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Women's Basketball Set to Host Richmond on Friday
|Florida Gulf Coast||48||33||81|
|Stats at a Glance||RICHMOND||FGCU|
|FG Percentage||.404 (21-52)||.481 (26-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.278 (5-18)||.323 (10-31)|
|FT Percentage||.870 (20-23)||.864 (19-22)|
BILNEY - 2
FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU women’s basketball looks to extend its two-game winning streak on Friday, welcoming Atlantic 10 foe Richmond to Alico Arena for a 7:05 p.m. matchup.
FGCU (2-1) vs. RICHMOND (4-0)
DATE/TIME: Friday, November 25, 2011/7:05 P.M. ET
SITE: Fort Myers, Fla. - Alico Arena
LIVE STATS: FGCUATHLETICS.com
LIVE VIDEO: ASUn.tv
LIVE AUDIO: FGCUATHLETICS.COM
TALENT: Tom James (Play-by-Play)
SERIES: 1st Meeting
AT A GLANCE
FGCU, fresh off the program’s biggest upset victory over Michigan State (59-58 on Nov. 19), looks stay on the winning track Friday night when they welcome the Spiders of Richmond to Alico Arena. Tip is set for 7:05 p.m.
Following the Richmond game, the Eagles will play two consecutive home games. FGCU will host Webber International (Nov. 28) before welcoming ETSU (Dec. 3) to Alico Arena to open A-Sun play.
FGCU IN NOVEMBER
• FGCU has a 39-12 all-time record in games played in November.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 14-7 record in the month of November.
HANSEN EARNS COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
After leading the Eagles to a thrilling 59-58 win over defending Big Ten champion Michigan State last week, sophomore Sarah Hansen earned College Sports Madness’ Atlantic Sun Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the website announced on Tuesday (Nov. 23).
Hansen knocked down a clutch free-throw with 0.4 seconds left on the clock to lift the Green and Blue to possibly the program’s biggest upset, a 59-58 victory over Michigan State in front of 3,108 fans at Alico Arena. The Edinboro, Pa. native gave the Spartans problems all night and recorded her second double-double of the season with 20 points and 13 rebounds in 37 minutes. She shot 5-of-8 from the floor and 9-of-11 from the charity stripe.
In the program’s nine-year history (281) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 280 contests, including 168 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 168-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 1,615 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 823 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 100-8 all-time and 55-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.
HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE COMPETITION
Kelsey Jacobson has 256 career three-pointers made. She is the nation’s leader (among active players) in career three-pointers, with her closest competition being Jessica Jenkins from St. Bonaventure.
FGCU RANKED #11 IN MID-MAJOR POLL
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team earned the No. 11 spot in the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday evening. The Eagles were ranked No. 14 in last week’s mid-major poll.
The Mid-Major Poll is made up of teams from the following conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Great West, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast Conference.
The Green and Blue are the lone Atlantic Sun Conference team represented in this week’s Top 25.
FGCU VS. BCS OPPONENTS
FGCU is 6-10 all-time against BCS foes. Five of the Eagles’ six wins over BCS opponents have come at Alico Arena.
GETTIN’ LOVE FROM ESPN
In the first edition of the mid-major top 10 written by ESPN’s Graham Hayes, the Eagles picked up the No. 5 spot. The mid-major top 10 returns with the same ground rules. All conferences beyond the BCS six (ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) qualify for consideration.
Here’s what Hayes said about FGCU:
5. Florida Gulf Coast
Finally eligible for the NCAA tournament after completing the transition to Division I, FGCU might not waste much time availing itself of the new opportunity. Five of the six main rotation players return from a team that went 28-4 a season ago, including leading scorer Sarah Hansen and 3-point wizard Kelsey Jacobson. Newly eligible Oregon State transfer Brittany Kennedy and a freshman class highlighted by top-100 signee Whitney Knight and Greek foward Anthi Chatzigiakoumi suggest depth won’t be an issue.
Key player: Courtney Chihil. Any 5-8 player who leads a team in rebounding (5.8 per game) and leads a conference in assist-turnover ratio (1.89) is worth singling out for attention. The one rotation loss, Shannon Murphy, was a big one, but Chihil could soften the loss. She does everything else.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
FGCU has a 138-10 all-time record at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 60-4 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 60-4 record on their home court since moving to Division I, good for a .9375 winning percentage and the third highest all-time winning percentage at home. Tennessee and UConn rank first and second all-time in winning percentage at home (Thompson-Boling Arena) and (Gampel Pavilion).