Florida Gulf Coast
11/10/2012 | Fort Myers, Fla. (Alico Arena) | Attendance: 867
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The reigning Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament champion FGCU women’s basketball team will open the 2012-13 season on Saturday afternoon, welcoming NAIA foe Warner to Alico Arena for a 1:30 p.m. matchup.
FGCU vs. WARNER
DATE: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012
TIME: 1 P.M. ET
SITE: Fort Myers, Fla. - Alico Arena
LIVE STATS: FGCUAthletics.com
SERIES: 1st Meeting
AT A GLANCE
Coming off winning the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament title in its first year of Division I postseason eligibility in 2011-12, FGCU will open its 11th season on Saturday afternoon by hosting Warner at ‘The Nest’. As the No. 1 seed, the Eagles became just the second team to post an A-Sun undefeated regular season and win the Championship Title. The Green and Blue also became only the third team in A-Sun history to win the Atlantic Sun Championship in its first appearance.
Following the Warner game, the Eagles welcome FIU to Alico Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 14 ... tipoff is 7:05 p.m. for the fourth matchup between the teams (FGCU leads all-time series 3-0).
Warner was picked to finish fifth in the league standings in the Sun Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Lady Royals received 24 total points in the poll.
After leading the Lady Royals to a third place finish in last year’s conference standings, head coach Matt Murphy begins his fourth season with his toughest task yet. Murphy must replace four starters on the Lady Royals’ roster including senior All-American Shawnelle Campbell. The Lady Royals also lost guards Tracy Gentry and Alexandra Melonson to graduation along with Katarina Olivo who did not return this year. The quartet combined to average 49.6 points per game, which was 72.3% of the teams scoring last season.
The Lady Royals have four returners who played in all 30 games last season, led by junior Stephanie Wills (6.8 ppg). Senior Trenecia Henderson, who averaged after averaging 3.2 points in just over 10 minutes of action a game last year, is also returning. Transfers McKenzie Brisson and Brooke Garmon will make their first debut for Warner.
PICKIN’ UP PRESEASON HARDWARE
The FGCU women’s basketball squad, led by Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Brittany Kennedy (Spokane, Wash./Lewis and Clark HS/Oregon State) and Preseason All-Conference choice Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS), earned top billing in the Atlantic Sun Conference preseason media poll and finished second in the coaches’ poll, the conference announced on Thursday, Oct. 18.
For the second time in conference history, the A-Sun let the fans decide preseason awards via Facebook. The Eagles were picked to win the regular season title and Kennedy was tabbed the fans’ Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
In the media poll, the Eagles took 14 of 19 first place votes, with Stetson picking up the other five. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the media selected the Green and Blue to win the regular season crown and the second year in a row that the press has predicted FGCU to win the A-Sun Tournament championship.
In the coaches’ poll, FGCU took two of the 10 first place votes to finish second with 89 points, while Stetson received the remaining eight votes and finished first with 98 points.
The Eagles also received preseason accolades from College Sports Madness. Head coach Karl Smesko was selected as the preseason A-Sun Coach of the Year, while Hansen was named to the All-Conference first team and freshman guard DyTiesha Dunson (Albany, Ga./Westover HS) was tabbed as the Preseason Freshman of the Year.
The Green and Blue’s opener on Nov. 10, marks the second earliest calendar start. The 2007-08 season began on Nov. 9 with a home game vs. Florida State.
FGCU IN NOVEMBER
• FGCU has a 42-12 all-time record in games played in November.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 17-7 record in the month of November.
FGCU IN SEASON OPENERS
The Eagles own a 7-3 record in season openers, and are 7-1 in season openers at home.
FGCU RANKED #9 IN MID-MAJOR POLL
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team earned the No. 9 spot in the first edition of the 2012-13 CollegeInsider.com Women's Basketball Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
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 Green and Blue are the only Atlantic Sun Conference team represented in the Top 25, while Stetson received 16 votes.
Smesko and Company welcome in a stellar recruiting class, which includes transfers Jenna Cobb (New Holland, Ohio/Miami Trace HS/Butler) and Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./ Twin Lakes HS/Valpo) and freshmen Amanda Moore (Seymour, Ind./Seymour HS), DyTiesha Dunson (Albany, Ga./Westover HS), Jamie Gluesing (Greendale, Wisc./Solon HS), Stephanie Haas (Avon Lake, Ohio/Magnificat HS), Bethany Murrell (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine HS), Katie Meador (Salem Communuity HS/Salem, Ill.) and Taylor Gradinjan (Cudahy HS/ Cudahy, Wisc.). Adams, a fifth-year senior, will be able play this season, while Cobb has to sit out the year due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
UNFORGETTABLE: THE 2011-12 SEASON
The 2011-12 season was the most historic season in FGCU’s Division I history, as they advanced to the NCAA Tournament and earned a No. 12 seed in the Raleigh Region. FGCU finished with a 29-3 overall record that included a league-first 18-0 mark in the A-Sun. The Eagles verified the conference’s third-ever unbeaten regular season by cruising through the A-Sun Tournament, taking the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament with a convincing 67-39 win over second-seeded and 20-game winner Stetson.
The Eagles also set the NCAA record for three-pointers in a season (342) and three-pointer made per game (10.7) last season.