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No. 38 @FGCU_WBB Wraps Up Regular Season with Kennesaw St. on Senior Day
Saturday, March 02, 2013 | by Mike Hill @Mike_Hill84)
Photo Credit: Jerry Smith
Photo Credit: Jerry Smith
Kennesaw State (7-23, 3-15 ASun)
at
Florida Gulf Coast (25-5, 18-0 ASun)
3/2/2013 | Fort Myers, Fla. (Alico Arena) | Attendance: 2358
1st2ndFinal
Kennesaw State191736
Florida Gulf Coast314374
Stats at a GlanceKSUFGCU
FG Percentage.267 (12-45) .482 (27-56)
3P FG Percentage.211 (4-19) .474 (9-19)
FT Percentage.667 (8-12) .688 (11-16)
Offensive Rebounds1210
Defensive Rebounds2223
Total Rebounds3433
Turnovers238
Steals412
Bench Points219
Statistical LeadersKSUFGCU
PointsADAMS - 12
IAMSTRONG - 19
ReboundsKENNEDY - 14
HANSEN - 8
AssistsKENNEDY - 2
HOLLIDAY - 2
KENNEDY - 6
StealsYOUNG - 2
KENNEDY - 3
BlocksGIDEON - 1

GAMEDAY CENTRAL
FGCU (24-5, 17-0 A-SUN) vs. KENNESAW ST. (7-22, 3-14 A-SUN)
Date:
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Time:
7:30 p.m.
City:
Fort Myers, Fla.
Site:
Alico Arena (4,500)
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Current Streak:
W18
At Home:
12-1
Last 5:
5-0 | Last 10: 10-0
Last 15:
15-0 | Last 20: 19-1
vs. KSU:
13th Meeting; FGCU leads 10-2; FGCU is 5-0 at home vs. KSU
Last Meeting:
FGCU 62, KSU 35 | Dec. 31, 2012 at KSU Convocation Center

COACHING MATCHUP
FGCU Head Coach:
Karl Smesko (Kent State ‘93)
Career Record:
346-81 (14th Season)
Record at FGCU:
285-54 (11th Season)
A-Sun Record:
99-12

Head Coach: Nitra Perry (Mississippi St. ‘01)
Career Record:
7-22 (1st Season)
Record at KSU:
Same
A-Sun Record:
3-14

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 18-game winning streak and a league record 35-game A-Sun conference winning streak, that dates back to the 2011-12 season when they finished 18-0, the Eagles are set to host Kennesaw State on ‘Senior Day’ on Saturday, Feb. 2. Tip off at Alico Arena is set for 7:30 p.m. and the game can bee seen live on ASun.TV.

UP NEXT
After battling the Owls on Saturday night, the Eagles will begin to prepare for their second appearance in the A-Sun Tournament. The No. 1 seed in the tournament, FGCU will face the No. 8 seed (KSU or Lipscomb) on Mar. 6 at noon ET.

STARTING 5 QUICK HITS
#5 Sarah Hansen (F)

• 2nd in the A-Sun in points per game (17.1)
• Scored in double figures in 27 of the team’s 29 games
• Scored a career-high 30 points in FGCU’s upset of LSU (Dec. 28)
#00 DyTiesha Dunson (G)

• Shooting .857 from the charity stripe
• Averaging 19.0 minutes per contest
• Averaging 3.6 points
#21 Jaime Gluesing (G)

• Shooting .481 from the field and .449 from behind the arc
• 2nd in the conference in 3-pt percentage (.493) - A-Sun Games Only
• Averaging 8.6 points in conference play
#24 Brittany Kennedy (G)

• Registered 15 points and 5 boards at Stetson (Feb. 23)
• Led the team in assists in 21 of the 28 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 (.344)
• 6th in the conference in assists (2.9)
• Averaging 10.4 points and 4.0 rebounds this season

LAST TIME OUT (FEB. 28): No. 38 FGCU Extends Winning Streaks with 89-62 Win Over Mercer
Five players scored in double figures as the FGCU women’s basketball team defeated Mercer, 89-62, on Thursday night at Alico Arena in front of 3,011 fans.  •  With their 18th straight victory, the Green and Blue improved to 24-5 overall and 17-0 in the A-Sun, while the Bears fell to 19-9 overall (13-4 A-Sun). The victory also put FGCU one win away from becoming the first team in A-Sun history to go undefeated in conference play in back-to-back seasons.  •  The Eagles, who have made at least one three-pointer in 226 consecutive contests and 338 of 339 games in program history, made nine triples on the day, led by four from redshirt senior Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes HS/Valpo).  •  Adams shot 5-of-7 from the field and 4-of-5 from behind the arc to register 14 points in 22 minutes of action. Senior Joyce Iamstrong (Chicago, Ill./Thornton Fractional South HS/Jefferson College) recorded 14 points, four assists and three boards. Redshirt junior Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) and redshirt senior Brittany Kennedy (Spokane, Wash./Lewis and Clark HS/Oregon State) finished with 11 points each. Freshman Jaime Gluesing (Solon, Ohio/Solon HS) tallied 10 points and four assists, while classmates DyTiesha Dunson (Albany, Ga./Westover HS) and Stephanie Haas (Avon Lake, Ohio/Magnificat HS) chipped in with eight points and five boards and eight points and four rebounds, respectively.

SCOUTING KENNESAW ST.
• Senior Sametria Gideon is the only player in the A-Sun to be averaging a double-double on the season with 11.1 points per game and 10.4 rebounds per game. Gideon continues to lead the A-Sun in rebounding with her 10.4 boards per outing average. The senior is now No. 20 in the nation in total double-doubles with her 14 this season.

• Four Owls are now averaging double-figures scoring including Sametria Gideon (11), Kristina Wells (11), Ashley Holliday (10) and four-time A-Sun Newcomer of the Week Chelsea Mason (11).

• A win for Kennesaw State over FGCU will clinch a spot for the Owls in the General Shale Atlantic Sun Conference Postseason Tournament.

FGCU VS. KENNESAW STATE AT ALICO ARENA
The Green and Blue are 5-0 all-time against KSU at ‘The Nest’. The Eagles average 71.4 points per game in Fort Myers, while the Bears average 58.2 points.

The last time the two squads met at Alico Arena was on Jan. 28, 2012. Three players scored in double figures, as the Eagles defeated a scrappy Kennesaw State squad, 58-51.

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 MARCH
• FGCU has an all-time record of 22-7 in games played in March.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08, the Eagles hold an 14-5 record in the month of March; 3-0 vs. A-Sun competition.

CONFERENCE WINNING STREAKS
The Eagles have won 38 straight A-Sun games overall (including the conference tourney) and 35 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 38 consecutive regular season league contests. The Lady Bears have also won 44 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 18 straight contests, which is tied for the fourth longest winning streak in Division I (through games on Feb. 28). Defending National Champion Baylor owns the nation’s longest winning streak (25).

Team        Streak
Baylor            25
Notre Dame    21
Delaware        20
Green Bay     18
FGCU            18
Quinnipiac     17

PICKIN’ UP VOTES IN THE AP POLL
The Eagles received one vote to rank No. 38 in this week’s AP Top 25 Poll that was released on Monday, Feb. 25.

This marks the first time this season that the Eagles have garnered a vote in the national poll. The last time the Green and Blue received a vote in the AP Poll was on Mar. 12, 2012 (13 votes to rank No. 29).

PROTECT THE NEST
In the program’s 11-year history, the Eagles have compiled a 162-11 record at Alico Arena, including an impressive 54-1 record in Atlantic Sun home games. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled an 84-5 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).

136 of FGCU’s 162 wins at Alico Arena have come by at least double digits, while 65 of the Eagles’ 84 Division I home wins have come by at least 10 points.

Year          Record
2012-13     12-1
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       162-11 (.936)

NINE CONSECUTIVE 21-WIN SEASONS
The Eagles secured their ninth-straight 21+ win season with a 89-38 victory at Lipscomb (Feb. 16). The Green and Blue now have 10 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 nine seasons, the Eagles have accumulated 237 wins and 45 losses. 

4-TIME A-SUN REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS
FGCU captured the program’s third consecutive A-Sun Regular Season crown (fourth in the last five years) with their 72-55 win at Stetson (Feb. 23). The Eagles’ other three regular-season championships came in 2011-12, 2010-11 and 2008-09. FGCU finished last season 18-0 in conference play and 17-3 in both the 2010-11 and 2008-09 campaigns.

The Eagles have won 13+ A-Sun games in six straight seasons. FGCU is 99-12 in conference play over the last six years and has won 69 of their last 75 Atlantic Sun regular season games over the past four seasons.

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).

Picking up a 72-55 win at A-Sun rival Stetson (Feb. 23), the Eagles secured the outright A-Sun Regular Season title, their third straight and fourth in the last five years, as well as the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic Sun Tournament (Mar. 6-9).

HISTORY BUFFS
With a win over the Owls on Sat. Mar. 2, the Eagles will become just the first team to go undefeated in A-Sun play in back-to-back seasons. FIU completed the feat twice as a member of the A-Sun (1992-93 & 1995-96).

The win will also give the Green and Blue 18 A-Sun wins on the year, which will tie the 2009-10 ETSU & 2011-12 FGCU squads for the most conference victories in a season.

HANDLING BUSINESS IN A-SUN HOME GAMES
FGCU is 8-0 in A-Sun home contests so far this season, after picking up conference wins vs. JU (74-57; Jan. 5), vs. UNF (53-42; Jan. 7), vs. NKU (79-50; Jan. 19), vs. Lipscomb (67-37; Jan. 21), vs. Stetson (74-55; Jan. 26), vs. USC Upstate (72-49; Feb. 9), vs. ETSU (70-48; Feb. 11) and Mercer (89-62; Feb. 28).

The Eagles won the games by an average of 22.3 points and shot 40.9 percent (191-of-467) from the floor and 31.5 percent (75-of-238) from behind the arc, while knocking down 9.4 triples per contest. The opposition, who have been forced into 20.3 turnovers per game, is shooting 151-of-408 (37 percent) from the field and 24-of-106 (22.6 percent) from three-point range.

CAPITAL 1 ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA 2ND TEAM
SARAH HANSEN named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America women’s basketball second team (Feb. 21), as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Hansen is the first student-athlete in FGCU history to earn Capital One Academic All-American status. She is also the only basketball player, men’s or women’s, in the A-Sun Conference to earn the distinction this year. Previously in 2012, Hansen was honored as the A-Sun’s Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Women’s Scholar-Athlete Team and earned DI-AAA ADA Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year to highlight the Scholar-Athlete Team.

New Mexico’s Caroline Durbin, Ashley Eide of South Dakota State, Amanda Hyde of IPFW, Akron’s Rachel Tecca and Alli Williams of Saint Francis (Pa.) join the Hansen on the Capital One Academic All-America Division I second team.

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 47 and a strength of schedule (SOS) as low as 133, the Eagles were predicted to be a No. 14 seed, playing No. 3 Maryland (College Park Region), by ESPN.com’s Charlie Creme in his Feb. 25th Bracketology.

FGCU was also predicted as the No. 15 seed, playing No. 2 seed Penn State in the NCAA Tourney in College Sports Madness’ Bracketology (updated on Feb. 25).

FGCU IN THE RPI

Outlet (Date)                                           RPI      Strength of Schedule (SOS)     
NCAA (Feb. 25)                                         51      --
RPIRatings.com (Feb. 24)                          51      --
Real Time (Mar. 1)                                    47      133
WarrenNolan.com (Mar. 1)                         47      133

A-SUN SUCCESS
Head Coach KARL SMESKO and his Eagles hve enjoyed significant success in the Atlantic Sun since moving to Division I. FGCU, who owns a 99-12 all-time record in conference play, has won four regular season titles (2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13) and one conference tournament title (2012) since joining the league in 2007-08. FGCU is 52-3 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).

#6 IN THE ESPN MID-MAJOR TOP 10
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team moved up two positions to pick up the No. 6 spot in the latest ESPN Mid-Major Rankings (Feb. 20). The rankings are based on the women’s basketball blog of ESPN’s Graham Hays. FGCU was ranked No. 8 in the Feb. 5 rankings.

Said ESPN of FGCU, “This isn’t quite the version of Florida Gulf Coast we saw a season ago. This group doesn’t shoot the ball as well from the 3-point line or overall and doesn’t rebound as well, but tell it to the rest of the Atlantic Sun. The Eagles have yet to win a conference game by anything other than double digits. The next two games are against teams in (distant) second and third places, beginning with a weekend trip to Stetson and a home game next week against Mercer.”

ESPN Mid-Major Top 10 (Feb. 20)
1. Delaware
2. Dayton
3. Green Bay
4. Chattanooga
5. Princeton
6. FGCU

7. Gonzaga
8. Toledo
9. Marist
10. Creighton

FGCU RANKED #9 IN MID-MAJOR POLL
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team dropped one spot into the No. 9 position in the 17th edition of the 2012-13 CollegeInsider.com Women’s Basketball Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Feb. 26. The Eagles were ranked No. 8 in last week’s poll.

Delaware, ranked No. 18 in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll, along with No. 21 Green Bay, Gonzaga, Princeton and Chattanooga 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 this week’s poll.

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 53.0 points per contest. In conference games, FGCU has held the opposition to just 49.1 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 forced opponents into 15+ turnovers 24 times this season, highlighted by JU’s 30 turnovers on Feb. 2 at Swisher Gym.

DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS
In their last six games, FGCU has held the opposition to just 49, 48, 38, 53, 55 and 62 points, respectively. The Eagles, who lead the conference in scoring defense (53.0 ppg), have held opponents below 65 points 26 times this season, while also holding this year’s opposition below 55 points or fewer on 16 occasions.

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 10.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 28.4 minutes. The Chicago, Ill., native is also shooting .800 from the charity stripe, .419 from the field and .344 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 offense (70.7), scoring defense (53.0), scoring margin (+17.6), free throw percentage (.752), three-point field goal defense (.254), assists (15.7), steals (11.1), turnover margin (+7.21), 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 (74.1), scoring defense (49.1), scoring margin (+24.9), free throw percentage (.752), field goal percentage (.444), field goal percentage defense (.360), three-point percentage (.352), three-point field goal defense (.226), assists (16.1), steals (11.1), turnover margin (+9.35), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5) and three-point field goals made per game (10.2).

FGCU’S BIG 3
SARAH HANSEN, BRITTANY KENNEDY and JOYCE IAMSTRONG have combined to account for 53.2 percent (37.6 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .468 (376-of-804) from the floor and .309 (88-of-285) from long distance.

WELL DONE YOUNGSTER
JAIME GLUESING’s .438 three-point percentage would rank 6th in the nation if she averaged a minimum 2.0 treys made per game. (she averages 1.5 triples per game).

The freshman, who has scored in double figures in seven conference games, is averaging 8.5 points and is shooting .500 from the field and .493 from behind the arc in A-Sun play. She’s hit a trey in 22 games this season and has multi-threes in 14 contests.

PROTECTING THE ROCK
Averaging 70.7 points per game (1st in the A-Sun), the Eagles lead the league with a +7.21 turnover margin. BRITTANY KENNEDY, who ranks 2nd in the A-Sun in assists (5.3), is second in the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 2.0. SARAH HANSEN has a 1.04 ratio, while ranking 12th in the league at 2.4 assists per game and JOYCE IAMSTRONG owns a 1.49 ratio and ranks sixth in the league at 2.9 assists per game.

SHAKE AND BAKE
Senior JOYCE IAMSTRONG and redshirt junior SARAH HANSEN give FGCU one of the top scoring tandems in the conference. The duo is averaging a combined 27.5 points, 11.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 3.6 steals per game.

A-Sun Top Scoring Tandems
Bridges/Grant (Mercer) - 30.2 ppg
McGowan/Sanders (Stetson) - 29.9 ppg
HANSEN/IAMSTRONG (FGCU) - 27.5 ppg

Alford/Sneed (JU) - 23.0 ppg
Copney/Starling (Upstate) - 22.9 ppg

• The duo has reached double figures in same game 14 times with FGCU going 13-1.

WE ARE FGCU
With a 17-0 record in A-Sun action, FGCU is one of 11 teams in the nation that are undefeated in conference play (Albany, Dayton, Baylor, Notre Dame, Delaware, Green Bay, Princeton, Marist, Hampton, Quinnipiac). Also, with a 24-5 overall record, the Eagles are one of 16 24+ win teams in the nation (thru games played on Feb. 28).

FLORIDA’S FINEST
Out of the 13 Division I schools in the state of Florida, the Eagles (24-5) rank first for the most victories in the state (thru games played on Feb. 28).

School                Record
FGCU                 (24-5)

Florida State       (21-7)
Stetson              (20-8)
USF                    (19-8)
Miami                 (19-9)
FIU                    (17-11)
Florida                (17-12)
Bethune-Cookman (12-13)
FAU                    (12-15)
UCF                   (12-16)
Jacksonville        (11-17)
FAMU                 (10-16)
UNF                    (10-18) 

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 79 steals in 27 games (2.9 per game; 1st in A-Sun) and averages 5.0 rebounds a game. Kennedy ranked 27th in the nation in steals thru games played on Feb. 24.

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 1,381 points, ranks 2nd in the FGCU record books behind her former teammate Adrianne McNally (1,415).

1K POINTS
Redshirt senior BETSY ADAMS, with a layup with 13:26 left in the second half at NKU (Feb. 18),  recorded her 1,000th career point. Adams, who has 258 points as an Eagle, scored 771 points and averaged 9.4 points at Valparaiso (2008-12).

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

3’S PLEASE!
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 267 threes this season compared to just 102 from their opponents. Led by BETSY ADAMS’ 2.1 trifectas per contest, 13 different players have made at least three 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.

#GOGGLESUP
In the program’s 11-year history (339) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 338 contests, including 226 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 226-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 2,190 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 1,005 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 129-8 all-time and 84-6 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. 28th, FGCU ranks tied-second in the nation with an average of 9.2 threes per game. As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in 12 games this season.

RANK            TEAM               3-PT FG/GAME
1.                 Creighton         9.5
2.                FGCU                9.2

                   UT Martin         9.2
4.                 Milwaukee        9.1                  
5.                 UConn             8.8

THREE IS THE KEY
• The Green and Blue are 23-4 on the year when they drain six or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 22-4 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.