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Women's Basketball Earns Votes in Top 25 Polls
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

FORT MYERS, Fla. - One of two unbeaten teams in Division I (No. 3 Duke; 17-0), the FGCU women’s basketball team received 18 votes in this week's USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll and also picked up a vote in the AP Top 25 Poll that was released on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

This marks the fourth time in program history that the Eagles have earned votes in both polls in the same week. FGCU, who holds the No. 28 spot in this week’s USA Today/ESPN poll, earned 16 votes last week (Jan. 11) to rank No. 30.

The Blue and Green’s one vote in the AP Poll is the seventh time in program history and fourth time this season that they have received votes in the national 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.

In their last outing, the Eagles knocked down a 2010-11 NCAA single-game high 20 three-pointers on a NCAA Division I record 55 long range attempts en route to a 87-52 Atlantic Sun win over Mercer on Monday night that extended their home winning streak at Alico Arena to 32 games. The Blue and Green’s 20 three-point makes were one short of the NCAA record of 21 set by New Mexico State against Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 23, 2002. The 20 threes were also an A-Sun record, as FGCU made 10 in each half, highlighted by a 10-for-21 clip in the final frame in which it out-scored the Bears 50-26.

The Eagles (14-0 overall, 7-0 A-Sun), who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (11.9), will return to the court on Thursday, Jan. 20 when they travel to DeLand, Fla. to take on the Hatters of Stetson (8-9 overall, 4-4 A-Sun) at the Edmunds Center. Tip is set for 7 p.m.

ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
1 Baylor
2 Connecticut
3 Duke
4 Stanford
5 Texas A&M
6 Tennessee
7 Xavier
8 UCLA
9 West Virginia
10 Notre Dame
11 North Carolina
12 Michigan State
13 Oklahoma
14 Maryland
15 Green Bay
16 Florida State
17 Georgetown
18 DePaul
19 Kentucky
20 Iowa State
21 Iowa
22 Miami (FL)
23 St. John's
24 Arkansas
25 Texas Tech

Others receiving votes: Marquette 40, Ohio State 26, Florida Gulf Coast 18, Boston College 17, Marist 16, Georgia 10, Georgia Tech 10, Bowling Green 9, Duquesne 9, Kansas 4, Oklahoma State 4, Syracuse 4, Tulane 3, Rutgers 1

AP Top 25
1 Baylor
2 Connecticut
3 Duke
4 Stanford
5 Tennessee
6 Texas A&M
7 Xavier
8 UCLA
9 West Virginia
10 North Carolina
11 Notre Dame
12 Michigan State
13 DePaul
14 Oklahoma
15 Maryland
16 Georgetown
17 Miami (FL)
18 Iowa
19 Kentucky
20 Iowa State
21 Green Bay
22 Florida State
23 Arkansas
24 Georgia
25 Ohio State

Others receiving votes: Texas Tech 61, Georgia Tech 54, Duquesne 50, Marquette 33, Boston College 27, St. John's 13, USC 12, Marist 9, Syracuse 5, Texas 4, Bowling Green 2, Northwestern 2, Florida Gulf Coast 1, Penn State 1