Eagles Set To Host Lipscomb on Wednesday Night
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
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GAMEDAY CENTRAL
Lipscomb (6-6, 3-0) vs. FGCU (10-0, 3-0)

DATE: Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011
CITY: Fort Myers, Fla.
SITE: Alico Arena (4,500)
TIP-OFF: 5:15 p.m. ET
LIVE AUDIO: www.FGCUATHLETICS.com
TALENT: Tom James (Play-by-Play) J. Webb-Horton (Analyst)
LIVE VIDEO: www.FGCUATHLETICS.com
LIVE STATS: www.FGCUATHLETICS.com
SERIES: FGCU leads, 5-0
LAST MEETING: FGCU 64, Lipscomb 45 - Feb. 18, 2010

OPENING TIP
FGCU will continue its Atlantic Sun Conference home schedule by hosting Lipscomb (6-6, 3-0 A-Sun) at Alico Arena on Wednesday evening. The game marks the end of the Blue and Green’s four-game homestand and will put two of the three undefeated teams in A-Sun play against each other. The Eagles will look to extend their 29-game home winning streak and remain undefeated in the 2010-11 campaign.

SCOUTING THE BISONS
• Senior point guard Jenna Bartsokas scored 26 points; two points shy of her career high, in Lipscombs win over Stetson (1/3/11). It was the fourth time this season she has scored 20 or more points. Bartsokas played 39 of 45 minutes and guard Anna Bowers played 38 while scoring 17 points.
• The Lady Bisons six wins equal their total for the entire 2008-2009 season and surpasses last season’s five wins.
• Lipscomb’s three conference wins equal the total for both 2009-2010 and 2008-2009.
• Lipscombs win over Stetson (1/3/11) was the first A-Sun road win for the Lady Bisons since beating Belmont 76-66 Jan. 12, 2009.
• Bartsokas is third in the conference overall in scoring with 15.3 points per game. Bowers is sixth with 14.5 points per game.

I GOT NOTHIN’ BUT DUB’S FOR YA BABY
The Blue and Green (10-0 overall) are one of four remaining undefeated teams left in Division I (as of Jan. 4). The other undefeated teams are: Duke, North Carolina and West Virginia.

BEST START
The Eagles are off to their best start since joining the Division I ranks in 2007-08. The FGCU women sit at 10-0 with wins over BCS foes Seton Hall, Virginia Tech and Indiana. 

Year

 Record

2010-11

 10-0

2009-10

 7-3

2008-09

 8-2

2007-08

 6-4


WE’RE GOING STREAKING
FGCU has not lost a home game in Alico Arena since January 8, 2009 against East Tennessee State University. FGCU’s 73-69 win over Indiana (Dec. 21) bumped the Eagles home win streak to 29 games. FGCU’s 29-game home winning streak is the third longest streak in the nation behind UConn and Stanford.

Team

Streak

1. UConn 

69 

2. Stanford 

52 

3. FGCU 

29 

4. Nebraska 

28 

5. West Virginia    

27


WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
FGCU has a 124-9 (.932) all-time record at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 46-3 (.939) home record.

Year

Record

2010-11 

5-0 

2009-10 

14-0 

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

124-9 

 

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 46-3 record on their home court since moving to Division I, good for a .939 winning percentage. Only Tennessee, who has a .943 winning percentage (331-20), has a higher all-time winning percentage at home (Thompson-Boling Arena).

FGCU IN JANUARY
• FGCU has an all-time record of 60-7 (.896) in games played in the month of January.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 24-5 (.826) record in the month of January, all versus Atlantic Sun conference opponents.

NATION’S BEST
FGCU’s three-point prowess has been the program’s calling card from day one and the 2010-11 version of the Eagles is no different. Through their first time games, FGCU leads the nation with an average of 11.3 threes per game, a full two trifectas in front of second place Fresno State (9.2). As a team, FGCU has sank double-digit threes in seven games this season, including 44 over its last three contests. Even more impressive, the Eagles have shot over 44 percent from long range in four of those games.

THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 8-0 when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• FGCU is 10-0 when they drain five or more shots from beyond the arc.
• The Blue and Green are also undefeated when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.
• FGCU has taken 70 or more threes over back-to-back games twice this season.
• Nine of the 11 players who have seen time this season have at least two threes.
• Eight players have made multi-threes in a game this season.

LEADER OF THE PACK
With 33 of her 41 made field goals come from beyond the arc this season, junior Kelsey Jacobson leads the A-Sun at 3.3 treys per game. Jacobson has knocked down 33-of-82 three-pointers this season to also rank seventh in the league at a 40.2 clip. The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in nine straight games, highlighted by a 6-of-7 night against FIU that tied a career-high for makes.

RAPID FIRE
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 113 threes this season compared to just 39 from its opponents, a 22.2 point different average per game. Led by a league-best 3.3 trifectas per contest from junior Kelsey Jacobson, four different players have made 14 or more shots from long range. Senior Shannon Murphy is eighth in the A-Sun in threes per game (1.9), while Nicoya Jackson (1.56) is 15th. FGCU is the only team in the A-Sun with three players in the top 15 in three-pointers made.

MAKING A LIVING FROM LONG RANGE
It’s no secret that junior Kelsey Jacobson is FGCU’s top three-point threat. Through 70 career games, Jacobson has knocked down 186 three-pointers to rank second all-time behind Candy Myers’ (2003-06) 212. Jacobson has made a three in 26 straight games, 43 of her last 44 contests and 65 of 70 for her career. During her career, Jacobson has made 3+ threes 36 times, 5+ threes on nine occasions and a career-best of six twice.

3’S PLEASE!
In the program’s 9-year history (256) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 254 contests, including 143 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 143-game run, the Blue and Green have knocked down 1,344 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 709 threes, which give the Eagles an average of 4.4 more per game or 13.3 points. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 89-6 all-time and 44-4 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.

FGCU RANKED #3 IN MID-MAJOR POLL; PICK UP 2 1ST PLACE VOTES
After extending their winning streak to 10 games with a 79-39 win over Belmont on Jan. 3, the Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team earned the No. 3 spot in the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday, Jan. 4. The Eagles, who have held the No. 3 spot for six consecutive weeks, received two of the 31 first place votes, while Green Bay and Bowling Green, the only squads ranked higher than the Eagles, picked up 27 and two first place votes, respectively.

NATIONAL RECOGNITION
The FGCU women’s basketball team received six votes in this week’s USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll and also picked up one vote in the AP Top 25 Poll that was released on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

This marks the second time in program history that the Eagles have earned votes in both polls in the same week. It is also the fourth consecutive week that the Eagles have earned at least one vote in the USA Today/ESPN poll. FGCU earned three votes in last week’s poll (Dec. 21).

The Blue and Green’s one vote in the AP Poll is the fifth time the program has received votes in the national 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.

THREE AMIGOS
Sarah Hansen, Shannon Murphy and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 52.6-percent (38.8 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .471 (137-of-291) from the floor and .388 (59-of-152) from long distance.

ALLOW ME TO REINTRODUCE MYSELF
Sarah Hansen signed with FGCU on April 27, 2009...but utilized a redshirt during the 2009-10 season. Hansen took all of last season to work on her game and become acclimated and comforable in Coach Smesko’s offense and it’s paying dividends in 2010-11.

Hansen is currently ranks first on the team in field goal pct. (.581) and rebounds (6.2 rpg), while being the second leading scorer on the squad (13.1 ppg) The redshirt-freshman’s .581 shooting percentage leads the A-Sun and ranks her 13th in the nation.

BALANCED ATTACK
With three players averaging double figure points and two more at eight points per game or higher, FGCU leads the A-Sun in scoring at a 73.7 per game clip. The Eagles have scored 73 or more points six times this season, including three straight, and are the only A-Sun team with a positive scoring margin (+18.8). Five different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by four from freshman Sarah Hansen, and three from senior Shannon Murphy and junior Kelsey Jacobson.

GET READY, GET SET GO!
During its first-ever 3-0 start in A-Sun play, FGCU has gotten out of the gates quick to take control of the game. Over the first 20 minutes in each of their conference games, the Eagles are out-scoring their opponents 133-61 for a difference of 24 points per contest. Fueling that big differential is the fact that FGCU is shooting 53 percent (49-92) from the floor, while limiting their opponents to a measly 30 percent (23-77) clip with 40 turnovers. Senior Shannon Murphy and redshirt freshman Sarah Hansen have done the most damage individually in the first half, averaging 12.7 points and 12.3 points, respectively, by the break. Two of FGCU’s three opponents haven’t reached 20 points at the half.

PROTECTING THE ROCK
Already shooting at an A-Sun-best 44 percent from the field, FGCU sports the conference’s lowest turnover per game rate at 13.9. The Eagles have had a positive assist/turnover ratio in seven of their last eight games resulting in a +8.2 turnover margin also best in the A-Sun. Junior Courtney Chihil leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio at +2.2 thanks to passing out 19 helpers to just six giveaways over the last five games. Senior Shannon Murphy is right behind Chihil in third place with a +1.42 ratio while ranking fifth in the A-Sun at 4.4 assists per game.

MURPHY APPROACHING 1,000
Shannon Murphy has scored 916 points in her four-year career in the FGCU Blue and Green. With 84 more points the senior will become the third 1000 point scorer in program history

1415 - Adrianne McNally (128 games) - 2006-10
1062 - Katie Schrader (65 games) - 2005-07
916 - Shannon Murphy (102 games) - 2007-11

8 MINUTES OF PAIN
Over their last four contests, the Eagles have used huge runs from the 16-minute mark to the 8-minute mark of the first half to pull away from their opponents. The Blue and Green have outscored the opposition 96-54 over the last five games during that 8-minute span.