Eagles Set To Play in Virgin Islands Paradise Jam
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 | by Mike Hill (@mike_hill84)
Florida Gulf Coast (2-2)
DePaul (4-1)
11/22/2012 | St. Thomas, U.s. Virgin Islands | Attendance: 426
Florida Gulf Coast342458
Stats at a GlanceFGCUDPU
FG Percentage.385 (20-52) .429 (24-56)
3P FG Percentage.226 (7-31) .227 (5-22)
FT Percentage.786 (11-14) .538 (7-13)
Offensive Rebounds813
Defensive Rebounds2225
Total Rebounds3038
Bench Points117
Statistical LeadersFGCUDPU
PointsADAMS - 21
ReboundsHANSEN - 10
HARRY - 12
AssistsKENNEDY - 4
StealsMEADOR - 3
BlocksHARRY - 3

ST. THOMAS, USVI – The Eagles, who fell to Charlotte, 79-60, just before the Thanksgiving break, will look to get back to their winning ways when they head to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands to participate in the Paradise Jam from Nov. 22-24. FGCU will face DePaul (Nov. 22), South Carolina (Nov. 23) and Hampton (Nov. 24) during the event.

FGCU (2-1) vs. DePAUL
DATE/TIME: Thursday, November 22, 2012/3:30 P.M. ET

SITE: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands – USVI Sports and Fitness Center (3,500)

LIVE STATS: StatBroadcast – Courtesy of Paradise Jam

LIVE VIDEO: ParadiseJam.com and Facebook.com/ParadiseJam1

SERIES: 1st Meeting


DATE/TIME: Friday, November 23, 2012/3:30 P.M. ET

SITE: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands – USVI Sports and Fitness Center (3,500)

LIVE STATS: StatBroadcast – Courtesy of Paradise Jam

LIVE VIDEO: ParadiseJam.com and Facebook.com/ParadiseJam1

SERIES: 1st Meeting


FGCU (2-1) vs. HAMPTON
DATE/TIME: Saturday, November 24, 2012/1:15 P.M. ET

SITE: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands – USVI Sports and Fitness Center (3,500)

LIVE STATS: StatBroadcast – Courtesy of Paradise Jam

LIVE VIDEO: ParadiseJam.com and Facebook.com/ParadiseJam1

SERIES: 1st Meeting


LAST TIME OUT: Women's Basketball Falls at Charlotte 79-60 (11/18)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Redshirt junior Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) recorded 19 points, six rebounds and four assists as the FGCU women's basketball team dropped a 79-60 decision to A-10 foe Charlotte on Saturday night at Halton Arena. • The Eagles (2-1), who led the nation in three-point field goals per game (10.7) last season, knocked down just 3-of-22 shots from long distance on the evening. Redshirt senior Lerrin Cook (Kearny, Ariz./Ray HS/Yavapai College) knocked down 2-of-5 shots from behind the arc on the night. • Hansen finished with 19 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the field and a perfect 9-of-9 from the charity stripe in a team-high 38 minutes. Reigning A-Sun Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Brittany Kennedy (Spokane, Wash./Lewis and Clark HS/Oregon State) recorded six points and eight assists. Senior Joyce Iamstrong (Chicago, Ill./Thornton Fractional South HS/Jefferson College) finished with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor. Iamstrong also added five assists in her 25 minutes of action. • As a team, FGCU shot 40.4 percent (23-of-57) from the field compared to a 57.4 percent (27-of-47) mark for Charlotte. The Eagles outscored the Niners, 40-32, in the paint, but lost the rebound battle, 43-21.

FGCU's Saturday night game at Charlotte tipped-off a stretch of four games in seven days for the Eagles, who currently sit at 2-1. FGCU is currently first in the A-Sun in scoring (76.3), scoring defense (51.7) field goal defense (.358), assists (18.0), steals (14.0), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4) and three-point field golas made per game (7.0).

Following the Paradise Jam the Eagles will return home to Alico Arena to host Maine on Saturday, Dec. 1. Tipoff for the non-conference matchup is set for 4:45 p.m. and is the first game of a double-header with the men’s team.

DePaul has used a balanced attack in its first four games and has five players averaging more than eight points per game.  Led by Jasmine Penny’s 16.3 points; Brittany Hrynko (15.5), Anna Martin (15.3) and Katherine Harry (14.0) are also averaging double-figures.  

With an emphasis on finding the open player—DePaul is recording 22.5 assists per game and dished out a season-best 24 against Dayton.  The Blue Demons register an assist on nearly 70 percent (69.23%) of their baskets while the guard trio of Martin, Chanise Jenkins and Hrynko have accounted for 72 of the team’s 90 assists.  

Thursday’s game with the Eagles is the first ever meeting between the two programs, while DePaul is 0-1 all-time against schools from the Atlantic Sun.

South Carolina's (4-0) offense has been clicking early this season with the Gamecocks averaging 75.2 points through the first four outings. In head coach Dawn Staley's fifth season, South Carolina has scored 70 or more points just 25 times, including three of the first four games this season, in her 129 games at the helm with a 22-3 record in those high-scoring outings. The Gamecocks posted 70 or more points just five times last season, including the first two games of the NCAA Tournament.

With five active returning players and five newcomers on this season's roster, South Carolina has to rely on the talent of its youth this season, especially early, and so far, the quintet is doing a nice job of sharing the load. Through the first four games, returning Gamecocks are the leaders in the major statistical categories - points per game (Ashley Bruner, 14.0), rebounds per game (Aleighsa Welch, 8.8) and assists per game (Ieasia Walker, 5.3). But the newcomers have accounted for 41.9 percent of the team's scoring (126 of 301 points) and 36.9 percent of the rebounding (62 of 168 boards). One of the four Gamecocks currently averaging double-figure points is a freshman (Tiffany Mitchell, 12.0 ppg) and two of the top five rebounders on the squad are first-year Gamecocks as well (Mitchell 5.3 rpg, Asia Dozier 5.0 rpg).

Hampton is off to its best start as a Division I program following Sunday’s 87-35 win over Chicago State. Senior forward Keiara Avant (Chesapeake, Va.) was named MEAC Player of the Week for the second straight week, recording her fourth double-double of the season against the Panthers with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Dating back to last season, Avant has nine double-doubles in her last 13 games.

• FGCU has a 44-13 all-time record in games played in November.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 19-8 record in the month of November.

FGCU has an 89-29 all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 45-22 road record.

Since moving to Division I in 2007-08, the Green and Blue have compiled a 12-3 record in neutral site contests. FGCU’s neutral site losses have come at the hands of the BGSU Falcons (74-60) at the Cornell Classic in Ithaca, N.Y. (Nov. 30, 2007), the NC State Wolfpack (69-64) at the Hawai’I Rainbow Wahine Invite (Dec. 28, 2011) and the Bonnies of St. Bonaventure (72-65) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Tallahassee, Fla. (Mar. 18, 2012).

The Eagles are 2-2 all-time against the BIG EAST (1-1 vs. Seton Hall and USF). FGCU fell to the Pirates 57-51 at Walsh Gym in the 2011-12 season-opener.

The Eagles are 1-3 all-time against the SEC (all games vs. Florida). FGCU’s lone win over an SEC team came on Nov. 14, 2008 when Adrianne McNally and current assistant coach Chelsea Lyles led the Eagles with 22 points and 16 points, respectively, as the Green and Blue upset the Gators in front of 2,866 fans in Alico Arena in the 08-09 season-opener.

The Eagles are 0-1 all-time against the MEAC. FAMU defeated FGCU 71-52 in Tallahassee, Fla. during the 2007-08 season.

FGCU is 7-11 all-time against BCS foes. Six of the Eagles’ seven wins over BCS opponents have come at Alico Arena.

Averaging an A-Sun-best 76.3 points per game, the Eagles lead the league with a +10.67 turnover margin. Brittany Kennedy, who ranks 1st in the A-Sun in assists (6.7), is second in the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 3.3. Joyce Iamstrong leads the A-Sun with a 5.5 ratio, while ranking t-sixth in the league at 3.7 assists per game.

In the program’s 11-year history (313) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 312 contests, including 200 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 200-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 1,944 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 906 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 118-8 all-time and 73-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.

Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 21 threes this season compared to just 11 from its opponents. Led by Lerrin Cook’s 303 trifectas per contest, seven different players have made at least one shot from long range. The Eagles, who lead the conference in three-point field goals made per game (7.0), have two players ranked in the A-Sun’s top-15 in the same category.

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 has recorded nine steals in three games (3.0 per game; 3rd in A-Sun) and averages 4.0 rebounds a game.

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.

FGCU is 152-10 all-time at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 74-4 home record.

Year               Record
2012-13        2-0
2011-12        13-0
2010-11        18-1
2009-10        14-0
2008-09        15-1
2007-08        12-2
2006-07        23-0
2005-06        17-1
2004-05        11-4
2003-04        12-1
2002-03        15-0
TOTAL            152-10

With their 100-31 win over Warner on Nov. 10, the Eagles now own an 8-3 record in season openers, and are 8-1 in season openers at home.

The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team earned the No. 7 spot in the third edition of the 2012-13 CollegeInsider.com Women's Basketball Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

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 27 votes.

Redshirt-junior Sarah Hansen helped lead FGCU to a 1-1 record from Nov. 13-20, and for her performances, she claimed her first career Atlantic Sun Player of the Week honor (Nov. 20).

Hansen, an A-Sun Preseason All-Conference selection, turned in a 24 point, 11 rebound performance, to lead the Eagles to a 69-45 win over in-state foe FIU on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Alico Arena. The McKean, Pa. native scored her 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field in 35 minutes. In FGCU’s first road test of the season (Nov. 18), Hansen recorded 19 points, six rebounds and four assists as the Green and Blue dropped a 79-60 decision to A-10 foe Charlotte at Halton Arena.

Redshirt-senior Brittany Kennedy and freshman Katie Meador helped lead FGCU to a 100-31 rout of Warner on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Alico Arena, and for their performances, they claimed Player of the Week honors (Nov. 13).

Reigning A-Sun Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Kennedy filled the stat sheet in the home-opener, recording 11 points, nine assists, six steals and five rebounds, to earn her first College Sports Madness Atlantic Sun Women’s Basketball Player of the Week award. Meador earned A-Sun Newcomer of the Week from the conference office after registering her first career double-double in her first collegiate contest with 11 points and 12 rebounds in 31 minutes of playing time.  

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.

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.

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.