Eagles Eye Back-to-Back A-Sun Regular Season Titles
Wednesday, February 24, 2010

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s basketball team looks to clinch first place in the conference as they travel to USC Upstate for the Eagles’ final A-Sun regular season game. A victory over the Spartans assures the Blue and Green of at least a share of the A-Sun regular season championship and an automatic birth to the Postseason WNIT. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Hodge Center.

FGCU-USC Upstate Game Information
Streaming Video: A-Sun.TV
Streaming Audio: ESPN Radio – 770 AM – Dave Moulton
Series: FGCU leads 4-0
Last Meeting: FGCU 71, USC Upstate 56, 12/19/09 at Alico Arena

Hot Topics
• Through 25 games, the Eagles are shooting .421 from the field, .364 from three-point land and .737 from the free-throw line…FGCU’s opponents are shooting .392 overall, .322 from long range and .703 from the stripe…the Eagles average 18.0 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 50-5 (.909) in games played in the month of February.
• The Eagles’ matchup with the Spartans marks the fifth meeting between the respective schools (FGCU leads 4-0).
• The Eagles five losses this season have occurred on the road.
• With the 63-55 win at Jacksonville last Thursday (Feb. 11), the Eagles and Head Coach Karl Smesko picked up the program’s 200th victory.

About the USC Upstate Spartans
• The Spartans (18-9 overall, 12-6 A-Sun) are led by Chelsea McMillan, who averages 14.6 ppg, (fourth) and 10.9 rbg (second), which puts her in the top five in the conference in both categories. Tee’Ara Copney (11.0 ppg) and Kendra Wallace (9.6 ppg) are also in the top 20 in scoring.
• On their recent road trip, the Spartans defeated Campbell 76-74 on Feb. 20, and lost to ETSU 88-67 on Feb. 22. Copney led USC Upstate with 18 points against Campbell and 17 points against ETSU, while McMillan led in rebounds with 16 and eight, respectively.

Last Meeting: FGCU 71, USC Upstate 56, 12/19/09 at Alico Arena
• Four Eagles scored in double-figures and FGCU’s strong first half defense led the Blue and Green to a 71-56 victory over the visiting Spartans of USC Upstate in front of 962 fans at Alico Arena.
• The Eagles shot 52-percent from the field (13-for-25) in the first half to open up a 38-22 advantage at the break.
• FGCU’s defense stifled Upstate throughout the first half, holding Upstate to 22 points on 22-percent shooting (6-for-27) while forcing 13 Spartan turnovers.
• The two teams played a very evenly matched second half, with Upstate outscoring FGCU, 34-33.
• The Eagles opened the game on an 11-0 run, holding the Spartans scoreless until Chelsea McMillan hit a pair of free throws 3:38 into the game (11-2). USC Upstate’s first field goal would not come until over a minute later, when McMillan hit a three-pointer with 15:21 remaining in the half, cutting the FGCU lead to 13-5.
• The Eagles cooled off in the second half, shooting 38.5-percent (10-for-26) from the field, while Upstate’s shooting improved to 48-percent (13-for-27).
• The Spartans would cut the FGCU lead to eight points (47-39) on a Tee’ara Copney jumper with 11:25 to play. That was as close as Upstate would get, as the Eagles secured their second A-Sun victory on the season, defeating the Spartans 71-56.
• Chelsea Lyles scored a team-high 16 points, 12 of which came in the first half. Eglah Griffin added 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting.
• Courtney Chihil registered game-highs with 11 rebounds and six steals, in addition to scoring 15 points, including 3-for-3 from behind the arc. Chihil’s six steals are a career-high. Adrianne McNally chipped in with 11 points, five boards, and four assists.
• The Spartans were led by McMillan’s game-high 19 points and nine rebounds, while Copney added 10 points.
• FGCU shot 45.1-percent (23-for-51) from the field and 33.0-percent (6-for-18) from behind the arc. Upstate shot 35.2-percent (19-54) from the floor and 28.6-percent (4-for-14) from three-point range.
• The Blue and Green finished with season-highs in assists (20) and steals (15).

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 17-3 this season when they shoot 24 or more three-pointers in a game.
• FGCU is 17-3 when they knock down nine or more shots from behind the arc this season.
• The Blue and Green hold a 20-2 record this season when they knock down more 3-point shots than their opponent.
• FGCU is holding their opponents to .322 (121-of-376) from behind the arc, while FGCU has drained 286-of-785 (.364) 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)

Three’s Please
The Eagles have attempted 523 three-pointers (30.8 per game) since the calendar changed to 2010. By comparison, FGCU’s opponents have attempted a total of 207 (12.2 per game) threes in those 17 games.

Home is Where the Heart Is
FGCU has a 119-9 (.930) all-time record at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 41-3 (.932) home record.
Year              Record
2009-10           14-0
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            119-9

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 24-game home winning streak. FGCU’s 24-game home winning streak is tied for the 4th longest streak in the nation:
Team               Streak
1 Connecticut      56
2 Stanford          44
3 Lehigh             32
4 FGCU              24
Green Bay          24
6 TCU                20
**rankings as of Feb. 22, 2010**

Home Cookin’
Alico Arena has become one of the most intimidating places for opposing teams in all of Division I women’s basketball. The Eagles have accumulated a 41-3 record on their home court since moving to Division I, a .932 winning percentage. Only Tennessee, who has a .941 winning percentage (320-20), has a higher all-time winning percentage at home.

Away from Home
FGCU has a 68-22 (.756) all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 24-15 (.615) road record.
Year           Record
2009-10        8-5
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        68-22

FGCU in February
• FGCU has an all-time record of 50-5 (.909) in games played in the month of February.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 21-2 (.913) record in the month of February, 20-2 (.909) 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 47-8 (.855) 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, rebounds, defensive rebounds games played, games started, and minutes played, is looking to grab the top spot in several other FGCU all-time records:

Offensive rebounds
1. 236 - Robyn Swain - 2002-04
2. 234 - 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. 329 - 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. 131 - 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-I TEAM - 3-Pointers Made Per Game (Through games 2/21/10)
1. FGCU 10.6
2. Morehead St. 10.5
3. Middle Tenn. 9.9
4. Oral Roberts 9.0
5. Charleston So. 8.8
6. Fresno St. 8.5
*Single season record is held by the 2007-08 Villanova Wildcats (9.9 per game)

Chasing History
In addition to three-pointers made per game, the Eagles are chasing down a pair of NCAA season all-time records: three-point field goals attempted and made.

NCAA D-I 3-Pointers Made All-Time record: 326 – Villanova (2007-08)
Morehead St. this season: 294 FGCU this season: 286
FGCU school record: 338* (2006-07) *NCAA Division II NCAA D-I 3-Pointers

Attempted All-Time record: 893 – Fresno State (2008-09) Morehead St. this season: 837 FGCU this season: 785
FGCU school record: 893* (2006-07) *NCAA Division II

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 (6.3 rpg) and second in steals (1.4 spg).
• Chihil had a season-high six steals against USC-Upstate (12/19/09) and ETSU (1/16/10).
• The Eagles are 10-2 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.