Stetson (15-11, 11-6) at FGCU (21-2, 14-2)
DATE/TIME: Monday, Feb. 21, 2011/5:15 P.M. ET
SITE: Fort Myers, Fla. - Alico Arena
LIVE STATS: FGCUATHLETICS.COM
LIVE AUDIO: FGCUATHLETICS.COM
TALENT: Tom James (Play-by-Play); J. Webb Horton (Color Commentary)
LIVE VIDEO: ASUN.TV
SERIES: FGCU leads, 5-2
After defeating Campbell in game one of their four-game home stand, FGCU will host A-Sun foe Stetson on Monday night (5:15 p.m.). The Blue and Green defeated Campbell, 60-51, on Friday night as they held the Camels to 34.5 percent shooting from the field and just 16.7 percent from long range. The Eagles, who are 5-2 all-time vs. the Hatters, look to extend their home winning streak to 36 games.
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 60-51 win over Campbell (Feb. 19) bumped the Eagles home win streak to 35 games. FGCU’s 35-game home winning streak is the third longest streak in the nation behind UConn and Stanford.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
FGCU has a 130-9 all-time record at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 52-3 home record.
FGCU IN FEBRUARY
• FGCU has an all-time record of 54-7 in games played in the month of February.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 25-4 record in the month of February, 24-4 against A-Sun opponents.
With three players averaging double figure points and two more at 8.8 points per game or higher, FGCU is second the A-Sun in scoring at a 70.2 per game clip. The Eagles have scored 73 or more points 11 times this season and are the only A-Sun team with a scoring margin larger than three-points (+15.0). Five different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by nine from freshman Sarah Hansen, five from senior Shannon Murphy and junior Eglah Griffin and four from junior Kelsey Jacobson.
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 22 games, FGCU leads the nation with an average of 11.0 threes per game, a whole trifecta in front of second place Fresno State (10.0). As a team, FGCU has sunk double-digit threes in 13 games this season, including 174 over its last 14 contests.
THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 18-2 this season when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• The Blue and Green are 21-2 on the year when they drain five or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 21-1 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 73 of her 86 made field goals come from beyond the arc this season, junior Kelsey Jacobson ranks first in the A-Sun (6th in the nation) at 3.17 treys per game. Jacobson has knocked down 73-of-195 three-pointers this season to also rank seventh in the league at a 37.4 clip. The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in 21 of 23 games, highlighted by a 6-of-7 night against FIU that tied a career-high for makes.
MAKING A LIVING FROM LONG RANGE
It’s no secret that junior Kelsey Jacobson is FGCU’s top three-point threat. Through 83 career games, Jacobson has knocked down 226 three-pointers and on Feb. 7 vs. ETSU, she became FGCU’s all-time leader in three-pointers. Jacobson has made a triple in 39 straight games, 56 of her last 57 contests and 78 of 83 for her career. During her career, Jacobson has made 3+ threes 41 times, 5+ threes on 12 occasions and a career-best of six three times.
In the program’s nine-year history (269) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 268 contests, including 156 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 156-game run, the Blue and Green have knocked down 1,481 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 762 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 95-6 all-time and 50-4 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.
GRIFFIN CAN SHOOT WITH THE BEST OF ‘EM
Eglah Griffin’s three-point percentage (.422) leads the team and Atlantic Sun, but it also ranks her among the nations best shooters. The junior, who has knocked down 49-of-116 three-point attempts, ranks 15th in the country in three-point percentage.
FGCU RANKED #3 IN MID-MAJOR POLL
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team remained in the No. 3 spot in this week’s CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday evening. The Blue and Green ranked No. 3 last week and have grabbed a spot in the top three on 10 occasions during the 2010-11 campaign.
The Eagles, the nation’s leader in three-pointers made per game, are the lone Atlantic Sun Conference team represented in this week’s Mid-Major Top 25.