@FGCU_WBB Featured by the Associated Press
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 | by Mike Hill (@Mike_Hill84)
Press Release: Linwood Ferguson
Press Release: Linwood Ferguson

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Sarah Hansen has a secret. Somedays, she grabs a quick nap.

That is, when classrooms are dark and quiet.

"Maybe five minutes," the Florida Gulf Coast guard insists. "Sometimes. Not even."

With the schedule that the Eagles face on a daily basis, naps are probably the team's best friend. They practice most days at 6 a.m., meaning alarm clocks start going off around 4:30 a.m. or so, the training room is filled with half-awake people about a half-hour later, and the sound of bouncing basketballs begins echoing in an empty gym not long afterward.

They are early risers, and they are very much rising.

Winners of 17 straight games, the Eagles have already clinched the Atlantic Sun's regular-season title and will be the favorites to represent their conference for the second straight year in the NCAA tournament next month. And this week, Florida Gulf Coast even got one vote in the AP Top 25 poll, the first time that's happened this season.

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