FGCU Travels to Charlotte for First Road Contest of 2012-13
Friday, November 16, 2012 | by Mike Hill (@mike_hill84)
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Photo Credit: Dennis Snyder
Photo Credit: Dennis Snyder
Florida Gulf Coast (2-1)
at
Charlotte (3-0)
11/17/2012 | Halton Arena (Charlotte, N.C.) | Attendance: 4620
1st2ndFinal
Florida Gulf Coast283260
Charlotte403979
Stats at a GlanceFGCUCHA
FG Percentage.404 (23-57) .574 (27-47)
3P FG Percentage.136 (3-22) .385 (5-13)
FT Percentage.786 (11-14) .690 (20-29)
Offensive Rebounds814
Defensive Rebounds1329
Total Rebounds2143
Turnovers1722
Steals77
Bench Points1217
Statistical LeadersFGCUCHA
PointsHANSEN - 19
HAILEY - 20
ReboundsHANSEN - 6
HAILEY - 11
AssistsKENNEDY - 8
HAMMONDS - 8
StealsMEADOR - 2
HOLMES - 3
BlocksHAILEY - 4

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The reigning Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament champion FGCU women’s basketball team will hit the road for its first away game of the young season at Charlotte on Saturday night. Tip off inside Halton Arena is set for 5 p.m.

GAMEDAY CENTRAL
FGCU at Charlotte

DATE: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012
TIME: 5 P.M. ET
SITE: Charlotte, N.C.. - Halton Arena
LIVE STATS:
Charlotte49ers.com
LIVE VIDEO: Charlotte49ers.com
LIVE AUDIO: Charlotte49ers.com
SERIES: 1st Meeting

AT A GLANCE
FGCU, fresh off a 69-45 win over FIU on Wednesday, Nov. 14, will hit the road for the first time this season and take on A-10 foe Charlotte on Saturday night. Tipoff is slated for 5 p.m., as the Eagles will look to start the season 3-0 for the fifth time in program history (last time: 2010-11).

UP NEXT
Following the Charlotte game, the Eagles will head to the Virgin Islands to participate in the Paradise Jam (Nov. 22-24). The Green and Blue will play three games in the Paradise Jam (DePaul, South Carolina, Hampton).

SCOUTING CHARLOTTE
Charlotte improved to 2-0 on the young season with an 82-68 road victory at TCU of the Big 12 Wednesday, Nov. 14. It marks the first time the Niners have opened back-to-back seasons 2-0 since a three-year stretch between 1992-93 and 1994-95, the only other instance in program history where it has happened.

Four Niners are averaging double-figure points entering the contest for head coach Cara Consuegra’s balanced attack. Dowe leads the way with 16.5 per game, followed by Hailey (12.0), Jai Forney (10.5) and Ny Hammonds (10.0).

Dowe and Hailey also are the top producers on the glass, collecting 12.0 and 10.0 per game, respectively.

FGCU IN NOVEMBER
• FGCU has a 44-12 all-time record in games played in November.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 19-7 record in the month of November.

FGCU VS. THE A-10 CONFERENCE
• FGCU is 2-1 all-time vs. A-10 competition with the average margin of victory in the two wins being 8.5 points.
• The Eagles’ two wins, which were both played at home in Alico Arena, came against Richmond (81-67; Nov. 25, 2011) and George Washington (97-94 2OT; Mar. 19, 2009). The win over GWU was in the first round of the Postseason WNIT.

AWAY FROM HOME
FGCU has an 89-28 all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 45-21 road record.

3’S PLEASE!
In the program’s 11-year history (312) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 311 contests, including 199 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 199-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 1,941 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 901 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 118-8 all-time and 73-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.

RAPID FIRE
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 18 threes this season compared to just six from its opponents. Led by Lerrin Cook’s 4.0 trifectas per contest, seven different players have made at least one shot from long range. The Eagles have four players ranked in the A-Sun’s top-15 in 3-point field goals made per game.

LOCK ‘EM UP
The reigning A-Sun Preseason Defensive Player of the Year has lived up honor thus far this season. The Spokane, Wash. native has recorded eight steals in two games (4.0 per game) and averages 5.5 rebounds a game.

Kennedy, known for her lock-down defense on opposing guards, held Jerica Coley, a 2012 Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention and the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year that averaged 23.4 points per game, to just nine points on 4-of-12 shooting in their matchup on Nov. 14.

PROTECT THE NEST
FGCU is 152-10 all-time at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 74-4 home record.

Year               Record
2012-13        2-0
2011-12        13-0
2010-11        18-1
2009-10        14-0
2008-09        15-1
2007-08        12-2
2006-07        23-0
2005-06        17-1
2004-05        11-4
2003-04        12-1
2002-03        15-0
TOTAL            152-10

FGCU IN SEASON OPENERS
The Eagles own an 8-3 record in season openers, and are 8-1 in season openers at home.

FGCU RANKED #8 IN MID-MAJOR POLL
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team earned the No. 8 spot in the second edition of the 2012-13 CollegeInsider.com Women's Basketball Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

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 and West Coast Conference.

The Green and Blue are the only Atlantic Sun Conference team represented in the Top 25, while Stetson received 12 votes.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Redshirt-senior Brittany Kennedy and freshman Katie Meador helped lead FGCU to a 100-31 rout of Warner on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Alico Arena, and for their performances, they claimed Player of the Week honors (Nov. 13).

Reigning A-Sun Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Kennedy filled the stat sheet in the home-opener, recording 11 points, nine assists, six steals and five rebounds, to earn her first College Sports Madness Atlantic Sun Women’s Basketball Player of the Week award.

Meador earned A-Sun Newcomer of the Week from the conference office after registering her first career double-double in her first collegiate contest with 11 points and 12 rebounds in 31 minutes of playing time.  

FRESH FACES
Smesko and Company welcome in a stellar recruiting class, which includes transfers Jenna Cobb (New Holland, Ohio/Miami Trace HS/Butler) and Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./ Twin Lakes HS/Valpo) and freshmen Amanda Moore (Seymour, Ind./Seymour HS), DyTiesha Dunson (Albany, Ga./Westover HS), Jamie Gluesing (Greendale, Wisc./Solon HS), Stephanie Haas (Avon Lake, Ohio/Magnificat HS), Bethany Murrell (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine HS), Katie Meador (Salem Communuity HS/Salem, Ill.) and Taylor Gradinjan (Cudahy HS/ Cudahy, Wisc.). Adams, a fifth-year senior, will be able play this season, while Cobb has to sit out the year due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

UNFORGETTABLE: THE 2011-12 SEASON
The 2011-12 season was the most historic season in FGCU’s Division I history, as they advanced to the NCAA Tournament and earned a No. 12 seed in the Raleigh Region. 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 A-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 Eagles also set the NCAA record for three-pointers in a season (342) and three-pointer made per game (10.7) last season.

PICKIN’ UP PRESEASON HARDWARE
The FGCU women’s basketball squad, led by Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Brittany Kennedy (Spokane, Wash./Lewis and Clark HS/Oregon State) and Preseason All-Conference choice Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS), earned top billing in the Atlantic Sun Conference preseason media poll and finished second in the coaches’ poll, the conference announced on Thursday, Oct. 18.

For the second time in conference history, the A-Sun let the fans decide preseason awards via Facebook. The Eagles were picked to win the regular season title and Kennedy was tabbed the fans’ Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

In the media poll, the Eagles took 14 of 19 first place votes, with Stetson picking up the other five. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the media selected the Green and Blue to win the regular season crown and the second year in a row that the press has predicted FGCU to win the A-Sun Tournament championship.

In the coaches’ poll, FGCU took two of the 10 first place votes to finish second with 89 points, while Stetson received the remaining eight votes and finished first with 98 points.

The Eagles also received preseason accolades from College Sports Madness. Head coach Karl Smesko was selected as the preseason A-Sun Coach of the Year, while Hansen was named to the All-Conference first team and freshman guard DyTiesha Dunson (Albany, Ga./Westover HS) was tabbed as the Preseason Freshman of the Year.

EARLY START
The Green and Blue’s opener on Nov. 10, marks the second earliest calendar start. The 2007-08 season began on Nov. 9 with a home game vs. Florida State.