Eagles Return Home to Host UNF at 'The Nest'
Friday, January 06, 2012 | by Mike Hill (mike_hill84)
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UNF (5-10, 2-2 A-Sun)
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Florida Gulf Coast (13-2, 5-0 A-Sun)
1/7/2012 | Fort Myers, Fla. (Alico Arena) | Attendance: 2346
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UNF191534
Florida Gulf Coast284068
Stats at a GlanceUNFFGCU
FG Percentage.300 (15-50) .500 (26-52)
3P FG Percentage.091 (1-11) .423 (11-26)
FT Percentage.375 (3-8) .556 (5-9)
Offensive Rebounds98
Defensive Rebounds1827
Total Rebounds2735
Turnovers2317
Steals614
Bench Points1323
Statistical LeadersUNFFGCU
PointsJOSIL - 8
JACOBSON - 14
ReboundsHICKS - 4
GRIFFIN - 5
TEAM - 5
AssistsJOSIL - 6
CHIHIL - 4
KENNEDY - 4
StealsKIRKLAND - 3
KENNEDY - 4
BlocksJONES - 1
LANGSTON - 1
KNIGHT - 2

KENNESAW, Ga. – The Eagles, who are 4-0 in A-Sun action, will look to continue their success in conference play when they in-state foe UNF. FGCU will take on the Ospreys on Jan. 7 (7:30 p.m.).

GAMEDAY CENTRAL
FGCU (12-2, 3-0 A-Sun) vs. UNF (5-9, 2-1 A-Sun)

DATE/TIME: Saturday, January 7, 2012/7:30 P.M. ET
SITE: Fort Myers, Fla. - Alico Arena
LIVE STATS: FGCUATHLETICS.com
LIVE VIDEO: ASun.TV
LIVE AUDIO: FGCUATHLETICS.COM
TALENT: David Moulton
SERIES: 9th Meeting; FGCU leads 6-2
LAST MEETING: FGCU 70, UNF 54 on Feb. 26, 2011 at Alico Arena
FGCU STREAK: W 4
FGCU LAST 5: 4-1

KNOW YOUR OPPONENT: UNF OSPREYS
• The Eagles lead the all-time series 6-2 and won the series last year. UNF, who is winless at Alico Arena, last defeated FGCU, 57-56, on Feb. 13, 2010.

• UNF is 3-2 this season when three players score 10-or-more points in a game. The most recent occurrence was against Lipscomb on Jan. 4 with Brittany Kirkland (21), Jadhken Kerr (18) and Octavia Langston (10) posting double digits.

• The Ospreys put up 43 points in the first half against Lipscomb on Jan. 4 for their first 40-point half of the season. In its Division I era, UNF’s scored 40+ in a single half 17 times. The most UNF tallied in a single half was 48 in the first half against Wofford on Nov. 30, 2008. UNF won that game 71-60.

• Brittany Kirkland had scored at least 20 points in two of the Ospreys’ last three games. She dropped 22 at Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 28 and then 21 vs. Lipscomb on Jan. 4. In her four year career at UNF, Kirkland has scored at least 20 points in 18 games.

FGCU NOTES
LAST TIME OUT: Knight’s 20 points Leads FGCU to an 87-50 Win at Kennesaw State (Jan. 4)

KENNESAW, Ga. – Freshman Whitney Knight (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds HS) tied her career-high with 20 points, as the FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down 11 triples, en route to an 87-50 blowout win over A-Sun foe Kennesaw State on Wednesday night. • With the win, FGCU improved to 12-2 overall (4-0 A-Sun), while the Owls fell to 6-9 (1-3 A-Sun) on the season. The Eagles are now 7-2 all-time against Kennesaw St. and 3-2 at the KSU Convocation Center. • The Eagles, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (12.6), have drained double digit three-pointers in 11 of their 14 games this season and now have 176 triples as a team. Nine different players made at least one trey for the Green and Blue, led by senior Kelsey Jacobson’s (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) 3-of-5 night. • Knight, who finished with 20 points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 15 minutes of action, shot 6-of-8 from the field, 1-of-3 from behind the arc and 7-of-10 from the charity stripe.

AT A GLANCE
The Eagles, who are 4-0 in A-Sun action, will look to continue their success in conference play when they in-state foe UNF. FGCU will take on the Ospreys on Jan. 7 (7:30 p.m.).

UP NEXT
Following their matchup with UNF, the Eagles will host Jacksonville. FGCU will welcome the Dolphins to ‘The Nest’ on Jan. 9 (5:15 p.m.)

FGCU IN JANUARY
• FGCU has an all-time record of 69-8 in games played in the month of January.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 33-6 record in the month of January, all vs. Atlantic Sun conference opponents.

MAHALO HAWAI’I
In FGCU’s three games in Hawaii, Nicoya Jackson and Eglah Griffin played very solid basketball and earned spots on the Rainbow Wahine Invitational All-Tournament Team. Jackson averaged 13.0 points and 4.7 rebounds, while Griffin, who shot a scorching 66.7 percent (14-of-21) from the floor and 66.7 percent from behind the arc, averaged 13.0 points and 2.7 rebounds.

2011 Pepsi Rainbow Wahine Invitational All-Tournament Team
Kiara Ruffin, Alcorn State
Nicoya Jackson, Florida Gulf Coast
Kody Burke, North Carolina State
Breanna Arbuckle, Hawai`i
Eglah Griffin, Florida Gulf Coast
Marissa Kastanek, NC State - MVP

HANDLING BUSINESS IN GEORGIA
FGCU went 2-0 on this year’s trip to Georgia, after picking up conference wins at Mercer (98-50) and Kennesaw State (87-50).

The Eagles won the games by an average of 42.5 points and shot 51.8 percent (59-of-114) from the floor and 50 percent (25-of-50) from behind the arc, while limiting to opposition to just 41-of-114 (36 percent) from the field and 10-of-34 (29.4 percent).

ON FIRE
Kelsey Jacobson, arguably the nation’s best three-point shooter, has been lighting it up on the court for the Eagles over the last three contests.

Jacobson has averaged 18.3 points and has knocked down 17-of-21 (.810) shots from behind the arc in FGCU’s last three games, all of which were wins.

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. FGCU leads the nation with an average of 12.6 threes per game, nearly three trifectas in front of second place Charleston Southern (9.5). As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in 10 games this season.

RANK   TEAM           3-PT FG/GAME
1.       FGCU                 12.6
2.       Charleston S’thrn 9.8
3.       Fresno State        9.3
4.       UT Martin            8.9

THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 13-0 this season when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• The Green and Blue are 12-1 on the year when they drain eight or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 12-2 this season when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.

A-SUN ALL-TIME LEADER
Going 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 now has 294 career triples and sits alone as the A-Sun’s all-time leader in career three-pointers.

LEADER OF THE PACK
With 45 of her 49 made field goals coming from beyond the arc this season, Kelsey Jacobson ranks 1st in the A-Sun and 5th in the nation at 3.2 treys per game. The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in 9 of 14 games this season.

RAPID FIRE
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 176 threes this season compared to just 46 from its opponents. Led by Kelsey Jacobson’s 3.2 trifectas per contest, eight different players have made seven or more shots from long range. The Eagles have three players ranked in the A-Sun’s top-15 in 3-point field goals made per game.

MAKING A LIVING FROM LONG RANGE
It’s no secret that Kelsey Jacobson is FGCU’s top three-point threat. Through 106 career games, Jacobson has knocked down 294 three-pointers and on Feb. 7, 2011 vs. ETSU, she became FGCU’s all-time leader in three-pointers in just three seasons. Jacobson, who currently holds the Atlantic Sun record for three-pointers in a season (96), has made a three in 77 of her last 80 contests and 99 of 106 for her career. During her career, Jacobson has made 3+ threes 46 times, 5+ threes on 17 occasions and a career-best of eight twice.

3’S PLEASE!
In the program’s nine-year history (292) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 291 contests, including 179 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 179-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 1,757 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 854 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 109-8 all-time and 64-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.

HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE COMPETITION
Kelsey Jacobson has 294 career three-pointers made. She is the nation’s leader (among active players) in career three-pointers, with her closest competition being Jessica Jenkins (276) from St. Bonaventure and Anne Boese (261) from IPFW.

BREAKING RECORDS
The FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down an all-time NCAA record and 2011-12 NCAA single-game high 21 three-pointers on 51 long range attempts in their 106-27 over NAIA foe Webber International on Nov. 28, 2011 at Alico Arena.

The Eagles’ 21 three-point ranks them tied for first place tie all-time with New Mexico State. The Aggies drained 21 triples against Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 23, 2002. The 21 threes are also an A-Sun record, as FGCU made six treys in the first half and 15 in the second.

AMONG THE BEST
With at least 14 games remaining in her collegiate career, Kelsey Jacobson is on pace to finish with 336 career three-pointers made, which would rank her top 15 in NCAA Division I history.

FGCU RANKED #4 IN MID-MAJOR POLL
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team earned the No. 4 spot for the fourth consecutive week in the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday evening (Jan. 3).

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 one of two Atlantic Sun Conference team’s represented in this week’s Top 25. Stetson is ranked No. 25.

GETTIN’ LOVE FROM ESPN
In the third 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 (8-1)
Florida Gulf Coast opens the post-Christmas portion of its schedule against NC State in Hawaii, but it had little trouble dispatching another ACC foe to wrap things up before the brief holiday break. The Eagles hit 17 3-pointers in a 69-41 victory against Virginia Tech on Dec. 21 and have reached double digits in that category in every game since an opening loss at Seton Hall. Kelsey Jacobson went for 17 points against the Hokies, including five 3-pointers. She has taken 87 shots this season; 79 of them have come from beyond the 3-point line.

RATING PERCENTAGE INDEX (RPI)
In the Collegiate Basketball News Women’s RPI College Basketball Ratings (for games through Jan. 1), the Eagles were ranked No. 70 and were the only A-Sun school ranked in the top 75.

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.

WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
FGCU is 143-10 all-time at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 65-4 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 65-4 record on their home court since moving to Division I, good for a .9420 winning percentage and the second highest all-time winning percentage at home. Tennessee ranks first all-time in winning percentage at home (Thompson-Boling Arena).

THE BIG 3-0-0
With the 77-53 win over USC Upstate in front of 1,236 fans on Dec. 19 at Alico Arena, head coach Karl Smesko picked up his 300th career victory.

Smesko is now 306-75 all-time, including 244-48 at FGCU.

LEAVING A MARK ON THE FGCU RECORD BOOKS
Courtney Chihil has scored 819 points, made 101 three-pointers, grabbed 533 rebounds, recorded 164 steals and dished out 274 assists in her four-year career in the FGCU Blue and Green.

She is currently at or near the top five in all five of those categories:

Points
1. 1415 - Adrianne MCNALLY (128 games) - 2006-10
5. 953 - Candy Myers (87 games) - 2003-06
6. 839 - Chelsea LYLES (62 games) - 2008-10
7. 819 - Courtney CHIHIL (102 games) - 2008-Present

3-point field goals made
1. 294 - Kelsey JACOBSON (106 games) - 2008-Present

7. 113 - Chelsea LYLES (62 games) - 2008-10
8. 105 - Steffi SORENSEN (35 games) - 2006-07
9. 101 - Courtney CHIHIL (102 games) - 2008-Present

Rebounds
1. 658 - Adrianne MCNALLY (240o-418d) - 2006-10
2. 640 - Robyn SWAIN (236o-404d) - 2002-04
3. 533 - Courtney CHIHIL (171o-362d) - 2008-Present

Steals
1. 168 - Shannon MURPHY - 2007-11
2. 164 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present

Assists
1. 419 - Shannon MURPHY - 2007-11
2. 338 - Megan JONES - 2002-05
3. 335 - Adrianne MCNALLY - 2006-10
4. 301 - Chelsea DERMYER - 2005-08
5. 274 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present

FANTASTIC 4
Sarah Hansen, Nicoya Jackson, Eglah Griffin and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 61.2 percent (47.7 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The quartet is also shooting .452 (229-of-507) from the floor and .385 (110-of-286) from long distance.

BALANCED ATTACK
With three players averaging double figure points and three more at 8.1 points per game or higher, FGCU is first the A-Sun in scoring at a 78.0 per game clip. The Eagles have scored 80 or more points six times this season and are the only A-Sun team with a scoring margin larger than 7.0 points (+25.9). Five different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by five from Sarah Hansen, four from Kelsey Jacobson, two from Nicoya Jackson, and one from Amber Rechis, Whitney Knight and Eglah Griffin.

PROTECTING THE ROCK
Shooting an A-Sun-best 43.6 percent from the field, the Eagles lead the league with a +8.71 turnover margin. Courtney Chihil, who ranks 7th in the A-Sun in assists (3.1), leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 2.0. Nicoya Jackson is right behind Chihil in second place with a 1.8 ratio while also ranking t-5th in the A-Sun at 3.2 assists per game.