Eagles Wrapup Long Road Trip at Kennesaw State
|Florida Gulf Coast||46||41||87|
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||KSU|
|FG Percentage||.551 (27-49)||.322 (19-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.458 (11-24)||.333 (5-15)|
|FT Percentage||.759 (22-29)||.583 (7-12)|
KENNEDY - 3
MILLS - 4
WELLS - 1
KENNESAW, Ga. – The Eagles, who are 3-0 in A-Sun play, will look to continue their success in conference play when they head Kennesaw, Ga. to take on A-Sun foe Kennesaw State. FGCU will take on the Owls on Jan. 4 (4:45 p.m.).
FGCU (11-2, 3-0 A-Sun) at KENNESAW STATE (6-8, 1-2 A-Sun)
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, January 4, 2012/4:45 P.M. ET
SITE: Kennesaw, Ga. - KSU Convocation Center
LIVE STATS: KSUOWLS.com
LIVE VIDEO: ASun.tv
SERIES: 9th Meeting; FGCU leads 6-2
LAST MEETING: FGCU 52, KSU 63 on Feb. 14, 2011 in Kennesaw, Ga.
FGCU STREAK: W 3
FGCU LAST 5: 4-1
KNOW YOUR OPPONENT: KENNESAW STATE OWLS
• The Lady Owls (6-8, 1-2) are coming off a tough, 65-55, loss to Stetson at home Monday night. KSU tied the score with 3:45 to go in the contest, but the Hatters were able to score the final 10 points of the game to take the win. Kristina Wells scored a team-best 13 points in the loss, while Chelcey Farrar added 12 off the bench to go with nine rebounds.
• KSU fell to Stetson even though it had a dominating performance on the glass. KSU out-rebounded Stetson, 46-33, and also had a large offensive rebounding advantage (19-10). Still, it was Stetson who scored more second-chance points against the Lady Owls, 15-14. KSU was also unable to force any Stetson turnovers in the second half after forcing 15 in the opening 20 minutes.
• The Lady Owls defeated the Eagles, 63-52, last season in Kennesaw. Two of the three lowest point totals the Eagles scored last year were against the Lady Owls. Kennesaw State has won twice in the eight meetings all-time with FGCU. The other KSU win came Feb. 16, 2008, in Kennesaw by a 55-52 score.
LAST TIME OUT: Jacobson’s Three-Point Barrage Leads FGCU to a 98-50 A-Sun Win at Mercer (Jan. 2)
MACON, Ga. – Senior KELSEY JACOBSON (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) scored a career-high 24 points on a career-high eight three-pointers, as the FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down 14 triples, en route to a 98-50 blowout win over A-Sun foe Mercer on Monday night. • With the win, FGCU improves to 11-2 overall (3-0 A-Sun), while the Bears fall to 3-11 (1-2 A-Sun) on the season. The Eagles are now 9-0 all-time against Mercer and 5-0 at MU’s University Center. • Jacobson has now made a three in 76 of her last 79 contests and 98 of 105 for her career. During her decorated FGCU career, Jacobson has made 3+ threes 45 times, 5+ threes on 17 occasions and a career-best of eight twice. • The Eagles, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (12.7), have drained double digit three-pointers in 10 of their 13 games this season and now have 165 triples as a team. Six different players made at least one trey for the Green and Blue, led by Jacobson’s 8-of-9 night. • Jacobson, the A-Sun’s all-time leader and the nation’s leader (among active players) in career three-pointers (291), added two rebounds, a steal and an assist to go with her 24 points.
AT A GLANCE
The Eagles, who are 3-0 in A-Sun play, will look to continue their success in conference play when they head Kennesaw, Ga. to take on A-Sun foe Kennesaw State. FGCU will take on the Owls on Jan. 4 (4:45 p.m.).
Following their matchup with Kennesaw State, 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.)
KELSEY JACOBSON, arguably the nation’s best three-point shooter, has been lighting it up on the court for the Eagles over the last two contests.
Jacobson has averaged 22.0 points and has knocked down 14-of-16 (.875) shots from behind the arc in FGCU’s last two games, which were both wins.
FGCU IN JANUARY
• FGCU has an all-time record of 68-8 in games played in the month of January.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 32-6 record in the month of January, all vs. Atlantic Sun conference opponents.
AWAY FROM HOME
FGCU has a 81-28 all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 37-21 road record.
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
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, three trifectas in front of second place Charleston Southern (9.5). As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in nine games this season.
RANK TEAM 3-PT FG/GAME
1. FGCU 12.6
2. Charleston S’thrn 9.5
3. Fresno State 9.3
4. DePaul 8.7
THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 12-0 this season when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• The Green and Blue are 11-1 on the year when they drain eight or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 11-2 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 (12.2).
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 now has 291 career triples and sits alone as the A-Sun’s all-time leader in career three-pointers.
LEADER OF THE PACK
With 42 of her 45 made field goals coming from beyond the arc this season, KELSEY JACOBSON ranks 1st in the A-Sun and t-19th in the nation at 3.2 treys per game. The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in 8 of 13 games this season.
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 165 threes this season compared to just 41 from its opponents. Led by KELSEY JACOBSON’S 3.2 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 105 career games, Jacobson has knocked down 291 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 76 of her last 79 contests and 98 of 105 for her career. During her career, Jacobson has made 3+ threes 45 times, 5+ threes on 17 occasions and a career-best of eight twice.
In the program’s nine-year history (291) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 290 contests, including 178 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 178-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 1,746 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 849 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit three’s, FGCU is 108-8 all-time and 63-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.
HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE COMPETITION
KELSEY JACOBSON has 291 career three-pointers made. She is the nation’s leader (among active players) in career three-pointers, with her closest competition being Jessica Jenkins (276) from St. Bonaventure and Anne Boese (261) from IPFW.
The FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down an all-time NCAA record and 2011-12 NCAA single-game high 21 three-pointers on 51 long range attempts in their 106-27 over NAIA foe Webber International on Nov. 28, 2011 at Alico Arena.
The Eagles’ 21 three-point ranks them tied for first place tie all-time with New Mexico State. The Aggies drained 21 triples against Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 23, 2002. The 21 threes are also an A-Sun record, as FGCU made six treys in the first half and 15 in the second.
AMONG THE BEST
With at least 15 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 fourth consecutive week in the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday evening (Jan. 3).
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 one of two Atlantic Sun Conference team’s represented in this week’s Top 25. Stetson is ranked No. 25.
RATING PERCENTAGE INDEX (RPI)
In the Collegiate Basketball News Women’s RPI College Basketball Ratings (for games through Jan. 1), the Eagles were ranked No. 70 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.
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).
THE BIG 3-0-0
With the 77-53 win over USC Upstate in front of 1,236 fans on Dec. 19 at Alico Arena, head coach KARL SMESKO picked up his 300th career victory.
Smesko is now 305-75 all-time, including 243-48 at FGCU.
BEATING DEFENDING CONFERENCE CHAMPS
The Eagles have picked up a pair of wins over defending conference champs so far this season.
The Green and Blue knocked off defending Big 10 champ Michigan State, 59-58, at Alico Arena in the 2011-12 home opener on Nov. 19. FGCU then went on the road and defeated defending Conference USA champ UCF, 75-36, at UCF Arena.
LEAVING A MARK ON THE FGCU RECORD BOOKS
COURTNEY CHIHIL has scored 810 points, made 100 three-pointers, grabbed 530 rebounds, recorded 164 steals and dished out 273 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:
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. 810 - Courtney CHIHIL (101 games) - 2008-Present
3-point field goals made
1. 291 - Kelsey JACOBSON (105 games) - 2008-Present
7. 113 - Chelsea LYLES (62 games) - 2008-10
8. 105 - Steffi SORENSEN (35 games) - 2006-07
9. 100 - Courtney CHIHIL (101 games) - 2008-Present
1. 658 - Adrianne MCNALLY (240o-418d) - 2006-10
2. 640 - Robyn SWAIN (236o-404d) - 2002-04
3. 530 - Courtney CHIHIL (170o-360d) - 2008-Present
1. 168 - Shannon MURPHY - 2007-11
2. 164 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present
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. 273 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present
SARAH HANSEN, NICOYA JACKSON, EGLAH GRIFFIN and KELSEY JACOBSON have combined to account for 62.4 percent (48.2 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The quartet is also shooting .448 (216-of-482) from the floor and .381 (104-of-273) from long distance.
With four players averaging double figure points and two more at 7.2 points per game or higher, FGCU is first the A-Sun in scoring at a 77.3 per game clip. The Eagles have scored 80 or more points five times this season and are the only A-Sun team with a scoring margin larger than 7.0 points (+25.0). Four different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by five from SARAH HANSEN, four from KELSEY JACOBSON, two from NICOYA JACKSON and one from AMBER RECHIS and EGLAH GRIFFIN.
PROTECTING THE ROCK
Shooting an A-Sun-best 42.9 percent from the field, the Eagles lead the league with a +8.46 turnover margin. COURTNEY CHIHIL, who ranks 6th in the A-Sun in assists (3.2), leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 2.1. NICOYA JACKSON is right behind Chihil in second place with a 1.9 ratio while also ranking 6th in the A-Sun at 3.2 assists per game.
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