FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s basketball team looks to extend their 5-game winning streak as they host conference rivals North Florida on Jan. 7 (6:05 p.m.) and Jacksonville on Jan. 9 (2:05 p.m. ET). FGCU is 3-1 all-time against both UNF and JU.
FGCU-UNF Game Information
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Series Information: FGCU Leads 3-1
Last Meeting: FGCU 57, UNF 48, 2/19/09 in Jacksonville, Fla.
FGCU-JU Game Information (**PACK THE HOUSE CHALLENGE NIGHT AND $1 NIGHT!!!!**)
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Series Information: FGCU Leads 3-1
Last Meeting: FGCU 68, JU 67, 2/21/09 in Jacksonville, Fla.
• Through 12 games, the Eagles are shooting .410 from the field, .374 from three-point land and .715 from the free-throw line…FGCU’s opponents are shooting .374 overall, .282 from long range and .680 from the stripe…the Eagles average 16.9 assists per game to the opponents’ 11.7. • FGCU has won 19 consecutive conference games, dating back to last season.
• The contest with North Florida marks the fifth time FGCU has played on January 7 (3-1 all time, only loss to UNF in 2008).
• The contest with Jacksonville marks the first time FGCU has played on January 9.
• FGCU has an all-time record of 52-6 in games played in the month of January.
• The Eagles matchups with the Ospreys and Dolphins mark the fifth meeting between the respective schools (3-1 vs. both schools).
• The Eagles three losses this season have occurred on the road.
About The North Florida Ospreys
• The Ospreys (4-9, 1-3 A-Sun) are led by sophomore guard Brittany Kirkland at 14.2 points per game while dishing out 3.5 assists per outing. Freshman forward Jadhken Kerr is adding 8.6 points per game while junior guard Juliemay Syquio is adding 8.4 points. Senior forward Arlande Cherizol is pulling down a team best 6.9 rebounds per game.
• UNF is coming off a weekend conference series in which it split a pair of games. The Ospreys defeated Kennesaw State, 68-51 on Jan. 2. Kirkland had 17 of her 21 points in the first half against the Owls. The Ospreys fell to Mercer 54-48, on Jan. 4. Sophomore guard Kim Baker and Kirkland both had 10 points in the game.
• This is just the fifth meeting between the two teams. FGCU holds the all-time series record at 3-1. Last season the Eagles picked up wins in both games, winning 63-46 in Fort Myers and 57-48 at UNF Arena. Kirkland averaged 12 points against the Eagles and Syquio averaged 7.5 points per game. Cherizol had 9.5 rebounds per game last season against FGCU.
Last Meeting; 2/19/09 - FGCU 57, North Florida 48
• Chelsea Lyles scored a game-high 21 points as the Eagles defeated the Ospreys of UNF, 57-48, to extend their winning streak to 13 games.
• FGCU jumped out to an early 17-10 lead with 12:34 remaining, after Lyles drained a 3-pointer off an assist from Kelsey Jacobson, and never looked back. The Eagles went on to outscore the Ospreys 17-12 over the final 12:34 of the half to take a 34-22 lead into the locker room at half.
• FGCU was outscored 26-23 in the second half, but held off the Lady Ospreys and won by the final of 57-48.
• Lyles scored a game-high 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field and 3-of-6 from behind the arc, while also adding five rebounds and three steals. Shannon Murphy was the only other Eagles that registered double digit points. Murphy finished with 10 points and four assists.
About The Jacksonville Dolphins
• JU is not getting a good feel for its shooting touch while playing games on the road. The Dolphins have been outscored 553-432 through the first eight road trips. JU is shooting 29.8 (161-541) percent from the floor, while opponents are averaging 43.0 (197-458) per game. The Dolphins had good first half leads against USF and Campbell, but each team rallied in the final 10 minutes of the half to either tie the game or take the lead.
• JU has outscored the opposition’s bench in eight of 12 games, including more than a 20-point difference on four occasions.
• The Dolphins (3-9, 2-2) evened their conference record with wins against Mercer (Jan. 2) and Kennesaw State (Jan. 4) at home to start the New Year.
• The Dolphins have used nine different lineup combinations in the first 12 games.
• JU has played nine of it’s first 13 contests on the road. After the trip to FGCU on Sunday, the Dolphins will play four games at home - the longest stretch this season.
• Senior guard Courtney Jackson (97) needs six more treys to pass Rebecca Montz (102, 2003-05) for fourth on the all- time list, while senior forward Desarae Johnson (103) is 26 blocks shy of becoming the program’s new all-time leader.
Last Meeting; 2/21/09 - FGCU 68, Jacksonville 67
• Kelsey Jacobson’s 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left capped a nine-point Florida Gulf Coast rally in the final four minutes to lift the Eagles to a 68-67 win over JU.
• The Dolphins (16-11, 12-6 A-Sun) never trailed in the game until the final second, watching the Eagles (23-4, 16-3) finish the game on a 13-3 run.
• Jacobson’s heroic shot, her third 3-pointer of the game, gave her 10 points – one of our four Eagles in double figures. The FGCU rally ruined the Senior Day outing for the Regina Omoite, Virginia Gregoire, and DaVina Hamilton. The Dolphins had turned a two-point halftime lead into 13 less than five minutes into the second half – with Lynsey Paschal’s putback capping a 13-2 run to give JU a 47-34 lead.
• Despite trailing by 10 with nine minutes to go, the Eagles started slowly cutting into the lead, cutting the deficit to five before two straight baskets by JU pushed the lead back to nine, 64-55, with four minutes left in regulation.
• The Eagles rally started with a layup by Adrianne McNally and after Ashanti Williams made 1-of-2 free throws for JU, Jacobson hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to five, 65-60, with 2:33 left in the game.
• After the two teams traded baskets, McNally went to work – making a layup with 1:15 left to cut the deficit to three, 67-64.
• Omiote came down and missed a 3-pointer and fouled on the rebound, with Brittany Brown hitting 1-of-2 to cut the JU lead to two, 67-65, with just 53 seconds left in the game.
• Crystal Grable missed a jumper in the lane that could have iced the game and the Eagles worked the clock, using their final three timeouts, drawing up Jacobson’s catch-and-shoot 3-pointer that gave Florida Gulf Coast its first lead of the day.
• The Dolphins hit 15-of-33 in the second half, but went ice cold in the final four minutes – hitting just 1-of-5 from the floor.
• McNally scored a game-high 19 points and pulled nine rebounds to lead the Eagles. Courtney Chihil and Chelsea Lyles each had 13 for FGCU.
• The Dolphins got 12 from Courtney Jackson and 11 from Richardson off the bench.
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. 13th 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 8-1 this season when they shoot 24 or more three-pointers in a game.
• FGCU is 8-2 when they knock down 9 or more shots from behind the arc this season.
• The Blue and Green hold an 8-1 record this season when they knock down more 3-point shots than their opponent.
• FGCU is holding their opponents to .282 (48-of-170) from behind the arc, while FGCU has drained 125-of-334 (.374) three-pointers this season. • FGCU took a school-record 46 three-pointers in their 67-47 win at Lipscomb (previous record was 45 attempts vs. UNF on March 1, 2008)
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.
Away From Home
FGCU has a 64-20 (.762) all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 20-13 (.606) road record.
FGCU in January
• FGCU has an all-time record of 52-6 (.897) in games played in the month of January.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 16-4 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 34-6 record against conference opponents.
• FGCU has won 19 consecutive conference games, dating back to last season.
• The Eagles won a conference-record 17 A-Sun games last season.
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. 293 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY (109 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. 579 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY (203o-376d) - 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
1. 404 - Robyn Swain - 2002-04
2. 376 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
3. 215 - Katie Schrader - 2005-07
4. 214 - Ebonie Halliburton - 2003-06
5. 196 - Andrea Clarke - 2003-05
1. 236 - Robyn Swain - 2002-04
2. 203 - 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. 256 - 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. 112 - 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 1/3/10)
1. FGCU 10.2
2. Morehead St. 10.1
3. Charleston So. 9.5
4. Oral Roberts 9.4
Iowa St. 9.4
6. Fresno St. 8.9
*Single season record is held by the 2008 Villanova Wildcats (9.9 per game)
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 4-1 when Chilhil leads the team in rebounds.
• Last time out vs. Lipscomb, Chihil recorded eight points, five rebounds, three steals, and five assists in 34 minutes.
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.