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@FGCU_WBB Set to 'Play 4Kay' Against ETSU on Monday Night
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|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||FGCU|
|FG Percentage||.315 (17-54)||.317 (20-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (3-9)||.367 (11-30)|
|FT Percentage||.579 (11-19)||.760 (19-25)|
CLARK - 1
CHRISTOPHER - 1
KENNEDY - 1
CHATZIGIAKOUMI - 1
FGCU (19-5, 12-0 A-SUN) vs. ETSU (6-13, 4-8 A-SUN)
Date: Monday, February 11, 2012
Time: 7:05 p.m.
City: Fort Myers, Fla.
Site: Alico Arena (4,500)
Live Stats: FGCUAthletics.com
Live Video: ASun.TV
Live Audio: FGCUAthletics.com
Talent: David Moulton & J Webb Horton
Twitter Hashtags: #ASUNWBB/#FGCU/#PlayLikeAnEagle/#GogglesUp
Current Streak: W13
At Home: 10-1
Last 5: 5-0
Last 10: 10-0
Last 15: 14-1
vs. ETSU: 12th Meeting; FGCU leads 9-2
Last Meeting: FGCU 97, ETSU 60 | Jan. 12, 2013 in Johnson City, Tenn.
FGCU Head Coach: Karl Smesko (Kent State ‘93)
Career Record: 341-81 (14th Season)
Record at FGCU: 280-54 (11th Season)
A-Sun Record: 94-12
Head Coach: Karen Kemp (Berry College ‘85)
Career Record: 264-259 (19th Season)
Record at ETSU: Same
A-Sun Record: 88-36
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.
2011 - Matt Bollant, Green Bay
2010 - Connie Yori, Nebraska
AT A GLANCE
Riding an overall 13-game winning streak and a league record 30-game A-Sun conference winning streak, that dates back to the 2011-12 season when they finished 18-0, the Eagles are set to host the Lady Bucs of ETSU on Monday, Feb. 11. Tip off at Alico Arena is set for 7:05 p.m.
After hosting the Lady Bucs on Monday night, the Eagles will hit the road for the final three regular season A-Sun contests (at Lipscomb, at NKU, at Stetson) of the 2012-13 season.
STARTING 5 QUICK HITS
#5 Sarah Hansen (F)
• 3rd in the A-Sun in points per game (16.5)
• Scored in double figures in 22 of the team’s 24 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)
• Scored in double figures in back-2-back games
• Hit 3 of FGCU’s 22 triples at ETSU (Jan. 12)
#21 Jaime Gluesing (G)
• Shooting .476 from the field and .438 from behind the arc
• 1st in the conference in 3-pt percentage (.491) - A-Sun Games Only
• Averaging 8.7 points in conference play
#24 Brittany Kennedy (G)
• Registered 14 points and 8 assists vs. Stetson (Jan. 26)
• Led the team in assists in 18 of the 23 games she’s played in
• Dished career-high 12 assists at ETSU (Jan. 12)
#30 Joyce Iamstrong (G)
• 8th in the conference in 3-pt field goal percentage (.356)
• 6th in the conference in assists (3.0)
• Averaging 10.2 points and 4.0 rebounds this season
LAST TIME OUT (FEB. 9): Balanced Effort Leads @FGCU_WBB to a 72-49 Win Over USC Upstate
Five players scored in double figures as the FGCU women’s basketball team forced 27 turnovers to defeat USC Upstate, 72-49, picking up their 13th consecutive win. • With the win, FGCU, winners of 30 straight A-Sun games, improved to 19-5 overall and 12-0 in the A-Sun, while USC Upstate fell to 9-14 overall (5-7 A-Sun). FGCU’s 30 consecutive conference victories ranks as the second longest streak in the country behind defending national champion Baylor. The win also improved the Green and Blue’s impressive record at Alico Arena to 160-11 all-time and 52-1 in A-Sun conference matchups. • The Eagles, who have made at least one three-pointer in 221 consecutive contests and 333 of 334 games in program history, made five triples on the night and now have 218 triples as a team on the year. • Redshirt junior Sarah Hansen registered 15 points and seven rebounds in 26 minutes. Senior Brittany Kennedy finished with 13 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Freshman DyTiesha Dunson recorded a career-high 12 points to go with four boards and three steals. Senior Joyce Iamstrong tallied 10 points and four rebounds, while sophomore Anthi Chatzigiakoumi scored 11 points in 17 minutes off the bench.
• After being inserted into the starting lineup at the beginning of conference play, Shawn Randall has answered the call and has been stellar in league play. In her first start of the season at USC Upstate, Randall tallied 16 points and was 4-of-6 from behind the arc. The junior guard followed this performance with strong showings at Lipscomb (13 points, 4 rebounds), at Northern Kentucky (9 points) and at Kennesaw State (18 points). Randall is currently averaging 8.3 points per game in Atlantic Sun action.
• ETSU is currently averaging 30 points in the paint per game, including an average of 35 points in its past five. In the win against Jacksonville, the Blue and Gold recorded 50 points in the paint, the most since scoring 50 as well on Jan. 31, 2011 in a 100-62 victory against Mercer in Johnson City.
• The Blue and Gold have outrebounded the opposition in 14 of the 19 games this season and enter Monday’s game with a plus-6.2 rebounding margin (43.1-36.9), ranking first in the A-Sun … in its game at Morehead State, ETSU outrebounded the Eagles by 20, 46-26 … the Lady Bucs’ plus-6.2 rebound margin currently ranks in the top 50 nationally.
FGCU VS. ETSU AT ALICO ARENA
The Green and Blue are 4-1 all-time at home against ETSU at Alico Arena. The Eagles average 79.8 points per game in Fort Myers, while the Lady Bucs average 64.2 points.
The last time the two squads met at ‘The Nest’ was on Dec. 3, 2011. former Eagle Kelsey Jacobson drained eight three-pointers, tying the FGCU all-time single game record, as FGCU opened Atlantic Sun play with an 88-60 win over ETSU.
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 67-9 in games played in February.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 39-5 overall record in the month of February; 38-5 vs. Atlantic Sun conference opponents.
CONFERENCE WINNING STREAKS
The Eagles have won 33 straight A-Sun games overall (including the conference tourney) and 30 consecutive regular season conference contests, which are both league records and are the 2nd longest conference winning streaks in the nation. Defending National Champion Baylor has won a nation’s-best 34 consecutive regular season league contests. The Lady Bears have also won 40 straight Big 12 games overall, a continuing league record.
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 13 straight contests, which is tied for the fourth longest winning streak in Division I (through games on Feb. 9). Defending National Champion Baylor owns the nation’s longest winning streak (20).
Notre Dame 17
Green Bay 14
Middle Tenn. 12
Albany (NY) 12
PROTECT THE NEST
In the program’s 11-year history, the Eagles have compiled a 160-11 record at Alico Arena, including an impressive 52-1 record in Atlantic Sun home games. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled an 82-5 home record. Some notable home wins for FGCU came over LSU (Dec. 2012), Va. Tech (Dec. 2011), Michigan St. (Nov. 2011), Indiana (Dec. 10) and Florida (Nov. 2008).
The five losses, since moving to Division I, have come at the hands of Florida St. (Nov. 2007), Eastern Kentucky (Nov. 2007), ETSU (Jan. 2009), Florida (Mar. 2011) and UCF (Dec. 2012).
134 of FGCU’s 160 wins at Alico Arena have come by at least double digits, while 63 of the Eagles’ 82 Division I home wins have come by at least 10 points.
TOTAL 160-11 (.936)
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 HOME GAMES
FGCU is 6-0 in A-Sun home contests so far this season, after picking up conference wins vs. JU (74-57; Jan. 5), vs. UNF (53-42; Jan. 7), vs. NKU (79-50; Jan. 19), vs. Lipscomb (67-37; Jan. 21), vs. Stetson (74-55; Jan. 26) and vs. USC Upstate (72-49; Feb. 9).
The Eagles won the games by an average of 21.5 points and shot 40.6 percent (143-of-352) from the floor and 28.2 percent (55-of-195) from behind the arc, while knocking down 9.2 triples per contest. The opposition, who have been forced into 20.2 turnovers per game, is shooting 113-of-297 (38 percent) from the field and 20-of-90 (22.2 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 59 and a strength of schedule (SOS) as low as 139, 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 Feb. 4).
FGCU IN THE RPI
Outlet (Date) RPI Strength of Schedule (SOS)
NCAA (Feb. 4) 66 --
RPIRatings.com (Feb. 3) 66 --
Real Time (Feb. 9) 59 139
WarrenNolan.com (Feb. 9) 60 149
Head Coach KARL SMESKO and his Eagles have enjoyed significant success in the Atlantic Sun since moving to Division I. FGCU, who owns a 94-12 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 47-3 in conference games since the 2010-11 season.
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 53.4 points per contest. In conference games, FGCU has held the opposition to just 48.2 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 nine occasions and have forced opponents into 15+ turnovers 20 times this season, highlighted by JU’s 30 turnovers on Feb. 2 at Swisher Gym.
#8 IN THE ESPN MID-MAJOR TOP 10
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team moved up two positions to pick up the No. 8 spot in the latest ESPN Mid-Major Rankings (Feb. 6). The rankings are based on the women’s basketball blog of ESPN’s Graham Hays.
This marks the second time this season that the Eagles have appeared in Hays’ Mid-Major Top 10. FGCU was ranked No. 10 in the Jan. 23 rankings.
Said Hays of FGCU, “Monday’s 66-50 win at North Florida almost qualifies as a nail-biter by Florida Gulf Coast standards. The Eagles keep rolling in their conference, and their next four opponents all have at least five A-Sun losses already. Oregon State transfer Brittany Kennedy is quietly having a terrific all-around season, averaging 10.6 points, 5.5 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 3.1 steals while shooting 53 percent and maintaining a two-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio.”
ESPN Mid-Major Top 10
3. Green Bay
7. Middle Tennessee State
FGCU RANKED #9 IN MID-MAJOR POLL
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team earned the No. 9 position in the 14th edition of the 2012-13 CollegeInsider.com Women’s Basketball Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 5). The Eagles were ranked No. 12 in last week’s poll.
Delaware, ranked No. 20 in the AP Top 25, along with Green Bay, Gonzaga, Princeton and Toledo 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. Stetson received 26 votes.
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 10.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 28.9 minutes. The Chicago, Ill., native is also shooting .789 from the charity stripe, .426 from the field and .356 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 defense (53.4), scoring margin (+15.8), free throw percentage (.754), three-point percentage defense (.256), assists (15.7), steals (11.3), turnover margin (+6.46), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2) and three-point field goals made per game (9.1). In conference only games, FGCU ranks first in the A-Sun in scoring offense (72.6), scoring defense (48.2), scoring margin (+24.3), field goal percentage (.446), three-point field goal defense (.219), rebounding defense (32.9), assists (16.3), steals (11.7), turnover margin (+8.75) and three-point field goals made per game (10.4).
WELL DONE YOUNGSTER
JAIME GLUESING’s .438 three-point percentage would rank 12th 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 two of the last four contests, is averaging 8.7 points and is shooting .500 from the field and .491 from behind the arc in A-Sun play. She’s hit a trey in 18 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 54.0 percent (37.4 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .473 (310-of-656) from the floor and .300 (69-of-230) from long distance.
PROTECTING THE ROCK
Averaging 69.2 points per game (2nd in the A-Sun), the Eagles lead the league with a +6.46 turnover margin. BRITTANY KENNEDY, who ranks 2nd in the A-Sun in assists (5.4), is second in the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 1.9. SARAH HANSEN has a 1.03 ratio, while ranking eighth in the league at 2.8 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 27.2 points, 13.2 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 5.0 steals per game.
A-Sun Top Scoring Tandems
Bridges/Grant (Mercer) - 30.6 ppg
McGowan/Sanders (Stetson) - 29.8 ppg
HANSEN/KENNEDY (FGCU) - 27.2 ppg
Wells/Gideon (KSU) – 23.2 ppg
Copney/Starling (Upstate) - 22.7 ppg
• The duo has reached double figures in same game 11 times with FGCU going 11-0.
Out of the 13 Division I schools in the state of Florida, the Eagles (19-5) rank t-first for the most victories in the state (thru games played on Feb. 9).
Florida State (19-4)
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 218 threes this season compared to just 93 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 (9.1), have three players (Adams, JOYCE IAMSTRONG & JAIME GLUESING) ranked in the A-Sun’s top-15 in the same category.
In the program’s 11-year history (334) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 333 contests, including 221 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 221-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 2,141 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 988 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 126-8 all-time and 81-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.
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 NBA record is 23, which was set by the Houston Rockets (Feb. 5, 2013) and Orlando Magic (Jan. 13, 2009). The men’s Division I record is 28 - in 74 attempts - set by Troy on Dec. 10, 1994.
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 Feb. 7th, FGCU ranked second in the nation with an average of 9.3 threes per game. As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in nine games this season.
RANK TEAM 3-PT FG/GAME
1. Creighton 9.6
2. FGCU 9.3
3. Missouri 9.1
4. UT Martin 9.0
6. Milwaukee 8.8
THREE IS THE KEY
• The Green and Blue are 18-4 on the year when they drain six or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 17-4 this season when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.
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.
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.