FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast University head women's basketball coach Karl Smesko announced on Friday that Valparaiso guard Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./ Twin Lakes HS/Valpo) will join the Eagle program for the 2012-13 season. Adams will have one-year of eligibility remaining and will be able to play immediately.
“This is a big signing for us,” said Smesko. “It is great to add an experienced guard who can really shoot the ball. Coach Scharlow coached Betsy at Valpo and they had a great player-coach relationship. Coach Scharlow was instrumental in getting Betsy to choose FGCU.”
Adams, who played just 16 minutes last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury, led the Crusaders and ranked 13th in the Horizon League with 12.6 points per game as a junior (2010-11). She started all 31 games and tallied 21 double figure scoring games, including a season-high 22 points on two occasions (at Evansville, vs. Milwaukee). Adams also shot 91.4 percent from the free throw line and averaged 2.2 three pointers made per game to rank second and third, respectively, in the conference. In her time at Valpo, she played in 82 games (started 55) and registered 771 points, drained 146 three-pointers and shot 86.7 percent (117-135) from the charity stripe.
Adams, a Valpo Student-Athlete Presidential Academic honoree and a member of the Horizon League’s Fall and Spring Academic Honor Rolls, is the eighth addition to the 2012-13 FGCU roster. She joins Butler transfer Jenna Cobb (New Holland, Ohio/Miami Trace HS/Butler) and freshmen Amanda Moore (Seymour, Ind./Seymour HS), DyTiesha Dunson (Albany, Ga./Westover HS), Jamie Gluesing (Greendale, Wisc./Solon HS), Bethany Murrell (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine HS), Katie Meador (Salem Communuity HS/Salem, Ill.) and Taylor Gradinjan (Cudahy HS/ Cudahy, Wisc.).
The Eagles are coming of the most historic season in its Division I history, advancing to the NCAA Tournament and earning a No. 12 seed in the Raleigh Region. Led by three-time Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year Karl Smesko, FGCU finished with a 29-3 overall record that included a league-first 18-0 mark in the A-Sun. The Eagles verified the conference’s third-ever unbeaten regular season by cruising through the Atlantic Sun Tournament, taking the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament with a convincing 67-39 win over second-seeded and 20-game winner Stetson. The Green and Blue, with their seven trifectas vs. St. Bonaventure in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, set the NCAA record for three-pointers in a season (342).