Eagles Set to Battle Belmont on the Road
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | by Mike Hill (mike_hill84)
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1/12/2012 | Curb Event Center (Nashville, Tenn.) | Attendance: 319
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Stats at a GlanceFGCUBEL
FG Percentage.425 (17-40) .417 (20-48)
3P FG Percentage.429 (9-21) .313 (5-16)
FT Percentage.700 (14-20) .714 (5-7)
Offensive Rebounds411
Defensive Rebounds1822
Total Rebounds2233
Turnovers1519
Steals118
Bench Points224
Statistical LeadersFGCUBEL
PointsHANSEN - 21
NELSON - 17
ReboundsHANSEN - 5
KNIGHT - 5
NELSON - 13
AssistsJACOBSON - 4
KENNEDY - 4
BROOKS - 5
StealsCHIHIL - 3
KENNEDY - 3
NELSON - 4
BROOKS - 4
BlocksKNIGHT - 3
NELSON - 1

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Eagles, who are 6-0 in A-Sun action, will look to continue their success in conference play when they travel to Nashville, Tenn. to take on A-Sun foe Belmont. FGCU will face the Bruins on Jan. 12 (8:00 p.m. ET).

GAMEDAY CENTRAL
FGCU (14-2, 6-0 A-Sun) at BELMONT (3-13, 1-4 A-Sun)

DATE/TIME: Thursday, January 12, 2012/8:00 P.M. ET
SITE: Nashville, Tenn. - Curb Event Center
LIVE STATS: BELMONBRUINS.com
LIVE VIDEO: ASUn.tv
SERIES: 8th Meeting; FGCU leads 6-1
LAST MEETING: FGCU 67, Belmont 50 (Jan. 31, 2011) in Nashville
FGCU STREAK: W 6
FGCU LAST 5: 5-0

KNOW YOUR OPPONENT: BELMONT BRUINS
• Senior Haley Nelson notched her sixth double-double of the season after tallying her 1,000th career point as she helped the Belmont women's basketball team defeat rival Lipscomb in part one of the annual Battle of the Boulevard last Saturday afternoon.  The Bruins grabbed a double digit lead midway through the second half and did not look back en route to their 64-54 victory.  For the second time this season, three Bruins reached double figures in scoring in a game.  Nelson netted a game-high 17 points and pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds to lead Belmont.  Nelson also became just the 26th Belmont women's basketball player to cross the 1,000-point plateau.  Redshirt junior Katie Brooks added a career-high 15 while junior Alyssa Visbeen contributed 13 points.  Freshman Adrienne Tarrence finished with two blocks.

• Belmont continues to be led in scoring by senior Haley Nelson, who is averaging 14.2 points per outing.  She also leads the team in rebounds, pulling down 7.5 boards per contest.  BU has four players shooting at a 71 percent clip or higher from the charity stripe.  Sophomore Julianne Downs is firing at 84.6 percent while senior Tristan Daniel and sophomore Molly Ernst are hitting 75 percent of their attempts. 

FGCU NOTES
LAST TIME OUT: Eagles Coast to 74-51 Win Over Jacksonville (Jan. 9)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Senior Eglah Griffin (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar HS/Seminole CC) scored a game-high 17 points, as the FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down 11 triples for the second game in a row, en route to a 74-51 win over A-Sun foe Jacksonville on Monday night at Alico Arena. • With the win, FGCU improves to 14-2 overall (6-0 A-Sun), while the Dolphins fall to 4-12 (2-3 A-Sun) on the season. The Eagles are now 8-1 all-time against JU and 71-8 all-time in games played in the month of January. • The Eagles, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (12.4), have drained double digit three-pointers in 13 of their 16 games this season and now have 198 triples as a team. Five different players made at least one trey for the Green and Blue, led by Kelsey Jacobson’s (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) 4-of-6 night. • Griffin scored 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field, 3-of-4 from long distance and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. Jacobson finished with 12 points, three assists and one board in 27 minutes of action. Freshman Whitney Knight (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds HS) chipped in with 11 points, three rebounds, three blocks and a pair of assists.

UP NEXT
Following their matchup at Belmont, the Eagles will battle Lipscomb. FGCU will face the Bisons on Jan. 14 (5:00pm).

FGCU IN JANUARY
• FGCU has an all-time record of 71-8 in games played in the month of January.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 35-6 record in the month of January, all vs. Atlantic Sun conference opponents.

AWAY FROM HOME
FGCU has an 82-28 all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 38-21 road record.

HANDLING BUSINESS IN ROAD CONFERENCE GAMES
FGCU is 2-0 in A-Sun road contests so far this season, after picking up conference wins at Mercer (98-50; Jan. 2) and Kennesaw State (87-50; Jan. 4).

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 five contests.

Jacobson has averaged 16.2 points and has knocked down 25-of-33 (.758) shots from behind the arc in FGCU’s last five games, all of which were wins.

ALL WE DO IS WIN
Since joining the A-Sun in 2007-08, the Eagles have 114 wins, which is second all-time in conference history for wins in a 5-year span.

The A-Sun record of 125 wins in a 5-year span is held by FIU (1994-98).

FGCU RANKED #4 IN MID-MAJOR POLL
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team earned the No. 4 spot for the fifth consecutive week in the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday evening (Jan. 10).

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. 18.

PICKIN’ UP VOTES IN THE USA TODAY/ESPN TOP 25
FGCU received a pair of votes to rank No. 32 in this week’s USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll that was released on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

This marks the tenth time in program history that the Eagles have earned votes in the national poll. FGCU, who leads the nation in three-pointers made per game (12.4), last received votes in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 when they were one of four one-loss teams remaining in Division I (UConn, Baylor, Green Bay) during the 2010-11 season. The Green and Blue received six votes to rank No. 33 in Feb. 8, 2011 poll.

RATING PERCENTAGE INDEX (RPI)
In the Collegiate Basketball News Women’s RPI College Basketball Ratings (for games through Jan. 8), the Eagles were ranked No. 72 and were the only A-Sun school ranked in the top 75.

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 12.4 threes per game, nearly three trifectas in front of second place Charleston Southern (9.6). As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in 12 games this season.

RANK   TEAM             3-PT FG/GAME
1.        FGCU                   12.4
2.        Charleston S’thrn    9.6
3.        Fresno State          9.5
4.        UT Martin               9.2

THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 13-0 this season when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• The Green and Blue are 14-1 on the year when they drain eight or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 14-2 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 302 career triples and sits alone as the A-Sun’s all-time leader in career three-pointers.

LEADER OF THE PACK
With 53 of her 58 made field goals coming from beyond the arc this season, Kelsey Jacobson ranks 1st in the A-Sun and 5th in the nation at 3.3 treys per game. The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in 11 of 16 games this season.

RAPID FIRE
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 198 threes this season compared to just 47 from its opponents. Led by Kelsey Jacobson’s 3.3 trifectas per contest, eight different players have made nine 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 108 career games, Jacobson has knocked down 302 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 79 of her last 82 contests and 101 of 108 for her career. During her career, Jacobson has made 3+ threes 48 times, 5+ threes on 17 occasions and a career-best of eight twice.

3’S PLEASE!
In the program’s nine-year history (294) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 293 contests, including 181 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 181-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 1,779 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 855 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 111-8 all-time and 66-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.

HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE COMPETITION
Kelsey Jacobson has 302 career three-pointers made. She is the nation’s leader (among active players) in career three-pointers, with her closest competition being Jessica Jenkins (279) from St. Bonaventure and Anne Boese (261) from IPFW.

AMONG THE BEST
With at least 12 games remaining in her collegiate career, Kelsey Jacobson is on pace to finish with 340 career three-pointers made, which would rank her top 15 in NCAA Division I history.

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 67-4 record on their home court since moving to Division I, good for a .9437 winning percentage and the highest all-time winning percentage at home. Tennessee ranks second all-time in winning percentage at home (Thompson-Boling Arena).

GET THAT OUTTA HERE
Whitney Knight currently leads the A-Sun with 33 total blocks (2.1 per game). Her 2.1 blocks rank her 50th in the nation (as of Jan. 8), while her 33 blocks rank her fifth in FGCU history, behind Adrianne McNally (36), Chelsea Lyles (38), Kate Schrader (44) and Robyn Swain (121).

LEAVING A MARK ON THE FGCU RECORD BOOKS
Courtney Chihil has scored 836 points, made 103 three-pointers, grabbed 539 rebounds, recorded 168 steals and dished out 283 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.   836 - Courtney CHIHIL (104 games) - 2008-Present

3-point field goals made
1.   302 - Kelsey JACOBSON (108 games) - 2008-Present

7. 113 - Chelsea LYLES (62 games) - 2008-10
8. 105 - Steffi SORENSEN (35 games) - 2006-07
9.  103 - Courtney CHIHIL (104 games) - 2008-Present

Rebounds
1. 658 - Adrianne MCNALLY (240o-418d) - 2006-10
2. 640 - Robyn SWAIN (236o-404d) - 2002-04
3. 539 - Courtney CHIHIL (171o-368d) - 2008-Present

Steals
1. 168 - Shannon MURPHY - 2007-11
2.  168 - 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. 283 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present

FANTASTIC 4
Sarah Hansen, Nicoya Jackson, Eglah Griffin and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 60.6 percent (46.7 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The quartet is also shooting .459 (256-of-557) from the floor and .400 (124-of-310) from long distance.

BALANCED ATTACK
With three players averaging double figure points and three more at 8.2 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 six times this season and are the only A-Sun team with a scoring margin larger than 7.0 points (+26.2). Five different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by five from Sarah Hansen and Kelsey Jacobson, two from Nicoya Jackson and Eglah Griffin and one from Amber Rechis and Whitney Knight.

PROTECTING THE ROCK
Shooting an A-Sun-best 44.4 percent from the field, the Eagles lead the league with a +8.06 turnover margin. Courtney Chihil, who ranks 6th in the A-Sun in assists (3.3), leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 2.3. Nicoya Jackson is right behind Chihil with a 1.84 ratio while also ranking 8th in the A-Sun at 2.9 assists per game. -: CLEANED :-