FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Atlantic Sun Conference and Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) have announced that a pair of FGCU women’s basketball contests will be televised during the 2010-11 campaign, which is the ninth season of a partnership between the conference and the network.
The Eagles will have a TV slate that includes a road contest with the Bruins of Belmont on Monday, January 31 in Nashville, Tenn. The Bruins, who went 15-15 overall (9-11 A-Sun) during the 2009-10 season, welcome the Blue and Green to the Curb Event Center. Belmont will be led by first-year head coach Brittney Ezell and junior preseason All-Atlantic Sun selection Haley Nelson.
The Eagles make their second CSS appearance in as many weeks when they host the defending A-Sun champion ETSU Lady Bucs on Monday, February 7 at Alico Arena. Since FGCU joined the league in 2007, the two squads have stood atop the standings, combining to post a 90-12 record against the rest of the conference. The Eagles and Bucs split their regular-season meetings a season ago, with each winning on their home court. In a battle for first place at Alico Arena last season, the Eagles handed the Bucs their worst A-Sun loss of ETSU women’s basketball history with a 92-55 victory in front of 1,346 fans.
Ranked No.14 in the first-ever CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25 poll, FGCU was tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the 2011 A-Sun regular season crown as it returns seven players, including three starters from last year’s squad that went 14-0 at Alico Arena. Bumping the current home win streak up to 24 games to close out the 2009-10 season, FGCU’s home winning streak is the fourth longest streak in the nation behind UConn, Stanford and Lehigh. Senior Shannon Murphy (Brighton, Mich./Brighton HS), a 2010 preseason All-Conference selection, is the Blue and Green’s top returning scorer (10.7 ppg). The senior ranked first in the conference and 45th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.71), while also shooting .354 from three-point range and leading the team with 33.0 minutes per game.
Aiming for their eighth 21-plus win season and a fourth consecutive bid to the WNIT, the Eagles will tip off the 2010-11 campaign by hosting the Pirates of Seton Hall at 7:05 p.m. on Nov. 12, in the season-opener for both teams.
Single-game and season tickets can be purchased through the FGCU Ticket Office in Alico Arena either in person or by phone at (239) 590-7145. Tickets are also available at www.FGCUathletics.com/tickets.
CSS is a 24-hour sports channel carrying a full slate of college sports programming and can only be found on cable. With over 40 live football games including the SEC, Sun Belt, Conference USA, and Gulf South Conferences, the channel offers a comprehensive sports lineup throughout the year. The channel also offers more than 175 men's and women's live college basketball games and over 60 live baseball games, as well as a comprehensive mix of sports news and in-depth sports analysis geared toward fans in the south.
CSS will carry three games of the 2011 General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Basketball Championships from Mercer’s University Center. Like it has since the men’s and women’s merged into a single event, CSS will provide wall-to-wall action of Semifinal Friday, airing both women’s contests on March 4. The women’s semifinals will air at noon and 2:30 p.m. The women’s title game on Saturday, March 5 concludes the CSS schedule of games.
CSS can be found on channel 70 for Comcast subscribers in Southwest Florida.