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@FGCU_WBB Returns to Alico Arena to Host USF
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|Stats at a Glance||USF||FGCU|
|FG Percentage||.323 (21-65)||.415 (22-53)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (4-12)||.421 (8-19)|
|FT Percentage||.818 (9-11)||.571 (8-14)|
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – After a four-game road swing that included three games in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the FGCU women’s basketball team will return to The Nest to host in-state foe USF on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Tipoff at Alico Arena is slated for 7 p.m. and can be viewed live on ASun.TV.
THE GREEN & BLUE
The Eagles enter the midweek matchup with a record of 4-3 on the season. FGCU began the season with a three-game win streak before falling in three-consecutive games on the road. The team responded with a convincing 84-59 victory over fellow mid-major power South Dakota State last Friday and will be looking to begin a new streak.
As a unit, the Eagles have scored 69.7 points per game this season, while holding opponents to just 64.6 points per contest. Eagle foes have held a slight advantage on the glass through three games with a 41.1-33.4 margin, while the Eagles have maintained control of the ball with just 12 turnovers per game. FGCU has forced 19.1 opponent turnovers per game this season but has allowed opponents to maintain a .418 shooting percentage.
Offensively, FGCU has recorded a shooting percentage of .399 this season with a .335 mark from 3-point range. The team has made a combined 66 shots from long range and has maintained a shooting percentage of .662 from the free-throw line.
Sophomore Stephanie Haas (Avon Lake, Ohio/Magnificat High School) currently leads the Eagles with 14 points per game, while classmate Whitney Knight (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds High School) adds 13.7 points per contest and leads the team with 17 blocks. Senior captain Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane High School) contributes 12.4 points and a team-leading 6.9 rebounds per game and leads the team with 20 steals.
Newcomers Jenna Cobb (New Holland, Ohio/Miami Trace High School) and Kaneisha Atwater (Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Westover High School) round out the Eagles’ starting five with 8.9 and 7.4 points per game, respectively.
Collectively, the Eagles’ starting lineup has produced 80 percent of the team’s scoring.
GAME DAY TWEETABLES
- Wednesday will be the 120th meeting between FGCU & a Sunshine State foe. The Eagles hold a record of 102-17 against in-state opponents.
- Following the matchup with USF, the Eagles will break from competition for 13 days as the semester comes to a close.
- FGCU’s starting five (Atwater, Cobb, Hansen, Haas, Knight) have averaged 56.4 of the team’s 69.7 points per game.
- Head Coach Karl Smesko earned his 350th career win against FIU on Nov. 8. That’s a career record of 353-89 & a win % of .800.
- Of the Eagles’ 69.7 points per game this season, 30.0 points are scored by players who did not wear Green & Blue last season (Knight, Atwater & Cobb).
LAST TIME OUT
- After falling to TCU and Stanford in Hardwood Tournament of Hope action, the Eagles rebounded with an 84-59 victory over South Dakota State.
- With the win, the Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 4-3 on the season, while the Jack Rabbits fell to 4-4.
- The Eagles used their highest 3-point shooting percentage of the season to take control of the game early. The team saw nine shots made from beyond-the-arc in the first half alone and made 12-of-26 through the contest. The strong shooting matched with FGCU’s resilient defense enabled the Eagles to maintain the advantage through the entire game and ultimately earn a 25-point victory.
The Eagles and Bulls have faced off on three occasions since the 2007-08 season. FGCU defeated USF, 67-65 in Fort Myers in March of 2008 but has since lost two straight contests with an 88-81 in overtime loss in March of 2009 and a 67-46 loss last season.
The Green and Blue fell to the Bulls by double-digits in last season’s meeting in Tampa. The Eagles saw nine points and 11 rebounds from Hansen in the defeat, while USF’s Inga Orekhova added 15 points for USF. Orekhova returned this season for her senior season but will sit out Wednesday as she recovers from knee surgery.
SCOUTING THE BULLS
- In-state foe USF is 4-2 on the season. The Bulls held a four-game win streak that was capped off by a 60-point victory over North Carolina Central before falling in a close 68-63 contest against Clemson. It will be 10 days between the Clemson matchup and Wednesday’s game at Alico Arena.
- The team is averaging 79.3 points per game and has outscored foes by an average of 22 points. They also outrebound opponents by an average of 49.7 to 38.3 rebounds per game.
- Sophomore Courtney Williams paces the team with 16 points per game in only 22.3 minutes per game, while junior Tamara Taylor has added 11.3 points in just 14.8 minutes per game. Sophomore Alisia Jenkins adds 11.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per contest to lead the group’s starting lineup and has converted a team-leading .477 percent of shots through six games this season.
- The Bulls finished last season with a record of 22-11. USF took Notre Dame to overtime and picked up wins over Louisville, Georgetown and Rutgers en route to an 11-5 BIG EAST record. The team fell to Notre Dame in the BIG EAST Championship but received an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Texas Tech, 71-70, before falling to California. Last season’s record included a 67-46 victory over FGCU in Tampa.
Following the midweek matchup, the Eagles will break for 13 days to conclude the academic semester. The Green and Blue will continue action on Dec. 17 when they travel to Baton Rouge, La. to face LSU.
FOR MORE INFO
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2013-14 women’s basketball season tickets and single-game tickets are selling quickly. Fans can reserve their seat(s) by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets.