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Eagles Head to Georgia for a Pair of Conference Games
Friday, January 29, 2010

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s basketball team looks to maintain first place in the conference as they hit the road for a pair of A-Sun games, beginning with a matchup against Kennesaw State on Saturday night (5 pm) in Kennesaw, Ga., followed by a Monday night (6:30 pm) tilt with Mercer in Macon, Ga.

The Eagles will be back home for a pair of games at Alico Arena starting February 4 as they play host to ETSU at 5:15 p.m. The Green and Blue then host Campbell on the 6th at 7:30 p.m.

FGCU-Kennesaw State Game Information
Radio/Streaming Audio: ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton
Streaming Video: A-Sun.TV
Live Stats: http://www.ksuowls.com
Series: FGCU leads 4-1
Last Meeting: FGCU 79, Kennesaw State 52, 1/21/10 in Fort Myers, Fla.

FGCU-Mercer Game Information
Radio/Streaming Audio: ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton
Television: Comcast Sports South **CSS Game of the Week**
Live Stats: http://www.mercerbears.com
Series: FGCU leads 5-0
Last Meeting: FGCU 84, Mercer 77, 1/23/10 in Fort Myers, Fla.

Hot Topics
• Through 19 games, the Eagles are shooting .427 from the field, .372 from three-point land and .711 from the free-throw line…FGCU’s opponents are shooting .394 overall, .330 from long range and .695 from the stripe…the Eagles average 18.4 assists per game to the opponents’ 12.2.
• FGCU had won 22 consecutive conference games dating back to last season, prior to the loss to ETSU on Jan 16.
• FGCU has an all-time record of 58-7 in games played in the month of January.
• The Eagles matchups with the Owls and Bears mark the sixth meeting between the respective schools (4-1 vs. KSU, 5-0 vs. Mercer).
• The Eagles four losses this season have occurred on the road.

About The Kennesaw State Owls
• The Owls (5-14 overall, 2-8 A-Sun) are led by a pair of players averaging double figures. Sophomore guard Angie Smith leads all scorers with 11.4 points, to go along with 5.3 rebounds per game. Not far behind, senior guard Gia Lockett records 11.3 points and a team high 2.7 steals per contest.
• On their recent road trip, the Owls fell to FGCU 79-52 on Jan. 21 and to Stetson 62-59 on Jan. 23. Lockett was the leading scorer vs. FGCU with 15 points, while Smith recorded seven rebounds in the contest. In the outing with Stetson, sophomore Tamasha Bolden led the way with 16 points while freshman Sametria Gideon and senior DeAndrea Bullock each grabbed 11 boards.
• Greteya Kelley led the way for the Owls against FGCU last year, as she averaged 20.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in the two contests.

Last Meeting: FGCU 79, Kennesaw State 52, 1/21/10 in Fort Myers, Fla.
• The Florida Gulf Coast University women’s basketball team used a 37-5 run in the second half, landing a 79-52 A-Sun victory over Kennesaw State at Alico Arena. The Eagles trailed 37-32 with 18:30 remaining, before holding Kennesaw to just five points over the next 11:42. During the run FGCU’s offense exploded scoring 37 points (69-42).
• Senior forward Adrianne McNally dished seven assists and grabbed six boards and scored a game-high 18 points, while junior guard Shannon Murphy chipped in with 17 points and a game-high nine assists of her own off the bench.
• The Owls shot 5-of-10 (50-percent) from 3-point range in the first half compared to FGCU’s 1-of-6 (16.7-percent).
• The Eagles three-point percentage drastically changed in the second half as sophomore guard Kelsey Jacobson drilled three consecutive 3-pointers to highlight FGCU’s 37-5 run.
• The Blue and Green outscored Kennesaw State 49-21 in the second after trailing by one point at halftime. The Eagles were 7-for-15 (46.7-percent) from beyond the 3-point arc in the game’s final 20 minutes while the Owls shot 3-for-11 (27.3-percent).
• Jacobson ended the game with 12 points while Eglah Griffin finished with 11. Sophomore guard Courtney Chihil tallied 10 points.
• The Blue and Green shot 55.8-percent (29-of-52) from the field for the contest, compared to Kennesaw State’s 35.6-percent (21-of-59).

About The Mercer Bears
• The Bears (10-9 overall, 7-3 A-Sun) have two players averaging double figures heading into the Jan. 30 match with Stetson. Senior guard Courtney Ford leads the team in nearly every statistical category with 17.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 3.3 steals per game. The Bears’ only other double digit point scorer is senior guard LaToya Jackson with 13.1 points per outing.
• Mercer heads into the Jan. 21 match with Stetson after going 1-1 on their recent road trip, beating Stetson 69-57 and losing to FGCU 84-77. Sophomore Lacy Ramon recorded a double-double against Stetson with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Sophomore Neicy Lewis led the Bears with 22 points in the loss at FGCU, while Ford and Lewis each added six rebounds.
• This is the fifth meeting between the two schools. FGCU holds the all-time series record at 5-0. Last season, the Eagles needed overtime to pick up an 85-76 victory on the road and completed the sweep with a 65-58 win in Alico Arena. Ford averaged 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds against the Eagles in the two meetings last season.

Last Meeting: FGCU 84, Mercer 77, 1/23/10 in Fort Myers, Fla.
• Shannon Murphy finished with a career-high 28 points and eight assists, while Chelsea Lyles scored 24 points as the FGCU women’s basketball team defeated the Bears of Mercer, 84-77, extending their home winning streak to 19 games.
• FGCU opened the contest with a 20-4 run. Murphy and Lyles combined for 15 points as the two connected five 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the game. As a team, FGCU connected on six of their first seven 3-point attempts, while Mercer’s offense sputtered.
• The Eagles took a 27-point lead after a Lyles’ 3-pointer with just under three minutes remaining in the first half (47-20).
• The Blue and Green ended the half with a 50-27 lead. Murphy was nearly perfect in the first half, going 7-of-9 from the field and 6-of-8 from behind the arc to lead all scorers with 20 points in the opening frame. Lyles also added double-figures in the first half, collecting 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
• In the second half, the teams went back-and-forth until the Bears used a 12-3 run to cut the Eagles down to eight (65-57) with 6:50 remaining in the game.
• After a 3-pointer by Kelsey Jacobson and a layup by Courtney Chihil Mercer went on a short 8-0 run to draw within five-points (72-67) with 4:26 left in the game.
• FGCU would outscore the Bears 12-7 over the final four minutes, clinching an 84-77 victory.
• Murphy ended the game with 28 points on 9-of-14 (.643) shooting from the field and 7-of-11 (.636) from long range. Murphy’s seven triples rank her third all-time in FGCU history for three-pointers in a single game.
• Lyles finished with 24 points, six rebounds, and five assists. Jacobson chipped in with 10 points.
• The Blue and Green shot 51.9-percent (28-of-54) from the field for the contest, compared to Mercer’s 48.1-percent (26-of-54).

Déjà Vu?
The Eagles Dec. 13 game at No. 21/24 Michigan State marked the second time that FGCU faced an opponent ranked in the top-25. The first time the Eagles faced a top-25 program was during the 2008-09 season when FGCU faced the Seminoles of Florida State…who were ranked No. 21/24.

Big Things To Come
The Eagles Dec. 13th matchup with Michigan State was the front-end of a home-and-home series between the Spartans and Eagles, with MSU coming to Alico Arena in 2011-12.

Three Is The Key
• The Eagles are 12-2 this season when they shoot 24 or more three-pointers in a game.
• FGCU is 11-3 when they knock down 9 or more shots from behind the arc this season.
• The Blue and Green hold a 13-2 record this season when they knock down more 3-point shots than their opponent.
• FGCU is holding their opponents to .330 (88-of-267) from behind the arc, while FGCU has drained 203-of-545 (.372) three-pointers this season.
• FGCU took a school-record 46 three-pointers in their 67-47 win at Lipscomb (previous record was 45 attempts vs. UNF on March 1, 2008)

We’re Going Streaking
Florida Gulf Coast University has not lost a home game in Alico Arena since January 8, 2009 against East Tennessee State University. The Eagles are currently riding a 20-game home winning streak.

FGCU’s 20-game home winning streak is tied for the 6th longest streak in the nation:
Team               Streak
1 Connecticut      54
2 Stanford          38
3 Lehigh             28
4 Ohio St.           23
5 Oklahoma        21
6 FGCU              20
   UNC               20
**rankings as of Jan. 27, 2010**

Three’s Please
The Eagles have attempted 283 three-pointers (31.4 per game) since the calendar changed to 2010. By comparison, FGCU’s opponents have attempted a total of 128 (14.9 per game) threes in those nine games.

FGCU at Alico Arena
FGCU has a 115-9 (.927) all-time record at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 37-3 (.925) home record.
Year             Record
2009-10         10-0
2008-09         15-1
2007-08         12-2
2006-07         23-0
2005-06         17-1
2004-05         11-4
2003-04         12-1
2002-03         15-0
TOTAL          115-9

Away From Home
FGCU has a 65-21 (.756) all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 21-14 (.600) road record.
Year            Record
2009-10         5-4
2008-09        10-4
2007-08         6-6
2006-07         8-0
2005-06        10-0
2004-05         8-3
2003-04         6-3
2002-03        12-1
TOTAL         65-21

FGCU in January
• FGCU has an all-time record of 58-7 (.892) in games played in the month of January.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 22-5 (.814) record in the month of January, all versus Atlantic Sun conference opponents.

FGCU in February
• FGCU has an all-time record of 43-5 (.896) in games played in the month of February.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 14-1 (.933) record in the month of February, all versus Atlantic Sun conference opponents.

FGCU vs. A-Sun Foes
• Since becoming a member of the Atlantic Sun in the Fall of 2007, FGCU has compiled a 40-7 (.851) record against conference opponents.
• FGCU had won 22 consecutive conference games dating back to last season, prior to the loss to ETSU on Jan 16.
• The Eagles won a conference-record 17 A-Sun games last season.

McNally Tracker
Adrianne McNally, who already is FGCU’s leader in career points, field goals made, field goals attempted, free throws made and attempted, games played, games started, and minutes played, is looking to grab the top spot in several other FGCU all-time records:

Rebounds
1. 640 - Robyn Swain (236o-404d) - 2002-04
2. 608 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY (218o-390d) - 2006-present
3. 409 - Katie Schrader (194o-215d) - 2005-07
4. 318 - Andrea Clarke (122o-196d) - 2003-05
5. 314 - Noreen McCallum (126o-188d) - 2002-04

Defensive rebounds
1. 404 - Robyn Swain - 2002-04
2. 390 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
3. 215 - Katie Schrader - 2005-07
4. 214 - Ebonie Halliburton - 2003-06
5. 196 - Andrea Clarke - 2003-05

Offensive rebounds
1. 236 - Robyn Swain - 2002-04
2. 218 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
3. 194 - Katie Schrader - 2005-07
4. 126 - Noreen McCallum - 2002-04
5. 122 - Andrea Clarke - 2003-05

Assists
1. 338 - Megan Jones - 2002-05
2. 301 - Chelsea Dermyer - 2005-08
3. 293 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
4. 234 - Ebonie Halliburton - 2003-06
5. 186 - Candy Myers - 2003-06

Steals
1. 141 - Candy Myers - 2003-06
2. 137 - Megan Jones - 2002-05
3. 122 - Alex Nelson - 2005-07
4. 119 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
5. 103 - Katie Schrader - 2005-07

Among the Nation’s Best
FGCU’s three-point prowess has the program’s calling card from day one and the 2009-10 version of the Eagles have been no different. FGCU is leading the nation in 3-pointers made per contest:

NCAA D-1 TEAM - 3-Pointers Made Per Game (Through games 1/24/10)
1. FGCU 10.6
2. Morehead St. 10.1
3. Oral Roberts 9.2
4. Charleston So. 8.8
5. Fresno State 8.8
6. Oregon. 8.7
*Single season record is held by the 2008 Villanova Wildcats (9.9 per game)

Yo Adrianne
Adrianne McNally’s game-high 21 points against No. 21/24 Michigan State on Sunday, Dec. 13, was the most points by any FGCU player ever versus a ranked opponent.

It’s An Honor
Shannon Murphy led FGCU to conference wins over Kennesaw State and Mercer last week, and for her performances, she claimed the first Player of the Week award of her career, the conference office announced on Monday.

In FGCU's, 79-52, win against Kennesaw State on Thursday, Murphy, a native of Brighton, Mich., chipped in with 17 points, a game-high nine assists, and three steals. In the Eagles, 84-77, win versus the Mercer Bears on Saturday, the management major scored a career-high 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and 7-of 11 from three-point range. Murphy’s seven triples rank her third all-time in FGCU history for three-pointers in a single game. She also added a game-high eight assists in the win over Mercer.

For the week, Murphy averaged 22.5 points, 8.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds, while shooting 69.6-percent from the field and 57.1-percent from 3-pt range.

Grabbin’ Boards and a Spot in the Record Books
Courtney Chihil’s career-high 17 rebounds at Stetson (12/5/09) were the second-most in a single game in school history. Chihil tied Robyn Swain and Andrea Clarke. Swain grabbed 17 boards on four occasions during her time as an Eagles and Clarke pulled down 17 rebounds on Nov. 19, 2004 against Puerto Rico Bayamon.

Swain still holds the FGCU record with 21 rebounds in a game, a record that has stood since 2003.

Countin’ on Courtney
• Sophomore Courtney Chihil ranks first on the team in rebounding (5.9 rpg) and second in steals (1.5 spg).
• Chihil had a season-high six steals against USC-Upstate (12/19/09) and ETSU (1/16/10).
• The Eagles are 7-1 when Chihil leads the team in rebounds.

Career High Performances
Chelsea Lyles set a new career-high with 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-6 from behind the arc in an 88-83 loss at the hands of East Tennessee State on Jan 16. Lyles’ 25 points are the most scored by an FGCU player in a losing effort, against an A-Sun opponent.

In the Eagles 84-77, win versus the Mercer Bears on Saturday, Jan. 23 Shannon Murphy scored a career-high 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and 7-of 11 from three-point range. Murphy’s seven triples rank her third all-time in FGCU history for three-pointers in a single game.