Eagles Look To Stay Perfect on Monday vs. Mercer
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GAMEDAY CENTRAL
FGCU (13-0, 6-0 A-Sun) vs. Mercer (1-14, 1-5 A-Sun)
DATE: Monday, Jan. 17, 2011
CITY: Fort Myers, Fla.
SITE: Alico Arena
TIP-OFF: 7:05 p.m. ET
LIVE AUDIO: www.FGCUATHLETICS.com
LIVE VIDEO: www.ASun.TV
LIVE STATS: www.FGCUATHLETICS.com
SERIES: FGCU leads, 6-0
LAST MEETING: FGCU 67, KSU 62 - Feb. 1, 2010

OPENING TIP
The Eagles wrap up their two-game A-Sun homestand when they host Mercer at Alico Arena on Jan. 17. The Blue and Green, who are 6-0 all-time vs. the Bears, look to remain undefeated in the 2010-11 campaign.

SCOUTING THE BEARS
• On Saturday at Stetson, Brittnee Hazel tallied 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. If Hazel had collected 10 rebounds, it would have marked the freshman’s third-straight double-double performance. Hazel has now scored 10 or more points in Mercer’s last four games and led the team in scoring on four occasions this season.

• Mercer is winless in six all-time meets with FGCU. Last year, the Eagles edged Mercer 84-77 in Fort Myers before taking a 67-62 victory in Macon.

• In her final season donning Orange and Black, senior Kourtney Carter has stepped up her game against A-Sun opponents. Carter is averaging 4.6 points in league games in comparison to 1.8 points in non-conference tilts.

I GOT NOTHIN’ BUT DUB’S FOR YA BABY
The Blue and Green (13-0 overall) are one of two remaining undefeated teams left in Division I (as of Jan. 16). The other undefeated team is No. 3 Duke.

BEST START
The Eagles are off to their best start since joining the Division I ranks in 2007-08. The FGCU women sit at 13-0 with wins over BCS foes Seton Hall, Virginia Tech and Indiana. 

Year

 Record

2010-11

 13-0

2009-10

 10-3

2008-09

 9-4

2007-08

 6-7


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 57-45 win over Kennesaw St. (Jan. 15) bumped the Eagles home win streak to 31 games. FGCU’s 31-game home winning streak is the third longest streak in the nation behind UConn and Stanford.

 

Team

Streak

1. UConn 

70 

2. Stanford 

54 

3. FGCU 

31

4. Tennessee 

29 

    West Virginia    

29


THREE AMIGOS

Sarah Hansen, Shannon Murphy and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 53.6 percent (39.0 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .457 (177-of-387) from the floor and .385 (79-of-205) from long distance.

WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
FGCU has a 126-9 (.933) all-time record at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 48-3 (.941) home record.

 

Year

Record

2010-11 

7-0 

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

126-9


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 48-3 record on their home court since moving to Division I, good for a .941 winning percentage. Only Tennessee, who has a .944 winning percentage (334-20), has a higher all-time winning percentage at home (Thompson-Boling Arena).

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 currently ranks first on the team in field goal pct. (.535) and rebounds (6.5 rpg), while ranking second in scoring (13.1 ppg). The redshirt-freshman’s .535 shooting percentage leads the A-Sun and ranks her 37th in the nation.

8 MINUTES OF PAIN
Over their last seven contests, the Eagles have used 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 143-90 over the last eight games during that eight-minute span.

FGCU IN JANUARY
• FGCU has an all-time record of 63-7 (.900) in games played in the month of January.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 27-5 (.844) 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 its first 12 games, FGCU leads the nation with an average of 11.3 threes per game, a full trifecta in front of second place Fresno State (10.2). As a team, FGCU has sank double-digit threes in nine games this season, including 78 over its last five contests. Even more impressive, the Eagles have shot over 44 percent from long range in five of those games.

RANK TEAM 3-PT FG/GAME 1. FGCU 11.5 2. Fresno State 10.2 3. Bowling Green 8.8 4. Samford 8.5

THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 11-0 this season when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• The Blue and Green are 13-0 on the year when they drain five or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is also undefeated in 2010-11 when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.
• Nine of the 11 players who have seen time this season have at least two threes.

LEADER OF THE PACK
With 44 of her 52 made field goals come from beyond the arc this season, junior Kelsey Jacobson ranks first in the A-Sun at 3.38 treys per game. Jacobson has knocked down 44-of-116 three-pointers this season to also rank eighth in the league at a 37.9 clip. The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in 12 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 147 threes this season compared to just 58 from its opponents. Led by junior Kelsey Jacobson’s 3.38 trifectas per contest, five different players have made 11 or more shots from long range. Senior Shannon Murphy is fifth in the A-Sun in threes per game (2.08), while Eglah Griffin (1.69) is 13th. 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 73 career games, Jacobson has knocked down 197 three-pointers to rank second all-time behind Candy Myers’ (2003-06) 212. Jacobson has made a three in 29 straight games, 46 of her last 47 contests and 68 of 73 for her career. During her career, Jacobson has made 3+ threes 38 times, 5+ threes on 10 occasions and a career-best of six twice.

3’S PLEASE!
In the program’s nine-year history (259) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 258 contests, including 146 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 146-game run, the Blue and Green have knocked down 1,378 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 728 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 91-6 all-time and 46-4 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.

BALANCED ATTACK
With three players averaging double figure points and two more at 7.5 points per game or higher, FGCU leads the A-Sun in scoring at a 72.8 per game clip. The Eagles have scored 73 or more points eight times this season, including five of their last six, and are the only A-Sun team with a positive scoring margin (+17.3). Five different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by five from freshman Sarah Hansen, four from junior Kelsey Jacobson and three from senior Shannon Murphy.

GET READY, GET SET GO!
During its first-ever 6-0 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 248-152. Fueling that big differential is the fact that FGCU is shooting 48.1 percent (90-187) from the floor, while limiting their opponents to 32.5 percent (54-166) clip with 71 turnovers. Senior Shannon Murphy and redshirt freshman Sarah Hansen have done the most damage individually in the first half, averaging 10.8 points and 10.0 points, respectively, by the break. Two of FGCU’s six A-Sun opponents haven’t reached 20 points at the half.

PROTECTING THE ROCK
Already shooting at an A-Sun-best 43.5 percent from the field, FGCU sports the conference’s lowest turnover per game rate at 14.8. The Eagles have had a positive assist/turnover ratio in eight of their last 11 games resulting in a +7.15 turnover margin also best in the A-Sun. Junior Courtney Chihil leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio at +1.83 thanks to passing out 30 helpers to just 16 giveaways over the last eight games. Senior Shannon Murphy is right behind Chihil in second place with a +1.39 ratio while ranking fifth in the A-Sun at 4.38 assists per game.

In 422 minutes of action this season, Kelsey Jacobson has launched 131 shots and assisted on 36 field goals, while turning the ball over just 11 times.

MURPHY LEAVING A MARK ON THE FGCU RECORD BOOKS
Shannon Murphy has scored 957 points in her four-year career in the FGCU Blue and Green. With 43 more points the senior will become the third 1,000-point scorer in program history.

Murphy has also dished 343 assists as an Eagle, which makes her the program’s all-time leading in assists.

Points
1415 Adrianne McNally (128 games) - 2006-10 1062
Katie Schrader (65 games) - 2005-07
953 Candy Myers (87 games) - 2003-06
946 Shannon Murphy (103 games) - 2007-11

Assists
343 Shannon Murphy - 2007-11
338 Megan Jones - 2002-05
335 Adrianne McNally - 2006-10