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Eagles Head to Georgia to Face Mercer in A-Sun Action
Sunday, January 01, 2012 | by Mike Hill (mike_hill84)
Florida Gulf Coast (11-2 (3-0 A-Sun))
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Mercer (3-11 (1-2 A-Sun))
1/2/2012 | Macon, Ga. - University Center | Attendance: 1080
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Florida Gulf Coast514798
Mercer272350
Stats at a GlanceFGCUMERW
FG Percentage.492 (32-65) .400 (22-55)
3P FG Percentage.538 (14-26) .263 (5-19)
FT Percentage.909 (20-22) .333 (1-3)
Offensive Rebounds1511
Defensive Rebounds2319
Total Rebounds3830
Turnovers1126
Steals157
Bench Points3817
Statistical LeadersFGCUMERW
PointsJACOBSON - 24
BUCHANAN - 11
ReboundsKNIGHT - 7
PHILLIPS - 9
AssistsKENNEDY - 6
BRIDGES - 3
StealsKENNEDY - 5
BRADSHAW - 3
BlocksKNIGHT - 3
BUCHANAN - 2

MACON, Ga. – The Eagles, who went 2-1 at the Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine Invitational last week, will look to continue their success in conference play when they head to the ‘Peach State’ to take on A-Sun foe Mercer. FGCU will face the Bears on Jan 2 (5 p.m.).

GAMEDAY CENTRAL
FGCU (10-2, 2-0 A-Sun) at MERCER (3-10, 1-1 A-Sun)

DATE/TIME: Monday, January 2, 2012/5:00 P.M. ET
SITE: Mercer, Ga. - University Center
LIVE STATS: MERCERBEARS.com
LIVE AUDIO: MERCERBEARS.COM
LIVE VIDEO: ASun.TV
SERIES: 9th Meeting; FGCU leads 8-0
LAST MEETING: FGCU 76, Mercer 45 on Feb. 12, 2011 in Macon, Ga.
FGCU STREAK: W 2
FGCU LAST 5: 4-1

KNOW YOUR OPPONENT: MERCER BEARS
• Sophomore Briana Williams led the Bears with 10 points in a 128-42 loss to No. 3 Notre Dame at the University Center on Friday (Dec. 30).
• Mercer wrapped up its non-conference schedule against No. 3 Notre Dame on December 30th. The Bears finished 2-9 against opponents outside the A-Sun, with wins coming at High Point and against Troy.
• Mercer has posted seven blocks on three occasions this season and leads all A-Sun teams at 4.2 blocks per game. Eight of Mercer’s 12 players have at least one block this year.
• Briana Williams has topped the 20-point barrier in three of the last four games and has led the team in scoring in three of the last four games.
• In 13 games, Mercer has used eight different starting lineups. No player has started all 13 games.

FGCU NOTES
LAST TIME OUT: Eagles Handle Alcorn State, 85-38, and Say ‘Aloha’ to Hawaii

HONOLULU, Hawai’i – Every Eagle that saw the floor scored as the FGCU women’s basketball team defeated Alcorn State, 85-38, on the final day of the Pepsi Rainbow Wahine Invitational Friday at the Stan Sheriff Center. • The Green and Blue, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (12.6), knocked down 17 trifectas on the night. Eight different players made at least one trey for the Eagles, led by senior Kelsey Jacobson’s (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) 6-of-7 night. • Jacobson finished with a game-high 20 points, to go with two assists and two rebounds. Senior Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio/Alter HS) recorded 12 points, four assists and three rebounds in 22 minutes. Sophomore Sarah Hansen (Edinboro, Pa./General McLane HS) chipped in with 11 points, while junior Brittany Kennedy (Spokane, Wash./Lewis and Clark HS/Oregon State) had the best game of her young FGCU career, posting eight points and nine assists.

AT A GLANCE
The Eagles, who went 2-1 at the Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine Invitational last week, will look to continue their success in conference play when they head ‘Peach State’ to take on A-Sun foes Mercer and Kennesaw State. FGCU will face Mercer on Jan 2 (5 p.m.), before heading to Kennesaw, Ga. to take on the Owls on Jan. 4 (4:45 p.m.).

UP NEXT
Following their two games in Georgia, the Eagles will return home to host UNF and Jacksonville. FGCU takes on the Ospreys on Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m., before welcoming the Dolphins to ‘The Nest’ on Jan. 9 (5:15 p.m.)

FGCU IN January
• FGCU has an all-time record of 67-8 in games played in the month of January.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 31-6 record in the month of January, all vs. Atlantic Sun conference opponents.

AWAY FROM HOME
FGCU has an 80-28 all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 36-21 road record.

MAHALO HAWAI’I
In FGCU’s three games in Hawaii, Nicoya Jackson and Eglah Griffin played very solid basketball and earned spots on the Rainbow Wahine Invitational All-Tournament Team. Jackson averaged 13.0 points and 4.7 rebounds, while Griffin, who shot a scorching 66.7 percent (14-of-21) from the floor and 66.7 percent from behind the arc, averaged 13.0 points and 2.7 rebounds.

2011 Pepsi Rainbow Wahine Invitational All-Tournament Team
Kiara Ruffin, Alcorn State
Nicoya Jackson, Florida Gulf Coast
Kody Burke, North Carolina State
Breanna Arbuckle, Hawai`i
Eglah Griffin, Florida Gulf Coast
Marissa Kastanek, NC State - MVP

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 12.6 threes per game, nearly three trifectas in front of second place Charleston Southern (9.8). As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in eight games this season.

RANK   TEAM             3-PT FG/GAME
1.        FGCU                   12.6
2.        Charleston Sthrn     9.8
3.        Fresno State          9.5
4.        DePaul                  9.3

THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 11-0 this season when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• The Green and Blue are 10-1 on the year when they drain eight or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 10-2 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 (12.6) than turnovers (12.3).

A-SUN ALL-TIME LEADER
Coming into FGCU’s three games in Hawaii, Kelsey Jacobson had 275 career three-pointers, tying her for first place in the A-Sun record books with former Stetson Hatter Kristen Follis (1990-94). Jacobson, after knocking down eight trey balls during the Rainbow Wahine Invitational, now has 283 career triples and sits alone as the A-Sun’s all-time leader in career three-pointers.

LEADER OF THE PACK
With 34 of her 37 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 2.8 treys per game. The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in 7 of 12 games this season.

RAPID FIRE
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 151 threes this season compared to just 36 from its opponents. Led by Kelsey Jacobson’s 2.8 trifectas per contest, eight different players have made seven or more shots from long range. The Eagles have three 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 104 career games, Jacobson has knocked down 283 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 75 of her last 78 contests and 97 of 104 for her career. During her career, Jacobson has made 3+ threes 45 times, 5+ threes on 17 occasions and a career-best of eight one time.

3’S PLEASE!
In the program’s nine-year history (290) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 289 contests, including 177 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 177-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 1,732 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 844 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 107-8 all-time and 62-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.

HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE COMPETITION
Kelsey Jacobson has 283 career three-pointers made. She is the nation’s leader (among active players) in career three-pointers, with her closest competition being Jessica Jenkins (274) from St. Bonaventure and Anne Boese (261) from IPFW.

AMONG THE BEST
With at least 16 games remaining in her collegiate career, Kelsey Jacobson is on pace to finish with 331 career three-pointers made, which would rank her top 15 in NCAA Division I history.

LEAVING A MARK ON THE FGCU RECORD BOOKS
Courtney Chihil has scored 803 points, made 99 three-pointers, grabbed 526 rebounds, recorded 164 steals and dished out 270 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.  803 - Courtney CHIHIL (100 games) - 2008-Present

3-point field goals made
1.  283 - Kelsey JACOBSON (104 games) - 2008-Present

7. 113 - Chelsea LYLES (62 games) - 2008-10
8. 105 - Steffi SORENSEN (35 games) - 2006-07
9.  99 - Courtney CHIHIL (100 games) - 2008-Present

Rebounds
1. 658 - Adrianne MCNALLY (240o-418d) - 2006-10
2. 640 - Robyn SWAIN (236o-404d) - 2002-04
3.  526 - Courtney CHIHIL (169o-357d) - 2008-Present

Steals
1. 168 - Shannon MURPHY - 2007-11
2.  164 - 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.  270 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present

FANTASTIC 4
Sarah Hansen, Nicoya Jackson, Eglah Griffin and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 63.2 percent (47.8 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The quartet is also shooting .442 (197-of-446) from the floor and .368 (95-of-258) from long distance.

BALANCED ATTACK
With four players averaging double figure points and two more at 6.9 points per game or higher, FGCU is first the A-Sun in scoring at a 75.6 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 (+23.1). Four different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by five from Sarah Hansen, three from Kelsey Jacobson, two from Nicoya Jackson, and one from Amber Rechis and Eglah Griffin.

PROTECTING THE ROCK
Shooting an A-Sun-best 42.4 percent from the field, the Eagles lead the league with a +7.92 turnover margin. Courtney Chihil, who ranks t-7th in the A-Sun in assists (3.3), leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 2.0. Nicoya Jackson is right behind Chihil in second place with a 1.9 ratio while ranking t-7th in the A-Sun at 3.3 assists per game.

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 7-11 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.

RATING PERCENTAGE INDEX (RPI)
In the Collegiate Basketball News Women’s RPI College Basketball Ratings (for games through Dec. 11), the Eagles were ranked No. 52 and were the only A-Sun school ranked in the top 75.

RPI is used by the NCAA women’s basketball committee to supplement the selection of at-large teams and the seeding of all teams for the NCAA basketball tournament. This list is an independent duplication of the RPI without input from the NCAA. It is derived from three component factors: Div. I winning percentage (FI, 25%), schedule strength (FII, 50%); and opponent’s schedule strength (FIII, 25%). The RPI weights wins and losses with respect to the game location. Games against non-Division I opponents are not used in calculating the RPI.