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@FGCU_WBB Begins Second Half of A-Sun Regular Season at Jacksonville
Friday, February 01, 2013 | by Mike Hill (@mike_hill84)
Photo Credit: J. Meric
Photo Credit: J. Meric
Florida Gulf Coast (17-5, 10-0 ASun)
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Jacksonville (7-11, 3-7 ASun)
2/2/2013 | Swisher Gymnasium | Attendance: 670
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Stats at a GlanceFGCUJU
FG Percentage.500 (31-62) .296 (16-54)
3P FG Percentage.357 (10-28) .143 (3-21)
FT Percentage.727 (8-11) .824 (14-17)
Offensive Rebounds519
Defensive Rebounds2027
Total Rebounds2546
Turnovers1230
Steals174
Bench Points2312
Statistical LeadersFGCUJU
PointsGLUESING - 20
ALFORD - 18
ReboundsMEADOR - 4
IAMSTRONG - 4
GLUESING - 4
CHATZIGIAKOUMI - 4
HANSEN - 4
CARGILL - 9
AssistsIAMSTRONG - 5
CARGILL - 2
StealsHANSEN - 6
EDWARDS - 2
BlocksKENNEDY - 1
IAMSTRONG - 1
GLUESING - 1
HANSEN - 1
EDWARDS - 1
ALFORD - 1

GAMEDAY CENTRAL
FGCU (16-5, 9-0 A-SUN) at JACKSONVILLE (7-13, 3-6 A-SUN)
Date:
Saturday, February 2, 2012
Time:
1 p.m.
City:
Jacksonville, Fla.
Site:
Swisher Gymnasium (1,500)
Live Audio:
FGCUAthletics.com
Talent:
Tom James & J Webb Horton
Live Stats:
JUDolphins.com
Live Video:
ASun.TV
Twitter:
@FGCU_WBB
Twitter Hashtags:
#ASUNWBB/#FGCU/#PlayLikeAnEagle/#GogglesUp
Current Streak:
W10
On the Road:
6-2
Last 5:
5-0
Last 10:
10-0
Last 15:
13-2
vs. JU:
12th Meeting; FGCU leads 10-1
Last Meeting:
FGCU 74, JU 57 - Jan. 5, 2013 at Alico Arena
With A Win:
FGCU clinches a spot in the 2013 A-Sun Tournament

COACHING MATCHUP
FGCU Head Coach:
Karl Smesko (Kent State ‘93)
Career Record:
338-81 (14th Season)
Record at FGCU:
277-54 (11th Season)

Head Coach: Jill Dunn (Georgia Southern, ‘94)
Career Record:
145-173 (11th Season)
Record at JU:
122-140 (9th 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 10-game winning streak and a 27-game A-Sun conference winning streak, that dates back to the 2011-12 season when they finished 18-0, the Eagles are set to face the Dolphins of Jacksonville on Saturday, Feb. 2. Tip off at Swisher Gymnasium is set for 1 p.m.

UP NEXT
After battling the Dolphins on Saturday afternoon, the Eagles will take on North Florida at UNF Arena on Feb. 4 (7 p.m.).

STARTING 5 QUICK HITS
#5 Sarah Hansen (F)

• 3rd in the A-Sun in points per game (16.8)
• Scored in double figures in 19 of the team’s 21 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 .459 from the field and .420 from behind the arc
• 2nd in the conference in 3-pt field goal percentage (.420)
• Notched career-highs in points (15) & rebounds (8) vs Stetson (Jan. 26)
#24 Brittany Kennedy (G)

• Registered 14 points and 8 assists vs. Stetson (Jan. 26)
• Led the team in assists in 16 of the 20 games she’s played in
• Dished career-high 12 assists at ETSU (Jan. 12)
#30 Joyce Iamstrong (G)

• t-6th in the conference in 3-pt field goal percentage (.389)
• 13th in the conference in field goal percentage (.439)
• Averaging 10.2 points and 4.0 rebounds this season

LAST TIME OUT (JAN. 26): FGCU Tops Hatters to Take Possession of 1st Place in the A-Sun
Freshman Jaime Gluesing scored a career-high 15 points as the FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down 11 three-pointers en route to a huge 74-55 Atlantic Sun Conference victory over rival Stetson in front of 3,234 rowdy fans at Alico Arena.  •  With the win, FGCU, winners of 27 straight A-Sun games, improves to 16-5 overall and 9-0 in the A-Sun, while the Hatters falls to 15-5 overall (8-1 A-Sun). FGCU’s 27 consecutive conference victories ranks as the second longest streak in the country behind defending national champion Baylor (30). The Green and Blue’s win also moved the Eagles into sole possession of first place in the A-Sun and snapped Stetson’s 11-game winning streak, which ranked as the third-longest active streak in the NCAA, trailing only Baylor and Notre Dame.  •  The Eagles, who have made at least one three-pointer in 218 consecutive contests and 330 of 331 games in program history, made 11 triples on the night and now have 193 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 (9.1), led by three from both Gluesing and senior Betsy Adams.  •  Gluesing turned in 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor and 3-of-4 from behind the arc. The freshman also added a career-high eight rebounds and two blocks in 32 minutes of action. Redshirt senior Brittany Kennedy registered 14 points, eight assists and six boards. Senior Joyce Iamstrong tallied 14 points, five rebounds and four helpers, while Adams finished with 14 points to lead the FGCU bench, which outscored Stetson’s reserves 22-0.

SCOUTING JACKSONVILLE
• FGCU leads the all-time series, 10-1.

• Last time out, the Dolphins started slow and fell to ETSU, 74-57, at the ETSU/MSHA Center. The Dolphins were held to less than a 26 percent field goal percentage in both road losses last week.

• JU has lost the last 10 contests to FGCU, the longest losing streak on any A-Sun opponent. The last streak of that kind was 10 losses to ETSU before JU broke it with a 75-65 win in the 2011 A-Sun Tournament.

• Senior Tracie Sneed has recorded at least nine points and five boards in four of the last six games. She now leads JU in scoring with 11.4 points a contest.

• Newcomers Briona Brown and Queen Alford are the second and third, respectively, highest scoring freshmen in the A-Sun.
• The Dolphins have allowed 40 first-half points to their opponent in six of the last seven games.

FGCU AT JACKSONVILLE
The Green and Blue are 4-1 all-time on the road against Jacksonville, but have never played JU at Swisher Gymnasium. The Eagles average 71.4 points per game in Jacksonville, Fla., while the Dolphins average 58.2 points.

The last time the two squads met in Jacksonville was on Feb. 4, 2012 at Veterans Memorial Arena. Sarah Hansen scored a game-high 23 points as the Eagles team defeated Jacksonville, 70-60, and forced them into 16 turnovers.

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 FEBRUARY
• FGCU has an all-time record of 64-9 in games played in February.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 36-5 overall record in the month of February; 35-5 vs. Atlantic Sun conference opponents.

CONFERENCE WINNING STREAK
The Eagles have won 27 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 (31).

WE’RE GOING STREAKING
After a tough 60-53 loss to UCF at Alico Arena, the Green and Blue have won 10 straight contests, which is the sixth longest winning streak in Division I (through games on Jan. 30). Defending National Champion Baylor owns the nation’s longest winning streak (17).

Team           Streak
Baylor            16
Notre Dame    14
Delaware        11
Green Bay      11
Penn St.         11
FGCU            10

Middle Tenn.   9
Quinnipiac       9

FRONT RUNNERS
FGCU, winners of 13 of their last 15 games, have gone 153 minutes and 18 seconds (3+ games) without trailing in a game. The last time the Eagles trailed in a contest was at USC Upstate (Jan. 14), when the Spartans held an 11-9 lead until FGCU converted a layup with 13:18 left in the 1st half to tie the game at 11-11 and led the rest of the way.

LOCK IT UP
FGCU will clinch the program’s second consecutive berth to the A-Sun Conference Tournament with a win over Jacksonville on Saturday, Feb. 2.

HANDLING BUSINESS IN A-SUN ROAD GAMES
FGCU is 4-0 in A-Sun road contests so far this season, after picking up conference wins at KSU (62-35; Dec. 31), at Mercer (70-41; Jan. 2), at ETSU (97-60; Jan. 12) and at USC Upstate (77-54; Jan. 14).

The Eagles won the games by an average of 29.0 points and shot 48.4 percent (105-of-217) from the floor and 43.9 percent (50-of-114) from behind the arc, while knocking down 12.5 triples per contest. The opposition, who commit 19.5 turnovers per game, is shooting 69-of-190 (36.3 percent) from the field and 10-of-41 (24.4 percent) from three-point range.

CAPITAL 1 ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT 4 FIRST TEAM
SARAH HANSEN was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District 4 Women’s Basketball first team (Jan. 31), 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.

Hansen is now eligible to be selected as a member of the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second and third team All-America honorees will be selected in late February.

FGCU IN LATEST BRACKETOLOGY
With an RPI as low as 57 and a strength of schedule (SOS) as low as 122, 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. 28).

FGCU IN THE RPI

Outlet (Date)                                           RPI      Strength of Schedule (SOS)     
NCAA (Jan. 28)                                         60      --
Real Time (Jan. 29)                                   57      123
WarrenNolan.com (Jan. 29)                        58      122

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 91-12 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 44-3 in conference games since the 2010-11 season.

NOT JUST ANOTHER GAME
The matchup between Stetson and FGCU on Jan. 26 was another chapter in the short rivalry between the two A-Sun squads. The Green and Blue’s defeated SU, 74-55, moved the Eagles into sole possession of first place in the A-Sun and snapped Stetson’s 11-game winning streak, which at the time was ranked as the third-longest active streak in the NCAA, trailing only Baylor and Notre Dame.

Over the last two years the matchup has become a true rivalry. The Eagles, who own a 10-2 lead in the all-time series, swept the season series with the Hatters last season 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).

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).

GETTIN’ LOVE FROM ESPN
In the ‘Weekly Wrap’ by ESPN’s Graham Hays (Dec. 30 & Jan. 27), the Eagles got some love for their 76-70 upset of LSU (Dec. 28) and their win over A-Sun rival Stetson (Jan. 26).

Here’s what Hays said:

SHE ALSO STARRED (Dec. 30)
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.

MAJOR SHOWDOWNS AMONG MID-MAJORS (Jan. 27)
It was a weekend full of conference showdowns in the mid-major ranks. Delaware got its win against Drexel to gain control in the CAA, but these teams also made the most of important games.

Florida Gulf Coast: It was a game between conference unbeatens, but it wasn’t close. Florida Gulf Coast beat Stetson 74-55 to improve to 9-0 in the Atlantic Sun. It’s the 10th win in a row for the Eagles in a run that began with a win against LSU, and all nine conference wins came by at least 10 points.

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 nine opponents to just 47.9 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.

#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

FGCU RANKED #12 IN MID-MAJOR POLL
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team picked up the No. 12 position, for the second consecutive week, in the 13th edition of the 2012-13 CollegeInsider.com Women’s Basketball Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday night. 

Delaware, ranked No. 25 in the AP poll, along with Green Bay, Gonzaga, Chattanooga and Princeton 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 are the lone Atlantic Sun Conference team represented in the Top 25.

RAPID FIRE
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 193 threes this season compared to just 85 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 (9.2), 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 (331) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 330 contests, including 218 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 218-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 2,116 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 980 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 124-8 all-time and 79-6 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.                 Creighton         9.5
2.                 FGCU               9.2

3.                 Missouri           9.1                  
4.                 UT Martin         9.0
5.                 UConn             8.8

THREE IS THE KEY
• The Green and Blue are 16-4 on the year when they drain six or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 14-4 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.

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 10.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 28.9 minutes. The Chicago, Ill., native is also shooting .750 from the charity stripe, .439 from the field and .389 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 (+14.7), free throw percentage (.755), three-point percentage defense (.266), rebounding defense (36.5), assists (15.8), steals (10.9), turnover margin (+5.62), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2) and three-point field goals made per game (9.2). In conference only games, FGCU ranks first in the A-Sun in scoring offense (72.6), scoring defense (47.9), scoring margin (+24.7), three-point field goal defense (.232), rebounding defense (32.1), assists (16.7), steals (10.8), turnover margin (+7.56) and three-point field goals made per game (11.1).

FGCU’S BIG 3
SARAH HANSEN, BRITTANY KENNEDY and JOYCE IAMSTRONG have combined to account for 54.7 percent (37.6 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .472 (273-of-578) from the floor and .317 (65-of-205) from long distance.

PROTECTING THE ROCK
Averaging 68.7 points per game (2nd in the A-Sun), the Eagles lead the league with a +5.62 turnover margin. BRITTANY KENNEDY, who ranks 2nd in the A-Sun in assists (5.6), is second in the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 2.0. SARAH HANSEN has a 1.1 ratio (5th in the conference), while ranking sixth in the league at 3.0 assists per game and JOYCE IAMSTRONG owns a 1.32 ratio and ranks seventh in the league at 3.0 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 27.4 points, 13.8 rebounds, 8.6 assists and 4.7 steals per game.

A-Sun Top Scoring Tandems
Bridges/Grant (Mercer) - 31.7 ppg
McGowan/Sanders (Stetson) - 29.3 ppg
HANSEN/KENNEDY (FGCU) - 27.4 ppg

Wells/Gideon (KSU) – 22.7 ppg
Sneed/Cargill (JU) - 22.4 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 (16-5) rank second for the most victories in the state (thru games played on Jan. 29).

School                Record
Florida State       (17-3)
FGCU                       (16-5)

Stetson              (15-5)
Miami                 (14-5)
USF                    (14-5)
FIU                    (13-7)
Florida                (13-8)
FAU                    (10-9)
Bethune-Cookman (9-10)
UNF                    (9-11)
FAMU                 (8-12)
UCF                   (7-12)
Jacksonville        (7-13)

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 60 steals in 20 games (3.0 per game; 1st in A-Sun) and averages 5.6 rebounds a game. Kennedy ranked 31st in the nation in steals thru games played on Jan. 27.

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 1,237 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