Eagles Travel to Duval County for a Pair of Conference Games
Tuesday, February 09, 2010

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s basketball team looks to maintain first place in the conference and extend their winning streak to seven games as they hit the road for a pair of A-Sun games, beginning with a matchup against seventh-place Jacksonville on Thursday night (5:00 pm), followed by a Saturday afternoon (5:15 pm) tilt at UNF.

FGCU-Jacksonville Game Information
Streaming Video: A-Sun.TV
Series: FGCU leads 4-1
Last Meeting: FGCU 73, JU 66, 1/9/10 at Alico Arena

FGCU-UNF Game Information
Streaming Video: A-Sun.TV
Radio/Streaming Audio: ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton
Live Stats: http://www.unfospreys.com/
Series: FGCU leads 4-1
Last Meeting: FGCU 58, UNF 47, 1/7/10 at Alico Arena

Hot Topics
• Through 23 games, the Eagles are shooting .435 from the field, .374 from three-point land and .723 from the free-throw line…FGCU’s opponents are shooting .390 overall, .311 from long range and .704 from the stripe…the Eagles average 18.6 assists per game to the opponents’ 11.7.
• 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 46-5 (.902) in games played in the month of February.
• The Eagles matchups with the Dolphins and Ospreys mark the fifth meeting between the respective schools (4-1 vs. both schools).
• The Eagles four losses this season have occurred on the road.
• With a win this week the Eagles and Head Coach Karl Smesko will pick up the program’s 200th victory (currently 199-38)

About The Jacksonville Dolphins
• The Dolphins (7-15 overall, 6-8 A-Sun) are led by Courtney Jackson’s 9.5 ppg, which ranks her 20th in the A-Sun in scoring, and Desarae Johnson, who averages 8.1 ppg and 7.1 rbg.
• On their recent road trip to Tennessee, the Dolphins defeated Belmont 54-44 on Feb. 6 and topped Lipscomb 62-43 on Feb. 8. Drameka Griggs led JU with 12 points in the win over Belmont, while Lynsey Paschal added 10 points and seven rebounds, and Crystal Gable pulled down 12 boards. Griggs led the Dolphins again in the victory over Lipscomb with 11 points. Last Meeting: FGCU 73, JU 66, 1/9/10 at Alico Arena
• Four players were in double figures for the Eagles, who have won 17 consecutive games at Alico Arena dating back to last season. Junior guard Shannon Murphy (Brighton, Mich.) led all scorers with 16 points.
• JU controlled the game early as they took a 10-5 lead 2:34 into the game. FGCU went on a 13-4 run (18-14) to regain the advantage before Jacksonville trimmed the Eagle lead back to one (23-22) with just over seven minutes to play in the first half.
• The Eagle defense then stiffened as they held the Dolphins scoreless for the final 6:09 of the first half, going to the locker room with a lead of 14-points (41-27).
• The Blue and Green continued the defensive stand again holding JU scoreless for the first 2:36 of the second half, while putting the finishing touches on a 15-0 run giving them a 43-27 lead and complete control of the game.
• Jacksonville trimmed the FGCU lead to 69-55 with 4:49 remaining. A bucket by senior Brittany Brown was quickly followed by an uncontested Adrianne McNally layup inflating the Eagle lead to 18 (73-55).
• The Dolphins did not go down without a fight however as they closed the game on an 11-0 run (73-66).
• Sophomore guard Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Oh.) scored 13 points for the Eagles, while senior forward Chelsea Lyles (Colorado Springs, Col.) and sophomore guard Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn.) each scored 11 points and 10 points, respectively. McNally and Brown both chipped in with nine points apiece.
• Gigi Thomas led Jacksonville with 15 points.

About The North Florida Ospreys
• The Ospreys (7-16 overall, 4-10 A-Sun) are led by Brittany Kirkland, the fourth-leading scorer in the A-Sun with 15.0 ppg; Kirkland also dishes out 3.70 assists per game, seventh-best in the conference. Arlande Cherizol ranks fifth in the Atlantic Sun with 8.1 rpg, while Juliemay Syquio sits sixth in the A-Sun in assists per game with 3.74.
• On their recent road trip to Nashville, the Ospreys defeated Lipscomb 70-48 on Feb. 6 before falling to Belmont 77-68 on Feb. 8. Kirkland led UNF in scoring in both games, dropping 22 at Lipscomb and 20 at Belmont. Jadhken Kerr added 17 points in the win over Lipscomb, along with nine points and six rebounds in loss to Belmont.

Last Meeting: FGCU 58, UNF 47, 1/7/10 at Alico Arena
• The Eagles launched 44 three-point attempts, two shy of the school record set just three days earlier (1/4/10 at Lipscomb).
• FGCU opened the game with an 18-5 run over the first 8:42, capped by back-to-back threes from Adrianne McNally and Brittany Brown. • UNF would trim the lead down to just five points (31-26) with their own 9-3 run to close out the first half.
• The Ospreys scored first with 19:01 remaining in the second half, cutting the lead to a meager three points (31-28). FGCU answered back with a 9-2 run to regain a double-digit lead (40-30) with 14:18 remaining.
• The Blue and Green maintained a comfortable lead until UNF’s Shennette Sheffield scored with 2:35 left in the contest, cutting the lead to eight points (52-44).
• Shannon Murphy (Brighton, Mich.) again answered back with a three-pointer on FGCU’s next possession to reestablish the double-digit cushion (55-44).
• The Eagles would go on to win by 11 points (58-47) earning their fifth conference victory of the season.
• Both teams shot below 40-percent for the game, with the Eagles finishing at 31.1-percent (19-61) and the Ospreys finishing at 39.5-percent (17-43). • FGCU attempted 44 three-pointers, converting 12 (27.3-percent), led by Murphy’s 5-of-15 effort from behind the arc. The Ospreys finished 4-of-7 (57.1-percent) from three-point land.
• Murphy led all scorers with 17 points, and Brown added 10. McNally and Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio) also chipped in with nine points apiece.
• Arlande Cherizol led the Ospreys with eight points and nine rebounds.

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 15-2 this season when they shoot 24 or more three-pointers in a game.
• FGCU is 14-3 when they knock down 9 or more shots from behind the arc this season.
• The Blue and Green hold a 17-2 record this season when they knock down more 3-point shots than their opponent.
• FGCU is holding their opponents to .311 (100-of-322) from behind the arc, while FGCU has drained 246-of-657 (.374) 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 22-game home winning streak.

FGCU’s 22-game home winning streak is the 5th longest streak in the nation:

Team                 Streak
1 Connecticut         55
2 Stanford             42
3 Lehigh                30
4 Ohio St.              25
5 FGCU                  22
**rankings as of Feb. 8, 2010**

Three’s Please
The Eagles have attempted 395 three-pointers (30.4 per game) since the calendar changed to 2010. By comparison, FGCU’s opponents have attempted a total of 153 (11.8 per game) threes in those 13 games.

FGCU at Alico Arena FGCU has a 117-9 (.929) all-time record at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 39-3 (.927) home record.

Year                    Record
2009-10                12-0
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                 117-9

Away From Home
FGCU has a 67-21 (.761) all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 23-14 (.621) road record.

Year                    Record
2009-10                 7-4
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                 67-21

FGCU in February
• FGCU has an all-time record of 46-5 (.902) in games played in the month of February.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 18-1 (.947) record in the month of February, 17-1 (.944) against A-Sun opponents.

FGCU vs. A-Sun Foes
• Since becoming a member of the Atlantic Sun in the Fall of 2007, FGCU has compiled a 44-7 (.863) 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:

1. 640 - Robyn Swain (236o-404d) - 2002-04
2. 625 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY (226o-399d) - 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. 399 - 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. 226 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
3. 194 - Katie Schrader - 2005-07
4. 126 - Noreen McCallum - 2002-04
5. 122 - Andrea Clarke - 2003-05

1. 338 - Megan Jones - 2002-05
2. 311 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
3. 301 - Chelsea Dermyer - 2005-08
4. 234 - Ebonie Halliburton - 2003-06
5. 186 - Candy Myers - 2003-06

1. 141 - Candy Myers - 2003-06
2. 137 - Megan Jones - 2002-05
3. 127 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
4. 122 - Alex Nelson - 2005-07
5. 103 - Katie Schrader - 2005-07

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 10.7
2. Morehead St. 10.3
3. Middle Tenn. 9.4
4. Charleston So. 8.9
5. Oral Roberts 8.8
6. Oregon. 8.6
*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, Jan. 25.

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
Chelsea Lyles’ career-high 18 rebounds at Mercer (2/1/10) were the second-most in a single game in school history. Robyn 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 (5.8 rpg) and second in steals (1.3 spg).
• Chihil had a season-high six steals against USC-Upstate (12/19/09) and ETSU (1/16/10).
• The Eagles are 8-1 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.

Lyles also set a new career-high with 18 rebounds at Mercer on Feb. 1. Lyles 18 boards are the second-most in a single game in school history.

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.