Eagles Look to Extend Winning Streak at Home Against USC Upstate
Sunday, December 18, 2011 | by Mike Hill (@mike_hill84)
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Photo Credit: Dennis Snyder
Photo Credit: Dennis Snyder
UPST (1-10, 0-2 A-Sun)
at
Florida Gulf Coast (7-1, 2-0 A-Sun)
12/19/2011 | Fort Myers, Fla. (Alico Arena) | Attendance: 1236
1st2ndFinal
UPST163753
Florida Gulf Coast383977
Stats at a GlanceUPSTFGCU
FG Percentage.432 (19-44) .451 (23-51)
3P FG Percentage.333 (3-9) .440 (11-25)
FT Percentage.750 (12-16) .690 (20-29)
Offensive Rebounds76
Defensive Rebounds2318
Total Rebounds3024
Turnovers2614
Steals716
Bench Points2527
Statistical LeadersUPSTFGCU
PointsOHL - 15
HANSEN - 23
ReboundsZAVECKAITE - 9
KNIGHT - 4
AssistsSMITH - 5
KENNEDY - 6
StealsCOPNEY - 3
HANSEN - 4
GRIFFIN - 4
BlocksZAVECKAITE - 1
KNIGHT - 1

FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU women’s basketball looks to extend its six-game winning streak on Monday when they welcome Atlantic Sun foe USC Upstate to “The Nest’ at Alico Arena for a 5:15 p.m. matchup.

GAMEDAY CENTRAL
FGCU (6-1, 1-0 A-Sun) vs. USC Upstate
(1-9, 0-1 A-Sun)
DATE/TIME: Monday, December 19, 2011/5:15 P.M. ET
SITE: Fort Myers, Fla. - Alico Arena
LIVE STATS: FGCUATHLETICS.com
LIVE VIDEO: ASun.TV
SERIES: 8th Meeting; FGCU leads 5-2
LAST MEETING: Feb. 28, 2011 - FGCU 74, at Upstate 75

USC UPSTATE NOTES

LAST TIME OUT
USC Upstate opened A-Sun play today with a 69-54 loss at Stetson on Dec. 17. The Spartans were led by junior guard Tyra Smith’s 11 points, including nine of the teams last 14 points. She also finished with a team-high seven assists.

TOUGH SCHEDULE
The Spartans begin A-Sun play after playing a tough non-conference schedule. Upstate’s non-conference slate included a pair of contests against Southeastern Conference opponents in Vanderbilt and Auburn and another set of games against ranked Atlantic Coast Conference teams in then-No. 20/19 North Carolina and then-No. 6/5 Duke.

ROUGH START
Upstate’s 0-6 start marked the first time the Spartans have dropped their first six contests of the season since the 2001-02 campaign, when they started the year 0-7. The early struggles also marked the first time under head coach Tammy George that the Spartans posted a 0-6 record to start the season.

FGCU NOTES

AT A GLANCE
The Eagles, who have not played since picking up a 75-36 blowout win over reigning Conference USA champ UCF on Dec. 8, will look to extend their 6-game winning streak with a win Monday night against USC Upstate. Tip is set for 5:15 p.m.

UP NEXT
Following the USC Upstate game, the Eagles will host ACC foe Virginia Tech in their final home game of 2011. FGCU will take on the Hokies on Dec. 21, before heading to Honolulu, Hawaii to participate in the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Invitational (Dec. 28-30).

FGCU IN DECEMBER
• FGCU has a 50-12 all-time record in games played in December.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 19-4 record in the month of December.

LONG TIME COMIN’
On Jan. 5, 2011 head coach Karl Smesko announced that Brittany Kennedy, formerly of Oregon State University, would be joining the Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball program. Kennedy will finally make her debut for the Eagles tonight vs. USC Upstate (Dec. 19) after sitting out a full academic year due to NCAA transfer rules. Although the Spokane, Wash. native was not able to travel with the team or suit up for games in 2010-11 and part of 2011-12, she was able to participate in practice with the squad, which should help her make an immediate impact on the floor.

Kennedy, in two seasons for the Beavers (2008-10), averaged 3.1 points per game while dishing out 113 career assists, grabbing 126 rebounds and picking up 65 steals. During her 63 game career in the Pac-10, she earned six starts while averaging over 18 minutes per game in both her freshman and sophomore campaigns.

WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
FGCU is 141-10 all-time at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 63-4 home record.

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 63-4 record on their home court since moving to Division I, good for a .9403 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).

RATING PERCENTAGE INDEX (RPI)
In the Collegiate Basketball News Women’s RPI College Basketball Ratings (for games through Dec. 11), the Eagles were ranked No. 37 and were the only A-Sun school ranked in the top 120.

RPI is used by the NCAA women’s basketball committee to supplement the selection of at-large teams and the seeding of all teams for the NCAA basketball tournament. This list is an independent duplication of the RPI without input from the NCAA. It is derived from three component factors: Div. I winning percentage (FI, 25%), schedule strength (FII, 50%); and opponent’s schedule strength (FIII, 25%). The RPI weights wins and losses with respect to the game location. Games against non-Division I opponents are not used in calculating the RPI.

AMONG THE BEST
With at least 21 games remaining in her collegiate career, Kelsey Jacobson is on pace to finish with 333 career three-pointers made, which would rank her top 15 in NCAA Division I history.

NATION’S BEST
FGCU’s three-point prowess has been the program’s calling card from day one and the 2011-12 version of the Eagles is no different. The Eagles lead the nation with an average of 13.0 threes per game, three trifectas in front of second place DePaul and Charleston Southern (10.0). As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in six games this season.

3’S PLEASE!
In the program’s nine-year history (285) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 284 contests, including 172 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 172-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 1,672 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 834 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 104-8 all-time and 59-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.

HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE COMPETITION
Kelsey Jacobson has 270 career three-pointers made. She is the nation’s leader (among active players) in career three-pointers, with her closest competition being Jessica Jenkins (256) from St. Bonaventure and Anne Boese (254) from IPFW.

THE REAL BIG THREE
Sarah Hansen, Nicoya Jackson and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 51.2 percent (39.5 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .425 (94-of-221) from the floor and .317 (39-of-123) from long distance.

BALANCED ATTACK
With three players averaging double figure points and four more at 7.3 points per game or higher, FGCU is first the A-Sun in scoring at a 77.1 per game clip. The Eagles have scored 80 or more points four times this season and are the only A-Sun team with a scoring margin larger than 5.0 points (+23.3). Four different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by four from Sarah Hansen, one from Nicoya Jackson, one from Kelsey Jacobson, and one from Amber Rechis.