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@FGCU_WBB Set to Host Conference Rival Stetson in 'Battle of A-Sun Unbeatens'
Friday, January 25, 2013 | by Mike Hill (@Mike_Hill84)
Photo Credit: Linwood Ferguson
Photo Credit: Linwood Ferguson
Stetson (15-5, 8-1 A-Sun)
at
Florida Gulf Coast (16-5, 9-0 A-Sun)
1/26/2013 | Fort Myers, Fla. (Alico Arena) | Attendance: 3234
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Stetson243155
Florida Gulf Coast373774
Stats at a GlanceSTETFGCU
FG Percentage.373 (22-59) .456 (26-57)
3P FG Percentage.263 (5-19) .367 (11-30)
FT Percentage.600 (6-10) .917 (11-12)
Offensive Rebounds1316
Defensive Rebounds1627
Total Rebounds2943
Turnovers1014
Steals64
Bench Points022
Statistical LeadersSTETFGCU
PointsSANDERS - 16
McGOWAN - 16
GLUESING - 15
ReboundsSANDERS - 9
HANSEN - 9
AssistsMcGOWAN - 4
KENNEDY - 8
StealsSHARP - 3
IAMSTRONG - 1
KENNEDY - 1
MEADOR - 1
ADAMS - 1
BlocksSIMS - 2
MILLS - 2
KENNEDY - 2
GLUESING - 2

GAMEDAY CENTRAL
FGCU (15-5, 8-0 A-SUN) vs. STETSON (15-4, 8-0 A-SUN)
Date:
Saturday, January 26, 2012
Time:
7:05 p.m.
City:
Fort Myers, Fla.
Site:
Alico Arena (4,500)
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Talent:
David Moulton & J Webb Horton
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Current Streak:
W9
At Home:
8-1
Last 5:
5-0
Last 10:
9-1
vs. Stetson:
12th Meeting; FGCU leads 9-2
Last Meeting:
FGCU 67, Stetson 39 | A-Sun Conference Title Game | Mar. 3, 2012 in Macon, Ga.

COACHING MATCHUP
FGCU Head Coach:
Karl Smesko (Kent State ‘93)
Career Record:
337-81 (14th Season)
Record at FGCU:
276-54 (11th Season)

Head Coach: Lynn Bria (Charleston ‘90)
Career Record:
226-287 (18th Season)
Record at Stetson:
72-74 (5th Season)

KAY YOW NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
After being a finalist for the 2011 award, FGCU’s KARL SMESKO was named the recipient of the 2012 Kay Yow Coach of the Year award on April 9, 2012. Smesko is the first FGCU head coach to earn a Division I National Coach of the Year honor.

Smesko, who earned his third A-Sun Coach of the Year honor and was also named 2012 CollegeSportsMadness.com Mid-Major and A-Sun Coach of the Year, led FGCU to one of the most historic season in its Division I history, advancing to the NCAA Tournament and earning a No. 12 seed in the Raleigh Region. The Eagles finished with a 29-3 overall record that included a league-first 18-0 mark in the A-Sun.

The Kay Yow Award was established in 2010 to honor the Division I women’s head coach who embodies not only a winning spirit but who also displays great character both on and off the court.

Yow was a coaching legend who led NC State to 737 wins during her 34 seasons at the school. She was wildly successful in every forum in which she coached, leading gold medal winners at the 1981 World University Games, the 1986 Goodwill Games, 1986 World Championship Games and the 1988 Olympic Games.

Past Recipients
2011 -
Matt Bollant, Green Bay
2010 -
Connie Yori, Nebraska

AT A GLANCE
Riding an overall nine-game winning streak and a 26-game A-Sun conference winning streak, that dates back to the 2011-12 season when they finished 18-0, the Eagles host A-Sun rival Stetson in a ‘Battle of the A-Sun Unbeaten’ on Saturday, Jan. 26. Tip off is set for 7:05 p.m.

UP NEXT
After hosting the Hatters, the Eagles hit the road for a pair of conference contests. FGCU will take on the Dolphins of Jacksonville in Duval County on Feb. 2 (1 p.m.), before facing UNF at UNF Arena on Feb. 4 (7 p.m.).

STARTING 5 QUICK HITS
#5 Sarah Hansen (F)

• t-2nd in the A-Sun in points per game (17.2)
• Scored in double figures in 19 of the team’s 20 games
• Scored a career-high 30 points in FGCU’s upset of LSU (Dec. 28)
#13 Anthi Chatzigiakoumi (F)

• Made her first collegiate start at ETSU (Jan. 12)
• Registered a career-high 17 points vs. NKU (Jan. 19)
• Hit 3 of FGCU’s 22 triples at ETSU (Jan. 12)
#21 Jaime Gluesing (G)

• Shooting .431 from the field and .400 from behind the arc
• 4th in the conference in 3-pt field goal percentage (.400)
• 5th on the team in rebounds per game (2.4)
#24 Brittany Kennedy (G)

• Registered a double-double (11 pts, 10 rebs) at Mercer (Jan. 2)
• Led the team in assists in 15 of the 19 games she’s played in
• Dished career-high 12 assists at ETSU (Jan. 12)
#30 Joyce Iamstrong (G)

• 5th in the conference in 3-pt field goal percentage (.391)
• 11th in the conference in field goal percentage (.434)
• Averaging 10.0 points and 4.0 rebounds this season

LAST TIME OUT (JAN. 21): Eagles Force 21 Turnovers in 67-37 Rout of Lipscomb
Three players scored in double figures as the FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down 11 three-pointers and forced 21 turnovers en route to a 67-37 Atlantic Sun Conference victory over Lipscomb on Monday night at Alico Arena. The Bisons’ 37 points mark the third time this season that the Eagles have held an opponent below 40 points.  •  With the win, FGCU, winners of 26 straight A-Sun games, improved to 15-5 overall and 8-0 in the A-Sun, while Lipscomb fell to 2-15 overall (1-6 A-Sun). FGCU’s 26 consecutive conference victories ranks as the second longest streak in the country behind defending national champion Baylor (28).  •  The Eagles, who have made at least one three-pointer in 217 consecutive contests and 329 of 330 games in program history, made 11 triples on the night and now have 182 three-pointers as a team. Five different players made at least one trey for the Green and Blue, who rank third in the nation in three-pointers made per game (9.0), led by senior Joyce Iamstrong’s 4-of-10 night.  •  Iamstrong turned in 12 points, six rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes. Redshirt junior Sarah Hansen registered 11 points, nine boards and four helpers, while freshman Katie Meador totaled 10 points, four boards and three steals.

SCOUTING STETSON
• Stetson (15-4 overall, 8-0 A-Sun) won its school-record 11th consecutive game on Monday night, defeating Northern Kentucky 62-39 at the Edmunds Center. Victoria McGowan (16 points), Sasha Sims (13), and Jama Sharp (11) all scored in double figures, while Cherisse Burris pulled down 12 rebounds. The victory also marked Stetson’s 14th straight win at home.

• During their 11-game winning streak, Stetson has:
- outscored their opponents by an average of 21.5 ppg
- shot 47.1 percent from the floor, while holding opponents to 33.1 percent shooting
- trailed at halftime and in the second half only once (Kennesaw)
- held each opponent to less than 40 percent shooting and  has not allowed the opposition to score more than 66 points.

• Since the start of the 2010-11 season, Stetson is 33-13 (.717) in Atlantic Sun regular season games, 5-1 in A-Sun tournament games, and both years reached the A-Sun Tournament Finals. The Hatters won the A-Sun Championship in 2011.

FGCU VS. THE BCS
FGCU’s 63-56 win at Virginia Tech (Dec. 16) and 76-70 win vs. LSU (Dec. 28) marked the Eagles’ sixth and seventh wins over BCS conference opposition in last three seasons.

2012-13: Virginia Tech, LSU
2011-12:
Michigan State, Virginia Tech
2010-11:
Virginia Tech, Seton Hall, Indiana

FGCU IN JANUARY
• FGCU has an all-time record of 83-8 in games played in January.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 47-6 record in the month of January, all vs. Atlantic Sun conference opponents.

FGCU IN ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE OPENERS
In their sixth year in Division I and as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference, the Eagles are 4-2 in A-Sun openers, with five of those contests coming on the road. FGCU, with a 62-35 win at KSU (Dec. 31), won their fourth consecutive conference opener, with the average margin of victory being 26.4 points.

STREAK SNAPPED...TIME TO START ANOTHER
Prior to their 60-53 loss to UCF (Dec. 22), FGCU had won 16 consecutive games at ‘The Nest’ at Alico Arena dating back to last season. The Eagles’ 16-game home winning streak ranked 9th in the nation behind Stanford (82), Baylor (45), Kentucky (27), Ohio St. (26), Central Arkansas (19), Chattanooga (18), Mississippi Valley (18) and Fresno State (17).

PROTECT THE NEST
In the program’s 11-year history, the Eagles have compiled a 158-11 record at Alico Arena, including an impressive 50-1 record in Atlantic Sun home games. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled an 83-5 home record. Some notable home wins for FGCU came over LSU (Dec. 2012), Va. Tech (Dec. 2011), Michigan St. (Nov. 2011), Indiana (Dec. 10) and Florida (Nov. 2008).

The five losses, since moving to Division I, have come at the hands of Florida St. (Nov. 2007), Eastern Kentucky (Nov. 2007), ETSU (Jan. 2009), Florida (Mar. 2011) and UCF (Dec. 2012).

132 of FGCU’s 158 wins at Alico Arena have come by at least double digits, while 61 of the Eagles’ 80 Division I home wins have come by at least 10 points.

Year          Record
2012-13     8-1
2011-12     13-0
2010-11     18-1
2009-10     14-0
2008-09     15-1
2007-08     12-2
2006-07     23-0
2005-06     17-1
2004-05     11-4
2003-04     12-1
2002-03     15-0
TOTAL       158-11

FGCU VS. STETSON AT ALICO ARENA
The Green and Blue are 5-0 all-time at Alico Arena against Stetson. The Eagles average 70.6 points per game in Fort Myers. Fla., while the Hatters average 53.8 points.

The last time the two squads met at ‘The Nest’ (Feb. 18, 2012), four players scored in double figures as the then-No. 29 Eagles defeated SU, 79-56, in front of a regular season record 3,489 fans, at Alico Arena. The win gave FGCU the outright A-Sun Regular Season title, which is the third in program history, and the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic Sun Tournament.

NOT JUST ANOTHER GAME
The matchup between Stetson and FGCU is not just another game. Over the two years the matchup has become a true rivalry. The Eagles, who own a 9-2 lead in the all-time series, swept the 2011-12 season series with the Hatters and defeated Stetson, 67-39, in the 2012 A-Sun Tournament Championship. SU’s 39 points were the fewest in the Championship Final since 1991 (Miami 73, FAMU 44).

FGCU IN LATEST BRACKETOLOGY
With an RPI as low as 65 and a strength of schedule (SOS) as low as 154, the Eagles were predicted to be a No. 11 seed, playing No. 6 Dayton (Knoxville Region), by ESPN.com’s Charlie Creme in his Jan. 21st Bracketology.

FGCU was also predicted as the No. 15 seed, playing No. 2 seed Tennessee in the NCAA Tourney in College Sports Madness’ Bracketology (updated on Jan. 21).

FGCU IN THE RPI
Outlet (Date)                                           RPI      Strength of Schedule (SOS)     

NCAA (Jan. 21)                                         65       --
Real Time (Jan. 22)                                   74      154
WarrenNolan.com (Jan. 22)                        75      155

A-SUN SUCCESS
Head Coach KARL SMESKO and his Eagles have enjoyed significant success in the Atlantic Sun since moving to Division I. FGCU, who owns a 90-12 all-time record in conference play, has won three regular season titles (2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12) and one conference tournament title (2012) since joining the league in 2007-08. FGCU is 43-3 in conference games since the 2010-11 season.

CONFERENCE WINNING STREAK
The Eagles have won 26 consecutive A-Sun contests, which is the 2nd longest conference winning streak in the nation. Defending National Champion Baylor owns the nation’s longest conference winning streak (29).

ONE TO REMEMBER
FGCU’s huge 97-60 win at ETSU was special for more than one reason. The obvious would be the team’s NCAA Division I record breaking 22 three-pointers, but there were also several other significant performances in the contest.

BETSY ADAMS scored her career-high and game-high 25 points in just 14 minutes on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and 7-of-12 from behind the arc. The seven makes from long distance from Adams rank her tied for fifth place in the FGCU record books. ANTHI CHTZIGIAKOUMI, in her first collegiate start, registered a career-high 15 points and four rebounds, while BRITTANY KENNEDY totaled seven points and two steals to go with a career-best 12 assists. Kennedy’s 12 dimes rank her t-2nd in program history with former teammate Courtney Chihil (12; vs. Indiana, Dec. 21, 2010).

RAPID FIRE
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 182 threes this season compared to just 80 from its opponents. Led by BETSY ADAMS’ 2.1 trifectas per contest, 13 different players have made at least two shots from long range. The Eagles, who lead the conference in three-point field goals made per game (9.1), have two players (Adams & JOYCE IAMSTRONG; 2.1 & 1.7) ranked in the A-Sun’s top-10 in the same category.

3’S PLEASE!
In the program’s 11-year history (330) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 329 contests, including 217 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 217-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 2,105 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 975 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 123-8 all-time and 78-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.

BREAKING RECORDS
Less than 14 months after tying the all-time NCAA record and setting the 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 FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down 22 triples in a 97-60 win at ETSU on Jan. 12, 2013. Prior to breaking the record, the Eagles were tied for first place all-time with New Mexico State, who drained 21 triples against Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 23, 2002.

The NCAA Division I record 22 three-point makes are also a program and Atlantic Sun Conference best, as FGCU made 10 treys in the first half and 12 in the second. The Green and Blue hit 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) triples in the final frame in which they outscored the Lady Bucs 46-35.

Freshman STEPHANIE HAAS made the shot that tied the record at the 6:44 mark of the second half and classmate AMANDA MOORE drilled a three-pointer with 1:48 left in the game that gave FGCU the all-time mark.

The men’s Division I record is 28 - in 74 attempts - set by Troy on Dec. 10, 1994.

NATION’S BEST
FGCU’s three-point prowess has been the program’s calling card from day one and the 2012-13 version of the Eagles is no different. Through games played on Jan. 20th, FGCU ranked t-third in the nation with an average of 9.0 threes per game. As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in six games this season.

RANK            TEAM               3-PT FG/GAME
1.                Missouri           9.4
2.                Creighton         9.1
3.                FGCU               9.0

                   UConn             9.0
5.                UT Martin         8.8

THREE IS THE KEY
• The Green and Blue are 15-4 on the year when they drain six or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 13-4 this season when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.

FINALLY FAMOUS
The Eagles, who own the A-Sun’s single season record for three-pointers (350; 2010-11), set a pair of NCAA records last season (2011-12).

FGCU, with their seven trifectas vs. St. Bonaventure in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (Mar. 18, 2012), set the NCAA record for three-pointers in a season (342) and three-pointers made per game (10.7).

FGCU’s 350 trifectas in 2010-11 weren’t a NCAA record because the Eagles were ineligible to set NCAA records due to the 4-year reclassifying period.

GETTIN’ LOVE FROM ESPN
In the ‘Weekly Wrap’ by ESPN’s Graham Hays (Dec. 30), the SARAH HANSEN Eagles got some love for their 76-70 upset of LSU (Dec. 28).

Here’s what Hays said:

SHE ALSO STARRED
Sarah Hansen, Florida Gulf Coast:
This is why it isn’t easy for good mid-major programs to convince major programs to pay them visits. Florida Gulf Coast beat LSU 76-70 on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla., an upset at least as measured by name recognition. The leading scorer a season ago on a Florida Gulf Coast team that reached the NCAA tournament in its first season of eligibility, Hansen totaled 30 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals against LSU. The Eagles use the 3-point shot and are suffering for it this season (28 percent accuracy, compared to 37 percent a season ago), but Hansen is an all-around scorer who showed it in a win people will notice.

MAKE IT UNCOMFORTABLE
FGCU is nationally known for their 3-point prowess, but one thing that gets overlooked when people talk about the Eagles is their defense. The Eagles lead the A-Sun conference in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 54.0 points per contest. In conference games, FGCU has held their eight opponents to just 47.0 points per game

On Dec. 31 at Kennesaw State the Green and Blue held the Owls to 35 points. Kennesaw’s 35 points are the fewest the Eagles have allowed to a Division I opponent since UNF (Jan. 7, 2012) and Belmont (Feb. 11, 2012) managed just 34 points against FGCU.

The Green and Blue have held the opposition below 50 points on seven occasions and have forced opponents to 15+ turnovers 17 times this season.

FGCU RANKED #11 IN MID-MAJOR POLL
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team dropped one spot to the No. 12 position in the 12th edition of the 2012-13 CollegeInsider.com Women’s Basketball Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday night. The Eagles were ranked No. 11 in last week’s poll.

Delaware (13-3), receiving votes in both the AP Top 25 and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, along with Green Bay (14-2), Gonzaga (15-5), Toledo (15-2) and Chattanooga (14-3) hold the top five spots in the poll.

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 and West Coast Conference.

The Eagles (15-5, 8-0 A-Sun), winners of 26 consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference regular season games, are the lone Atlantic Sun Conference team represented in the Top 25, while Stetson received 57 votes.

#10 IN THE ESPN MID-MAJOR TOP 10
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team picked up the No. 10 spot in the latest ESPN Mid-Major Rankings (Jan. 23). The rankings are based on the women’s basketball blog of ESPN’s Graham Hays.

This marks the first time this season that the Eagles appear in Hays’ Mid-Major Top 10. FGCU was listed as one of the ‘Next Five’ teams in the Jan. 9 rankings.

Said Hays of FGCU, “A familiar face from last season’s mid-major rankings makes a return. The Eagles closed the nonconference portion of the schedule with the biggest result of their season, a 76-70 win against LSU, and carried that momentum into the Atlantic Sun. They have yet to win a conference game by fewer than 10 points, with six of eight wins by at least 20 points. That includes the Jan. 12 game against East Tennessee State in which they hit 22-of-43 3-point attempts. One reason for pause is that minus that game, Florida Gulf Coast is shooting 29 percent from the 3-point line this season. This weekend brings a big home game against Stetson, the other unbeaten in the A-Sun.”

ESPN Mid-Major Top 10
1.    Delaware
2.    Dayton
3.    Green Bay
4.    Boston Univ.
5.    Creighton
6.    Chattanooga
7.    Duquesne
8.    UTEP
9.    Princeton
10.   FGCU

WHEN PREPARATION MEETS OPPORTUNITY
After averaging just 1.3 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 6.0 minutes of action as a junior transfer in 2011-12, JOYCE IAMSTRONG put in a lot of work on her game over the summer and is arguably the most improved player in the nation.

This season, Iamstrong is averaging 10.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 29.1 minutes. The Chicago, Ill., native is also shooting .696 from the charity stripe, .434 from the field and .391 from behind the arc, a drastic improvement from her first year in the Green and Blue.

BALL SO HARD
FGCU is currently first in the A-Sun in scoring defense (54.0), scoring margin (+14.5), free throw percentage (.749), three-point percentage defense (.267), rebounding defense (36.8), assists (15.8), steals (11.3), turnover margin (+6.10), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2) and three-point field goals made per game (9.1).

FGCU’S BIG 3
SARAH HANSEN, BRITTANY KENNEDY and JOYCE IAMSTRONG have combined to account for 55.0 percent (37.6 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .476 (261-of-548) from the floor and .313 (60-of-192) from long distance.

PROTECTING THE ROCK
Averaging 68.4 points per game (2nd in the A-Sun), the Eagles lead the league with a +6.10 turnover margin. BRITTANY KENNEDY, who ranks 2nd in the A-Sun in assists (5.5), is second in the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 1.9. SARAH HANSEN has a 1.1 ratio (5th in the conference), while ranking sixth in the league at 3.1 assists per game and JOYCE IAMSTRONG owns a 1.35 ratio and ranks eighth in the league at 2.9 assists per game.

SHAKE AND BAKE
Senior BRITTANY KENNEDY and redshirt junior SARAH HANSEN give FGCU one of the top scoring tandems in the conference. The duo is averaging a combined 27.6 points, 13.8 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 4.9 steals per game.

A-Sun Top Scoring Tandems
Bridges/Grant (Mercer) - 30.3 ppg
McGowan/Sanders (Stetson) - 29.2 ppg
HANSEN/KENNEDY (FGCU) - 27.6 ppg

Sneed/Cargill (JU) - 23.1 ppg
Wells/Gideon (KSU) – 22.6 ppg

• The duo has reached double figures in same game nine times with FGCU going 9-0.

FLORIDA’S FINEST
Out of the 13 Division I schools in the state of Florida, the Eagles (15-5) rank t-first for the most victories in the state (thru games played on Jan. 23).

School                Record
FGCU                 (15-5)

Florida State       (15-3)
Stetson              (15-4)
Florida                (13-6)
Miami                 (13-5)
USF                    (13-5)
FIU                    (11-7)
FAU                    (10-7)
Bethune-Cookman (8-9)
UNF                    (8-10)
Jacksonville        (7-11)
FAMU                 (7-11)
UCF                   (6-11)

PUT THE CLAMPS ON ‘EM
The reigning A-Sun Preseason Defensive Player of the Year BRITTANY KENNEDY has lived up to the honor thus far this season. The Spokane, Wash. native averaged 2.4 steals per contest (60 steals; 25 games) as a redshirt junior in 2011-12 - good for first in program single-season history and third-best in the A-Sun - and is on pace to eclipse that total this year.

This season she has recorded 59 steals in 19 games (3.1 per game; 1st in A-Sun) and averages 5.6 rebounds a game. Kennedy ranked 27th in the nation in steals thru games played on Jan. 20.

Kennedy, known for her lock-down defense on opposing guards, held Jerica Coley, a 2012 Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention and the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year that averaged 23.4 points per game, to just nine points on 4-of-12 shooting in their matchup on Nov. 14. She also shutdown VT’s leading scorer Monet Tellier (12.9ppg) and held her to two points on 0-for-8 shooting from the floor (Dec. 16).

Kennedy recently shutdown Kennesaw State’s’ third leading scorer (10.7 ppg) who had recorded four straight double-digit scoring performances. Ashley Holliday, was frustrated all afternoon (Dec. 31) by Kennedy and turned in five points, zero assists and 11 turnovers.

The Preseason Defensive Player of the Year played lock down defense on Upstate’s leading scorer Tee’Ara Copney (Jan. 14), who was averaging 13.3 points per game, and held her to just four points on 2-of-7 shooting and forced her into five turnovers in 34 minutes.

HANSEN’S BIG NIGHT
Against LSU on Dec. 28, SARAH HANSEN finished with a career-high and game-high 30 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, 2-of-4 from long distance and a perfect 14-of-14 from the charity stripe.

Her performance marked the second 30-point performance in FGCU’s Division I history (11th all-time) and the first since Feb. 12, 2009 (Adrianne McNally vs. Kennesaw St.; 32 points). The FGCU single game scoring record of 38 points is held by Andrea Clarke (vs. Molloy College; Dec. 18, 2004).

Hansen’s perfect night from the free-throw line tied her for first place in the FGCU record books for percentage in a single-game and is the most free-throws made in a game without a miss. 

1,000-POINT CLUB & 3RD ALL-TIME IN POINTS
SARAH HANSEN became the 6th player in program history to score 1,000 career points when she scored a layup with 12:59 remaining in the first half in FGCU’s 79-49 win over Maine at Alico Arena on Dec. 1.

Hansen, who currently has 1,228 points, ranks 3rd in the FGCU record books behind her former teammate Kelsey Jacobson (1,263).

MAKING ‘THE BUZZ’
Redshirt senior point guard BRITTANY KENNEDY is among 15 women’s basketball student-athletes from around the nation on the initial “Players Making the Buzz” watch list for the 2013 Nancy Lieberman Award, it was announced the week of Dec. 17. The honor annually recognizes the top point guard in NCAA Division I women’s basketball and is sponsored by the Detroit Rotary Club.

The “Buzz List” is simply a collection of names that have been brought to the award committee’s attention from the public. The list is strictly developed to encourage dialogue amongst their website visitors and the basketball community. It does not represent any type of endorsement of any player listed or negative connotation of any player not listed.

Award criteria include floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills - all of which personified Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman during her career. Sportswriters from across the country determine the list of the final nominees and also the award winner and finalists, who will be announced in April. The winner will be honored at a luncheon on April 17 at the Detroit Athletic Club.

Past winners of the Lieberman Award include Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame, 2012), Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga, 2011), Renee Montgomery (Connecticut, 2009), Kristi Toliver (Maryland, 2008), Lindsey Harding (Duke, 2007), Ivory Latta (North Carolina, 2006), Temeka Johnson (LSU, 2005), Diana Taurasi (UConn, 2003-04) and Sue Bird (UConn, 2000-02).

2013 Players Making the Buzz - Nancy Lieberman Award
Rachel Banham, Minnesota; Alex Bentley, Penn St.; Calli Berna, Arkansas; Tiffany Bias, Oklahoma St.; Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame; Ariana Elegado, Cal Poly St.; Jamierra Faulkner, Southern Mississippi; Chelsea Gray, Duke; Ny Hammonds, UNC-Charlotte; Brittany Kennedy, FGCU; Taleya Mayberry, Tulsa; Lindsey Moore, Nebraska; Mo Moran, Boston Univ.; Ka-Deidre Simmons, Seton Hall; Odyssey Sims, Baylor

AND THE WEEKLY AWARDS GO TO...
Seniors BETSY ADAMS and BRITTANY KENNEDY, redshirt junior SARAH HANSEN and freshman KATIE MEADOR are the Eagles that have earned weekly awards so far this season.

A-SUN NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK:
Katie Meador (Jan. 22)

• Second Career Newcomer of the Week award
• Totaled a career-high 12 points in just 13 minutes of play vs. Northern Kentucky
• Secured three steals in FGCU’s 67-37 win vs. Lipscomb
• Shot 72.7 percent from the field in this week’s contests
• In 15 minutes of action vs. the Bisons, tallied 10 points and four rebounds

COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS A-SUN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sarah Hansen, FGCU (Jan. 21)

• Fifth CSM A-Sun Player of the Week honor
• Recorded 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor vs. NKU (Jan. 19)
• Added career-highs in rebounds (15) and assists (6)

COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS A-SUN NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK:
Betsy Adams (Jan. 14)

• 1st Career College Sports Madness A-Sun Player of the Week award
• Recorded a career-high and game-high 25 points at ETSU (Jan. 12)
• Hit a career-high seven triples as the Eagles made 22 in the game to set the NCAA Division I single-game record

COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS A-SUN PLAYER OF THE WEEK & A-SUN PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Sarah Hansen, FGCU (Jan. 1)

• Second Career A-Sun Player of the Week award
• Fourth CSM A-Sun Player of the Week honor
• Recorded a career-high 30 points in FGCU’s 76-70 win vs. LSU
• Shot a perfect 14-of-14 from the charity stripe vs. the Tigers
• Led the Eagles to its second win (7th all-time) over a BCS opponent this season
• Grabbed her 12th double figure scoring performance in a win vs. Kennesaw State

A-SUN NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK:
Betsy Adams (Dec. 18)

• 1st Career Newcomer of the Week award
• Finished with a game-high 19 points at Va. Tech (Dec. 16)

COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS A-SUN PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Sarah Hansen (Dec. 17)

• 3rd Career College Sports Madness A-Sun Player of the Week award
• Recorded 19 points, six boards and four assists at Va. Tech (Dec. 16)

A-SUN PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Sarah Hansen, FGCU (Nov. 20)

• First Career Player of the Week award
• Averaged 21.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in two contests
• Turned in a 25-point, 11-rebound effort in FGCU win vs. FIU
• Added 19 points six rebounds and four assists at Charlotte
• Shot 51.7 from the field and 85.7 from the charity stripe

COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS A-SUN PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Brittany Kennedy (Nov. 13)

• 1st Career College Sports Madness A-Sun Player of the Week award
• Recorded 11 points, nine assists, six steals and five rebounds vs. Warner (Nov. 10)

A-SUN NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK:
Katie Meador (Nov. 13)

• 1st Career Newcomer of the Week award
• Picked up a double-double (11 pts, 12 rebs) in her 1st collegiate game vs. Warner