@FGCU_WBB Set to Host Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Classic
|Saint Francis U||28||40||68|
|FLORIDA GULF COAST||38||37||75|
|Stats at a Glance||SFU||FGCU|
|FG Percentage||.347 (26-75)||.364 (24-66)|
|3P FG Percentage||.258 (8-31)||.346 (9-26)|
|FT Percentage||.727 (8-11)||.545 (18-33)|
COBB - 17
WILLIAMS - 8
KNIGHT - 12
KEEGAN - 1
PHILLIPS - 1
|FLORIDA GULF COAST||37||19||56|
|Stats at a Glance||VA||FGCU|
|FG Percentage||.509 (29-57)||.360 (18-50)|
|3P FG Percentage||.647 (11-17)||.333 (11-33)|
|FT Percentage||.842 (16-19)||.563 (9-16)|
Kelsey Wolfe - 14
Ataira Franklin - 3
Kelsey Wolfe - 3
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women's basketball team will return to Alico Arena to host the 2013 Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Classic Friday, Dec. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 21. The Eagles will welcome Tulane, Saint Francis University and the University of Virginia for the two-day event.
The Green and Blue will open the tournament with a 7 p.m. contest on Friday evening against the Red Flash of SFU before taking on UVA at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Both games will be broadcast live on ESPN3 with David Moulton and J. Webb Horton on the air.
Two neutral games will take place in the 4:30 p.m. time slot on each day.
THE GREEN & BLUE
The Eagles enter the tournament with a record of 5-4 on the season after falling at no. 12 LSU on Tuesday evening in Baton Rouge, La.
Collectively, the Eagles have scored 66 points per contest this season, while holding opponents to an average of 64 points a game. Eagle opponents have held a rebounding advantage through nine games with a 41.7 to 32.7 margin, while the Eagles have maintained control of the ball with just 13 turnovers per game. FGCU has forced 17.8 opponent turnovers per game this season with 8.2 steals. The team has allowed opponents to maintain a .405 shooting percentage from the field with a mark of .324 from 3-point range.
The FGCU offense has recorded a shooting percentage of .395 this season with a .341 clip from beyond-the-arc. The team has made a combined 86 shots from long range and has maintained a shooting percentage of .640 from the free-throw line.
Sophomore Stephanie Haas (Avon Lake, Ohio/Magnificat High School) has led the Eagles through the majority of the season with 13.9 points per game, while classmate Whitney Knight (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds High School) adds 12.9 points per contest and leads the team with 22 blocks. Senior captain Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane High School) contributes 12.8 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game and leads the team with 24 steals.
Newcomers Jenna Cobb (New Holland, Ohio/Miami Trace High School) and Kaneisha Atwater (Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Westover High School) round out the Eagles’ starting five with 7.2 and 6.8 points per game, respectively.
Off the bench, Jaime Gluesing (Solon, Ohio/Solon High School) and Amanda Moore (Seymour, Ind./Seymour High School) have contributed to the Eagles’ offense from beyond-the-arc. The sophomore duo has combined for 17 3-point buckets this season and together produce an additional eight points per game.
GAME DAY TWEETABLES
- As they return to Fort Myers, the Eagles are 3-0 in home games this season and 165-12 all time at Alico Arena.
- The only other time FGCU has faced a Northeast Conference foe was Nov. 23, 2007 when the team earned its first program DI win over CCSU.
- FGCU’s starting five have averaged 53.6 of the team’s 66 points per game - that’s 81 percent of points scored.
- Head Coach Karl Smesko picked up his 350th career win against FIU on Nov. 8. That’s a career record of 354-90 & a win % of .800.
- The Eagles hold a record of 12-2 in six hosted tournaments since 2004. Since making the jump to DI, FGCU is 5-0 when hosting.
LAST TIME OUT
Despite strong second-half shooting and an increase in intensity, the FGCU women’s basketball team dropped a 69-46 loss to no. 12 LSU Tuesday night at the Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, La.
The Eagles struggled to convert shots in the first half and entered the break with a 19-point deficit. The team built a strong attack to open the second half but was ultimately unable to cut the LSU advantage.
Hansen led all players with 15 points in the contest. Hansen also added four rebounds and three steals. Knight added eight points in the Eagles’ offensive effort, while all others were held to six points or fewer.
Friday’s matchup will be the first meeting between the Eagles and the Red Flash. However, FGCU is no stranger to the Northeast Conference.
On Nov. 23, 2007, the Eagles challenged Central Connecticut State University of the NEC in their second game as an NCAA Division I team. Backed by four double-digit scoring performances, including 11 points from current assistant coach Chelsea Dermyer, the Eagles defeated CCSU 71-52 to earn their first Division I win.
The Eagles will also face a new opponent in UVA on Saturday.
SCOUTING THE RED FLASH
- Saint Francis University travels to Fort Myers with a record of 2-6 after falling at Florida, 105-71 on Tuesday. The Red Flash are currently riding a three-game losing streak with losses against UF, Duquesne and Buffalo. SFU’s two wins this season were against Howard and A-Sun foe, ETSU.
- The Red Flash are averaging 76.2 points per game this season but have allowed opponents to score 94.1 points per contest. SFU has seen opponents score 97 points or more on four occasions this season and have averaged nearly 90 possessions per game so far. The fewest number of points they allowed were in the 92-79 victory at ETSU.
- SFU has been outrebounded by opponents by an average of 49.0 to 45.0 rebounds per game and has been out shoot 47.2 percent to 36 percent. The Red Flash have recorded an average of 24.9 turnovers, and currently average a nation-high 29 fouls against per game.
- Individually, the Red Flash are led by senior Alli Williams. Williams paces the Northeast Conference with 21.6 points per game, while also leading the Red Flash with 9.5 rebounds per game and a team-high 30 steals in eight games. Junior Alexa Hayward has added 12.5 points per game for SFU with 20 made 3-point shots in just eight games.
- The Red Flash have traditionally led the Northeast Conference but were selected to finish fourth in this seasons’ preseason coaches’ poll.
SCOUTING THE CAVALIERS
- The Cavaliers enter the Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Classic with a mark of 4-5 on the year and a record of 1-2 in road games. UVA snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over UMES on Tuesday. The team will face Tulane on Friday afternoon before challenging the Eagles.
- As a unit, UVA has averaged 64.4 points per game, while allowing opponents to a near even 63.4 points each contest. The team has allowed opponents to shoot 39.9 percent from the field this season and has converted 35.5 percent of its own shots through nine games so far. From 3-point range, the Cavaliers have shot 25.5 percent with 4.4 made buckets a game.
- Individually, the ‘Hoos are led by three double-digit scorers. Sophomore Faith Randolph paces the team with 12.0 points per game, while upperclassmen Ataira Franklin and Sarah Imovbioh add 11.8 and 11.0 points per game, respectively. Imovbioh leads the team with 8.0 rebounds per game and has maintained a shooting percentage of 52.9. The junior has also drawn fouls at the post and has gone to the free-throw line 49 times through nine games.
- UVA finished last season with a record of 16-14 and an ACC mark of 8-10. The team was selected to finish eighth in the 15-team ACC this season.
HOME STAND AND BEYOND
Including the Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Classic this weekend, the Eagles will play six-straight games on their home court at Alico Arena. Following a break for Christmas, FGCU will welcome Saint Joseph’s on Sunday, Dec. 29 before opening Atlantic Sun action with home games against Stetson, ETSU and USC Upstate. The Green and Blue will not wear away jerseys until Thursday, Jan. 16 when they travel to Johnson City, Tenn. to face ETSU.
FOR MORE INFO
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FGCU Athletics encourages fans to support and participate in the Hunger Walk on Saturday, Jan. 19. For more information visit http://harrychapinfb.dojiggy.com/2014fgcucares. As a reminder, at all home games this season, the athletic department will be collecting food donations benefitting the FGCU Food Pantry and the Harry Chapin Food Bank. The department is also collecting donations for Toys for Tots during games in the month of Decemeber.
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2013-14 women’s basketball season tickets and single-game tickets are selling quickly. Fans can reserve their seat(s) by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets.
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