Eagles Head to Jacksonville to Take on UNF
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 | by Mike Hill (mike_hill84)
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2/2/2012 | Jacksonville, Fla. (UNF Arena) | Attendance: 595
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Stats at a GlanceFGCUUNF
FG Percentage.443 (27-61) .444 (24-54)
3P FG Percentage.280 (7-25) .455 (5-11)
FT Percentage1.000 (11-11) .800 (8-10)
Offensive Rebounds916
Defensive Rebounds1525
Total Rebounds2441
Turnovers923
Steals134
Bench Points1128
Statistical LeadersFGCUUNF
PointsCHIHIL - 16
SMITH - 20
ReboundsKENNEDY - 9
LAMAR - 10
AssistsKENNEDY - 4
KIRKLAND - 5
StealsKENNEDY - 7
BAKER - 2
BlocksHANSEN - 3
KERR - 3

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Eagles, who have won 11 consecutive games and have the ninth best win-loss percentage in the nation, will look to stay undefeated in conference play when they head to Jacksonville, Fla. to battle the Ospreys of UNF on Feb. 2 at UNF Arena. Tip off is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.

FGCU (19-2, 11-0 A-SUN) at UNF (8-14, 5-6 A-SUN)
DATE: Thursday, February 2, 2012
TIME: 7:00 P.M. ET
SITE: Jacksonville, Fla. - UNF Arena
LIVE STATS: UNFOSPREYS.com
LIVE VIDEO: ASun.tv
SERIES: 10th Meeting; FGCU leads 7-2
LAST MEETING: FGCU 68, UNF 34 on Jan. 7, 2012 at Alico Arena
CURRENT STREAK: W 11
LAST 5: 5-0
LAST 10: 10-0

KNOW YOUR OPPONENT: UNF OSPREYS
• The Eagles lead the all-time series 7-2 and won the series last year. UNF last defeated Florida Gulf Coast 57-56 on Feb. 13, 2010 at UNF Arena. With UNF up by 1, Shennette Sheffield made a huge block at four seconds and the Eagles missed a final second jumper as UNF held on for the win.

• Junior Larkira Jones is just one block away from becoming UNF’s all-time leading blocker. Jones tied Shennette Sheffield’s record of 105 in the first half at Mercer.

• The Ospreys are 6-0 this season when they enter halftime with the lead. Of those six wins, UNF has entered halftime with a single-digit lead twice and a double-digit advantage four times.

• Trailing at halftime has not been favorable for the Ospreys this season as UNF has only won two games this season when losing at halftime.

FGCU NOTES
LAST TIME OUT: Eagles Clinch Spot in A-Sun Tourney with, 58-51, Win Over Kennesaw State (Jan. 28)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Three players scored in double figures as the FGCU women’s basketball team defeated a scrappy Kennesaw State squad, 58-51, to pick up their 11th consecutive victory and clinch the program’s first-ever spot in the A-Sun Tournament. • With the win, FGCU improved to 19-2 overall (11-0 A-Sun), while the Owls fell to 9-13 (4-7 A-Sun) on the season. The Eagles are now 8-2 all-time against KSU and 76-8 in games played in January. • The Eagles, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (11.5), knocked down just 6-of-23 shots from behind the arc. The six triples by FGCU marks just the seventh time this season the team has not drained double digit three-pointers in a game. Four different players made at least one trey for the Green and Blue, led by senior Eglah Griffin’s (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar HS/Seminole CC) 3-of-5 night. • Griffin scored 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field, while also adding three rebounds and a pair of steals. Freshman Whitney Knight (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds HS) added 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a block in just 19 minutes off the bench. Redshirt-sophomore Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) chipped in with 12 points, seven boards, five steals and three blocks.

UP NEXT
Following their matchup at UNF, the Eagles will take on A-Sun foe Jacksonville on Feb. 4  (1:00 p.m.), in the first game of a double-header with the men’s team.

A-SUN STARTS
FGCU is 11-0 in A-Sun play this season. The 11-0 start is the program’s best 11-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

Year                 Record
2011-12          11-0
2010-11          10-1
2009-10          10-1
2008-09           8-3
2007-08           9-2

FGCU IN FEBRUARY
• FGCU has an all-time record of 57-8 in games played in February.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 28-5 overall record in the month of February; 27-5 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. UNF AT UNF ARENA
The Eagles have a 2-2 record on the road against UNF. The Eagles average just 58.3 points per game at UNF Arena, while limiting the Ospreys to 54.8 points.

The last time the Eagles faced UNF in UNF Arena (Dec. 2, 2010), the Green and Blue defeated the Ospreys 73-51 and shot 26-of-50 (52 percent) from the floor and 12-of-27 (44.4 percent) from behind the arc.

HANDLING BUSINESS IN ROAD CONFERENCE GAMES
FGCU is 5-0 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), at Lipscomb (76-59; Jan. 14) and at Stetson (59-55;  Jan. 21).

The Eagles won the games by an average of 22.6 points and shot 43.1 percent (118-of-274) from the floor and 39.1 percent (54-of-138) from behind the arc, while the opposition is shooting 102-of-253 (40.3 percent) from the field and 22-of-71 (40.3 percent) from three-point range.

LOCK IT UP
FGCU clinched the program’s first spot in the A-Sun Tournament with a 58-51 win over Kennesaw State on Jan. 28.

DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS
In their two games last week, FGCU held Mercer and Kennesaw State to just 55 and 51 points, respectively. Those two solid defensive performances marked the 15th and 16th time the Eagles, who lead the conference in scoring defense (51.7 ppg), have held an opponent below 60 points this season.’

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 11.5 threes per game, nearly 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                 11.5
2.       Fresno State        9.8
3.       UT Martin            9.2
4.       Charleston S’thrn 9.1

THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 17-0 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 19-2 this season when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.

SHARPSHOOTER
Eglah Griffin leads the nation in 3-point percentage, hitting 49.4 (44-of-89) of her triple tries. Griffin has hit a 3-pointer in 18 games this season and has multi-threes in 14 of 21 games in 2011-12.

3’S PLEASE!
In the program’s nine-year history (299) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 298 contests, including 186 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 186-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 1,823 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 869 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.

RAPID FIRE
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 242 threes this season compared to just 63 from its opponents. Led by Kelsey Jacobson’s 2.8 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 17th in the nation at 2.8 treys per game. The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in 13 of 21 games this season.

MAKING A LIVING FROM LONG RANGE
It’s no secret that Kelsey Jacobson is FGCU’s top three-point threat. Through 113 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 87 contests and 104 of 113 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 (303) from St. Bonaventure and Anne Boese (280) from IPFW.

AMONG THE BEST
With at least 7 games remaining in her collegiate career, Kelsey Jacobson is on pace to finish with 330 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, for the third 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. 31). 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 14 votes to rank No. 30 in this week’s USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll that was released on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The Eagles also received eight votes to rank No. 34 in this week’s AP Top 25 that was released on Monday, Jan. 30.

This marks the sixth time in program history that the Eagles have earned votes in both polls in the same week.

GETTIN’ LOVE FROM ESPN
In the fourth edition of the mid-major top 10 written by ESPN’s Graham Hayes, the Eagles picked up the No. 4 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:

4. Florida Gulf Coast
For Florida Gulf Coast, it’s live by the 3-pointer or, well, win by slightly less by the 3-pointer. The nation’s most prolific team from behind the arc suffered through a 7-for-31 night in its most recent game at Stetson, the team closest to the Eagles in the Atlantic Sun standings. On the road and shooting 23 percent on their bread and butter? What seemed like a sure recipe for a loss was instead a 59-55 win. Granted, Florida Gulf Coast probably isn’t going to pull many March upsets if it isn’t at its best from the 3-point line, but good teams find ways to win on bad nights.

RATING PERCENTAGE INDEX (RPI)
In the Collegiate Basketball News Women’s RPI College Basketball Ratings (for games through Jan. 29), the Eagles were ranked No. 77 and were the only A-Sun school ranked in the top 120.

ALL WE DO IS WIN
Since joining the A-Sun in 2007-08, the Eagles have 119 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 47 wins over the last two seasons and need just six 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.

BEATING DEFENDING CONFERENCE CHAMPS
The Eagles have picked up three 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 ranked 2nd in the A-Sun with 2.0 blocks per game (41 total blocks). Her 2.0 blocks rank her 49th in the nation (as of Jan. 29), while her 41 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 879 points, made 107 three-pointers, grabbed 564 rebounds, recorded 185 steals and dished out 295 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. 879 - Courtney CHIHIL (108 games) - 2008-Present

3-point field goals made
1.   308 - Kelsey JACOBSON (113 games) - 2008-Present

7. 113 - Chelsea LYLES (62 games) - 2008-10
9.   107 - Courtney CHIHIL (108 games) - 2008-Present

Rebounds
1. 658 - Adrianne MCNALLY (240o-418d) - 2006-10
2. 640 - Robyn SWAIN (236o-404d) - 2002-04
3.   564 - Courtney CHIHIL (177o-387d) - 2008-Present

Steals
1.   185 - 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.   295 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present

FANTASTIC 4
Sarah Hansen, Nicoya Jackson, Eglah Griffin and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 60.4 percent (45.3 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The quartet is also shooting .437 (301-of-689) from the floor and .377 (142-of-377) from long distance.

BALANCED ATTACK
With three players averaging double figure points and three more at 8.3 points per game or higher, FGCU is first the A-Sun in scoring at a 75.0 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 7.0 points (+23.4). Six different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by seven from Sarah Hansen, five from Kelsey Jacobson, three from Eglah Griffin, two from Nicoya Jackson and Amber Rechis and one from Whitney Knight and Courtney Chihil.

PROTECTING THE ROCK
Shooting an A-Sun-best 43.0 percent from the field, the Eagles lead the league with a +7.90 turnover margin. Courtney Chihil, who ranks 7th in the A-Sun in assists (3.0), leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 1.8. 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 1,176 points, ranks 3rd in the FGCU record books behind Adrianne McNally (1,415) and Shannon Murphy (1,185).

NEWBIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman Whitney Knight helped lead FGCU to a pair of conference victories last week, and for her performances, she claimed her first career A-Sun Newcomer of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday.

A-SUN NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Whitney Knight (Jan. 31)
- First Career Newcomer of the Week award
- Helped the Eagles clinch the first spot in the A-Sun Tournament with 13 points and seven rebounds against Kennesaw State
- Recorded 12 points in the 92-55 win over Mercer
- Also registered four rebounds, four blocks and two assists against Mercer
- Averaged 12.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG and 2.0 APG in just 19.5 MPG