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@FGCU_WBB Heads to Baton Rouge to Take on No. 13 LSU
|FLORIDA GULF COAST||16||30||46|
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||LSU|
|FG Percentage||.340 (17-50)||.411 (23-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (12-36)||.200 (2-10)|
|FT Percentage||.000 (0-4)||.840 (21-25)|
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BATON ROUGE, La. – After nearly a two-week hiatus, the FGCU women’s basketball team will return to competition at no. 13 LSU on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Tipoff at the Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, La. is slated for 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The game will be broadcast live on Louisiana Cox Sports TV.
THE GREEN & BLUE
The Eagles enter the matchup with a record of 5-3 on the season after defeating in-state foe USF in their last outing.
As a unit, the Eagles have scored 68.5 points per game this season, while holding opponents to just 63.4 points per contest. Eagle foes have held a slight advantage on the glass through eight games with a 41.1-33.6 margin, while the Eagles have maintained control of the ball with just 12 turnovers per game. FGCU has forced 18.1 opponent turnovers per game this season but has allowed opponents to maintain a .404 shooting percentage.
Offensively, FGCU has recorded a shooting percentage of .401 this season with a .343 mark from 3-point range. The team has made a combined 74 shots from long range and has maintained a shooting percentage of .655 from the free-throw line.
Sophomore Stephanie Haas (Avon Lake, Ohio/Magnificat High School) currently leads the Eagles with 15 points per game, while classmate Whitney Knight (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds High School) adds 13.5 points per contest and leads the team with 22 blocks. Senior captain Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane High School) contributes 12.5 points and a team-leading 6.6 rebounds per game and leads the team with 21 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 7.8 and 7.3 points per game, respectively.
Off the bench, Jaime Gluesing (Solon, Ohio/Solon High School) and Amanda Moore (Seymour, Ind./Seymour High School) have contributed to the Eagles’ offense from beyond-the-arc. The sophomore duo has combined for 11 3-point buckets this season.
GAME DAY TWEETABLES
- LSU is the Eagles’ fourth-consecutive opponent that reached the NCAA Tournament last season.
- Following Tuesday’s game, the Eagles will return to Alico Arena to host a two-day tournament Dec. 20-21.
- FGCU’s starting five (Atwater, Cobb, Hansen, Haas, Knight) have averaged 56.1 of the team’s 68.5 points per game.
- Head Coach Karl Smesko picked up his 350th career win against FIU on Nov. 8. That’s a career record of 354-89 & a win percentage of .800.
- Of the Eagles’ 68.5 points per game this season, 28.6 points are scored by players who did not wear Green & Blue last season (Knight - injury, Atwater & Cobb - transfers).
LAST TIME OUT
Behind a strong second-half comeback, the FGCU women’s basketball team defeated in-state foe USF 60-55 last Wednesday night in the team’s return to Alico Arena.
With a shooting percentage of just 31 percent in the first half, the Eagles entered halftime trailing 36-25 but created a 14-3 run to open the second half and tie the score. The comeback occurred during a period of just six minutes, spanning between the first and second halves. The Green and Blue outscored the visiting team 35-19 in the second half with a stellar shooting percentage of 54.2 percent and five made shots from long range to take the win.
Haas recorded another career-high with 22 points to lead the Eagles’ in the win.
The Eagles and Tigers have faced off just once before with a meeting at Alico Arena last season. FGCU earned the win over LSU, 76-70 on December 28 to hold a 1-0 record in the all-time series.
FGCU opened the contest with a quick seven-point lead before the Tigers responded to challenge the Eagles late in the first half. The second half saw five tie scores and nine lead changes as the teams battled for the lead. Neither team held an advantage of more than three points until the final four minutes of the game.
With five minutes to play, Hansen converted a high-powered three-point play to give the Green and Blue a slight lead, which they maintained through the remaining minutes to take the 76-70 win.
Hansen led all players with a career-high 30 points in the victory.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
- LSU has started the 2013-14 campaign with a record of 8-1 and extended a win-streak to six games with a 58-51 win over Arkansas-Little Rock on Sunday. Since losing to Louisville on Nov. 14, the Tigers have defeated Hampton, La. Tech, Rutgers, Michigan, Indiana State and Little Rock.
- The Purple and Gold is averaging 75.4 points per game and has outscored foes by an average of 9.6 points per game. They also outrebound opponents by an average of 42.4 to 38.0 rebounds per game and out shoot foes by a margin of 44.7 to 39.8 percent. The Tigers have forced an average of 20.6 opponent turnovers this season, while grabbing 9.6 steals per game.
- Rookie Raigyne Moncrief has paced the Tigers this season with 14.5 points per game, while three others have contributed double-digit scoring efforts. Last year’s leading scorer, senior Theresa Plaisance adds 12.1 points per contest and a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game. In last year’s meeting, Plaisance put up 19 points at Alico Arena but fouled out on a crucial 3-point play from Hansen late in the contest.
- The Tigers are currently ranked 13 in the AP Women’s Basketball Poll in the USA Today Coaches’ poll. After storming to the Sweet 16 with wins over Green Bay and Penn State last season, the team began the season ranked 15/14 with a preseason RPI of 26. LSU was selected to finish third in the SEC, behind just Tennessee and Kentucky.
Following the road tilt, the Eagles will return to Alico Arena to host the 2013 Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Classic on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20-11. The Green and Blue will welcome Tulane, Saint Francis University and the University of Virginia to Fort Myers for the two-day event. FGCU will face Saint Francis in a 7 p.m. game on Friday before taking on UVA on Saturday at 7 p.m. Two neutral games will take place at 4:30 p.m. on each day.
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.