Eagles Head to the Music City for a Pair of Conference Games
Friday, January 01, 2010

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s basketball team looks to extend their 3-game winning streak as they head to Nashville, Tenn. to face cross-town rivals Belmont on Jan. 2 (3:00 p.m.) and Lipscomb on Jan. 4 (6:15 p.m. ET). FGCU is 2-1 against Belmont and 3-0 against Lipscomb all-time.

FGCU-Belmont Game Information (**A-Sun Game of the Week**)
Streaming Audio: ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton
Streaming Video: A-Sun TV
Live Stats: http://belmontbruins.cstv.com
Series Information: FGCU Leads 2-1
Last Meeting: FGCU 77, Belmont 65, 1/31/09 at Alico Arena

FGCU-Lipscomb Game Information
Streaming Audio: ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton
Streaming Video: A-Sun TV
Live Stats: http://www.lipscombsports.com
Series Information: FGCU Leads 3-0
Last Meeting: FGCU 89, Lipscomb 46, 1/29/09 at Alico Arena

Hot Topics
• Through ten games, the Eagles are shooting .405 from the field, .385 from three-point land and .707 from the free-throw line…FGCU’s opponents are shooting .386 overall, .316 from long range and .663 from the stripe…the Eagles average 16.9 assists per game to the opponents’ 12.1.
• FGCU has won 17 consecutive conference games, dating back to last season.
• This contest with Belmont marks the first time FGCU has played on January 2.
• The contest with Lipscomb marks the third time the Eagles have played on January 4 (2-0 all time, both prior to moving to Division I).
• FGCU has an all-time record of 50-6 in games played in the month of January.
• The Eagles matchups with the Bruins and Bisons mark the fourth meeting between the respective schools (2-1 vs. Belmont and 3-0 vs. Lipscomb).
• The Eagles three losses this season have occurred on the road.

About The Belmont Bruins
• Belmont is perfect at home (3-0) this season.
• Amber Rockwell leads the charge for the Bruins with 14.4 points per game.
• Haley Nelson leads the Bruins in rebounding (10.4 rpg), while also averaging 12.3 points per game.
• As a team the Bruins shoot 36.5-percent (216-of-591) from the field, but only 69-of-235 (29.4-percent) from long range.

Last Meeting; 1/31/09 - FGCU 77, Belmont 65
• The Eagles jumped out to an early 7-2 advantage after Brittany Brown drilled a three-pointer just over three minutes into the game, but the Bruins responded with a huge 19-4 run, capped off by Cacy Burtnett’s three-pointer with 10:21 left in the first half.

• The Bruins’ Jessica Bobbitt drove to the basket for a layup to give her team a 35-27 lead with 1:27 to play, but Brittany Brown and Kelsey Jacobson connected on back-to-back three pointers to close out the half, bringing the Eagles to within a couple points (35-33) going into the locker room at intermission.

• The second half started out as a near-mirror image of the first half, with the Bruins getting off to a good start instead of the Eagles. Belmont opened up the gap in the first two-plus minutes of the second half, outscoring FGCU 9-3 to take a 44-36 lead.

• After the teams traded buckets, the Eagles pulled away by continuing to score on virtually every possession, scoring seven straight points to take a 52-49 lead with 11:47 left in the game. Bobbitt scored again down low for the Bruins to cut the lead down to just one, but it was all FGCU down the stretch. A three from Kelsey Jacobson followed by a Brittany Brown layup expanded the lead to six points with 9:12 to play. Then with 3:54 to play, Chelsea Lyles knocked down a huge three-point shot to put the home team out in front, 67-57. The Bruins tried to make a comeback, cutting the FGCU lead down to five with 1:33 left in the game, but FGCU’s free throw shooting sealed the victory, as the Eagles hit 9-of-10 from the charity stripe in the final minute and a half.

• For the Bruins, Jessica Bobbitt was a dominating force in the low post, scoring a game-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Bobbitt also added five rebounds, five assists, and a game-high three blocks. Kristin Bunch scored 13 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, while Tristan Daniel reached double-figures with 10 points in just 17 minutes.

• Chelsea Lyles led the way for FGCU with 18 points to go along with six rebounds. Shannon Murphy scored 16 points and dished out a game-high seven assists. Kelsey Jacobson and Brittany Brown also each reached double-figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

About The Lipscomb Bisons 
• Lipscomb is only 1-4 at home this season.
• The Bisons have lost nine of their last 10 outings.
• Jenna Bartsokas leads Lipscomb in scoring (12.2 ppg), while also shooting 38.8-percent from the field (47-of-121) and 38.5-percent (20-of-52) from behind the arc.
• Lipscomb’s last home win was Nov. 15, 2009 when they defeated Central Arkansas, 68-60.
• As a team the Bisons shoot 35.1-percent (250-of-713) from the field, but only 76-of-294 (25.9-percent) from long range.

Last Meeting; 1/29/09 - FGCU 89, Lipscomb 46
• Lipscomb jumped out to an early 13-8 lead, but the Eagles used a 33-12 run over the final 14 minutes of the first half to take control of the game.

• In second half, FGCU continued to pour it on. The Eagles outscored the Lady Bisons 48-21 in the second half to win their ninth conference game of the season by the final score of 89-46.

• The Eagles received contributions from every player that hit the floor. Chelsea Lyles scored a game-high 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 from behind the arc, while also adding six assists. Shannon Murphy scored 14 points and dished six assists. Brittany Brown finished with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Kelsey Jacobson scored 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field. Adrianne McNally chipped in with seven points, nine rebounds, and four assists.

Déjà Vu?
The Eagles Dec. 13 game at No. 21/24 Michigan State marked the second time that FGCU faced an opponent ranked in the top-25. The first time the Eagles faced a top-25 program was during the 2008-09 season when FGCU faced the Seminoles of Florida State…who were ranked No. 21/24.

Big Things To Come
The Eagles Dec. 13 matchup with Michigan State was the front-end of a home-and-home series between the Spartans and Eagles, with MSU coming to Alico Arena in 2011-12.

Three Is The Key
• The Eagles are 6-1 this season when they shoot 24 or more three-pointers in a game.
• FGCU is 6-2 when they knock down 9 or more shots from behind the arc this season.
• The Blue and Green hold a 6-1 record this season when they knock down more 3-point shots than their opponent.
• FGCU is holding their opponents to .316 (42-of-133) from behind the arc, while FGCU has drained 101-of-262 (.385) three-pointers this season.

FGCU at Alico Arena
FGCU has a 110-9 (.924) all-time record at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 32-3 (.914) home record.

Year                Home
2009-10         5-0
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             110-9

Away From Home
FGCU has a 62-20 (.756) all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled an 18-13 (.581) road record.

Year                Away
2009-10         2-3
2008-09        10-4
2007-08         6-6
2006-07         8-0
2005-06        10-0
2004-05         8-3
2003-04         6-3
2002-03        12-1
TOTAL             62-20

FGCU in January
• FGCU has an all-time record of 50-6 (.893) in games played in the month of January.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 14-4 record in the month of January, all versus Atlantic Sun conference opponents. FGCU vs. A-Sun Foes.
• Since becoming a member of the Atlantic Sun in the Fall of 2007, FGCU has compiled a 32-6 record against conference opponents.
• FGCU has won 17 consecutive conference games, dating back to last season.
• The Eagles won a conference-record 17 A-Sun games last season.

McNally Tracker
Adrianne McNally, who already is FGCU’s leader in career points, field goals made, field goals attempted, free throws attempted, games played, games started, and minutes played, is looking to grab the top spot in several other FGCU all-time records:

Free throws made
1. 295 - Katie Schrader (65 games) - 2005-07
2. 284 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY (107 games) - 2006-present
3. 195 - Andrea Clarke (55 games) - 2003-05
4. 156 - Robyn Swain (57 games) - 2002-04
5. 151 - Ebonie Halliburton (60 games) - 2003-06

1. 640 - Robyn Swain (236o-404d) - 2002-04
2. 565 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY (202o-363d) - 2006-present
3. 409 - Katie Schrader (194o-215d) - 2005-07
4. 318 - Andrea Clarke (122o-196d) - 2003-05
5. 314 - Noreen McCallum (126o-188d) - 2002-04

Defensive rebounds
1. 404 - Robyn Swain - 2002-04
2. 363 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
3. 215 - Katie Schrader - 2005-07
4. 214 - Ebonie Halliburton - 2003-06
5. 196 - Andrea Clarke - 2003-05

Offensive rebounds
1. 236 - Robyn Swain - 2002-04
2. 202 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
3. 194 - Katie Schrader - 2005-07
4. 126 - Noreen McCallum - 2002-04
5. 122 - Andrea Clarke - 2003-05

1. 338 - Megan Jones - 2002-05
2. 301 - Chelsea Dermyer - 2005-08
3. 250 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
4. 234 - Ebonie Halliburton - 2003-06
5. 186 - Candy Myers - 2003-06

1. 141 - Candy Myers - 2003-06
2. 137 - Megan Jones - 2002-05
3. 122 - Alex Nelson - 2005-07
4. 109 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
5. 103 - Katie Schrader - 2005-07

Among the Nation’s Best
FGCU’s three-point prowess has the program’s calling card from day one and the 2009-10 version of the Eagles have been no different. FGCU is among the nation’s best in 3-pointers made per contest:

NCAA D-1 TEAM - 3-Pointers Made Per Game (Through games 12/20/09)
1. Iowa St., 10.9
2. Charleston So., 10.8
3. Morehead St., 10.2
4. Fresno St., 9.9
5. FGCU, 9.6
    Oral Roberts, 9.6
7. Oregon, 8.7
8. Central Michigan, 8.5
    Mercer, 8.5
10. Creighton, 8.4

*Single season record is held by the 2008 Villanova Wildcats (9.9 per game)

Yo Adrianne
Adrianne McNally’s game-high 21 points against No. 21/24 Michigan State on Sunday, Dec. 13, was the most points by any FGCU player ever versus a ranked opponent.

Grabbin’ Boards and a Spot in the Record Books
Courtney Chihil’s career-high 17 rebounds at Stetson (12/5/09) were the second-most in a single game in school history. Chihil tied Robyn Swain and Andrea Clarke. Swain grabbed 17 boards on four occasions during her time as an Eagles and Clarke pulled down 17 rebounds on Nov. 19, 2004 against Puerto Rico Bayamon.

Swain still holds the FGCU record with 21 rebounds in a game, a record that has stood since 2003.

Countin’ on Courtney
• Sophomore Courtney Chihil ranks first on the team in rebounding (6.0 rpg) and second in steals (2.0 spg).
• Chihil’s six steals against USC-Upstate (12/19/09) were a season-high.
• The Eagles are 3-1 when Chilhil leads the team in rebounds.
• Last time out vs. Bethune-Cookman, Chihil recorded six rebounds, two steals, and five assists in 24 minutes.

Road Warriors
16 of FGCU’s 30 games this season will be played on the road. The Eagles faced New Mexico (25-11 last season), who reached the Elite 8 of the 2009 Postseason WNIT, and Georgia Tech (22-10 last season), who earned their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 08-09 and were ranked No. 19 in the Preseason AP Poll, as part of the Preseason WNIT to start the 2009-10 season.

Up Next For FGCU
• The Eagles land back at home on Jan. 7 (6:05 p.m.) against North Florida, before hosting Jacksonville on Jan. 9 at 2:05 p.m.