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Florida Gulf Coast (22-5, 14-0 A-Sun)
at
Lipscomb (2-23, 1-13 A-Sun)
2/16/2013 | Nashville, Tenn. (Allen Arena) | Attendance: 491
1st2ndFinal
Florida Gulf Coast434689
Lipscomb191938
Stats at a GlanceFGCULIP
FG Percentage.479 (35-73) .311 (14-45)
3P FG Percentage.342 (13-38) .261 (6-23)
FT Percentage.545 (6-11) 1.000 (4-4)
Offensive Rebounds136
Defensive Rebounds2528
Total Rebounds3834
Turnovers627
Steals73
Bench Points386
Statistical LeadersFGCULIP
PointsHANSEN - 18
SMITH - 11
ReboundsMEADOR - 10
PHILLIPS - 13
AssistsKENNEDY - 5
STASTNY - 3
StealsHANSEN - 4
SMITH - 1
PHILLIPS - 1
SMITH - 1
BlocksROBINSON - 1

GAMEDAY CENTRAL
FGCU (20-5, 13-0 A-SUN) at LIPSCOMB (2-21, 1-11 A-SUN)
Date:
Saturday, February 16, 2012
Time:
5 p.m. ET
City:
Nashville, Tenn.
Site:
Allen Arena (5,028)
Live Stats:
LipscombSports.com
Live Video:
ESPN3.com
Talent:
Jared Revlett & Justin Seamon
Twitter:
@FGCU_WBB
Twitter Hashtags:
#ASUNWBB/#FGCU/#PlayLikeAnEagle/#GogglesUp
Current Streak:
W14
On the Road:
8-2
Last 5:
5-0
Last 10:
10-0
Last 15:
14-1
vs. LU:
11th Meeting; FGCU leads 10-0
Last Meeting:
FGCU 67, Lipscomb 37 | Jan. 21, 2013 at Alico Arena

COACHING MATCHUP
FGCU Head Coach:
Karl Smesko (Kent State ‘93)
Career Record:
342-81 (14th Season)
Record at FGCU:
281-54 (11th Season)
A-Sun Record:
95-12

Head Coach: Greg Brown (Lipscomb, ‘93)
Career Record:
2-11 (1st Season)
Record at Lipscomb: Same
A-Sun Record:
1-11

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 14-game winning streak and a league record 31-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 Lady Bisons of Lipscomb on Saturday, Feb. 16. Tip off at Allen Arena is set for 5 p.m. ET and the game can bee seen live on ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app.

UP NEXT
After battling the Lady Bisons on Saturday night, the Eagles will head to Highland Heights, Ky. to take on Northern Kentucky.

STARTING 5 QUICK HITS
#5 Sarah Hansen (F)

• 2nd in the A-Sun in points per game (16.9)
• Scored in double figures in 23 of the team’s 25 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)
• Scored in double figures in two of the last three games
• Hit 3 of FGCU’s 22 triples at ETSU (Jan. 12)
#21 Jaime Gluesing (G)

• Shooting .481 from the field and .447 from behind the arc
• 1st in the conference in 3-pt percentage (.500) - A-Sun Games Only
• Averaging 8.8 points in conference play
#24 Brittany Kennedy (G)

• Registered 14 points and 8 assists vs. Stetson (Jan. 26)
• Led the team in assists in 19 of the 24 games she’s played in
• Dished career-high 12 assists at ETSU (Jan. 12)
#30 Joyce Iamstrong (G)

• 9th in the conference in 3-pt field goal percentage (.346)
• 6th in the conference in assists (2.9)
• Averaging 9.8 points and 4.0 rebounds this season

LAST TIME OUT (FEB. 11): #Play4Kay: Hansen’s Big Night Leads FGCU to a 70-48 Win Over ETSU
Sarah Hansen scored a game-high 26 points as the FGCU women’s basketball team forced their fourth straight opponent into 15+ turnovers and defeated ETSU, 70-48, to pick up their 14th consecutive win.  •  With the win, FGCU, winners of 31 straight A-Sun games, improved to 20-5 overall and 13-0 in the A-Sun, while ESTU fell to 6-14 overall (4-9 A-Sun). FGCU’s 31 consecutive conference victories rank as the second longest streak in the country behind defending national champion Baylor. The win, which gives the Eagles their 10th season with at least 20 victories, also improves the Green and Blue’s impressive record at Alico Arena to 161-11 all-time and 53-1 in conference matchups.  •  The Eagles, who have made at least one three-pointer in 222 consecutive contests and 334 of 335 games in program history, made 11 triples on the night and now have 229 triples as a team this season.  •  Hansen registered her 26 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field and 8-of-11 from the charity stripe. She also added seven boards and two steals in 30 minutes of playing time. Senior Betsy Adams scored 14 points and knocked down a game-high four trifectas. Freshman Jaime Gluesing, the conference’s leader in three-point percentage during league play (.500), recorded 11 points and three rebounds, while senior Brittany Kennedy tallied a game-high seven assists to go with four boards and four steals. Chatzigiakoumi scored 11 points in 17 minutes off the bench.

SCOUTING LIPSCOMB
• FGCU leads the all-time series 10-0.

• Hannah Phillips became the fifth Lady Bisons to score 1,000 points in her career, surpassing the mark on Feb. 9 against Northern Kentucky.

• Jess Reece snagged 17 rebounds in the Lady Bisons victory over USC Upstate. That was the most for a LU player since Katie Beth Pate grabbed a program-best 20 rebounds against UCF on Feb. 7, 2004.

• Touting one of the youngest starting line ups in the league, the lady Bisons routinely start three freshmen with Alex Banks making 23 starts, Presley Stastny making 21 starts, Kelli Smith 17 starts and Mallory Charpentier with 12 starts.

FGCU VS. LIPSCOMB AT ALLEN ARENA
The Green and Blue are 4-0 all-time against Lipscomb at Allen Arena. The Eagles average 71.5 points per game in Nashville, while the Lady Bisons average 52 points.

The last time the two squads met at Allen Arena was on Jan. 14, 2012. The Eagles drained 13 three-pointers en route to a 76-59 win over LU.

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 68-9 in games played in February.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 40-5 overall record in the month of February; 39-5 vs. Atlantic Sun conference opponents.

CONFERENCE WINNING STREAKS
The Eagles have won 34 straight A-Sun games overall (including the conference tourney) and 31 consecutive regular season conference contests, which are both league records and are the 2nd longest conference winning streaks in the nation. Defending National Champion Baylor has won a nation’s-best 35 consecutive regular season league contests. The Lady Bears have also won 41 straight Big 12 games overall, a continuing league record.

FGCU’s last regular season A-Sun loss was at USC Upstate, 75-74, on Feb. 28, 2011.

WE’RE GOING STREAKING
After a tough 60-53 loss to UCF at Alico Arena, the Green and Blue have won 14 straight contests, which is tied for the fourth longest winning streak in Division I (through games on Feb. 12). Defending National Champion Baylor owns the nation’s longest winning streak (21).

Team          Streak
Baylor         21
Notre Dame 18
Delaware     15
Green Bay   14
FGCU            14

Marist         12
Albany (NY)  12

LOCK IT UP
With their 80-49 win at JU on Feb. 2, FGCU clinched the program’s second consecutive berth and became the first team to clinch a spot in the 2013 A-Sun Conference Tournament. The 2013 A-Sun Conference Tournament will be held in Macon, Ga. at Hawkins Arena (Mar. 6-9).

HANDLING BUSINESS IN A-SUN ROAD GAMES
FGCU is 6-0 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), at USC Upstate (77-54; Jan. 14), at JU (80-49; Feb. 2) and at UNF (66-50; Feb. 4).

The Eagles won the games by an average of 27.2 points and shot 48.9 percent (157-of-321) from the floor and 41.9 percent (70-of-167) from behind the arc, while knocking down 11.7 triples per contest. The opposition, who have been forced into 21.0 turnovers per game, is shooting 102-of-290 (35.2 percent) from the field and 17-of-79 (21.5 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 62 and a strength of schedule (SOS) as low as 162, the Eagles were predicted to be a No. 13 seed, playing No. 4 Louisville (Louisville Region), by ESPN.com’s Charlie Creme in his Feb. 11th 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 Feb. 4)

FGCU IN THE RPI

Outlet (Date)                                                 RPI      Strength of Schedule (SOS)
NCAA (Feb. 11)                                              62      --
RPIRatings.com (Feb. 10)                               62      --
Real Time (Feb. 13)                                       65      164
WarrenNolan.com (Feb. 13)                             65      162

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 95-12 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 48-3 in conference games since the 2010-11 season.

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 53.2 points per contest. In conference games, FGCU has held the opposition to just 48.2 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 10 occasions and have forced opponents into 15+ turnovers 21 times this season, highlighted by JU’s 30 turnovers on Feb. 2 at Swisher Gym.

#8 IN THE ESPN MID-MAJOR TOP 10
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team moved up two positions to pick up the No. 8 spot in the latest ESPN Mid-Major Rankings (Feb. 6). The rankings are based on the women’s basketball blog of ESPN’s Graham Hays.

This marks the second time this season that the Eagles have appeared in Hays’ Mid-Major Top 10. FGCU was ranked No. 10 in the Jan. 23 rankings.

Said Hays of FGCU, “Monday’s 66-50 win at North Florida almost qualifies as a nail-biter by Florida Gulf Coast standards. The Eagles keep rolling in their conference, and their next four opponents all have at least five A-Sun losses already. Oregon State transfer Brittany Kennedy is quietly having a terrific all-around season, averaging 10.6 points, 5.5 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 3.1 steals while shooting 53 percent and maintaining a two-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio.”

ESPN Mid-Major Top 10
1.  Delaware
2.  Dayton
3.  Green Bay
4.  Creighton
5.  Chattanooga
6.  Princeton
7.  Middle Tennessee State
8.  FGCU

9.  Pacific
10. Gonzaga

FGCU RANKED #9 IN MID-MAJOR POLL
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team dropped one spot the No. 10 position in the 15th edition of the 2012-13 CollegeInsider.com Women’s Basketball Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday (Feb. 12). The Eagles were ranked No. 9 in last week’s poll.

Delaware, ranked No. 20 in the AP Top 25 and No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, along with Green Bay, Gonzaga, Chattanooga and Toledo 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 poll.

APPROACHING 1,000 POINTS
Redshirt senior BETSY ADAMS is four points away from recording her 1,000th career point. Adams, who has 225 points as an Eagle, scored 771 points and averaged 9.4 points at Valparaiso (2008-12).

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 9.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 28.6 minutes. The Chicago, Ill., native is also shooting .775 from the charity stripe, .418 from the field and .346 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 (53.2), scoring margin (+16.0), free throw percentage (.754), three-point percentage defense (.258), assists (15.7), steals (11.4), turnover margin (+6.92), 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 (72.4), scoring defense (48.2), scoring margin (+24.2), three-point field goal defense (.225), steals (11.8), turnover margin (+9.46) and three-point field goals made per game (10.5).

WELL DONE YOUNGSTER
JAIME GLUESING’s .447 three-point percentage would rank 7th in the nation if she averaged a minimum 2.0 treys made per game. (she averages 1.5 triples per game).

The freshman, who’s scored in double figures in three of the last five contests, is averaging 8.8 points and is shooting .507 from the field and .500 from behind the arc in A-Sun play. She’s hit a trey in 19 games this season and has multi-threes in 11 contests.

FGCU’S BIG 3
SARAH HANSEN, BRITTANY KENNEDY and JOYCE IAMSTRONG have combined to account for 53.8 percent (37.2 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .466 (320-of-687) from the floor and .296 (71-of-240) from long distance.

PROTECTING THE ROCK
Averaging 69.2 points per game (2nd in the A-Sun), the Eagles lead the league with a +6.92 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 2.0. SARAH HANSEN has a 1.03 ratio, while ranking 10th in the league at 2.6 assists per game and JOYCE IAMSTRONG owns a 1.4 ratio (5th in the conference) and ranks sixth 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 27.4 points, 13.0 rebounds, 8.1 assists and 5.0 steals per game.

A-Sun Top Scoring Tandems
Bridges/Grant (Mercer) - 30.2 ppg
McGowan/Sanders (Stetson) - 30.0 ppg
HANSEN/KENNEDY (FGCU) - 27.4 ppg

Wells/Gideon (KSU) – 23.1 ppg
Copney/Starling (Upstate) - 22.3 ppg

• The duo has reached double figures in same game 11 times with FGCU going 11-0.

FLORIDA’S FINEST
Out of the 13 Division I schools in the state of Florida, the Eagles (20-5) rank t-first for the most victories in the state (thru games played on Feb. 12).

School                  Record
FGCU                       (20-5)

Florida State          (19-4)
Stetson                (18-6)
Miami                   (16-8)
USF                     (16-6)
FIU                      (15-9)
Florida                  (15-9)
FAU                     (11-12)
Bethune-Cookman  (11-11)
UNF                     (10-14)
FAMU                   (9-14)
UCF                     (9-14)
Jacksonville           (7-17)

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 76 steals in 24 games (3.2 per game; 1st in A-Sun) and averages 5.2 rebounds a game. Kennedy ranked 21st in the nation in steals thru games played on Feb. 7.

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 & 2ND 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 1,307 points, ranks 2nd in the FGCU record books behind her former teammate Adrianne McNally (1,415).

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

RAPID FIRE
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 229 threes this season compared to just 96 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 three players (Adams, JOYCE IAMSTRONG & JAIME GLUESING) ranked in the A-Sun’s top-15 in the same category.

3’S PLEASE!
In the program’s 11-year history (335) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 334 contests, including 222 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 222-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 2,152 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 991 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 127-8 all-time and 82-6 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 NBA record is 23, which was set by the Houston Rockets (Feb. 5, 2013) and Orlando Magic (Jan. 13, 2009). 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 Feb. 10th, FGCU ranked second in the nation with an average of 9.1 threes per game. As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in 10 games this season.

RANK             TEAM                3-PT FG/GAME
1.                  Creighton           9.5
2.                      FGCU                    9.1

3.                  UT Martin           9.0
                     UConn               9.0                    
5.                  Missouri             8.8

THREE IS THE KEY
• The Green and Blue are 19-4 on the year when they drain six or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 18-4 this season when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.

200 3’s...AGAIN
With their 10 three-point makes at JU on Feb. 2, the Eagles eclipsed the 200 made triples mark this season. FGCU has recorded 200+ three-pointers in 10 of the last 11 seasons, including nine consecutive.

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.