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Eagles Set to Host In-State Foe Jacksonville at 'The Nest'
Sunday, January 08, 2012 | by Mike Hill (mike_hill84)
Photo Credit: Dennis Snyder
Photo Credit: Dennis Snyder
JU (4-12, 2-3 A-Sun)
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Florida Gulf Coast (14-2, 6-0 A-Sun)
1/9/2012 | Fort Myers, Fla. (Alico Arena) | Attendance: 1583
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JU252651
Florida Gulf Coast433174
Stats at a GlanceJUFGCU
FG Percentage.294 (20-68) .510 (26-51)
3P FG Percentage.000 (0-7) .550 (11-20)
FT Percentage.917 (11-12) .611 (11-18)
Offensive Rebounds237
Defensive Rebounds2226
Total Rebounds4533
Turnovers1817
Steals611
Bench Points2231
Statistical LeadersJUFGCU
PointsBELL - 12
PEEPLES - 12
GRIFFIN - 17
ReboundsBELL - 9
PEEPLES - 9
WHITFIELD - 6
AssistsPEEPLES - 2
CHIHIL - 5
StealsBELL - 3
KENNEDY - 3
BlocksBELL - 1
OSBORNE - 1
MCLEE - 1
KNIGHT - 3

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Eagles, who are 5-0 in A-Sun action, will look to continue their success in conference play when they host in-state foe Jacksonville. FGCU will take on the Dolphins on Jan. 9 (5:15 p.m.) in the first game of a double header with the men’s team.

GAMEDAY CENTRAL
FGCU (13-2, 5-0 A-Sun) vs. JACKSONVILLE (4-11, 2-2 A-Sun)

DATE/TIME: Monday, January 9, 2012/5:15 P.M. ET
SITE: Fort Myers, Fla. - Alico Arena
LIVE STATS: FGCUATHLETICS.com
LIVE VIDEO: ASUn.tv
LIVE AUDIO: FGCUATHLETICS.COM
TALENT: Tom James and J. Webb Horton
SERIES: 9th Meeting; FGCU leads 7-1
LAST MEETING: FGCU 64, JU 59 on Feb. 24, 2011 at Alico Arena
FGCU STREAK: W 4
FGCU LAST 5: 5-0

KNOW YOUR OPPONENT: JACKSONVILLE DOLPHINS
• At Stetson, the Dolphins played in their first double overtime game in school history...JU overcame an 12-point, second-half deficit - the largest of the season...the Dolphins shot 50 percent (19-38) from the floor in the second half to set up their late run...JU also tallied 14 steals and shot 77.8 percent (14-18) at the charity stripe...junior Tracie Sneed scored 21 points to lead the Dolphins, while senior Crystal Bell had 20 points and six steals...sophomore Jade Cargill had a second straight double-double (14 points, 10 boards), while junior Maggie Wilson added 13 points and five assists...senior Jessica George finished with 10 points, seven assists and four steals in the loss

• This season, the Dolphins lead the A-Sun with 172 steals. JU has recorded 10+ steals in nine contests. Senior Crytsal Bell is currently third in the league with 41 steals, while sophomore Jade Cargill is fourth with 36 steals.

• The Dolphins are near the top of the conference in blocks for the third straight season. This season, the Dolphins rank third in the A-Sun with 56 blocks. Senior Crystal Bell leads the team and ranks sixth in the league with 15 blocks. Sophomore Jane’l Osborne has 10 rejection and freshman Chelsea Faulhaber has seven rejections to rank third.

FGCU NOTES
LAST TIME OUT: Eagles Take Care of UNF, 68-34 (Jan. 7)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Senior Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) scored a game-high 14 points, as the FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down 11 triples, en route to a 68-34 blowout win over A-Sun foe UNF on Saturday night. • With the win, FGCU improved to 13-2 overall (5-0 A-Sun), while the Ospreys fell to 5-10 (2-2 A-Sun) on the season. The Eagles are now 7-2 all-time against UNF. • The Eagles, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (12.5), have drained double digit three-pointers in 12 of their 15 games this season and now have 187 triples as a team. Seven different players made at least one trey for the Green and Blue, led by Jacobson’s 4-of-6 night. • Jacobson finished with 14 points, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes of action. The Barnesville, Minn. Native, the A-Sun’s all-time leader and the nation’s leader (among active players) in career three-pointers (298), hit 4-of-6 shots from behind the arc. Sophomore Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) chipped in with 11 points, four boards, two assists and one steal.

UP NEXT
Following their matchup with JU, the Eagles will head to Nashville, Tenn. to take on Belmont and Lipscomb. FGCU will face the Bruins on Jan. 12 (8:00 pm), before taking on the Bisons on Jan. 14 (5:00pm).

FGCU IN JANUARY
• FGCU has an all-time record of 70-8 in games played in the month of January.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 34-6 record in the month of January, all vs. Atlantic Sun conference opponents.

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

HANDLING BUSINESS IN GEORGIA
FGCU went 2-0 on this year’s trip to Georgia, after picking up conference wins at Mercer (98-50) and Kennesaw State (87-50).

The Eagles won the games by an average of 42.5 points and shot 51.8 percent (59-of-114) from the floor and 50 percent (25-of-50) from behind the arc, while limiting to opposition to just 41-of-114 (36 percent) from the field and 10-of-34 (29.4 percent).

ON FIRE
Kelsey Jacobson, arguably the nation’s best three-point shooter, has been lighting it up on the court for the Eagles over the last four contests.

Jacobson has averaged 17.3 points and has knocked down 21-of-27 (.778) shots from behind the arc in FGCU’s last four games, all of which were wins.

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 12.5 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 11 games this season.

RANK   TEAM           3-PT FG/GAME
1.       FGCU                 12.5
2.       Charleston S’thrn 9.8
3.       Fresno State        9.3
4.       UT Martin            8.9

THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 13-0 this season when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• The Green and Blue are 13-1 on the year when they drain eight or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 13-2 this season when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.

A-SUN ALL-TIME LEADER
Going 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 298 career triples and sits alone as the A-Sun’s all-time leader in career three-pointers.

LEADER OF THE PACK
With 49 of her 54 made field goals coming from beyond the arc this season, Kelsey Jacobson ranks 1st in the A-Sun and 5th in the nation at 3.3 treys per game. The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in 10 of 15 games this season.

RAPID FIRE
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 187 threes this season compared to just 47 from its opponents. Led by Kelsey Jacobson’s 3.3 trifectas per contest, eight different players have made nine 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 107 career games, Jacobson has knocked down 298 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 78 of her last 81 contests and 100 of 107 for her career. During her career, Jacobson has made 3+ threes 47 times, 5+ threes on 17 occasions and a career-best of eight twice.

3’S PLEASE!
In the program’s nine-year history (293) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 292 contests, including 180 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 180-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 1,768 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 855 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 110-8 all-time and 65-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.

HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE COMPETITION
Kelsey Jacobson has 298 career three-pointers made. She is the nation’s leader (among active players) in career three-pointers, with her closest competition being Jessica Jenkins (279) from St. Bonaventure and Anne Boese (261) from IPFW.

AMONG THE BEST
With at least 13 games remaining in her collegiate career, Kelsey Jacobson is on pace to finish with 340 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.

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.

WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
FGCU is 144-10 all-time at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 66-4 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 66-4 record on their home court since moving to Division I, good for a .9429 winning percentage and the second highest all-time winning percentage at home. Tennessee ranks first all-time in winning percentage at home (Thompson-Boling Arena).

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 307-75 all-time, including 245-48 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 828 points, made 102 three-pointers, grabbed 537 rebounds, recorded 166 steals and dished out 278 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.   828 - Courtney CHIHIL (103 games) - 2008-Present

3-point field goals made
1.   298 - Kelsey JACOBSON (107 games) - 2008-Present

7. 113 - Chelsea LYLES (62 games) - 2008-10
8. 105 - Steffi SORENSEN (35 games) - 2006-07
9.   102 - Courtney CHIHIL (103 games) - 2008-Present

Rebounds
1. 658 - Adrianne MCNALLY (240o-418d) - 2006-10
2. 640 - Robyn SWAIN (236o-404d) - 2002-04
3.   537 - Courtney CHIHIL (171o-366d) - 2008-Present

Steals
1. 168 - Shannon MURPHY - 2007-11
2.   166 - 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.   278 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present

FANTASTIC 4
Sarah Hansen, Nicoya Jackson, Eglah Griffin and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 60.5 percent (46.8 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The quartet is also shooting .454 (241-of-531) from the floor and .389 (116-of-298) from long distance.

BALANCED ATTACK
With three players averaging double figure points and three more at 8.0 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 six times this season and are the only A-Sun team with a scoring margin larger than 7.0 points (+26.4). Five different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by five from Sarah Hansen and Kelsey Jacobson, two from Nicoya Jackson, and one from Amber Rechis, Whitney Knight and Eglah Griffin.

PROTECTING THE ROCK
Shooting an A-Sun-best 44.0 percent from the field, the Eagles lead the league with a +8.53 turnover margin. Courtney Chihil, who ranks 6th in the A-Sun in assists (3.1), leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 2.0. Nicoya Jackson is right behind Chihil in second place with a 1.8 ratio while also ranking t-7th in the A-Sun at 3.0 assists per game.

BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE
The Eagles defeated Webber International 106-27 on Nov. 28, 2011 at home, which was the 9th time in the history of the program and 2nd time since moving to Division I that the team has scored 100+ points in a single game.

Prior to the Webber Int’l game the last time that FGCU broke the century mark was February 5, 2009 at USC Upstate (W, 102-53).

8 IS ENOUGH
Kelsey Jacobson drained eight three-pointers on two occasions this season, to lead the Eagles to blowout wins over ETSU (Dec. 3) and Mercer (Jan. 2).

The Barnesville, Minn. native, shot 8-of-12 from long range against ETSU and 8-of-9 from three-point range at Mercer, to place her tied for first place in the FGCU record books for three-pointers made in a single game with former Eagles Candy Myers and Jen Conely.

1,000 Point Club
Kelsey Jacobson became the fourth player in program history to score 1,000 career points when she drained a three-pointer with 7:28 left in the first half in the Green and Blue’s 106-27 win over Webber International on Nov. 28, 2011.

Jacobson, who currently has 1,130 points, ranks 3rd in the FGCU record books behind Adrianne McNally (1,415) and Shannon Murphy (1,185).