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Eagles Look To Extend Winning Streak on Saturday Against Kennesaw State
|Florida Gulf Coast||31||27||58|
|Stats at a Glance||KSU||FGCU|
|FG Percentage||.340 (18-53)||.333 (20-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.300 (3-10)||.261 (6-23)|
|FT Percentage||.522 (12-23)||.571 (12-21)|
GIDEON - 11
CHIHIL - 3
FARRAR - 3
GIDEON - 1
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Eagles, who have won 10 consecutive games and are off to the best A-Sun start in program history (10-0), will look clinch a spot in the A-Sun Tournament and stay undefeated in conference play when they play host to the Owls of Kennesaw State on Jan. 28 at Alico Arena. Tip off at ‘The Nest’ is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
FGCU (18-2, 10-0 A-Sun) vs KENNESAW ST. (9-12, 4-6 A-Sun)
DATE: Thursday, January 28, 2012
TIME: 7:30 P.M. ET
SITE: Fort Myers, Fla. - Alico Arena
LIVE STATS: FGCUATHLETICS.com
LIVE VIDEO: ASUN.TV
LIVE AUDIO: FGCUATHLETICS.COM
TALENT: Tom James & J. Webb Horton
SERIES: 10th Meeting; FGCU leads 7-2
LAST MEETING: FGCU 87, KSU 50 on Jan. 4, 2012 in Kennesaw, Ga.
CURRENT STREAK: W 10
LAST 5: 5-0
LAST 10: 10-0
KNOW YOUR OPPONENT: MERCER BEARS
LAST TIME OUT: KSU at STETSON (Jan. 26)
The Lady Owls fought hard to overcome an 11-point halftime deficit to get within one point in the second half, but couldn’t steal a road win falling to Stetson, 73-68. KSU used an 18-9 run to begin the second half, but could never actually take the lead eventually falling to the Hatters. Taylor Mills led all scorers with 16 points, while Chelcey Farrar chipped in 15.
MILLS AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Taylor Mills leads the Atlantic Sun Conference in minutes per game averaging 38.5 minutes per contest. The redshirt-freshman has played all 40 minutes in 12 games so far this season. Mills' 38.5 minutes per game rank her among the nation’s best in that category.
LAST TIME OUT: Balanced Attack Leads FGCU over Mercer, 92-55 (Jan. 26)
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Sophomore Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) finished with game-highs in points (16) and rebounds (9), as the FGCU women’s basketball team used a balanced attack to defeat the Bears of Mercer, 92-55, at Alico Arena on Thursday night. Every player that saw the floor for the Green and Blue scored at least two points in the win. • With the victory, FGCU improved to 18-2 overall (10-0 A-Sun), while the Bears fell to 3-18 (1-9 A-Sun) on the season. The Eagles are now 10-0 all-time against Mercer and 5-0 at home against the Bears. • The Eagles, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (11.8), knocked down 9-of-27 shots from behind the arc and now have 236 triples as a team. Seven different players made at least one trey for the Green and Blue. • Ranked No. 3 in the CollegInsider.com Mid-Major poll and receiving votes in both national polls, FGCU forced the Bears into 17 turnovers and held them to just 55 points on 24-of-64 (37.5 percent) shooting from the field. Mercer’s 55 points mark the 15th time the Eagles, who lead the conference in scoring defense (51.7 ppg), have held an opponent below 60 points this season. • Hansen, scored 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, while also adding nine boards, two assists, one block and a steal. Whitney Knight (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds HS) added 12 points, four rebounds and four blocks. Senior Sarah Whitfield (Eugene, Ore./South Eugene HS/Lane CC) scored a season-high 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor.
Following their matchup with Kennesaw State, the Eagles will hit the road for a pair of A-Sun games. FGCU will take on the UNF on Feb. 2 (7:00 p.m.), before facing Jacksonville on Feb. 4 at 1:00 p.m.
THAT GAME WAS HUGE SW FLORIDA...HUGEEEEE
The Saturday, Jan. 21 matchup between the Eagles and the Hatters was a very important one.
With the 59-55 win, FGCU snapped Stetson’s 12-game home winning streak by picking up an important, 59-55, win over the Hatters at the Edmunds Center on Saturday afternoon. The win also gave the Eagles a two-game lead over the second place Hatters in the A-Sun standings entering the second half of conference play.
FGCU is 10-0 in A-Sun play this season. The 10-0 start is the program’s best 10-game start to open up conference play. With a win over KSU on Saturday, the Eagles will secure the program’s best 11-game start to A-Sun play
FGCU IN January
• FGCU has an all-time record of 75-8 in games played in January.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 39-6 record in the month of January, all vs. Atlantic Sun conference opponents.
AWAY FROM HOME
FGCU has an 85-28 all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 41-21 road record.
FGCU VS. KENNESAW ST. IN ALICO ARENA
The Eagles have a 4-0 record at home against Kennesaw St. The Eagles average 74.8 points per game in Fort Myers, while limiting the Owls to 60 points.
The last time the Eagles hosted KSU in Alico Arena (Jan. 15, 2011), the Green and Blue defeated the Owls 57-45 and shot 21-of-54 (38.9 percent) from the floor and 9-of-28 (32.1 percent) from behind the arc.
LOCK IT UP
FGCU clinches their first spot in the A-Sun Tournament with a win over Kennesaw State or a Lipscomb loss.
FGCU RANKED #3 IN MID-MAJOR POLL
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team earned the No. 3 spot, for the second consecutive week, in this week’s version of the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll that was released on Tuesday evening (Jan. 24). Green Bay and Delaware are the two teams ranked higher than FGCU in this week’s poll. FGCU trails Delaware by 42 points for the No. 2 slot
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.
PICKIN’ UP VOTES IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
The FGCU women’s basketball team received 16 votes to rank No. 31 in this week’s USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll that was released on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The Eagles also received four votes to rank No. 38 in this week’s AP Top 25 that was released on Monday, Jan. 23.
This marks the fifth time in program history that the Eagles have earned votes in both polls in the same week.
RATING PERCENTAGE INDEX (RPI)
In the Collegiate Basketball News Women’s RPI College Basketball Ratings (for games through Jan. 22), the Eagles were ranked No. 66 and were the only A-Sun school ranked in the top 100.
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 11.8 threes per game, two trifectas in front of second place Fresno State (9.8). As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in 13 games this season.
RANK TEAM 3-PT FG/GAME
1. FGCU 11.9
2. Fresno State 9.7
3. UT Martin 9.1
4. Charleston S’thern 9.1
THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 16-0 this season when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• The Green and Blue are 17-1 on the year when they drain eight or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 18-2 this season when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.
In the program’s nine-year history (298) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 297 contests, including 185 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 185-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 1,817 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 866 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.
Eglah Griffin leads the nation in 3-point percentage, hitting 48.8 (41-of-84) of her triple tries. Griffin has hit a 3-pointer in 17 games this season and has multi-threes in 13 of 20 games in 2011-12.
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 236 threes this season compared to just 60 from its opponents. Led by Kelsey Jacobson’s 3.0 trifectas per contest, eight different players have made 12 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.
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 308 career triples and sits alone as the A-Sun’s all-time leader in career three-pointers.
LEADER OF THE PACK
With 59 of her 66 made field goals coming from beyond the arc this season, Kelsey Jacobson ranks 1st in the A-Sun and 10th in the nation at 3.0 treys per game. The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in 13 of 19 games this season.
MAKING A LIVING FROM LONG RANGE
It’s no secret that Kelsey Jacobson is FGCU’s top three-point threat. Through 112 career games, Jacobson has knocked down 308 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 82 of her last 86 contests and 104 of 112 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.
HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE COMPETITION
Kelsey Jacobson has 308 career three-pointers made. She is the nation’s leader (among active players) in career three-pointers, with her closest competition being Jessica Jenkins (295) from St. Bonaventure and Anne Boese (277) from IPFW.
AMONG THE BEST
With at least 8 games remaining in her collegiate career, Kelsey Jacobson is on pace to finish with 335 career three-pointers made, which would rank her top 15 in NCAA Division I history.
Kelsey Jacobson, arguably the nation’s best three-point shooter, has been lighting it up on the court for the Eagles over the last nine contests. Jacobson has averaged 12.3 points and has knocked down 31-of-62 (.500) shots from behind the arc in FGCU’s last nine games, all of which were wins.
ALL WE DO IS WIN
Since joining the A-Sun in 2007-08, the Eagles have 118 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 also has 46 wins over the last two seasons and need just seven more victories to secure the best 2-year win total in conference history. The Eagles’ 52 wins from 2009-11 is tied with FIU’s 1993-95 squad for best all-time.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
FGCU is 146-10 all-time at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 67-4 home record.
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 68-4 record on their home court since moving to Division I, good for a .9444 winning percentage and the highest all-time winning percentage at home. Tennessee ranks second all-time in winning percentage at home (Thompson-Boling Arena).
THE BIG 2-5-0
With the 92-55 win over Mercer in front of 1,745 fans on Jan. 26 at Alico Arena, head coach Karl Smesko and the Eagles secured the program’s 250th victory.
Smesko is now 311-75 all-time in his career, including 250-48 (.839) at FGCU.
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 (Dec. 8) and defending A-Sun champ Stetson, 59-55, at the Edmunds Center (Jan. 21).
GET THAT OUTTA HERE
Whitney Knight is currently tied for the A-Sun lead with 2.0 blocks per game (40 total blocks). Her 2.0 blocks rank her t-48th in the nation (as of Jan. 27), while her 40 blocks rank her 3rd in FGCU history behind Kate Schrader (44) and Robyn Swain (121).
LEAVING A MARK ON THE FGCU RECORD BOOKS
Courtney Chihil has scored 872 points, made 107 three-pointers, grabbed 559 rebounds, recorded 182 steals and dished out 292 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:
1. 1415 - Adrianne MCNALLY (128 games) - 2006-10
5. 953 - Candy Myers (87 games) - 2003-06
6. 872 - Courtney CHIHIL (107 games) - 2008-Present
3-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE
1. 308 - Kelsey JACOBSON (112 games) - 2008-Present
7. 113 - Chelsea LYLES (62 games) - 2008-10
8. 105 - Steffi SORENSEN (35 games) - 2006-07
9. 107 - Courtney CHIHIL (107 games) - 2008-Present
1. 658 - Adrianne MCNALLY (240o-418d) - 2006-10
2. 640 - Robyn SWAIN (236o-404d) - 2002-04
3. 559 - Courtney CHIHIL (177o-382d) - 2008-Present
1. 182 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present
2. 168 - Shannon MURPHY - 2007-11
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. 292 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present
Sarah Hansen, Nicoya Jackson, Eglah Griffin and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 59.9 percent (45.5 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The quartet is also shooting .446 (292-of-654) from the floor and .381 (138-of-362) from long distance.
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 75.9 per game clip. The Eagles have scored 80 or more points seven times this season and are the only A-Sun team with a scoring margin larger than 5.9 points (+24.2). Six different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by seven from Sarah Hansen, five from Kelsey Jacobson, two from Nicoya Jackson, Eglah Griffin and Amber Rechis and one from Whitney Knight and Courtney Chihil.
PROTECTING THE ROCK
Shooting an A-Sun-best 43.5 percent from the field, the Eagles lead the league with a +7.70 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.
1,000 POINT CLUB
Kelsey Jacobson became the fourth player in program history to score 1,000 career points when she drained a three-pointer with 7:28 left in the first half in the Green and Blue’s 106-27 win over Webber International on Nov. 28, 2011.
Jacobson, who currently has 1,172 points, ranks 3rd in the FGCU record books behind Adrianne McNally (1,415) and Shannon Murphy (1,185).
WHIT IS LEGIT
Playing in just her fifth career game, freshman Whitney Knight came very close to becoming the first player in FGCU history to register a triple-double against Webber International (Nov. 28). Knight’s dominating performance on both ends of the court featured 20 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and six blocks in 26 minutes. Her six blocks rank her t-3rd all-time in the FGCU record books for blocks in a single game. -: CLEANED :-