched the program’s second consecutive berth and became the first team to clinch a spot in the 2013 A-Sun Conference Tournament. The 2013 A-Sun Conference Tournament will be held in Macon, Ga. at Hawkins Arena (Mar. 6-9).

HANDLING BUSINESS IN A-SUN ROAD GAMES
FGCU is 5-0 in A-Sun road contests so far this season, after picking up conference wins at KSU (62-35; Dec. 31), at Mercer (70-41; Jan. 2), at ETSU (97-60; Jan. 12), at USC Upstate (77-54; Jan. 14) and at JU (80-49; Feb. 2).

The Eagles won the games by an average of 29.4 points and shot 48.7 percent (136-of-279) from the floor and 42.3 percent (60-of-142) from behind the arc, while knocking down 12.0 triples per contest. The opposition, who have been forced into 21.6 turnovers per game, is shooting 85-of-244 (34.8 percent) from the field and 13-of-62 (21.0 percent) from three-point range.

CAPITAL 1 ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT 4 FIRST TEAM
SARAH HANSEN was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District 4 Women’s Basketball first team (Jan. 31), as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Members of CoSIDA conduct nominations and voting for the All-America programs.

The District 4 team is made up of student-athletes from Division I schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and South Carolina. To be nominated, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore, a starter or important reserve and must carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher.

Hansen is now eligible to be selected as a member of the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second and third team All-America honorees will be selected in late February.

FGCU IN LATEST BRACKETOLOGY
With an RPI as low as 60 and a strength of schedule (SOS) as low as 131, the Eagles were predicted to be a No. 11 seed, playing No. 6 Dayton (Knoxville Region), by ESPN.com’s Charlie Creme in his Jan. 21st Bracketology.

FGCU was also predicted as the No. 15 seed, playing No. 2 seed Tennessee in the NCAA Tourney in College Sports Madness’ Bracketology (updated on Jan. 28).

FGCU IN THE RPI

Outlet (Date)                                           RPI      Strength of Schedule (SOS)     
NCAA (Jan. 28)                                         60      --
Real Time (Feb. 3)                                    62      131
WarrenNolan.com (Feb. 3)                         66      142

A-SUN SUCCESS
Head Coach KARL SMESKO and his Eagles have enjoyed significant success in the Atlantic Sun since moving to Division I. FGCU, who owns a 92-12 all-time record in conference play, has won three regular season titles (2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12) and one conference tournament title (2012) since joining the league in 2007-08. FGCU is 45-3 in conference games since the 2010-11 season.

NOT JUST ANOTHER GAME
The matchup between Stetson and FGCU on Jan. 26 was another chapter in the short rivalry between the two A-Sun squads. The Green and Blue’s defeated SU, 74-55, moved the Eagles into sole possession of first place in the A-Sun and snapped Stetson’s 11-game winning streak, which at the time was ranked as the third-longest active streak in the NCAA, trailing only Baylor and Notre Dame.

Over the last two years the matchup has become a true rivalry. The Eagles, who own a 10-2 lead in the all-time series, swept the season series with the Hatters last season and defeated Stetson, 67-39, in the 2012 A-Sun Tournament Championship. SU’s 39 points were the fewest in the Championship Final since 1991 (Miami 73, FAMU 44).

ONE TO REMEMBER
FGCU’s huge 97-60 win at ETSU was special for more than one reason. The obvious would be the team’s NCAA Division I record breaking 22 three-pointers, but there were also several other significant performances in the contest.

BETSY ADAMS scored her career-high and game-high 25 points in just 14 minutes on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and 7-of-12 from behind the arc. The seven makes from long distance from Adams rank her tied for fifth place in the FGCU record books. ANTHI CHTZIGIAKOUMI, in her first collegiate start, registered a career-high 15 points and four rebounds, while BRITTANY KENNEDY totaled seven points and two steals to go with a career-best 12 assists. Kennedy’s 12 dimes rank her t-2nd in program history with former teammate Courtney Chihil (12; vs. Indiana, Dec. 21, 2010).

GETTIN’ LOVE FROM ESPN
In the ‘Weekly Wrap’ by ESPN’s Graham Hays (Dec. 30 & Jan. 27), the Eagles got some love for their 76-70 upset of LSU (Dec. 28) and their win over A-Sun rival Stetson (Jan. 26).

Here’s what Hays said:

SHE ALSO STARRED (Dec. 30)
Sarah Hansen, Florida Gulf Coast:
This is why it isn’t easy for good mid-major programs to convince major programs to pay them visits. Florida Gulf Coast beat LSU 76-70 on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla., an upset at least as measured by name recognition. The leading scorer a season ago on a Florida Gulf Coast team that reached the NCAA tournament in its first season of eligibility, Hansen totaled 30 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals against LSU. The Eagles use the 3-point shot and are suffering for it this season (28 percent accuracy, compared to 37 percent a season ago), but Hansen is an all-around scorer who showed it in a win people will notice.

MAJOR SHOWDOWNS AMONG MID-MAJORS (Jan. 27)
It was a weekend full of conference showdowns in the mid-major ranks. Delaware got its win against Drexel to gain control in the CAA, but these teams also made the most of important games.

Florida Gulf Coast: It was a game between conference unbeatens, but it wasn’t close. Florida Gulf Coast beat Stetson 74-55 to improve to 9-0 in the Atlantic Sun. It’s the 10th win in a row for the Eagles in a run that began with a win against LSU, and all nine conference wins came by at least 10 points.

MAKE IT UNCOMFORTABLE
FGCU is nationally known for their 3-point prowess, but one thing that gets overlooked when people talk about the Eagles is their defense. The Eagles lead the A-Sun conference in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 53.8 points per contest. In conference games, FGCU has held the opposition to just 48.0 points per game.

On Dec. 31 at Kennesaw State the Green and Blue held the Owls to 35 points. Kennesaw’s 35 points are the fewest the Eagles have allowed to a Division I opponent since UNF (Jan. 7, 2012) and Belmont (Feb. 11, 2012) managed just 34 points against FGCU.

The Green and Blue have held the opposition below 50 points on eight occasions and have forced opponents into 15+ turnovers 18 times this season, highlighted by JU’s 30 turnovers on Feb. 2 at Swisher Gym.

#10 IN THE ESPN MID-MAJOR TOP 10
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team picked up the No. 10 spot in the latest ESPN Mid-Major Rankings (Jan. 23). The rankings are based on the women’s basketball blog of ESPN’s Graham Hays.

This marks the first time this season that the Eagles appear in Hays’ Mid-Major Top 10. FGCU was listed as one of the ‘Next Five’ teams in the Jan. 9 rankings.

Said Hays of FGCU, “A familiar face from last season’s mid-major rankings makes a return. The Eagles closed the nonconference portion of the schedule with the biggest result of their season, a 76-70 win against LSU, and carried that momentum into the Atlantic Sun. They have yet to win a conference game by fewer than 10 points, with six of eight wins by at least 20 points. That includes the Jan. 12 game against East Tennessee State in which they hit 22-of-43 3-point attempts. One reason for pause is that minus that game, Florida Gulf Coast is shooting 29 percent from the 3-point line this season. This weekend brings a big home game against Stetson, the other unbeaten in the A-Sun.”

ESPN Mid-Major Top 10
1.  Delaware
2.  Dayton
3.  Green Bay
4.  Boston Univ.
5.  Creighton
6.  Chattanooga
7.  Duquesne
8.  UTEP
9.  Princeton
10. FGCU

FGCU RANKED #12 IN MID-MAJOR POLL
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team picked up the No. 12 position, for the second consecutive week, in the 13th edition of the 2012-13 CollegeInsider.com Women’s Basketball Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday night. 

Delaware, ranked No. 25 in the AP poll, along with Green Bay, Gonzaga, Chattanooga and Princeton hold the top five spots in the poll.

The Mid-Major Poll is made up of teams from the following conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Great West, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt and West Coast Conference.

The Eagles are the lone Atlantic Sun Conference team represented in the Top 25.

RAPID FIRE
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 203 threes this season compared to just 88 from its opponents. Led by BETSY ADAMS’ 2.0 trifectas per contest, 13 different players have made at least two shots from long range. The Eagles, who lead the conference in three-point field goals made per game (9.2), have two players (Adams & JOYCE IAMSTRONG; 2.0 & 1.6) ranked in the A-Sun’s top-10 in the same category.

3’S PLEASE!
In the program’s 11-year history (332) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 331 contests, including 219 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 219-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 2,126 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 983 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 125-8 all-time and 80-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.

BREAKING RECORDS
Less than 14 months after tying the all-time NCAA record and setting the 2011-12 NCAA single-game high 21 three-pointers on 51 long range attempts in their 106-27 over NAIA foe Webber International on Nov. 28, 2011 at Alico Arena, the FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down 22 triples in a 97-60 win at ETSU on Jan. 12, 2013. Prior to breaking the record, the Eagles were tied for first place all-time with New Mexico State, who drained 21 triples against Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 23, 2002.

The NCAA Division I record 22 three-point makes are also a program and Atlantic Sun Conference best, as FGCU made 10 treys in the first half and 12 in the second. The Green and Blue hit 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) triples in the final frame in which they outscored the Lady Bucs 46-35.

Freshman STEPHANIE HAAS made the shot that tied the record at the 6:44 mark of the second half and classmate AMANDA MOORE drilled a three-pointer with 1:48 left in the game that gave FGCU the all-time mark.

The men’s Division I record is 28 - in 74 attempts - set by Troy on Dec. 10, 1994.

NATION’S BEST
FGCU’s three-point prowess has been the program’s calling card from day one and the 2012-13 version of the Eagles is no different. Through games played on Jan. 31st, FGCU ranked second in the nation with an average of 9.2 threes per game. As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in eight games this season.

RANK            TEAM               3-PT FG/GAME
1.                 Creighton         9.5
2.                 FGCU               9.2

3.                 UT Martin         9.1                  
4.                 Missouri           9.0
5.                 UConn             8.9

THREE IS THE KEY
• The Green and Blue are 17-4 on the year when they drain six or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 15-4 this season when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.

200 3’s...AGAIN
With their 10 three-point makes at JU on Feb. 2, the Eagles eclipsed the 200 made triples mark. FGCU has recorded 200+ three-pointers in 10 of the last 11 seasons, including nine consecutive.

FINALLY FAMOUS
The Eagles, who own the A-Sun’s single season record for three-pointers (350; 2010-11), set a pair of NCAA records last season (2011-12).

FGCU, with their seven trifectas vs. St. Bonaventure in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (Mar. 18, 2012), set the NCAA record for three-pointers in a season (342) and three-pointers made per game (10.7).

FGCU’s 350 trifectas in 2010-11 weren’t a NCAA record because the Eagles were ineligible to set NCAA records due to the 4-year reclassifying period.

WHEN PREPARATION MEETS OPPORTUNITY
After averaging just 1.3 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 6.0 minutes of action as a junior transfer in 2011-12, JOYCE IAMSTRONG put in a lot of work on her game over the summer and is arguably the most improved player in the nation.

This season, Iamstrong is averaging 9.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 28.7 minutes. The Chicago, Ill., native is also shooting .750 from the charity stripe, .419 from the field and .368 from behind the arc, a drastic improvement from her first year in the Green and Blue.

BALL SO HARD
FGCU is currently first in the A-Sun in scoring offense (69.2), scoring defense (53.8), scoring margin (+15.5), free throw percentage (.754), three-point percentage defense (.259), assists (15.9), steals (11.2), turnover margin (+6.18), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2) and three-point field goals made per game (9.2). In conference only games, FGCU ranks first in the A-Sun in scoring offense (73.3), scoring defense (48.0), scoring margin (+25.3), three-point field goal defense (.219), rebounding defense (33.5), assists (16.8), steals (11.4), turnover margin (+8.60) and three-point field goals made per game (11.0).

WELL DONE YOUNGSTER
JAIME GLUESING’s .447 three-point percentage would rank ninth in the nation if she averaged a minimum 2.0 treys made per game. (she averages 1.5 triples per game.

The freshman, who’s led the Eagles in scoring in back-2-back contests, is averaging 9.9 points and is shooting .516 from the field and .510 from behind the arc in A-Sun play. She’s hit a trey in 17 games this season and has multi-threes in 10 contests.

FGCU’S BIG 3
SARAH HANSEN, BRITTANY KENNEDY and JOYCE IAMSTRONG have combined to account for 54.2 percent (37.5 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .473 (287-of-607) from the floor and .310 (67-of-216) from long distance.

PROTECTING THE ROCK
Averaging 69.2 points per game (1st in the A-Sun), the Eagles lead the league with a +6.18 turnover margin. BRITTANY KENNEDY, who ranks 2nd in the A-Sun in assists (5.5), is second in the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 2.1. SARAH HANSEN has a 1.1 ratio, while ranking seventh in the league at 2.9 assists per game and JOYCE IAMSTRONG owns a 1.4 ratio (5th in the conference) and ranks sixth in the league at 3.0 assists per game.

SHAKE AND BAKE
Senior BRITTANY KENNEDY and redshirt junior SARAH HANSEN give FGCU one of the top scoring tandems in the conference. The duo is averaging a combined 27.7 points, 13.4 rebounds, 8.4 assists and 4.9 steals per game.

A-Sun Top Scoring Tandems
Bridges/Grant (Mercer) - 30.8 ppg
McGowan/Sanders (Stetson) - 29.8 ppg
HANSEN/KENNEDY (FGCU) - 27.7 ppg

Wells/Gideon (KSU) – 22.8 ppg
Copney/Starling (Upstate) - 22.6 ppg

• The duo has reached double figures in same game 10 times with FGCU going 10-0.

FLORIDA’S FINEST
Out of the 13 Division I schools in the state of Florida, the Eagles (17-5) rank t-first for the most victories in the state (thru games played on Feb. 2).

School                Record
FGCU                 (17-5)

Florida State       (17-4)
Stetson              (15-6)
Miami                 (14-7)
USF                    (14-6)
FIU                    (13-9)
Florida                (13-9)
FAU                    (10-11)
Bethune-Cookman (10-10)
UNF                    (10-11)
FAMU                 (8-13)
UCF                   (7-13)
Jacksonville        (7-14)

PUT THE CLAMPS ON ‘EM
The reigning A-Sun Preseason Defensive Player of the Year BRITTANY KENNEDY has lived up to the honor thus far this season. The Spokane, Wash. native averaged 2.4 steals per contest (60 steals; 25 games) as a redshirt junior in 2011-12 - good for first in program single-season history and third-best in the A-Sun - and is on pace to eclipse that total this year.

This season she has recorded 63 steals in 21 games (3.0 per game; 1st in A-Sun) and averages 5.4 rebounds a game. Kennedy ranked 34th in the nation in steals thru games played on Jan. 31.

Kennedy, known for her lock-down defense on opposing guards, held Jerica Coley, a 2012 Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention and the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year that averaged 23.4 points per game, to just nine points on 4-of-12 shooting in their matchup on Nov. 14. She also shutdown VT’s leading scorer Monet Tellier (12.9ppg) and held her to two points on 0-for-8 shooting from the floor (Dec. 16).

Kennedy recently shutdown Kennesaw State’s third leading scorer (10.7 ppg) who had recorded four straight double-digit scoring performances. Ashley Holliday, was frustrated all afternoon (Dec. 31) by Kennedy and turned in five points, zero assists and 11 turnovers.

The Preseason Defensive Player of the Year played lock down defense on Upstate’s leading scorer Tee’Ara Copney (Jan. 14), who was averaging 13.3 points per game, and held her to just four points on 2-of-7 shooting and forced her into five turnovers in 34 minutes.

HANSEN’S BIG NIGHT
Against LSU on Dec. 28, SARAH HANSEN finished with a career-high and game-high 30 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, 2-of-4 from long distance and a perfect 14-of-14 from the charity stripe.

Her performance marked the second 30-point performance in FGCU’s Division I history (11th all-time) and the first since Feb. 12, 2009 (Adrianne McNally vs. Kennesaw St.; 32 points). The FGCU single game scoring record of 38 points is held by Andrea Clarke (vs. Molloy College; Dec. 18, 2004).

Hansen’s perfect night from the free-throw line tied her for first place in the FGCU record books for percentage in a single-game and is the most free-throws made in a game without a miss. 

1,000-POINT CLUB & 3RD ALL-TIME IN POINTS
SARAH HANSEN became the 6th player in program history to score 1,000 career points when she scored a layup with 12:59 remaining in the first half in FGCU’s 79-49 win over Maine at Alico Arena on Dec. 1.

Hansen, who currently has 1,255 points, ranks 3rd in the FGCU record books behind her former teammate Kelsey Jacobson (1,263).

MAKING ‘THE BUZZ’
Redshirt senior point guard BRITTANY KENNEDY is among 15 women’s basketball student-athletes from around the nation on the initial “Players Making the Buzz” watch list for the 2013 Nancy Lieberman Award, it was announced the week of Dec. 17. The honor annually recognizes the top point guard in NCAA Division I women’s basketball and is sponsored by the Detroit Rotary Club.

The “Buzz List” is simply a collection of names that have been brought to the award committee’s attention from the public. The list is strictly developed to encourage dialogue amongst their website visitors and the basketball community. It does not represent any type of endorsement of any player listed or negative connotation of any player not listed.

Award criteria include floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills - all of which personified Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman during her career. Sportswriters from across the country determine the list of the final nominees and also the award winner and finalists, who will be announced in April. The winner will be honored at a luncheon on April 17 at the Detroit Athletic Club.

Past winners of the Lieberman Award include Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame, 2012), Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga, 2011), Renee Montgomery (Connecticut, 2009), Kristi Toliver (Maryland, 2008), Lindsey Harding (Duke, 2007), Ivory Latta (North Carolina, 2006), Temeka Johnson (LSU, 2005), Diana Taurasi (UConn, 2003-04) and Sue Bird (UConn, 2000-02).

2013 Players Making the Buzz - Nancy Lieberman Award

Rachel Banham, Minnesota; Alex Bentley, Penn St.; Calli Berna, Arkansas; Tiffany Bias, Oklahoma St.; Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame; Ariana Elegado, Cal Poly St.; Jamierra Faulkner, Southern Mississippi; Chelsea Gray, Duke; Ny Hammonds, UNC-Charlotte; Brittany Kennedy, FGCU; Taleya Mayberry, Tulsa; Lindsey Moore, Nebraska; Mo Moran, Boston Univ.; Ka-Deidre Simmons, Seton Hall; Odyssey Sims, Baylor