FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU women’s basketball team received a vote in this week's USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll that was released on Tuesday, Dec. 14.
The Eagles have never earned a vote in the USA Today/ESPN poll. FGCU received one vote in the 2009-10 AP Preseason Top 25 and also picked up a vote in back-to-back weeks in the AP Top 25 to close out the 2008-09 season.
“It is an honor to be mentioned in the USA Today/ESPN Top-25 Coaches’ Poll with the best teams in college basketball," said Head Coach Karl Smesko. "Our team has played very well so far this season and has worked hard for the recognition. We need to keep the momentum going as we get ready to close out the month with home games against FIU and Indiana.”
In their last outing, the Eagles, led by three players in double figures and a big run to close out the game, remained unbeaten with a 63-50 win over Troy at Sartain Hall on Dec. 12. Freshman Sarah Hansen (Edinboro, Pa./General McLane HS) finished with team-highs of 16 points and six rebounds in her seventh collegiate game. Junior Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) registered 13 points on the strength of a trio of three-pointers, while pulling down five rebounds. Senior Shannon Murphy (Brighton, Mich./Brighton HS) rounded out the double figure scorers with 12 points, five assists, four steals and three boards over 39 minutes.
The Blue and Green will be back in action at Alico Arena to face in-state rival FIU on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 7:05 p.m., before hosting the Hoosiers of Indiana on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the back-end of a doubleheader after the men’s team hosts N.C. Central.
USA Today/ESPN Top-25 Coaches’ Poll
7. Texas A&M
8. West Virginia
10. Ohio State
11. North Carolina
14. Florida State
16. Notre Dame
17. Michigan State
18. St. John‘s
20. Iowa State
23. Wisconsin-Green Bay
24. Boston College
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Syracuse 43; Arkansas 34; Georgia 25; Texas 25; Kansas 11; Oklahoma State 11; Bowling Green 7; California 6; Louisville 6; Miami (Fla.) 6; Marquette 3; Northwestern 2; Princeton 2; Florida Gulf Coast 1; Rutgers 1.
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