Women's Basketball Set to Host Troy on Sunday
Saturday, November 20, 2010

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team will open its 2010-11 campaign by hosting Seton Hall Friday night at 7:05 p.m. in Alico Arena.

FGCU (1-0) vs. Troy (0-3) Game Central
Date (Time): Sunday, Nov. 21 (2:05 p.m.)
Site: Alico Arena (4,500)
Live Audio: FGCUAthletics.com – Tom James
Live Stats: FGCUAthletics.com
Live Video: ASun.TV 
Series: First Meeting

Series History

Sunday’s game will be the first time that Troy and Florida Gulf Coast have met. The two teams will meet again on December 12 at Troy’s Sartain Hall.

Trojans Against the A-Sun
• The Trojans are no strangers to playing teams from the Atlantic Sun, as they are a former member of the conference; before leaving to join the Sun Belt.
• The Trojans are 50-43 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Sun Conference, with the most games coming against Mercer (21 games).
• The Trojans have played current members - Belmont (4-10), Campbell (8-7), East Tennessee State (0-1), Jacksonville (9-4), Kennesaw State (1-1), Lipscomb (2-3), Mercer (10-11) and Stetson (11-6).
• The Trojans finished as the A-Sun runner-up in their last season of competition in the league.
• Troy was a member of the Atlantic Sun from 1997 until 2005; compiling a 74-70 record over that time in conference play.
• The Trojans also finished with an overall record of 97-126 alltime as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference; recording two winning seasons during their time in the conference.

FGCU News and Notes
Opening Tip

After today’s game, the Florida Gulf Coast University women’s basketball squad will head to Riviera Maya, Mexico to take on Purdue and Virginia Tech in the Caribbean Challenge ... Smesko and his staff return seven players, including three starters from last year’s squad that went 24-7 overall, 14-0 at Alico Arena and secured the program’s third consecutive automatic bid to the WNIT.

Eagles Picked To Win A-Sun Title in 2010-11
FGCU, led by preseason All-Conference selection senior Shannon Murphy, earned top billing in the Atlantic Sun Conference preseason coaches’ and media polls, the conference office announced on Oct. 13.

FGCU Ranked #7 In Mid-Major Preseason Poll
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team earned a spot in the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday, Nov. 16. The Eagles started the season ranked No. 14.

Excuse Me Mr. Chairman
FGCU women’s basketball coach Karl Smesko was named the chairman of the voting panel for CollegeInsider.com’s Women’s Basketball Mid-Major Top 25 Poll on Oct. 14.

Over a decade after creating the Mid-Major Top 25 for division I men’s basketball, CollegeInsider.com has joined forces with the Atlantic Sun Conference to establish the women’s Mid-Major Top 25.

Hi...My Name Is
Karl Smesko has assembled a young and talented staff in his ninth season at the helm of the FGCU women’s basketball program. Abby Scharlow and Herman Burge join 3rd year assistant Chelsea Dermyer as assistant coaches. Former UConn standout, Mel Thomas, came aboard as the director of operations.

Shannon Murphy Leads The Returners
Senior Shannon Murphy, 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) last season, while also shooting .354 from three-point range and leading the team with 33.0 minutes per game.

The list of returnees from last year’s squad, includes Murphy and fellow senior Shavonne Butler, along with three juniors and a pair of redshirt-freshmen.

The returners in the junior class include a trio of highly-seasoned players in Courtney Chihil, Eglah Griffin and Kelsey Jacobson. Chihil, who returns from a knee injury suffered in the Eagles WNIT matchup at Miami, was FGCU’s top rebounder (6.2 rpg) and three-point threat (41.3-percent) last season. Griffin averaged 7.6 points per contest in 2009-10, while Jacobson, the 2009 A-Sun Freshman of the Year, is FGCU’s second ranked returning scorer and three-point threat.

Redshirt-freshmen Kiara Bomben and Sarah Hansen round out the returning players.

Fresh Faces
Six newcomers join the Eagles for ’10-11. That list includes one true freshmen (Amber Rechis). Transfers Nancy Aguilar, Lerrin Cook, Nicoya Jackson, Katie Lyon and Sarah Whitfield also join the program.

Follow the Eagles
There are multiple ways for fans to keep up with the Eagles during the 2010-11 season.

On The Web
1. FGCUAthletics.com (official site of Eagle athletics)
2. CourtsideWithKiara (Kiara Bomben’s basketball blog)
3. Facebook.com/FGCUAthletics (official Facebook Page of FGCU Athletics)
4. Facebook.com/FGCUWBB (official Facebook Page of FGCU WBK)

On Twitter
1. FGCUEagles (FGCU Athletic Department)
2. FGCUCoachSmesko (Karl Smesko)

OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT After defeating Seton Hall 64-57, FGCU is now 8-1 all-time in season openers, including wins in three of the last four. The Eagles only loss in a home opener came at the hands of Florida State in the 2007-08 home opener (1st season of Division 1).

THE BLUE AND GREEN VS. THE SUN BELT The Eagles have played just one game in their history against a team currently in the Sun Belt. On December 22, 2009, FGCU defeated FIU, 76-62, in Miami.

Look Mom I’m On TV
FGCU will be on TV (Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast - CSS) twice this season. 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 Blue and Green 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.

We’re Going Streaking
Florida Gulf Coast University has not lost a home game in Alico Arena since January 8, 2009 against East Tennessee State University. FGCU’s 64-57 win over Seton Hall in the season opener (Nov. 12) bumped the Eagles home win streak to 25 games. FGCU’s 25-game home winning streak is the fourth longest streak in the nation behind UConn, Stanford and Lehigh.



1. UConn 


2. Stanford 


3. Lehigh 


4. FGCU 


5. TCU 


We Must Protect This House
FGCU has a 120-9 (.930) all-time record at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 42-3 (.933) home record.























Home Cookin’
Alico Arena has become one of the most intimidating places for opposing teams in all of Division I women’s basketball. The Eagles have accumulated a 42-3 record on their home court since moving to Division I, good for a .933 winning percentage. Only Tennessee, who has a .942 winning percentage (325-20), has a higher all-time winning percentage at home.

Nation’s Best
FGCU’s three-point prowess has been the program’s calling card from day one and the 2009-10 version of the Eagles was no different. FGCU finished the season ranked second in the nation in 3-pointers made per contest:

NCAA D-I TEAM - 3-Pointers Made Per Game Team 3-pt FG/gm
1. Morehead State 10.3
2. FGCU 10.2
3. Middle Tennessee 10.1
4. Oral Roberts 9.2
5. Fresno State 8.9

Three Is The Key
• The Eagles went 19-3 when they shot 24 or more three-pointers in a game in 2009-10.
• FGCU finished 18-3 when they drained nine or more shots from behind the arc during the 2009-10 season. The Blue and Green also held a 22-4 record when they knocked down more 3-point shots than their opponent.
• FGCU held their opponents to .317 (134-of-423) from behind the arc, while the Eagles drained 317-of-876 (.362) three-pointers in 2009-10.
• 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).