Women's Basketball to Compete In Valdosta State Classic
Friday, December 02, 2005
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The undefeated Florida Gulf Coast University women’s basketball team faces its stiffest test of the young season when it hits the road to Georgia for a pair of weekend games against top Gulf South Conference teams in the Valdosta State Classic. FGCU (7-0) will take on Valdosta State University on Friday night. Both teams enter the game unbeaten, as the Blazers enter the game with a 4-0 record and are ranked No. 22 in the most recent USA Today ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll. The Blazers feature all-Gulf South Conference forward Candice Ferrell, one of four returning starters from a team that advanced to the South Region semifinals a year ago. The 5-foot-11 senior is averaging 15 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. On Sunday afternoon, the Eagles will face the University of West Georgia. The Braves are 4-2 heading into Saturday night’s game against Saint Leo. Senior guard Tai Ellis, a pre-season all-Gulf South Conference selection, leads the Braves in scoring and is one of five returning starters from a team that went 16-11 last season. Both games are key NCAA Division II South Region match-ups. The Eagles are opening the season with 17 consecutive games against regional competition. FGCU, which received three votes in the pre-season national poll, enters the VSU Classic after earning its first road win on Tuesday night, 79-39, over Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Each of the Eagles’ victories has been by 30 points or more. In each of the past five games, FGCU has held their opponents under 40 points. After playing its first nine games in a 15-game stretch, the Eagles will have a week off before hosting Lynn University on Monday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. SATURDAY'S GAME Who: Florida Gulf Coast at Valdosta State When: Saturday, 6:00 pm Where: Valdosta, Georgia (The Complex) Radio/Web: None. All-time Series: Tied 1-1 Last Meeting (Result): The teams split a pair of games in 2004-05, each winning on the road. FGCU won 63-51 on December 4 at The Complex while VSU won 67-47 in Alico Arena on December 22. SUNDAY'S GAME Who: Florida Gulf Coast vs. West Georgia When: Sunday, 2:30 pm Where: Valdosta, Georgia (The Complex) Radio/Web: None. All-time Series: UWG leads 1-0 Last Meeting (Result): The Braves won 54-53 in Valdosta last December 3. Florida Gulf Coast Notables: Senior guard Candy Myers scored 19 points to lead FGCU past Florida Southern…Her 690 career points is second all-time to Andrea Clarke (’05), who finished her career with 726 points…Junior forward Katie Schrader posted her second double-double at Florida Southern with 13 points and 13 rebounds…Senior guard Ebonie Halliburton has the only other double-double for FGCU this season – 14 points and 10 boards against Puerto Rico Cayey…Four Eagles are currently shooting better than 50% from the field: Katie Schrader (.600), Jen Conely (.582), Shonna Soeby (.571) and Princess Stewart (.500)…Conely is hitting 51.2% of her three-point field goal attempts…She holds the school record of eight made three-point field goal attempts in a single game…The Eagles have now hit at least one three-point field goal in all 94 games in school history…Myers holds the individual streak with 35 straight games over two seasons with at least one three-pointer…FGCU is averaging 87.7 points per game and holding the opposition to 41.7…The FGCU record for wins to open a season is nine, set in 2002-03…The seven straight wins ties the third-longest win streak in school history…Both the 2003-04 and 2004-05 teams recorded seven-game win streaks…The 2002-03 team, which finished 30-1, had win streaks of nine and 21 games.