Women's Basketball to host Lynn University
Sunday, December 11, 2005
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University women’s basketball team looks for its 10 straight win when it hosts Lynn University on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Alico Arena. It will be the first game for the Eagles in seven days. FGCU won a pair of games in the Valdosta State Classic last weekend, knocking off the host Blazers, ranked 22nd, 54-47 on December 3 and then topping West Georgia 49-35 on December 4. FGCU (9-0) can set a new mark for consecutive wins to open a season with a victory over Lynn. The Eagles won the first nine games of their inaugural season in 2002-03. The 9-0 start has begun to attract some attention. FGCU improved to 82 votes in the most recent USA TODAY ESPN DIVISION II TOP 25 COACHES’ POLL and was two votes short of cracking the national top-25 for the first time. Lynn (5-2) posted four wins in November for the first time since the 2001-02 season. The Fighting Knights are coming off a 63-49 win over Barry University in their Sunshine State Conference opener on Saturday. FGCU will host the University of West Florida on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Alico Arena. The game can be heard live on Sports Radio 770 ESPN. When: Wednesday, 5:30 pm Where: Fort Myers, Fla. (Alico Arena) Radio/Web: Live Internet. All-time Series: FGCU leads 1-0 Last Meeting (Result): The Eagles won 68-48 on November 29, 2003 at Alico Arena. Florida Gulf Coast Notables: Senior guard Candy Myers (Leipsic, Ohio) is only 10 points shy of setting the all-time scoring record at FGCU…Her 717 career points are second all-time to Andrea Clarke (’05), who finished her career with 726 points…FGCU’s scoring margin through nine games is 38.1 points…Only two games have been decided by fewer than 30 points…FGCU scored 75 points or more in each of their first 7 games…Defensively, the Eagles have not allowed more than 29 points in a half through nine games…They have held opposition to 20 points or less for a half eight times…Eagles hold opposition to average of 41.6 points per game…FGCU has made at least 3 three-pointers in each of the first nine games…The Eagles have made at least 2 three-point field goals in all 96 games in school history…Three Eagles average double figures in points, including junior forward Katie Schrader (Fort Collins, Colo.) with a team-high 15.2 ppg, junior forward Jen Conely (Warren, Minn.) with 12.1 ppg off the bench, and Myers at 10.4 ppg…Four players are shooting better than 50% from the field. Schrader (.613), Conely (.581), junior Shonna Soeby (Walhalla, ND/.571) and freshman Princess Stewart (Deerfield Beach, Fla./.500) lead the way….FGCU has had a 20-point scorer in seven games this year, led by Schrader’s four 20-point games…Schrader also has two games with 13 rebounds and has posted two doubles… Senior guard Ebonie Halliburton (East St. Louis, Ill.) has the only other double-double for FGCU this season – 14 points and 10 boards against Puerto Rico Cayey…Sophomore forward Jessica Hathaway (Fort Wayne, Ind.) had a season-high 10 points in the win over West Georgia…Nine players have had at least 10 points in a game this year…Senior forward Alex Kwiecinska (Mississauga, Ontario) had a season-high nine points… Head coach Karl Smesko won his 75th game at FGCU with the win at Florida Southern…The nine-game win streak ties the second-longest in program history…The 2002-03 team, which finished 30-1, had win streaks of nine and 21 games. Lynn Notables: Lynn is off to its best start in five seasons…Playing most of the 2004-05 season with only six players due to injuries, Lynn was able to help muster a 12-16 overall record and 6-10 conference record, equaling the amount of wins combined over the previous two seasons…This season the Fighting Knights are holding the opposition to 56.7 points per game…Lynn also averages 12 steals per game…Having scored in double-figures all six games this season, senior forward Jackie Codiga has now scored in double figures in 17 consecutive games dating back to last season…She averages 16.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game…Senior center Megan Osmer averages 15.7 points and 11 rebounds per game.