Eagles Look to Stay Perfect in A-Sun Conference Play on Thursday
|Florida Gulf Coast||47||50||97|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||FGCU|
|FG Percentage||.429 (18-42)||.522 (35-67)|
|3P FG Percentage||.600 (6-10)||.415 (17-41)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (12-18)||.769 (10-13)|
FAULKNER - 16
BURNETTE - 2
PHILLIPS - 2
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Eagles, who have won 13 consecutive games and have the seventh best win-loss percentage in the nation, will look to stay undefeated in conference play when they battle the Bisons of Lipscomb on Feb. 9 at Alico Arena. Tip off is set for 7:05 p.m. ET.
FGCU (21-2, 13-0 A-SUN) vs. LIPSCOMB (5-18, 3-9 A-SUN)
DATE: Thursday, February 9, 2012
TIME: 7:05 P.M. ET
SITE: Fort Myers, Fla. - Alico Arena
LIVE STATS: FGCUATHLETICS.com
LIVE VIDEO: ASun.tv
LIVE AUDIO: FGCUATHLETICS.COM
TALENT: Tom James & J. Webb Horton
SERIES: 9th Meeting; FGCU leads 8-0
LAST MEETING: FGCU 76, LIPSCOMB 59 on Jan. 14 at Allen Arena
CURRENT STREAK: W 13
LAST 10: 10-0
LAST 15: 14-1
KNOW YOUR OPPONENT: LIPSCOMB BISONS
• Senior guard Anna Bowers leads the Lady Bison averaging 12.5 points per game in her final season at Lipscomb. Bowers’ is scoring at an even higher clip in A-Sun action averaging 13.7 points per night. The veteran has scored in double figures in 11 straight games.
• Lipscomb junior wing Hannah Phillips leads the Lady Bison in rebounding (5.2 rpg), assists (59) and steals (38). Phillips has scored in double digits in 11 of her last 14 games.
• Allowing 65 points or fewer seems to be the key number for the Lady Bison as four of Lipscomb’s five wins have come when holding opponents under 65.
• With a 19-point night against USC Upstate, Bowers became just the fourth Lady Bison to reach the 1,000 point milestone in the NCAA era. Entering Saturday night’s contest with 1,045 points, Bowers is closing in on third-place all time held by current Lady Bison assistant coach Katie Beth Allen, who finished her career with 1,078.
LAST TIME OUT: Hansen & Chihil Lead FGCU to 13th Consecutive Victory with 70-60 Win at JU (Feb. 4)
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Redshirt-sophomore Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) scored a game-high 23 points as the FGCU women’s basketball team defeated Jacksonville, 70-60, to pick up their 13th consecutive victory. • With the victory, FGCU improves to 21-2 overall (13-0 A-Sun), while the Dolphins fall to 7-18 (5-8 A-Sun) on the season. The Eagles are now 9-1 all-time against JU and 4-1 at Veterans Memorial Arena. The win also gives FGCU the eighth 21-win season in program history. • Ranked No. 3 in the CollegInsider.com Mid-Major poll and receiving votes in both national polls, FGCU forced the Dolphins into 16 turnovers and held them to 60 points. Jacksonville’s 60 points mark the 19th time the Eagles, who lead the conference in scoring defense (52.4 ppg), have held an opponent to 60 points or fewer this season. • Hansen, who scored FGCU’s first 10 points of the game, tied her season-high with 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field, 2-of-2 from behind the arc and 3-of-3 from the charity stripe. She also added five assists, four rebounds and three blocks in the win. Senior Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio/Alter HS) scored a season-high 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field, while also adding three rebounds.
Following their matchup with Lipscomb, the Eagles will host their final two home games of the season. FGCU will take Belmont (Feb. 11), before facing Stetson on ‘Senior Day’ (Feb. 18).
FGCU IN FEBRUARY
• FGCU has an all-time record of 59-8 in games played in February.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 30-5 overall record in the month of February; 29-5 vs. Atlantic Sun conference opponents.
FGCU VS. LIPSCOMB AT ALICO ARENA
The Eagles have a 4-0 record on the road against Lipscomb. The Eagles average 73.3 points per game at Alico Arena, while limiting the Bisons to 52.3 points.
The last time the Eagles faced LU at home (Jan. 5, 2011), the Green and Blue defeated the Dolphins 75-57 and shot 28-of-66 (42.4 percent) from the floor and 13-of-40 (32.5 percent) from behind the arc.
EIGHT CONSECUTIVE 21-WIN SEASONS
The Eagles secured their eighth-straight 21+ win season with a 70-60 vicotry at JU (Feb. 4). The Green and Blue now have nine 21+ win seasons in program history.
The lone year that the Eagles failed to win 21 games was during the 2003-04 campaign, when FGCU went 18-8.
Over the last eight seasons, the Eagles have accumulated 205 wins and 39 losses.
LOCK IT UP
FGCU clinched the program’s first spot in the A-Sun Tournament with a 58-51 win over Kennesaw State on Jan. 28.
DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS
In their last four games, FGCU held Mercer, Kennesaw State, UNF and JU to just 55, 51, 61 and 60 points, respectively. The Eagles, who lead the conference in scoring defense (52.1 ppg), have held opponents below 65 points on 20 occasions this season, while also holding this year’s opponents below 60 points on 17 occasions.
CAPITAL 1 ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT 4 FIRST TEAM
Courtney Chihil and Sarah Hansen were named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 4 Women’s Basketball first team (Feb. 2), as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Members of CoSIDA conduct nominations and voting for the All-America programs.
The District 4 team is made up of student-athletes from Division I schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and South Carolina. To be nominated, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore, a starter or important reserve and must carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher.
Chihil and Hansen are now eligible to be selected as members of the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second and third team All-America honorees will be selected at the end of February.
ALL WE DO IS WIN
Since joining the A-Sun in 2007-08, the Eagles have 121 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 also has 49 wins over the last two seasons and need just five more victories to secure the best 2-year win total in conference history. The Eagles’ 52 wins from 2009-11 is tied with FIU’s 1993-95 squad for best all-time.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
FGCU is 147-10 all-time at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 67-4 home record.
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 69-4 record on their home court since moving to Division I, good for a .9452 winning percentage and the highest all-time winning percentage at home. Tennessee ranks second all-time in winning percentage at home (Thompson-Boling Arena).
Sitting at 13-0 in A-Sun action, FGCU is one of 17 teams in the nation that are undefeated in conference play. Also, with a 21-2 overall record, the Eagles are one of 17 20+ win teams in the nation.
BEATING DEFENDING CONFERENCE CHAMPS
The Eagles have picked up a trio 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 (Dec. 8) and defending A-Sun champ Stetson, 59-55, at the Edmunds Center (Jan. 21).
GET THAT OUTTA HERE
Whitney Knight is currently ranked 2nd in the A-Sun with 1.9 blocks per game (43 total blocks). Her 1.9 blocks rank her 60th in the nation (as of Feb. 5), while her 43 blocks rank her 3rd in FGCU history behind Kate Schrader (44) and Robyn Swain (121).
LEAVING A MARK ON THE FGCU RECORD BOOKS
Courtney Chihil has scored 912 points, made 108 three-pointers, grabbed 570 rebounds, recorded 190 steals and dished out 296 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. 912 - Courtney CHIHIL (110 games) - 2008-Present
3-point field goals made
1. 313 - Kelsey JACOBSON (115 games) - 2008-Present
7. 113 - Chelsea LYLES (62 games) - 2008-10
9. 108 - Courtney CHIHIL (110 games) - 2008-Present
1. 658 - Adrianne MCNALLY (240o-418d) - 2006-10
2. 640 - Robyn SWAIN (236o-404d) - 2002-04
3. 570 - Courtney CHIHIL (180o-390d) - 2008-Present
1. 190 - 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. 296 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present
THE BIG 3
Sarah Hansen, Nicoya Jackson, and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 47.7 percent (35.6 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .429 (258-of-602) from the floor and .343 (106-of-309) from long distance.
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 74.7 per game clip. The Eagles have scored 80 or more points seven times this season and are the only A-Sun team with a scoring margin larger than 7.0 points (+22.3). Six different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by eight from Sarah Hansen, five from Kelsey Jacobson, three from Eglah Griffin, two from Nicoya Jackson, Courtney Chihil and Amber Rechis and one from Whitney Knight.
PROTECTING THE ROCK
Shooting an A-Sun-best 43.2 percent from the field, the Eagles lead the league with a +7.96 turnover margin. Courtney Chihil, who ranks 7th in the A-Sun in assists (2.8), has a 1.76 assist/turnover ratio. Nicoya Jackson has a 1.92 ratio while also ranking 8th in the A-Sun at 2.8 assists per game.
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 11.0 threes per game, nearly two trifectas in front of second place Fresno State (9.5). As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in 13 games this season.
RANK TEAM 3-PT FG/GAME
1. FGCU 11.0
2. Fresno State 9.5
3. UT Martin 9.3
4. Charleston S’thern 9.1
THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 18-0 this season when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• The Green and Blue are 17-1 on the year when they drain eight or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 20-2 this season when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.
Eglah Griffin ranks second in the nation in 3-point percentage, hitting 47.4 (46-of-97) of her triple tries. Griffin has hit a 3-pointer in 19 games this season and has multi-threes in 15 of 22 games in 2011-12.
In the program’s nine-year history (301) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 300 contests, including 188 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 188-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 1,835 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 880 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 112-8 all-time and 67-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 254 threes this season compared to just 74 from its opponents. Led by Kelsey Jacobson’s 2.8 trifectas per contest, eight different players have made 12 or more shots from long range. The Eagles have four players ranked in the A-Sun’s top-15 in 3-point field goals made per game.
A-SUN ALL-TIME LEADER
Kelsey Jacobson now has 313 career triples and sits alone as the A-Sun’s all-time leader in career three-pointers. The previous record holder was former Stetson Hatter Kristen Follis (1990-94).
MAKING A LIVING FROM LONG RANGE
It’s no secret that Kelsey Jacobson is FGCU’s top three-point threat. Through 115 career games, Jacobson has knocked down 313 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 84 of her last 89 contests and 106 of 115 for her career. During her career, Jacobson has made 3+ threes 50 times, 5+ threes on 17 occasions and a career-best of eight twice.
Ranking 1st in the A-Sun and t-14th in the nation at 2.8 treys per game, 64 of Jacobson’s 75 made field goals this season have come from beyond the arc.The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in 15 of 23 games this season.
HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE COMPETITION
Kelsey Jacobson has 313 career three-pointers made. She currently ranks second in the nation (among active players) in career three-pointers, just one behind St. Bonaventure senior Jessica Jenkins (314).
AMONG THE BEST
With at least 6 games remaining in her collegiate career, Kelsey Jacobson is on pace to finish with 330 career three-pointers made, which would rank her top 15 in NCAA Division I history.
FGCU RANKED #3 IN MID-MAJOR POLL
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team earned the No. 3 spot, for the fourth consecutive week, in this week’s version of the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll that was released on Tuesday evening (Feb. 7). Green Bay and Delaware are the two teams ranked higher than FGCU in this week’s poll. FGCU trails Delaware by 40 points for the No. 2 slot
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.
PICKIN’ UP VOTES IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
The FGCU women’s basketball team received 16 votes to rank No. 29 in this week’s USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll that was released on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The Eagles also received eight votes to rank No. 34 in this week’s AP Top 25 that was released on Monday, Feb. 6.
This marks the seventh time in program history that the Eagles have earned votes in both polls in the same week.
Rating Percentage Index (RPI)
In the Collegiate Basketball News Women’s RPI College Basketball Ratings (for games through Jan. 29), the Eagles were ranked No. 76 and were the only A-Sun school ranked in the top 135.
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