Eagles Look to Remain Undefeated in A-Sun Play at Lipscomb on Saturday Night
|Florida Gulf Coast||36||40||76|
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.417 (25-60)||.412 (21-51)|
|3P FG Percentage||.361 (13-36)||.300 (3-10)|
|FT Percentage||.765 (13-17)||.560 (14-25)|
CHIHIL - 6
GRIFFIN - 6
PHILLIPS - 2
GRIFFIN - 1
MCALISTER - 1
FAULKNER - 1
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Eagles, who are 7-0 in A-Sun action, will look to go 8-0 in A-Sun play for the first time in program history when they take on the Bisons of Lipscomb on Jan. 14 at Allen Arena. Tip off is set for 5:00 p.m. ET.
FGCU (15-2, 7-0 A-Sun) at LIPSCOMB (3-14, 1-5 A-Sun)
DATE/TIME: Saturday, January 14, 2012/5:00 P.M. ET
SITE: Nashville, Tenn. - Allen Arena
LIVE STATS: LIPSCOMBSPORTS.com
LIVE VIDEO: ASun.TV
SERIES: 8th Meeting; FGCU leads 7-0
LAST MEETING: FGCU 67, Lipscomb 51 (Jan. 29, 2011) in Nashville
FGCU STREAK: W 7
FGCU LAST 5: 5-0
KNOW YOUR OPPONENT: LIPSCOMB BISONS
• Lipscomb junior wing Hannah Phillips continues to lead the way for the Lady Bison. The veteran is pacing the team in scoring (12.6 ppg), rebounding (5.4 rpg), assists (43) and steals (27) having scored in double digits in each of her past ten games.
• Senior guard Anna Bowers is quickly closing in on the 1,000 point mark entering the game against FGCU with 972 points as a Lady Bison. That figure ranks Bowers fifth among active players in the A-Sun. Only three other Lady Bison have reached the mark in the NCAA era at Lipscomb.
• Bowers and Phillips both head into Saturday afternoon’s tilt having scored in 48 consecutive games. Phillips has played in all 76 games during her career at Lipscomb.
LAST TIME OUT: Hansen’s 21 Points Leads FGCU to a Hard-Fought Road Win at Belmont (Jan. 12)
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Sophomore Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa.General McLane HS) scored a game-high 21 points, including 10 in the last 4:24, as the FGCU women’s basketball team scratched and clawed their way to a 57-50 win over A-Sun foe Belmont on the road Thursday night at the Curb Event Center. • The Eagles, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (12.2), knocked down 9-of-21 shots from behind the arc. The nine triples by FGCU marks just the fourth time this season the team has not drained double digit three-pointers in a game. Four different players made at least one trey for the Green and Blue, led by redshirt-freshman Amber Rechis’ (Martin, Tenn./Westview HS) 3-of-4 night. • Hansen scored 21 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field and 9-of-11 from the charity stripe, while also adding five boards and two steals. Freshman Whitney Knight (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds HS) chipped in with 12 points, five rebounds, three blocks and a pair of assists in 26 minutes off the bench. Senior Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) finished with 11 points, four assists and two rebounds. Jacobson, the A-Sun’s all-time leader and the nation’s leader (among active players) in career three-pointers (305), hit 3-of-8 shots from behind the arc and has now made 28-of-41 (.683) shots from long distance over the last six contests.
Following their matchup at Lipscomb, the Eagles will battle Stetson, in what could possibly be a battle of A-Sun unbeatens. FGCU will face the Hatters on Jan. 21 (1:00pm) at the Edmunds Center.
FGCU is 7-0 in A-Sun play this season. With a win at Lipscomb on Saturday the Eagles will secure the program’s best 8-game start to open up conference play.
FGCU IN JANUARY
• FGCU has an all-time record of 72-8 in games played in the month of January.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 36-6 record in the month of January, all vs. Atlantic Sun conference opponents.
AWAY FROM HOME
FGCU has an 83-28 all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 39-21 road record.
HANDLING BUSINESS IN ROAD CONFERENCE GAMES
FGCU is 3-0 in A-Sun road contests so far this season, after picking up conference wins at Mercer (98-50; Jan. 2), at Kennesaw State (87-50; Jan. 4) and at Belmont (57-50; Jan. 12).
The Eagles won the games by an average of 30.7 points and shot 49.4 percent (76-of-154) from the floor and 47.9 percent (34-of-71) from behind the arc, while limiting to opposition to just 61-of-162 (37.7 percent) from the field and 15-of-50 (30 percent) from three-point range.
Kelsey Jacobson, arguably the nation’s best three-point shooter, has been lighting it up on the court for the Eagles over the last six contests.
Jacobson has averaged 15.3 points and has knocked down 28-of-41 (.683) shots from behind the arc in FGCU’s last six games, all of which were wins.
ALL WE DO IS WIN
Since joining the A-Sun in 2007-08, the Eagles have wins, which is second all-time in conference history for wins in a 5-year span.
The A-Sun record of 125 wins in a 5-year span is held by FIU (1994-98).
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 12.2 threes per game, nearly three trifectas in front of second place Fresno State (9.9). As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in 12 games this season.
RANK TEAM 3-PT FG/GAME
1. FGCU 12.2
2. Fresno State 9.9
3. Charleston S’thern 9.4
4. UT Martin 9.1
THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 13-0 this season when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• The Green and Blue are 15-1 on the year when they drain eight or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 15-2 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 305 career triples and sits alone as the A-Sun’s all-time leader in career three-pointers.
LEADER OF THE PACK
With 56 of her 61 made field goals coming from beyond the arc this season, Kelsey Jacobson ranks 1st in the A-Sun and 6th in the nation at 3.3 treys per game. The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in 12 of 17 games this season.
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 207 threes this season compared to just 52 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 109 career games, Jacobson has knocked down 305 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 80 of her last 83 contests and 102 of 109 for her career. During her career, Jacobson has made 3+ threes 49 times, 5+ threes on 17 occasions and a career-best of eight twice.
In the program’s nine-year history (295) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 294 contests, including 182 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 182-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 1,788 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 860 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 111-8 all-time and 66-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.
HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE COMPETITION
Kelsey Jacobson has 305 career three-pointers made. She is the nation’s leader (among active players) in career three-pointers, with her closest competition being Jessica Jenkins (280) from St. Bonaventure and Jill Young (266) from S. Dakota St.
AMONG THE BEST
With at least 11 games remaining in her collegiate career, Kelsey Jacobson is on pace to finish with 338 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 fifth consecutive week in the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday evening (Jan. 10).
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. 18.
PICKIN’ UP VOTES IN THE USA TODAY/ESPN TOP 25
FGCU received a pair of votes to rank No. 32 in this week’s USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll that was released on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
This marks the tenth time in program history that the Eagles have earned votes in the national poll. FGCU, who leads the nation in three-pointers made per game (12.4), last received votes in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 when they were one of four one-loss teams remaining in Division I (UConn, Baylor, Green Bay) during the 2010-11 season. The Green and Blue received six votes to rank No. 33 in Feb. 8, 2011 poll.
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 67-4 record on their home court since moving to Division I, good for a .9437 winning percentage and the highest all-time winning percentage at home. Tennessee ranks second all-time in winning percentage at home (Thompson-Boling Arena).
GET THAT OUTTA HERE
Whitney Knight currently leads the A-Sun with 36 total blocks (2.1 per game). Her 2.1 blocks rank her 45th in the nation (as of Jan. 12), while her 36 blocks rank her t-4th in FGCU history with Adrianne McNally (36), but behind Chelsea Lyles (38), Kate Schrader (44) and Robyn Swain (121).
LEAVING A MARK ON THE FGCU RECORD BOOKS
Courtney Chihil has scored 839 points, made 104 three-pointers, grabbed 542 rebounds, recorded 171 steals and dished out 286 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
839 - Courtney CHIHIL (105 games) - 2008-Present
3-point field goals made
1. 305 - Kelsey JACOBSON (109 games) - 2008-Present
7. 113 - Chelsea LYLES (62 games) - 2008-10
8. 105 - Steffi SORENSEN (35 games) - 2006-07
9. 104 - Courtney CHIHIL (105 games) - 2008-Present
1. 658 - Adrianne MCNALLY (240o-418d) - 2006-10
2. 640 - Robyn SWAIN (236o-404d) - 2002-04
3. 542 - Courtney CHIHIL (172o-370d) - 2008-Present
1. 171 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present
2. 168 - Shannon MURPHY - 2007-11
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. 286 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present
Sarah Hansen, Nicoya Jackson, Eglah Griffin and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 61.3 percent (46.5 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The quartet is also shooting .459 (265-of-577) from the floor and .397 (127-of-320) from long distance.
With three players averaging double figure points and three more at 8.4 points per game or higher, FGCU is first the A-Sun in scoring at a 75.9 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 (+25.1). Five different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by six from Sarah Hansen, five from Kelsey Jacobson, two from Nicoya Jackson and Eglah Griffin and one from Amber Rechis and Whitney Knight.
PROTECTING THE ROCK
Shooting an A-Sun-best 44.3 percent from the field, the Eagles lead the league with a +7.82 turnover margin. Courtney Chihil, who ranks 6th in the A-Sun in assists (3.2), leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 2.0. Nicoya Jackson is right behind Chihil with a 1.84 ratio while also ranking 8th in the A-Sun at 2.9 assists per game.
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