Women's Hoops Hosts Thanksgiving Classic this Weekend
Thursday, November 26, 2009

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU women’s basketball team will host the 2009 FGCU Thanksgiving Classic this weekend in Alico Arena.

The field of teams participating this weekend include Akron, FGCU, Rider, and Tulsa.

The Classic begins on Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. when Akron takes on Rider. FGCU will host Tulsa in game two. Tip-off for game two is set for 7:30 p.m.

Day two of the Classic (Nov 28) will begin with Tulsa facing Akron at 5 p.m. The Eagles will host Rider at 7:30 p.m. News & Notes on Tulsa

News & Notes on Tulsa
FGCU will be facing undefeated Tulsa (2-0) for the first time on Friday. The Golden Hurricane topped UMKC, 62-57, before blowing by LaSalle, 62-39, in its first two games at home. UT is led by three-year starter and two-time scoring leader Larrissa Williams, while Kara Vaughan and Tatum Beer have been two-year starters.

Mayberry leads four double-digit scorers for Tulsa, averaging 15.0 points per contest, followed by Larrissa Williams (13.0), Tiffani Couisnard (10.0) and Jermaine Kermis (10.0).

As a team, UT is averaging 62.0 points per contest while shooting 41.7 percent (48-for-115) and have posted a +11.0 rebounding margin. They have yet to play a road game this season.

News & Notes on Rider 
The Eagles will be facing Rider (1-3) for the first time Saturday. The Broncos picked up their first win of the season with a 56-41 victory over Monmouth last Thursday then suffered an 82-77 defeat to Faileigh Dickenson on Sunday.

They have been led in scoring by Cintella Spotwood three times as the junior guard paces the club with an average of 15.8 points per game. Senior guards Tammy Meyers (12.8) and Amanda Sepulveda (11.5) round out the list of double-digit scorers for the Broncos.

As a team, Rider is averaging 61.8 points per game while shooting 39.7 percent (87-219) from the field. The Broncos have been strong in the paint with a +4.0 rebounding margin, but have turned the ball over 23.3 times on average per contest. Rider is 0-1 on the road this year.

News & Notes on Akron
The University of Akron women's basketball team will look to snap a three-game losing streak this weekend when they face Rider Friday and Tulsa Saturday.

The Zips are on the last leg of a five-game road swing after opening the season at home on Nov. 13. In fact, UA has just four home games from Nov. 15 to Jan. 9 and will play nine of 13 contests on the road during that time.

Moreover, with trips as far east as New York, as far south as Florida and as far west as Illinois, Akron is seemingly spanning much of the midwest and beyond. The Zips were 2-12 in road games and 1-1 at neutral sites last season.

The Last Time Out
The Zips were defeated, 63-49, at Wright State (2-1) last Sunday afternoon in the Nutter Center.

Akron took an early 12-3 lead but a determined Raider squad went on a 9-0 run to tie the game (12-12). UA maintained an advantage until the 15-14 mark but two quick WSU lay-ups prompted a Raider three-point lead the Zips wouldn't recover from.

Offensively, the Zips were led by Jolene Tamboue who notched 11 points for UA while Kyle Baumgartner led UA on the boards grabbing seven.

Down 23-20 out of the half, the Raiders were quick not to let Akron grab any momentum as they went on a 13-4 run to go up 36-24.

Akron threatened when the Zips came within five at the 39-34 point thanks to two quick layups by Baumgartner and Rachel Tecca, which prompted a Wright State timeout, however, coming out of the break, the Raiders scored four unanswered layups going up 47-34 for a solid lead they never relinquished.

Akron shot 34.7 percent (17-of-49) from the field, 22.2 percent (2-of-9) from 3-point range and 56.5 percent (13-of-23) from