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Eagles Look to Extend Home Winning Streak Against Indiana
Monday, December 20, 2010

GAMEDAY CENTRAL
FGCU (8-0) vs. INDIANA (6-5)

DATE: Tues, Dec. 21, 2010
TIME: 7:30 P.M. ET
SITE: Fort Myers, Fla. - Alico Arena
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COLOR COMMENTARY: J. Webb Horton
SERIES: First Meeting

OPENING TIP
FGCU will close out the 2010 calendar year with a home game against the Hoosiers of Indiana. The matchup between the two squads will be the first in program history.

KNOW YOUR OPPONENT: INDIANA
DID YOU KNOW?
• With the 11 3-point field goals made by the Hoosiers in the FIU win on Dec. 18, it tied for the second-highest mark for a single game in IU women’s basketball history.
• Aulani Sinclair netted career-highs against FIU with 21 points and seven 3-point field goals made. The seven makes from long range ties the third-best single-game mark in Indiana history.
• Junior transfer Georgie Jones made her Indiana debut starting against FIU. Jones was a force with a career-high 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting and six rebounds.
• The Hoosiers outrebounded FIU 43-31, marking the fifth time this season Indiana has outrebounded its opponent.
• Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis continues to sit 15th on the Indiana all-time career scoring list. Davis has now totaled 1,214 points in her career. She is 26 points shy of Whitney Thomas’ (2005-09) mark of 1,240 for 14th place.

LAST TIME OUT: Indiana 64 at FIU 60 (12/18/10)
Indiana (6-5) survived a tight one on the road at Florida International (5-6) behind a career-high 21 points from Aulani Sinclair in a 64-60 victory. Sinclair nailed a career-best seven 3-point field goals in the win. Junior Georgie Jones made her Hoosier debut after sitting out a transfer year and scored a career-high 16 points while grabbing six rebounds. Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis rounded out the double-figure scoring for IU with 12 points.

INDIANA IN FLORIDA
The Hoosiers have enjoyed some recent success in the Sunshine State over the last few yaers. Indiana defeated Florida International just last Saturday in a 64-60 decision. The last visit before this season, IU defeated the Miami Hurricanes, 69-54, as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack owns a 2-1 record in games in the state of Florida while coaching the Hoosiers.

GEORGIE JOINS HOOSIERS
Junior transfer Georgie Jones made her Indiana Hoosier debut in the FIU victory on Dec. 18 while getting the starting nod. Jones had an immediate impact in the win scoring a career-high 16 points and also set a career-best with connecting on 8 of her 11 field goal attempts. The St. Paul, Minn., native also grabbed six rebounds during her 30 minutes of play, the most minutes in a game for her career. Jones was sitting out a year in residence after transferring from Marquette mid-way through the 2009-10 season

STREAK BUSTERS
On Dec. 5, 2010, the Hoosiers defeated No. 24/19 Nebraska, 67-62, to snap the Cornhuskers 37-game regular season win streak. It’s the first win over a ranked opponent for IU since it defeated No. 4/6 Ohio State, 67-62, on Jan. 31, 2010.

FGCU NEWS AND NOTES
FGCU RANKED #3 IN MID-MAJOR POLL; PICK UP THREE 1ST PLACE VOTES
After extending their winning streak to seven games with a 63-50 win at Troy last week, the Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team earned the No. 3 spot in the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The Eagles, who have held the No. 3 spot for third consecutive weeks, also received three of the 31 first place votes.

GIMME ONE
The Eagles picked up one vote in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 poll that was released on Dec. 14. This is the first time in program history that the Blue and Green have received a vote in the USA Today/ESPN poll.

FGCU received one vote in the 2009-10 AP Preseason Top 25 and also picked up a vote in back-to-back weeks in the AP Top 25 to close out the 2008-09 season.

GETTIN' LOVE FROM ESPN.COM
ESPN women’s basketball writer Graham Hays placed the Eagles in the No. 10 spot on his Mid-major top-10 rankings as part of his Dec. 7 blog entry.

In his blog, Hays, who is an editor for ESPN.com’s SportsNation and writes for Page 2 and contributes to ESPN.com’s women’s basketball, softball and soccer coverage, points out FGCU’s wins over major opponents (Seton Hall and Virginia Tech) and also junior Kelsey Jacobson’s three-point accuracy. The Eagles were the only A-Sun squad on the top-10 list.

The other teams on the list were (in order of ranking): Xavier, Green Bay, Bowling Green, Princeton, Tulane, Charlotte, Gonzaga, Dayton and Fresno State.

FGCU VS. BCS OPPONENTS
FGCU is 4-8 all-time against BCS foes after picking up a wins over BIG EAST opponent Seton Hall and ACC foe Virginia Tech already this season. Prior to the win over Va. Tech in Cancun, the Eagles’ three wins over BCS opponents had all been in Fort Myers.

BEST START
The Eagles are off to their best start since joining the Division I ranks in 2007-08. The FGCU women sit at 8-0 with wins over BCS foes Seton Hall and Virginia Tech.

Year

 Record

2010-11

 8-0

2009-10

 5-3

2008-09

 6-2

2007-08

 4-4

 
I GOT NOTHIN’ BUT DUB’S FOR YA BABY
The Blue and Green (8-0 overall) are one of 10 remaining undefeated teams left in Division I (as of Dec. 20). The other undefeated teams are: Duke, Boston College, North Carolina, West Virginia, Arkansas, Xavier, Connecticut, Syracuse and UCLA.

WE'RE GOING STREAKING
FGCU has not lost a home game in Alico Arena since January 8, 2009 against East Tennessee State University. FGCU’s 86-71 win over Troy (Nov. 21) bumped the Eagles home win streak to 27 games. FGCU’s 27-game home winning streak is the third longest streak in the nation behind UConn and Stanford.

Team

Streak

1. UConn 

68 

2. Stanford 

60 

3. FGCU 

27 

4. Nebraska 

26 

    TCU 

26 

    West Virginia    

26

We Must Protect This House
FGCU has a 122-9 (.931) all-time record at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 44-3 (.936) home record.

Year

Record

2010-11 

3-0 

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

122-9 


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 44-3 record on their home court since moving to Division I, good for a .936 winning percentage. Only Tennessee, who has a .943 winning percentage (329-20), has a higher all-time winning percentage at home (Thompson-Boling Arena).

3’S PLEASE!
In the program’s 9-year history (254 games), the Eagles have made at least one three-pointer in 253 contests.

FGCU has also hit at least one three-pointer in 141 consecutive games, with Feb. 21, 2006 at Lynn being the last time the squad went without a triple. During that span the Eagles have made 1,316 money balls while their opponents have knocked down just 701 three’s, which gives the Blue and Green an average of 13.1 points per game (615 total three-pointers) more than the opposition off of three-pointers.

In games that they’ve drained double-digit 3’s, FGCU is 87-6 all-time and 42-4 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.

BALLIN’ OUT OF CONTROL
Sarah Hansen has been playing lights out over FGCU’s last six games. In the Blue and Green’s last six contests, Hansen is averaging 15.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 2.6 apg in 27.3 minutes. She is also shooting a scorching 60-percent (39-of-65) from the field and 50-percent (4-of-8) from long distance.

THREE AMIGOS
Sarah Hansen, Shannon Murphy and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 54.9-percent (40.2 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .494 (11-of-237) from the floor and .398 (47-of-118) from long distance.

ALLOW ME TO REINTRODUCE MYSELF
Sarah Hansen signed with FGCU on April 27, 2009...but utilized a redshirt during the 2009-10 season. Hansen took all of last season to work on her game and become acclimated and comforable in Coach Smesko’s offense and it’s paying dividends in 2010-11.

Hansen is currently leading the team in scoring (13.6 ppg), field goal pct. (.597) and rebounds (6.3 rpg). The redshirt-freshman’s .597 shooting percentage leads the A-Sun and ranks her seventh in the nation.

SHARP SHOOTER
Kelsey Jacobson is hitting three-point shots at a solid 42.4-percent clip (28-of-66), which is good for 5th in the A-Sun. The junior ranks 5th in the nation with 3.5 three-point FG’s made per game.

Over the last four contests, Jacobson is shooting a blazing 15-of-24 (62.5-percent) from behind the arc.

THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 6-0 when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• FGCU is 8-0 when they drain five or more shots from behind the arc.
• The Blue and Green are also undefeated when they knock down more 3-point shots than their opponent.
• FGCU is holding their opponents to .242 (31-of-128) from behind the arc, while the Eagles have drained 85-of-228 (.373) three-pointers this season.
• FGCU took 76 combined three-pointers (made 26) in two games at the Caribbean Challenge in Cancun, Mexico (Nov 25 & 27).

NATION'S BEST
FGCU’s three-point prowess has been the program’s calling card from day one and the 2010-11 version of the Eagles is no different. FGCU ranks first in the nation in 3-pointers made per contest:

NCAA D-I TEAM - 3-Pointers Made Per Game Team 3-pt FG/gm

Rank
Team
3-pt FG/gm
1.
FGCU
10.6
2.
Villanova
9.6
3.
BYU 9.4
4.
Fresno State 8.9

8 MINUTES OF PAIN
Over their last four contests, the Eagles have used huge runs from the 16-minute mark to the 8-minute mark of the first half to pull away from their opponents. The Blue and Green have outscored the opposition 70-34 over the last four games during that 8-minute span.

At UNF (12/2/10), FGCU used a 22-4 run (shot 7-of-10) to open up a big lead over the Ospreys.

At JU (12/4/10), FGCU used a 20-7 run (shot 8-of-9) to blow open the game with the Dolphins.

AND THE A-SUN AWARDS GO TO...
Senior Shannon Murphy and redshirt-freshman Sarah Hansen led FGCU to a pair of big wins at the 2010 Caribbean Challenge in Cancun, Mexico, and for their performances, they claimed A-Sun Player and Newcomer of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Shannon Murphy
• Second A-Sun Player of the Week award
• Averaged 16 points and five assists per game on the week and shot .500 from the field

NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Sarah Hansen
• First A-Sun Newcomer of the Week award
• Helped FGCU to a 2-0 record at the Caribbean Challenge, averaging 15 points and 5.5 rebounds
• Shot .684 from all field goals and .667 from behind the arc

¡NOS ENCANTA MEXICO!
After leading the Eagles to wins over ACC foe Virginia Tech and 17-time Big Sky champ Montana at the 2010 Caribbean Challenge, freshman Sarah Hansen was named tournament MVP, the Triple Crown Sports office announced on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Senior Shannon Murphy joined Hansen on the All-Tournament team.

Hansen averaged 15.0 points and 5.5 rebounds and shot a blazing 68.4-percent from the floor and 66.7-percent from long distance at the Caribbean Challenge, while Murphy averaged 16.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds, while shooting 50-percent from the field and 41.2-percent from 3-pt range.

FILLIN’ THE STAT SHEET
Playing in just her second game after suffering a knee injury in the final game of the 2009-10 season (at Miami; 3/18/10), junior Courtney Chihil came very close to becoming the first player in FGCU history to register a triple-double against Troy. Chihil’s dominating performance on both ends of the court featured 10 points, nine rebounds, seven steals and five assists over 37 minutes. Her seven steals were a career-high and also rank second all-time in the FGCU record books for steals in a single game.

FOLLOW THE EAGLES
There are multiple ways for fans to keep up with the Eagles during the 2010-11 season.

On The Web
1. FGCUAthletics.com (official site of Eagle athletics)
2. CourtsideWithKiara (Kiara Bomben’s basketball blog)
3. Facebook.com/FGCUAthletics (official Facebook Page of FGCU Athletics)
4. Facebook.com/FGCUWBB (official Facebook Page of FGCU WBK)

On Twitter
1. FGCUEagles (FGCU Athletic Department)
2. FGCUCoachSmesko (Karl Smesko)