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#MaconMadness No. 1 Seed @FGCU_WBB Face No. 5 UNF in A-Sun Tourney Semifinals
Thursday, March 07, 2013 | by Mike Hill (@Mike_Hill84)
Photo Credit: Photo by David Eversten - A-Sun Photos
Photo Credit: Photo by David Eversten - A-Sun Photos
UNF (12-19 (7-11ASun))
at
Florida Gulf Coast (27-5 (18-0 ASun))
3/8/2013 | Macon, Ga. - Hawkins Arena | Attendance: 0
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UNF271744
Florida Gulf Coast472673
Stats at a GlanceUNFFGCU
FG Percentage.362 (17-47) .475 (28-59)
3P FG Percentage.000 (0-10) .414 (12-29)
FT Percentage.833 (10-12) .417 (5-12)
Offensive Rebounds1011
Defensive Rebounds2321
Total Rebounds3332
Turnovers209
Steals313
Bench Points1519
Statistical LeadersUNFFGCU
PointsCONNER - 11
IAMSTRONG - 22
ReboundsKERR - 10
KENNEDY - 7
AssistsKERR - 4
KENNEDY - 8
StealsMERKERSON - 3
KENNEDY - 3
HANSEN - 3
BlocksMERKERSON - 1
KERR - 1
WILSON - 1

GAMEDAY CENTRAL
#1 FGCU (26-5, 18-0 A-SUN) vs. #5 UNF (12-18, 7-11 A-SUN)
Date:
Friday, March 8, 2013
Time:
12:00 p.m.
City:
Macon, Ga.
Site:
Hawkins Arena (3,200)
Live Stats:
AtlanticSun.org
TV:
CSS, ASun.TV, ESPN3, WatchESPN App
Talent:
Paul Crane & Dee Romine
Live Audio:
FGCUAthletics.com
Talent:
David Moulton & J. Webb Horton
Twitter:
@FGCU_WBB
Twitter Hashtags:
#ASUNWBB/#FGCU/#PlayLikeAnEagle/#GogglesUp/#MaconMadness
Current Streak:
W20
Last 20:
20-0 | Last 25: 23-2
vs. UNF:
14th Meeting; FGCU leads 10-2; FGCU is 6-0 in the last six meetings with UNF
Last Meeting:
FGCU 66, UNF 50 | Mar. 4, 2013 at UNF Arena
Up Next With A Win:
A-Sun Championship Game | Sat., March 9 vs. winner of No. 2 Stetson/#3 Mercer at 5:30 pm

COACHING MATCHUP
FGCU Head Coach:
Karl Smesko (Kent State ‘93) *2013 A-Sun Coach of the Year
Career Record:
348-81 (14th Season)
Record at FGCU:
287-54 (11th Season)
A-Sun Record:
100-12
A-Sun Tournament Record:
4-0

Head Coach: Mary Tappmeyer (UNF)
Career Record:
391-394 (28th Season)
Record at UNF:
296-302 (21st 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 20-game winning streak and a league record 40-game A-Sun winning streak, that dates back to the 2011-12 season when they finished 18-0, the Eagles will look to continue their winning ways when they take on No. 5 UNF on Mar. 8 at noon in a A-Sun Semifinal matchup that can bee seen live on CSS, ASun.TV and ESPN3.

UP NEXT
If the No. 1 Eagles win their semifinal game with the No. 5 UNF Ospreys, the Green and Blue will then take on the winner of No. 2 Stetson vs. No. 3 Mercer in the A-Sun Championship game on Saturday, Mar. 9 at 5:30 p.m. ET.

STARTING 5 QUICK HITS
#5 Sarah Hansen (F)

• 2013 A-Sun Scholar-Athlete and Player of the Year
• 1st in the A-Sun in points per game (16.9)
• Scored in double figures in 29 of the team’s 31 games
#00 DyTiesha Dunson (G)

• Shooting .828 from the charity stripe
• Averaging 18.9 minutes per contest
• Averaging 3.4 points
#21 Jaime Gluesing (G)

• Shooting .475 from the field and .455 from behind the arc
• 1st in the conference in 3-pt percentage
• Averaged 8.1 points in conference play
#24 Brittany Kennedy (G)

• Led the A-Sun in steals (2.9) during the regular season
• Led the team in assists in 23 of the 30 games she’s played in
• Dished career-high 12 assists at ETSU (Jan. 12)
#30 Joyce Iamstrong (G)

• Scored a career-high 23 points vs. KSU (Mar. 5; A-Sun Quarterfinals)
• Finished the regular season ranked 6th in the A-Sun in assists (2.9)
• Averaging 11.1 points and 4.0 rebounds this season

LAST TIME OUT (March 6): Iamstrong’s Big Day Leads #1 FGCU Over #8 KSU in A-Sun Quarterfinal
Joyce Iamstrong scored a career-high and game-high 23 points as the No. 1 seeded FGCU women’s basketball team defeated No. 8 Kennesaw State, 73-47, in the A-Sun Quarterfinals on Wednesday afternoon at Hawkins Arena.  •  With its 20th straight victory, FGCU improved to 26-5 overall, while the Owls finished 7-24 on the season. The Blue and Green have now won six straight over the Owls, including three this season.  •  The Eagles have won 40 consecutive A-Sun games overall (including the conference tournament). FGCU’s 40 consecutive conference overall victories rank as the second longest streak in the country behind defending national champion Baylor (46).  •  Ranked No. 6 in the latest ESPN Mid-Major poll and receiving votes in the AP Top 25, the Green and Blue forced the Owls into 25 miscues, which led to 23 FGCU points off turnovers. KSU’s 47 points mark the 18th time the Eagles, who led the conference in scoring defense during the regular season (52.5 ppg), have held an opponent to 55 points or fewer this season.  •  Iamstrong shot 8-of-15 from the field and 4-of-7 from behind the arc to register 23 points in 28 minutes of action. She also added six rebounds and two steals. Freshman Stephanie Haas chipped in with 14 points and four steals. 2013 A-Sun Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year Sarah Hansen finished with 12 points, four boards and three steals, while 2013 A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year Brittany Kennedy  recorded six points, six assists, six rebounds and two steals.

SCOUTING UNF
• UNF defeated No. 4 USC Upstate to advance to the semifinals for the first time since the 2010 when they made it to the championship final as a seven seed.
 
• UNF's Head Coach Mary Tappmeyer collected her 296th win with the Ospreys with the Upstate victory. The Osprey currently hold a 12-18 record this season.

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

RECORD WATCH
SARAH HANSEN has 1,407 career points and is eight points from tying Adrianne McNally (1,415) on the FGCU all-time scoring list. With nine points, Hansen will become the program’s all-time leading scorer in just three seasons.

The redshirt junior currently ranks 27th on the A-Sun career scoring list, behind Lipscomb’s Jenna Bartsokas (1,411; 2007-11).

DRUMROLL, PLEASE...
After winning the Atlantic Sun regular season championship for the second straight season, the Eagles earned a few postseason honors from College Sports Madness and the Atlantic Sun Conference office.

SARAH HANSEN earned Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year and College Sports Madness A-Sun Player of the Year honors to go with her second consecutive first team All-Atlantic Sun selection and a CSM first team All-Atlantic Sun nod. BRITTANY KENNEDY took A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year, a first team All-Atlantic Sun selection and a CSM second team All-Conference honor.

Hansen and Kennedy were also named to the A-Sun’s Academic All-Conference team. The A-Sun also honored Hansen as the Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row to highlight the league’s Academic All-Conference team.

JAIME GLUESING snagged a spot on the A-Sun All-Freshmen team. Head Coach KARL SMESKO won his fourth A-Sun Coach of the Year award and his second consecutive CSM A-Sun Coach of the Year.

A-SUN TOURNEY HISTORY
Making their second A-Sun postseason appearance in their second year of postseason eligibility, the Eagles look to become the first team in Atlantic Sun history to win the Atlantic Sun Championship in their first two appearances.

FGCU is also looking to become the fifth program to win back-to-back A-Sun Tournament titles. Georgia Southern, FIU, Georgia State and ETSU are the only schools to win consecutive tournament championships.

CONFERENCE WINNING STREAKS
The Eagles have won 40 straight A-Sun games overall (including the conference tourney) and 36 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 40 consecutive regular season league contests. The Lady Bears have also won 46 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 20 straight contests, which is the fourth longest winning streak in Division I (through games on Mar. 6). Defending National Champion Baylor owns the nation’s longest winning streak (27).

Team        Streak
Baylor            27
Notre Dame    23
Delaware        22
FGCU            20

Green Bay     19
Quinnipiac     19

The Eagles also own a 10-game home winning streak, which ranks t-14th in Division I (through games on Mar. 6) with Utah State.

PICKIN’ UP VOTES IN THE AP POLL
The FGCU women’s basketball team received two votes to rank tied for No. 37 in this week’s AP Top 25 that was released on Monday, Mar. 4.

This marks the second time this season that the Eagles have garnered a vote in the national poll. The Green and Blue, who rank second in the nation in three-pointers made per game (9.2), received one vote in last week’s poll (Feb. 25).

FGCU IN MARCH
• FGCU has an all-time record of 24-7 in games played in March.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08, the Eagles hold an 16-5 record in the month of March; 5-0 vs. A-Sun competition.

NEUTRAL SITE GAMES
Since moving to Division I in 2007-08, the Green and Blue have compiled a 14-5 record in neutral site contests. FGCU’s last neutral site loss came at the hands of the Gamecocks of South Carolina at the Paradise Jam (65-46; Nov. 23, 2012).

HISTORY BUFFS
With a 74-36 win over Kennesaw State on Mar. 2, the Eagles became 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 also gave the Green and Blue 18 A-Sun wins on the year, which tied the 2009-10 ETSU & 2011-12 FGCU squads for the most conference victories in a season.

FGCU IN LATEST BRACKETOLOGY
With an RPI as low as 49 and a strength of schedule (SOS) as low as 170, the Eagles were predicted to be a No. 14 seed, playing No. 3 Tennessee (Knoxville Region), by ESPN.com’s Charlie Creme in his Mar. 4th Bracketology.

FGCU was also predicted as the No. 15 seed, playing No. 2 seed Kentucky in the NCAA Tourney in College Sports Madness’ Bracketology (updated on Mar. 4).

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

NCAA (Mar. 4)                                                49                       --
RPIRatings.com (Mar. 3)                                 49                       --
Real Time (Mar. 7)                                         53                     170
WarrenNolan.com (Mar. 7)                              53                     172

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 100-12 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 53-3 in conference games since the 2010-11 season.

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 52.3 points per contest. In conference games, FGCU held the opposition to just 48.4 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 26 times this season, highlighted by JU’s 30 turnovers on Feb. 2 at Swisher Gym.

DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS
In their last eight games, FGCU has held the opposition to just 49, 48, 38, 53, 55, 62, 36 and 47 points, respectively. The Eagles, who lead the conference in scoring defense (52.3 ppg), have held opponents below 65 points 28 times this season, while also holding this year’s opposition below 55 points or fewer on 18 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 11.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 28.3 minutes. The Chicago, Ill., native is also shooting .796 from the charity stripe, .430 from the field and .368 from behind the arc, a drastic improvement from her first year in the Green and Blue.

BALL SO HARD
FGCU finished the regular season ranked first in the A-Sun in scoring offense (70.8), scoring defense (52.5), scoring margin (+18.3), free throw percentage (.749), field goal defense (.370), three-point field goal defense (.252), assists (15.7), steals (11.1), turnover margin (+7.47), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2) and three-point field goals made per game (9.2). In conference only games, FGCU ranked first in the A-Sun in scoring offense (74.1), scoring defense (48.4), scoring margin (+25.7), free throw percentage (.748), field goal percentage (.446), field goal percentage defense (.355), three-point percentage (.357), three-point field goal defense (.225), assists (16.1), steals (11.2), turnover margin (+9.67), 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 53.7 percent (38.0 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .473 (408-of-862) from the floor and .317 (96-of-303) from long distance.

WELL DONE YOUNGSTER
JAIME GLUESING’s .455 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, averaged 8.1 points and is shooting .490 from the field and .493 from behind the arc in A-Sun play. She’s hit a trey in 23 games this season and has multi-threes in 14 contests.

PROTECTING THE ROCK
Averaging 70.8 points per game (1st in the A-Sun), the Eagles lead the league with a +7.71 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 2.1. SARAH HANSEN has a 1.04 ratio, while ranking 13th in the league at 2.4 assists per game and JOYCE IAMSTRONG owns a 1.46 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 28.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 3.6 steals per game.

A-Sun Top Scoring Tandems
McGowan/Sanders (Stetson) - 30.1 ppg
Bridges/Grant (Mercer) - 29.8 ppg
HANSEN/IAMSTRONG (FGCU) - 28.0 ppg

Copney/Starling (Upstate) - 23.1 ppg
Alford/Sneed (JU) - 22.8 ppg

• The duo has reached double figures in same game 16 times with FGCU going 15-1.

WE ARE FGCU
With a 18-0 record in A-Sun action, FGCU is one of 10 teams in the nation that are undefeated in conference play (Albany, Dayton, Baylor, Notre Dame, Delaware, Green Bay, Marist, Hampton, Quinnipiac; as of Mar. 7). Also, with a 26-5 overall record, the Eagles are one of 15 25+ win teams in the nation (thru games played on Mar. 7).

FLORIDA’S FINEST
Out of the 13 Division I schools in the state of Florida, the Eagles (25-5) rank first for the most victories in the state (thru games played on Mar. 7).

School                Record
FGCU                (26-5)

Stetson              (22-8)
Florida State       (21-8)
Miami                 (21-9)
USF                    (20-9)
FIU                    (18-11)
Florida                (18-13)
UCF                   (13-16)
Bethune-Cookman (12-15)
FAU                    (12-16)
Jacksonville        (11-19)
FAMU                 (11-17)
UNF                    (11-18)  

3’S PLEASE!
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 284 threes this season compared to just 110 from their opponents. Led by BETSY ADAMS’ 2.0 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 (341) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 340 contests, including 228 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 228-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 2,207 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 1,013 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 Mar. 3rd, 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         9.4
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 25-4 on the year when they drain six or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 24-4 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.