Eagles Set For Showdown with Stetson on Saturday Afternoon
Friday, January 20, 2012 | by Mike Hill (mike_hill84)
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1/21/2012 | DeLand, Fla. (Edmunds Center) | Attendance: 642
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Florida Gulf Coast283159
Stetson332255
Stats at a GlanceFGCUSTET
FG Percentage.283 (17-60) .500 (20-40)
3P FG Percentage.226 (7-31) .364 (4-11)
FT Percentage.818 (18-22) .846 (11-13)
Offensive Rebounds195
Defensive Rebounds1627
Total Rebounds3532
Turnovers1524
Steals107
Bench Points55
Statistical LeadersFGCUSTET
PointsCHIHIL - 15
SANDERS - 14
ReboundsHANSEN - 9
TEAM - 9
SANDERS - 8
AssistsHANSEN - 3
SIMS - 3
StealsCHIHIL - 6
McGOWAN - 2
SANDERS - 2
SIMS - 2
BlocksHANSEN - 2
SIMS - 3

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Eagles, who are off to the best A-Sun start in program history (8-0), will look to stay undefeated in conference play and pick up a two-game advantage in the A-Sun standings when they take on the Hatters of Stetson on Jan. 21 at the Edmunds Center. Tip off is set for 1:00 p.m. ET.

GAMEDAY CENTRAL
FGCU (16-2, 8-0 A-Sun) at STETSON (16-4, 7-1 A-Sun)

DATE/TIME: Saturday, January 21, 2012/1:00 P.M. ET
SITE: DeLand, Fla. - Edmunds Center
LIVE STATS: GOHATTERS.com
LIVE VIDEO: ASUN.TV
LIVE AUDIO: FGCUATHLETICS.COM
TALENT: Tom James & J. Webb Horton
SERIES: 9th Meeting; FGCU leads 6-2
LAST MEETING: FGCU 64, Stetson 59 (Feb. 21, 2011) at Alico Arena
FGCU STREAK: W 8
FGCU LAST 10: 9-1

KNOW YOUR OPPONENT: STETSON HATTERS
LAST TIME OUT: Stetson @ Belmont (Jan. 14)

The Hatters are coming off a 65-58 loss at Belmont. The loss snapped SU’s school-record 10-game win streak was the Hatters first loss in conference play this season.

The Hatters shot just 30.9 percent from the field in the game and were out-rebounded by the Bruins 42-29. Belmont, on the other hand, shot 42 percent from the field and hit 19-of-22 free throws (86.4 percent) for the game.

Stetson was led offensively by McGowan with 21 points and Sims added 14. Belmont was led by 18 points from Molly Ernst and 17 from Haley Nelson, who posted a double-double with 10 rebounds.

STETSON’S LEADERS
Stetson junior Victoria McGowan, last year’s A-Sun tournament MVP and this season’s conference preseason player of the year, runs the point and averages 16.9 points and 6.7 rebounds. Junior guard Shanasa Sanders is a transfer from Cincinnati, where she earned Big East all-freshman honors. After redshirting last season, Sanders averages 13.9 points and has twice been named the A-Sun’s newcomer of the week.

FGCU NOTES
LAST TIME OUT: Rechis’ Three-Point Shooting Leads FGCU to a 76-59 Win at Lipscomb (Jan. 14)
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Redshirt-freshman Amber Rechis (Martin, Tenn./Westview HS) scored a game-high 17 points as the FGCU women’s basketball team drained 13 three-pointers en route to a 76-59 win over Lipscomb Saturday night at Allen Arena. • With the win, FGCU improves to 16-2 overall (8-0 A-Sun), while the Bisons fall to 3-15 (1-6 A-Sun) on the season. The Eagles are now off to their best start to open conference play in program history (8-0). • The Eagles, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (12.2), knocked down 13-of-36 shots from behind the arc. The Green and Blue have drained double digit three-pointers in 14 of their 18 games this season and now have 220 triples as a team. Six different players made at least one trey for the Green and Blue, led by Rechis’ 5-of-7 night. • Rechis scored 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting from behind the arc and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe, while also adding a pair of assists and a rebound. Redshirt-junior Brittany Kennedy (Spokane, Wash./Lewis and Clark HS/Oregon State) chipped in with 12 points, a career-high eight steals, five assists and three rebounds in 23 minutes. Senior Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio/Alter HS) finished with nine points, six rebounds and four steals.

UP NEXT
Following their matchup at Stetson, the Eagles will return home to host Mercer and Kennesaw State. FGCU will take on the Bears on Jan. 26 (7:05 p.m.), before welcoming the Owls to Alico Arena on Jan. 28 (7:30 p.m.).

THIS GAME IS HUGE SW FLORIDA...HUGEEEEE
Saturday’s matchup between the Eagles and the Hatters will be a very important one.

If Stetson wins, they will be tied with FGCU for first place in the A-Sun. If the Green and Blue take care of business and win in DeLand, the Eagles will have a two-game advantage in the conference standings.

A-SUN STARTS
FGCU is 8-0 in A-Sun play this season. The 8-0 start is the program’s best 8-game start to open up conference play. With a win at Stetson on Saturday, the Eagles will secure the program’s best 9-game start to A-Sun play

Year                  Record
2010-11             8-1
2009-10             8-1
2008-09             6-3
2007-08             7-2

FGCU IN JANUARY
• FGCU has an all-time record of 73-8 in games played in the month of January.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 37-6 record in the month of January, all vs. Atlantic Sun conference opponents.

AWAY FROM HOME
FGCU has an 84-28 all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 40-21 road record.

FGCU AT STETSON
The Eagles have a 2-2 record at Stetson. The Eagles only average 62 points per game in DeLand, while limiting the Hatters for 58.5 points.

In the Eagles last contest in DeLand (Jan. 20, 2011), the Eagles were defeated 70-52 and were limited to 19-of-57 (33.3 percent) from the floor and 7-of-31 (22.6 percent) from behind the arc.

HANDLING BUSINESS IN ROAD CONFERENCE GAMES
FGCU is 4-0 in A-Sun road contests so far this season, after picking up conference wins at Mercer (98-50; Jan. 2), at Kennesaw State (87-50; Jan. 4), at Belmont (57-50; Jan. 12) and at Lipscomb (76-59; Jan. 14).

The Eagles won the games by an average of 27.3 points and shot 47.2 percent (101-of-214) from the floor and 43.9 percent (47-of-107) from behind the arc, while limiting to opposition to just 82-of-213 (38.5 percent) from the field and 18-of-60 (30 percent) from three-point range.

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 seven contests.

Jacobson has averaged 14.1 points and has knocked down 30-of-48 (.625) shots from behind the arc in FGCU’s last seven games, all of which were wins.

ALL WE DO IS WIN
Since joining the A-Sun in 2007-08, the Eagles have 116 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).

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 12.2 threes per game, two trifectas in front of second place Fresno State (10.1). As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in 13 games this season.

RANK   TEAM             3-PT FG/GAME
1.        FGCU                   12.2
2.        Fresno State          10.1
3.        Charleston S’thrn    9.3
4.        UT Martin               9.1

THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 14-0 this season when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• The Green and Blue are 16-1 on the year when they drain eight or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 16-2 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 307 career triples and sits alone as the A-Sun’s all-time leader in career three-pointers.

LEADER OF THE PACK
With 58 of her 63 made field goals coming from beyond the arc this season, Kelsey Jacobson ranks 1st in the A-Sun and 6th in the nation at 3.2 treys per game. The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in 13 of 18 games this season.

RAPID FIRE
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 220 threes this season compared to just 55 from its opponents. Led by Kelsey Jacobson’s 3.2 trifectas per contest, eight different players have made 10 or more shots from long range. The Eagles have four 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 110 career games, Jacobson has knocked down 307 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 81 of her last 84 contests and 103 of 110 for her career. During her career, Jacobson has made 3+ threes 49 times, 5+ threes on 17 occasions and a career-best of eight twice.

3’S PLEASE!
In the program’s nine-year history (296) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 295 contests, including 183 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 183-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 1,801 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 861 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 112-8 all-time and 67-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.

HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE COMPETITION
Kelsey Jacobson has 307 career three-pointers made. She is the nation’s leader (among active players) in career three-pointers, with her closest competition being Jessica Jenkins (287) from St. Bonaventure and Jill Young (268) from S. Dakota St.

AMONG THE BEST
With at least 10 games remaining in her collegiate career, Kelsey Jacobson is on pace to finish with 337 career three-pointers made, which would rank her top 15 in NCAA Division I history.

FGCU RANKED #3 IN MID-MAJOR POLL

The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team earned the No. 3 spot in this week’s version of the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll that was released on Tuesday evening (Jan. 17). This marks the first time all season that the Eagles, who were ranked No. 4 the previous five weeks, broke into the top 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. 20.

PICKIN’ UP VOTES IN THE USA TODAY/ESPN TOP 25
The FGCU women’s basketball team received six of votes to rank No. 31 in this week’s USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll that was released on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

This marks the 11th 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 (12.2), picked up two votes to rank No. 32 in last week’s poll.

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. 8), the Eagles were ranked No. 88 and were the only A-Sun school ranked in the top 115.

BEATING DEFENDING CONFERENCE CHAMPS
The Eagles have picked up a pair of wins over defending conference champs so far this season.

The Green and Blue knocked off defending Big 10 champ Michigan State, 59-58, at Alico Arena in the 2011-12 home opener on Nov. 19. FGCU then went on the road and defeated defending Conference USA champ UCF, 75-36, at UCF Arena.

GET THAT OUTTA HERE
Whitney Knight currently leads the A-Sun with 36 total blocks (2.0 per game). Her 2.0 blocks rank her t-47th in the nation (as of Jan. 15), while her 36 blocks rank her t-4th in FGCU history with Adrianne McNally (36), but behind Chelsea Lyles (38), Kate Schrader (44) and Robyn Swain (121).

LEAVING A MARK ON THE FGCU RECORD BOOKS
Courtney Chihil has scored 848 points, made 106 three-pointers, grabbed 548 rebounds, recorded 175 steals and dished out 287 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. 848 - Courtney CHIHIL (106 games) - 2008-Present

3-point field goals made
1.   307 - Kelsey JACOBSON (110 games) - 2008-Present

7. 113 - Chelsea LYLES (62 games) - 2008-10
8. 105 - Steffi SORENSEN (35 games) - 2006-07
9.   106 - Courtney CHIHIL (106 games) - 2008-Present

Rebounds
1. 658 - Adrianne MCNALLY (240o-418d) - 2006-10
2. 640 - Robyn SWAIN (236o-404d) - 2002-04
3.   548 - Courtney CHIHIL (173o-375d) - 2008-Present

Steals
1.   175 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present

2.  168 - Shannon MURPHY - 2007-11

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.   287 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present

FANTASTIC 4
Sarah Hansen, Nicoya Jackson, Eglah Griffin and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 60.3 percent (45.8 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The quartet is also shooting .457 (274-of-599) from the floor and .395 (131-of-332) from long distance.

BALANCED ATTACK
With three players averaging double figure points and three more at 7.9 points per game or higher, FGCU is first the A-Sun in scoring at a 75.9 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 (+24.6). Five different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by six from Sarah Hansen, five from Kelsey Jacobson, two from Nicoya Jackson, Eglah Griffin and Amber Rechis and one from Whitney Knight.

PROTECTING THE ROCK
Shooting an A-Sun-best 44.2 percent from the field, the Eagles lead the league with a +7.67 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 with a 1.84 ratio while also ranking 8th in the A-Sun at 2.9 assists per game.