FORT MYERS, Fla. –
The Florida Gulf Coast University women's basketball team will look to pick up their second conference victory of the season when they host USC Upstate on Saturday night. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m.
Saturday night’s game will also be Girl Scout Appreciation day. Any Girl Scouts who come to the game in uniform will be admitted for free.
Date: Saturday, Dec. 19
Time: 7:05 p.m. ET
Location: Fort Myers, Fla.
Arena: Alico Arena
Streaming Video: ASun.TV
Live Stats: www.FGCUAthletics.com
Series: Fourth Meeting (FGCU leads 3-0)
2009-10 Record: 4-3 overall (1-0 A-Sun)
Head Coach: Karl Smesko (Kent State ’93)
Career: 246-64 (10th year)
at FGCU: 185-37 (8th year)
USC Upstate Spartans
2009-10 Record: 5-4 overall (0-1 A-Sun)
Head Coach: Tammy George
Career: 93-96 (7th year)
at Upstate: 50-75 (5th year)
Watch Ceremony and Banner Unveiling
Prior to Saturday’s USC Upstate game, the FGCU returning players and coaches will participate in a watch ceremony and banner unveiling...the ceremony will recognize the team’s 2008-2009 A-Sun Conference regular-season championship, the Eagles’ first conference crown.
A-Sun Game of the Week
• The Atlantic Sun Conference Women’s Basketball Game of the Week features a meeting between several Preseason All-Conference teammates as FGCU, led by Adrianne McNally and Chelsea Lyles, hosts USC Upstate and Chelsea McMillan.
• USC Upstate ranks second in offense in the A-Sun, averaging 73.3 points per game, while FGCU owns the stingiest defense, holding opponents to 61.1 points per game.
• Junior Chelsea McMillan paces the Upstate offense, averaging 13.8 points per game, the sixth-best mark in the league. Additionally, the forward grabs 9.9 rebounds per game, good for third in the A-Sun. This season, McMillan has double-doubles against North Greenville, at Virginia and at South Carolina State.
• Senior forward Adrianne McNally scored a game-high 21 points against No. 21 Michigan State on Sunday, the most points by any FGCU player ever versus a ranked opponent. McNally has already posted two 20-point performances, both in Preseason WNIT action at New Mexico, and on Sunday at Michigan State.
• Eglah Griffin shares the honor as the league’s top 3-point shooter, connecting on 48.1-percent of her tries.
• Through seven games, the Eagles are shooting .375 from the field, .372 from three-point land and .679 from the free-throw line…FGCU’s opponents are shooting .401 overall, .337 from long range and .615 from the stripe…the Eagles average 15.6 assists per game to the opponents’ 12.6.
• FGCU is looking to stay perfect and improve their record to 4-0 all-time against the Spartans.
• The Eagles are 3-0 all-time on December 19.
• With an all-time A-Sun record of 30-6, the Eagles own a .833 winning percentage in conference.
• Dating back to last year, the Eagles are 18-1 at home.
• The Blue and Green are 1-0 coming off games against ranked opponents (11/23/07 vs. CCSU; W 71-52).
• The Eagles three losses this season have occurred on the road.
• FGCU will wrap up 2009 with a trip to Miami, Fla. on Dec. 22 to face FIU. FGCU’s final game of 2009 will be Dec. 29, as the Eagles welcome Bethune-Cookman to Alico Arena.
Know Your Opponent – USC Upstate
• Upstate holds a 5-4 overall record and a 0-1 A-Sun conference record, with losses to Virginia (110-63), Indiana State (80-72), Clemson (78-65), and Stetson (69-61).
• USC Upstate comes into the contest with the Eagles on a two game losing streak. The Spartans led Clemson 36-35 at the half, but a 17-4 run in the final eight minutes of the game helped Clemson sneak past Upstate 78-65. In their last outing, Upstate fell to conference opponent Stetson, 69-61, giving up 14 of the game’s last 19 points in the loss.
• Upstate is led by junior forward Chelsea McMillan, averaging 13.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game to go along with her 12 blocks through the first nine games. Senior guard Courtney Hawkins is the only other Spartan player averaging double figures, with 10.4 points per game.
• In her fifth season as the head coach of the Spartans, Tammy George has established herself in both the NAIA and NCAA, having coached both Brevard and Upstate to berths in their respective national tournaments. George is the fourth coach to win 50 games at USC Upstate and she is just seven shy of reaching 100 career wins. Prior to taking over at Upstate, George was an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb (2000-01), Wofford College (2001-02), and UNC Asheville (2002-03) and was head coach at Brevard Community College (2003-05).
Last Meeting Between Upstate and FGCU (Feb. 5, 2009)
• The Eagles scored 100 points for the first time in two years as they defeated Upstate 102-53.
• FGCU’s 102 points was the first time that the Eagles have scored 100 points in a game since the Eagles 105-14 victory over Puerto Rico-Cayey on Feb. 2, 2007.
• The Eagles posted 26 assists on 35 field goals.
• Four straight points from Kelsey Jacobson gave FGCU a 27-point lead (42-15) with 3:52 left in the first half and Upstate unable to get within 25 points.
• After shooting 51-percent (20-for-39) in the first half, the Eagles shot 60-percent (15-for-25) in the second half, adding 75-percent (15-for-20) from the free throw line.
• The Eagles hit the 100-point mark on a made free throw with 2:28 left in the contest.
• Six Eagles scored in double figures.
• Jacobson scored a team-high 15 points, hitting all four of her 3-point attempts.
• Chelsea Lyles added 12 points and five rebounds, Shannon Murphy notched 11 points and seven assists, and Adrianne McNally finished with 10 points and four assists.
Since entering A-Sun play two years ago, the Eagles have compiled an impressive 16-1 record at home in conference games.
The Eagles Dec. 13th game at No. 21/24 Michigan State marked the second time that FGCU faced an opponent ranked in the top-25. The first time the Eagles faced a top-25 program was during the 2008-09 season when FGCU faced the Seminoles of Florida State…who were ranked No. 21/24.
Three Is The Key
• The Eagles are 4-1 this season when they shoot 24 or more three-pointers in a game.
• FGCU is 4-2 when they knock down 9 or more shots from behind the arc this season.
• The Blue and Green hold a 4-1 record this season when they knock down more 3-point shots than their opponent.
• FGCU is holding their opponents to .337 (32-of-95) from behind the arc, while FGCU has drained 71-of-191 (.372) three-pointers this season.
FGCU at Alico Arena
FGCU has a 108-9 (.923) all-time record at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 30-3 (.909) home record.
FGCU in December
• FGCU has an all-time record of 44-12 (.785) in games played in the month of December.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 FGCU has a 9-4 record in the month of December, which include key wins over UCF (twice), Memphis and Cornell.
You’re in Good Hands with the trio from “The Mitten” (b.k.a. Michigan)
• Seniors Adrianne McNally (3.9 apg) and Brittany Brown (1.1 apg) and junior Shannon Murphy (3.7 apg) are top-5 on the team in assists.
• McNally’s seven assists against Tulsa (11/27/09) are a season-high.
• McNally and Murphy rank sixth and eighth respectively in assists in the Atlantic Sun.
• McNally’s 1.93 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks her second in the conference.
Adrianne McNally, who already is FGCU’s leader in career points, field goals made, field goals attempted, free throws attempted, games played, games started, and minutes played, is looking to grab the top spot in several other FGCU all-time records:
Free throws made
1. 295 - Katie Schrader (65 games) - 2005-07
2. 274 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY (104 games) - 2006-present
3. 195 - Andrea Clarke (55 games) - 2003-05
4. 156 - Robyn Swain (57 games) - 2002-04
5. 151 - Ebonie Halliburton (60 games) - 2003-06
1. 640 - Robyn Swain (236o-404d) - 2002-04
2. 549 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY (199o-350d) - 2006-present
3. 409 - Katie Schrader (194o-215d) - 2005-07
4. 318 - Andrea Clarke (122o-196d) - 2003-05
5. 314 - Noreen McCallum (126o-188d) - 2002-04
1. 404 - Robyn Swain - 2002-04
2. 350 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
3. 215 - Katie Schrader - 2005-07
4. 214 - Ebonie Halliburton - 2003-06
5. 196 - Andrea Clarke - 2003-05
1. 236 - Robyn Swain - 2002-04
2. 199 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
3. 194 - Katie Schrader - 2005-07
4. 126 - Noreen McCallum - 2002-04
5. 122 - Andrea Clarke - 2003-05
1. 338 - Megan Jones - 2002-05
2. 301 - Chelsea Dermyer - 2005-08
3. 239 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
4. 234 - Ebonie Halliburton - 2003-06
5. 186 - Candy Myers - 2003-06
1. 141 - Candy Myers - 2003-06
2. 137 - Megan Jones - 2002-05
3. 122 - Alex Nelson - 2005-07
4. 108 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
5. 103 - Katie Schrader - 2005-07
Among the Nation’s Best
FGCU’s three-point prowess has the program’s calling card from day one and the 2009-10 version of the Eagles have been no different. FGCU is among the nation’s best in 3-pointers made per contest:
NCAA D-1 TEAMS - 3-Pointers Made Per Game (Through games 12/13/09)
1. Iowa St., 11
2. Morehead St., 10.7
3. Charleston So., 10.3
4. Fresno St., 10.2
5. FGCU, 10.1
6. Oregon, 9.4
7. Creighton, 8.9
8. Central Mich., 8.9
9. Mississippi, 8.6
*Single season record is held by the 2008 Villanova Wildcats (9.9 per game)
Last Time Out for the Eagles (at No. 21/24 Michigan State 12/13/09; L 97-71)
• Adrianne McNally scored a game-high 21 points to lead four players in double-figures for FGCU, but No. 21/24 Michigan State shot lights-out from the field and overwhelmed the Eagles, as the Spartans defeated the Blue and Green, 94-71, in front of 4,234 fans at the Breslin Center.
• FGCU was scoreless until 17:09 in the first half when a layup from McNally cut the Spartans lead to 13-2. The Blue and Green would remain in the single digits until another McNally bucket at 8:15 (36-10).
• FGCU fell behind by as many as 33 points in the second half before it began its comeback. The Eagles went on a 20-2 run that cut MSU’s lead to 69-54 with just over ten minutes remaining thanks in part to 3-pointers from sophomore guards Eglah Griffin and Kelsey Jacobson.
• The matchup with Michigan State was the front-end of a home-and-home series between the Spartans and Eagles, with MSU coming to Alico Arena in 2011-12.
Senior forward Adrianne McNally scored a game-high 21 points against No. 21 Michigan State on Sunday, the most points by any FGCU player ever versus a ranked opponent.
Grabbin’ Boards and a Spot in the Record Book
Courtney Chihil’s career-high 17 rebounds at Stetson (12/5/09) the second-most in a single game in school history. Chihil tied Robyn Swain and Andrea Clarke. Swain grabbed 17 boards on four occasions during her time as an Eagles and Clarke pulled down 17 rebounds on Nov. 19, 2004 against Puerto Rico Bayamon.
Swain still holds the FGCU record with 21 rebounds in a game, a record that has stood since 2003.
16 of FGCU’s 30 games this season will be played on the road. The Eagles faced New Mexico (25-11 last season), who reached the Elite 8 of the 2009 Postseason WNIT, and Georgia Tech (22-10 last season), who earned their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 08-09 and were ranked No. 19 in the Preseason AP Poll, as part of the Preseason WNIT to start the 2009-10 season.
Up Next For FGCU
• FGCU will then travel to Miami, Fla. to face the Golden Panthers of FIU on Tuesday Dec. 22 at 7:00 p.m.
• FGCU will host the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 7:05 p.m.