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Eagles Set To Play in Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine Invitational
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 | by Mike Hill (mike_hill84)
NC State (8-3)
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Florida Gulf Coast (8-2)
12/28/2011 | Stan Sheriff Center - Honolulu, O`ahu | Attendance: 0
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NC State383169
Florida Gulf Coast263864
Stats at a GlanceSTFGCU
FG Percentage.413 (26-63) .481 (26-54)
3P FG Percentage.278 (5-18) .286 (6-21)
FT Percentage.706 (12-17) .500 (6-12)
Offensive Rebounds158
Defensive Rebounds2122
Total Rebounds3630
Turnovers1820
Steals108
Bench Points1432
Statistical LeadersSTFGCU
PointsMarissa Kastanek - 22
GRIFFIN - 19
ReboundsBonae Holston - 10
JACKSON - 7
AssistsBonae Holston - 5
KNIGHT - 5
StealsMarissa Kastanek - 3
Emili Tasler - 3
M. Goodwin-Coleman - 3
HANSEN - 3
BlocksBonae Holston - 1
Kody Burke - 1
KNIGHT - 1

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Eagles, who defeated Va. Tech, 69-41, just before the Christmas break, will look to continue their success on the court when they head to Honolulu, Hawaii to participate in the Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine Invitational from Dec. 28-30. FGCU will face NC State (Dec. 28; 10:00 p.m. ET), Hawai’i (Dec. 29; 11:00 p.m. ET) and Alcorn State (Dec. 30; 5:00 p.m. ET) in the round-robin format.

GAMEDAY CENTRAL
FGCU (8-1) vs. NC STATE
(7-3)
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, December 28, 2011/10:00 P.M. ET
SITE: Honolulu, Hawaii. - Stan Sheriff Center (10,300)
LIVE STATS: HAWAIIATHLETICS.com
SERIES: 1st Meeting

GAMEDAY CENTRAL
FGCU (8-1) vs. HAWAI’I
(4-8)
DATE/TIME: Thursday, December 29, 2011/11:00 P.M. ET
SITE: Honolulu, Hawaii. - Stan Sheriff Center (10,300)
LIVE STATS: HAWAIIATHLETICS.com
LIVE VIDEO: https://secure.oceanic.com/Streaming/
SERIES: 1st Meeting

GAMEDAY CENTRAL
FGCU (8-1) vs. ALCORN STATE
(2-7)
DATE/TIME: Friday, December 30, 2011/5:00 P.M. ET
SITE: Honolulu, Hawaii. - Stan Sheriff Center (10,300)
LIVE STATS: HAWAIIATHLETICS.com
SERIES: 1st Meeting

FGCU NOTES
LAST TIME OUT: Eagles Drain 17 Treys in 69-41 Rout of Virginia Tech (12/21)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Senior Kelsey Jacobson scored a game-high 17 points, as the FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down 17 three-pointers, en route to a 69-41 win over ACC foe Virginia Tech on Wednesday night in front of 1,826 fans at Alico Arena. • The Eagles are now 2-0 against Va. Tech and 2-4 all-time against the ACC. •  The Eagles, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (13.2), have drained double digit three-pointers in eight of their nine games this season and now have 119 triples as a team. Six different players made at least one trey for the Green and Blue, led by Jacobson’s 5-of-12 night. • Jacobson finished with 17 points, five rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes. Senior Nicoya Jackson poured in 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. Freshman Whitney Knight chipped in with 11 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals, while senior Eglah Griffin added 11 points in 22 minutes.

AT A GLANCE
The Eagles, who defeated Va. Tech, 69-41, just before the Christmas break, will look to continue their success on the court when they head to Honolulu, Hawaii to participate in the Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine Invitational from Dec. 28-30. FGCU will face NC State (Dec. 28; 11:00 p.m. ET), Hawai’i (Dec. 29; 11:55 p.m. ET) and Alcorn State (Dec. 30; 6:00 p.m. ET) in the round-robin format.

UP NEXT
Following their three games in Hawaii, the Eagles will head to the ‘Peach State’ to take on A-Sun foes Mercer and Kennesaw State. FGCU will face Mercer on Jan 2, before heading to Kennesaw, Ga. to take on the Owls on Jan. 4.

FGCU IN DECEMBER
• FGCU has a 52-12 all-time record in games played in December.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 21-4 record in the month of December.

FGCU VS. THE ACC
The Eagles are now 2-4 all-time against the ACC (0-1 vs. Georgia Tech and Miami; 0-2 vs. FSU). FGCU has defeated the Hokies of Va. Tech twice in the last two seasons.

AWAY FROM HOME
FGCU has a 79-28 all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 35-21 road record.

NEUTRAL SITE GAMES
Since moving to Division I in 2007-08, the Green and Blue have compiled an 8-1 record in neutral site contests. FGCU’s lone neutral site loss came at the hands of the BGSU Falcons (74-60) at the Cornell Classic in Ithaca, N.Y. on Nov. 30, 2007.

WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
FGCU is 143-10 all-time at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 65-4 home record.

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 65-4 record on their home court since moving to Division I, good for a .9412 winning percentage and the third highest all-time winning percentage at home. Tennessee and UConn rank first and second all-time in winning percentage at home (Thompson-Boling Arena) and (Gampel Pavilion).

NATION’S BEST
FGCU’s three-point prowess has been the program’s calling card from day one and the 2011-12 version of the Eagles is no different. FGCU leads the nation with an average of 13.2 threes per game, three trifectas in front of second place Charleston Southern (9.8). As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in seven games this season.

THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 9-0 this season when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• The Green and Blue are 8-1 on the year when they drain eight or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 8-1 this season when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.
• The Eagles are the only Division I school to average more 3-pointers (13.2) than turnovers (11.7).

A-SUN ALL-TIME LEADER
With 275 career three-pointers, Kelsey Jacobson is currently tied for first in the A-Sun record books with former Stetson Hatter Kristen Follis (1990-94). Jacobson’s next triple will make her the A-Sun’s all-time leader.

LEADER OF THE PACK
With 26 of her 29 made field goals coming from beyond the arc this season, Kelsey Jacobson ranks 2nd in the A-Sun and t-13th in the nation at 2.9 treys per game. The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in 6 of 9 games this season.

RAPID FIRE
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 119 threes this season compared to just 30 from its opponents. Led by Kelsey Jacobson’s 2.9 trifectas per contest, eight different players have made seven or more shots from long range. The Eagles have five players ranked in the A-Sun’s top-15 in 3-point field goals made per game.

MAKING A LIVING FROM LONG RANGE
It’s no secret that Kelsey Jacobson is FGCU’s top three-point threat. Through 101 career games, Jacobson has knocked down 275 three-pointers and on Feb. 7, 2011 vs. ETSU, she became FGCU’s all-time leader in three-pointers in just three seasons. Jacobson, who currently holds the Atlantic Sun record for three-pointers in a season (96), has made a three in 72 of her last 75 contests and 94 of 101 for her career. During her career, Jacobson has made 3+ threes 45 times, 5+ threes on 16 occasions and a career-best of eight one time.

3’S PLEASE!
In the program’s nine-year history (287) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 286 contests, including 174 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 174-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 1,700 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 838 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 106-8 all-time and 61-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.

HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE COMPETITION
Kelsey Jacobson has 275 career three-pointers made. She is the nation’s leader (among active players) in career three-pointers, with her closest competition being Jessica Jenkins (266) from St. Bonaventure and Anne Boese (256) from IPFW.

AMONG THE BEST
With at least 20 games remaining in her collegiate career, Kelsey Jacobson is on pace to finish with 336 career three-pointers made, which would rank her top 15 in NCAA Division I history.

FGCU RANKED #4 IN MID-MAJOR POLL
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team earned the No. 4 spot for the third consecutive week in the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday evening (Dec. 27).

The Mid-Major Poll is made up of teams from the following conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Great West, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast Conference.

The Green and Blue are the lone Atlantic Sun Conference team represented in this week’s Top 25.

FGCU VS. BCS OPPONENTS
FGCU is 7-10 all-time against BCS foes. Six of the Eagles’ seven wins over BCS opponents have come at Alico Arena.

GETTIN’ LOVE FROM ESPN
In the third edition of the mid-major top 10 written by ESPN’s Graham Hayes, the Eagles picked up the No. 5 spot. The mid-major top 10 returns with the same ground rules. All conferences beyond the BCS six (ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) qualify for consideration.

Here’s what Hayes said about FGCU:

5. Florida Gulf Coast (8-1)
Florida Gulf Coast opens the post-Christmas portion of its schedule against NC State in Hawaii, but it had little trouble dispatching another ACC foe to wrap things up before the brief holiday break. The Eagles hit 17 3-pointers in a 69-41 victory against Virginia Tech on Dec. 21 and have reached double digits in that category in every game since an opening loss at Seton Hall. Kelsey Jacobson went for 17 points against the Hokies, including five 3-pointers. She has taken 87 shots this season; 79 of them have come from beyond the 3-point line.

LEAVING A MARK ON THE FGCU RECORD BOOKS
Courtney Chihil has scored 781 points, made 96 three-pointers, grabbed 515 rebounds, recorded 161 steals and dished out 259 assists in her four-year career in the FGCU Blue and Green.

She is currently at or near the top five in all five of those categories:

Points
1. 1415 - Adrianne MCNALLY (128 games) - 2006-10
5. 953 - Candy Myers (87 games) - 2003-06
6. 839 - Chelsea LYLES (62 games) - 2008-10
7.   781 - Courtney CHIHIL (97 games) - 2008-Present

3-point field goals made
1.   275 - Kelsey JACOBSON (101 games) - 2008-Present

7. 113 - Chelsea LYLES (62 games) - 2008-10
8. 105 - Steffi SORENSEN (35 games) - 2006-07
9.   96 - Courtney CHIHIL (97 games) - 2008-Present

Rebounds
1. 658 - Adrianne MCNALLY (240o-418d) - 2006-10
2. 640 - Robyn SWAIN (236o-404d) - 2002-04
3.  515 - Courtney CHIHIL (165o-350d) - 2008-Present

Steals
1. 168 - Shannon MURPHY - 2007-11
2.  161 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present

Assists
1. 419 - Shannon MURPHY - 2007-11
2. 338 - Megan JONES - 2002-05
3. 335 - Adrianne MCNALLY - 2006-10
4. 301 - Chelsea DERMYER - 2005-08
5. 259 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present

THE REAL BIG THREE
Sarah Hansen, Nicoya Jackson and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 50.9 percent (38.8 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .416 (116-of-279) from the floor and .314 (50-of-159) from long distance.

BALANCED ATTACK
With three players averaging double figure points and three more at 7.8 points per game or higher, FGCU is first the A-Sun in scoring at a 76.2 per game clip. The Eagles have scored 80 or more points four times this season and are the only A-Sun team with a scoring margin larger than 7.0 points (+23.9). Four different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by five from Sarah Hansen, two from Kelsey Jacobson, one from Nicoya Jackson, and one from Amber Rechis.

PROTECTING THE ROCK
Shooting an A-Sun-best 41.2 percent from the field, the Eagles lead the league with a +8.67 turnover margin. Nicoya Jackson, who ranks 3rd in the A-Sun in assists (4.1), leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 2.3. Courtney Chihil is right behind Jackson in second place with a 1.9 ratio while ranking eighth in the A-Sun at 3.1 assists per game.

JACKSON RACKS UP PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
A-SUN PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Nicoya Jackson (Dec. 27)
• Second Career A-Sun Player of the Week award
• Totaled 15 points in a 69-41 win over ACC foe Va. Tech on Dec. 21
• Drained three three-pointers in the game and added seven rebounds, four assists and two steals

COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS’ NAT’L MID-MAJOR PLAYER OF THE WEEK AND A-SUN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Nicoya Jackson (Dec. 25)
• First Career National Mid-Major Player of the Week award
• Led the Eagles to a 69-41 win over ACC foe Va. Tech