FORT MYERS, Fla. – Redshirt junior Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) scored a game-high 27 points as the FGCU women’s basketball team defeated conference rival Stetson, 72-55, to secure the outright A-Sun Regular Season title as well as the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic Sun Tournament (Mar. 6-9) and for her performance, she claimed College Sports Madness A-Sun Player of the Week honors on Monday morning (Feb. 25).
A 2013 Capital One Academic All-America women’s basketball second team selection, Hansen has earned CSM A-Sun Player of the Week accolades on five occasions this season and seven times in her career. She shot 9-of-14 from the field, 3-of-4 from long distance and a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe to record 27 points in 32 minutes of playing time at Stetson. The McKean, Pa. native also added seven boards to go with career-highs in blocks (4) and steals (7).
Hansen, who is the sixth player in program history to score 1,000 career points, currently ranks second in the FGCU record books with 1,370 career points (just 45 points off the lead with a full season plus remaining in her career). She is first in the conference in free throw percentage (.843) and second in the A-Sun in scoring (17.4 points), while ranking in the top 15 in six categories (rebounding, field goal percentage, assists, steals, blocks, minutes). She has led the Eagles in scoring on 17 occasions and scored in double figures in 26 of 28 games this season.
FGCU, ranked No. 38 overall in this week’s AP Top 25, will now return home for the final two games of the A-Sun regular season. The Green and Blue will host Mercer on Feb. 28, before welcoming Kennesaw State to ‘The Nest’ on Senior Day (Mar. 2).
The Eagles, the No. 1 seed in the 2013 A-Sun Tournament, will play their quarterfinal game on Wednesday, Mar. 6. Tip-off times are still to be determined. FGCU Athletics is now offering ticket packages for the conference tournament at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. Fans can get ticket booklets that include admission into every game of the men’s and women’s tournament (14 games) for $20 (children ages 6-11), $50 (seniors 62 and older and students ages 12-22) or $75 (adults). All tickets are general admission. Tickets can be purchased by calling the FGCU ticket office Monday-Friday, between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 239-590-7145, in person at the Alico Arena ticket office or by ordering online at www.fgcuathletics.com/tickets.
Fans can follow FGCU on Twitter (@FGCU_WBB), Instagram (@FGCUWbb) and on Facebook by liking FGCU Women’s Basketball (www.Facebook.com/FGCUWbb).
COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS A-SUN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sarah Hansen, FGCU (Feb. 25)
• 7th career CSM A-Sun Player of the Week honor; 5th of the season
• Recorded 27 points, seven boards and career-highs in blocks (4) and steals (7) at Stetson (Feb. 23)