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Eagles Host ETSU in CSS Game of the Week
ETSU (13-9, 10-3) vs. FGCU (18-1, 11-1)
DATE: Monday, Feb. 7, 2011
CITY: Fort Myers, Fla.
SITE: Alico Arena (4,500)
TIP-OFF: 7:05 p.m. ET
TV: CSS – Channel 70
TALENT: Matt Stewart (Play-by-Play), Dee Romine (Play-by-Play)
LIVE AUDIO: www.FGCUATHLETICS.com
TALENT: Tom James (Play-by-Play), J. Webb Horton (Play-by-Play)
LIVE STATS: www.FGCUATHLETICS.com
LIVE VIDEO: A-Sun.TV
SERIES: FGCU leads, 4-2
The Eagles are set to wrapup their two-game homestand when they host the Lady Bucs of ETSU in A-Sun action at Alico Arena on Feb. 7. The Blue and Green, who are 4-2 all-time vs. the Bucs, will face ETSU in a battle of the league’s top two teams.
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 70-59 win over Upstate (Feb. 5) bumped the Eagles home win streak to 33 games. FGCU’s 32-game home winning streak is the third longest streak in the nation behind UConn and Stanford.
Sarah Hansen, Shannon Murphy and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 51.3 percent (36.3 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .434 (245-of-565) from the floor and .350 (103-of-294) from long distance.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
FGCU has a 128-9 all-time record at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 50-3 home record.
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 50-3 record on their home court since moving to Division I, good for a .943 winning percentage. Only Tennessee, who has a .944 winning percentage (335-20), 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. (.539) and rebounds (6.2 rpg) and scoring (13.3 ppg). The redshirt-freshman’s .539 shooting percentage leads the A-Sun and ranks her 30th in the nation.
FGCU IN FEBRUARY
• FGCU has an all-time record of 51-6 in games played in the month of February.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 22-3 record in the month of February, 21-3 against A-Sun opponents.
With three players averaging double figure points and three more at 6.2 points per game or higher, FGCU leads the A-Sun in scoring at a 70.8 per game clip. The Eagles have scored 73 or more points nine times this season and are the only A-Sun team with a scoring margin larger the three-points (+15.8). Five different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by eight from freshman Sarah Hansen, four from juniors Eglah Griffin and Kelsey Jacobson and three from senior Shannon Murphy.
GET READY, GET SET GO!
During its 11-1 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 439-300. Fueling that big differential is the fact that FGCU is shooting 43.9 percent (159-362) from the floor, while limiting their opponents to 34.2 percent (109-319) clip with 139 turnovers. Senior Shannon Murphy and redshirt freshman Sarah Hansen have done the most damage individually in the first half, averaging 8.1 and 8.8 points, respectively, by the break. Three of FGCU’s 10 A-Sun opponents haven’t reached 20 points at the half.
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 19 games, FGCU leads the nation with an average of 10.9 threes per game, a full trifectas in front of second place Fresno State (9.9). As a team, FGCU has sank double-digit threes in 11 games this season, including 131 over its last 10 contests.
THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 15-1 this season when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• The Blue and Green are 18-1 on the year when they drain five or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 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 59 of her 69 made field goals come from beyond the arc this season, junior Kelsey Jacobson ranks first in the A-Sun (6th in the nation) at 3.1 treys per game. Jacobson has knocked down 59-of-158 three-pointers this season to also rank seventh in the league at a 37.3 clip. The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in 18 of 19 games, highlighted by a 6-of-7 night against FIU that tied a career-high for makes.
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 207 threes this season compared to just 78 from its opponents. Led by junior Kelsey Jacobson’s 3.1 trifectas per contest, seven different players have made 10 or more shots from long range. Junior Eglah Griffin leads the A-Sun in three point percentage (.426), while Shannon Murphy (1.84) is 12th in the conference in 3-pointers made per game. FGCU is the only team in the A-Sun with three players in the top 12 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 79 career games, Jacobson has knocked down 212 three-pointers to tie for first place all-time behind Candy Myers’ (2003-06) 212. Jacobson has made a three in 35 straight games, 52 of her last 53 contests and 74 of 79 for her career. During her career, Jacobson has made 3+ threes 41 times, 5+ threes on 10 occasions and a career-best of six twice.