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Eagles Wrap Up Play in Hawaii vs. Alcorn State
|Florida Gulf Coast||48||37||85|
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||ASWBB|
|FG Percentage||.560 (28-50)||.279 (12-43)|
|3P FG Percentage||.607 (17-28)||.000 (0-3)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (12-16)||.560 (14-25)|
Richmond - 2
HANSEN - 2
KENNEDY - 1
HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Eagles, who are 1-1 in the tournament, will look to pick up a win over Alcorn State in their final game of the Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine Invitational on Dec. 30 (5 p.m. ET).
FGCU (9-2) vs. ALCORN STATE (2-9)
DATE/TIME: Friday, December 30, 2011/5:00 P.M. ET
SITE: Honolulu, Hawaii. - Stan Sheriff Center (10,300)
LIVE STATS: HAWAIIATHLETICS.com
CURRENT STREAK: W 1
LAST 5: 4-1
SERIES VS. ALCORN ST.: 1st Meeting
LAST TIME OUT: Eagles Take Care of Hawai’i, 72-52, on the Road (12/29)
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Three Eagles scored in double figures as the FGCU women’s basketball team defeated tourney host Hawaii, 72-52, on the second day of the Pepsi Rainbow Wahine Invitational Thursday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. • The Green and Blue, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (12.5), knocked down nine trifectas on the night. Four different players made at least one trey for the Eagles, led by senior Eglah Griffin’s (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar HS/Seminole CC) 4-of-8 night. • Senior Nicoya Jackson (Houston, Texas/Cypress Springs HS/Southwestern Christian) scored a game-high 19 points to go with five rebounds and an assist. Sophomore Sarah Hansen (Edinboro, Pa./General McLane HS) finished with 15 points and three boards. Griffin chipped in with 12 points and a pair of rebounds. Junior Brittany Kennedy (Spokane, Wash./Lewis and Clark HS/Oregon State) and freshman Whitney Knight (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds HS) each finished with six points. Knight also recorded four rebounds and four blocks, while Kennedy dished four assists.
Following their final game in the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Invitational, the Eagles will head to the ‘Peach State’ to take on A-Sun foes Mercer and Kennesaw State. FGCU will face Mercer on Jan 2 (5:00 p.m.), before heading to Kennesaw, Ga. to take on the Owls on Jan. 4 (4:45 p.m.).
AWAY FROM HOME
FGCU has an 80-28 all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 36-21 road record.
NEUTRAL SITE GAMES
Since moving to Division I in 2007-08, the Green and Blue have compiled an 8-2 record in neutral site contests. FGCU’s two neutral site losses have came at the hands of BGSU (74-60; Cornell Classic - Ithaca, N.Y. on Nov. 30, 2007) and NC State (69-64; Rainbow Wahine Invitational – Honolulu, Hawaii on Dec. 28, 2011).
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. FGCU leads the nation with an average of 12.2 threes per game, nearly three trifectas in front of second place Charleston Southern (9.8). As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in seven games this season.
THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 10-0 this season when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• The Green and Blue are 9-1 on the year when they drain eight or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 9-2 this season when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.
• The Eagles are the only Division I school to average more 3-pointers (12.2) than turnovers (11.5).
A-SUN ALL-TIME LEADER
Coming into FGCU’s three games in Hawaii, Kelsey Jacobson had 275 career three-pointers, tying her for first place in the A-Sun record books with former Stetson Hatter Kristen Follis (1990-94). Jacobson, after knocking down a pair of trey balls during the Rainbow Wahine Invitational, now has 277 career triples and sits alone as the A-Sun’s all-time leader in career three-pointers.
BALLIN’ IN HAWAI’I
In FGCU’s first two games in Hawaii, Nicoya Jackson and Eglah Griffin have played very solid basketball Jackson is averaging a team-high 16.0 points and 6.0 rebounds, while Griffin, who’s shooting a scorching 61.1 percent (11-of-18) from the floor and 61.5 percent from behind the arc, is averaging 15.5 points and 2.5 rebounds.