FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast University head women's basketball coach Karl Smesko has announced that Hannah Douglas (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights/Butler), formerly of Butler University, will join the Eagle program for the 2013-14 academic year.
Douglas, who will have two years of eligibility remaining after she sits out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules, is the second former Bulldog to transfer to FGCU in as many years, after Jenna Cobb (New Holland, Ohio/Miami Trace HS/Butler) joined the Green and Blue last May.
“Hannah has already proven she is a very productive Division I player and I expect her to do very well in our system,” said Smesko. “She is a very smart and skilled player who will fit in well with our current players.”
Douglas helped lead the Bulldogs to a 17-14 (8-6 A-10) record last season. She started 30 of 31 games and averaged 8.6 points and 4.4 rebounds while playing 30.4 minutes per contest. She shot .703 from the foul line, .368 from the floor and had 12 games with double-figure scoring.
In her two seasons at Butler she played in 61 games (started 57) and scored 485 points (8.0 ppg) and grabbed 261 rebounds (4.4 rpg). The 5-9 guard recorded a career-high 31 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from behind the arc against Wright State during her freshman year (Mar. 3, 2012).
Douglas, a member of the Butler Athletic Director's Honor Roll and the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, is the third addition to the 2013-14 FGCU roster. She joins freshmen Morgan Blumer (Milton, Wisc./Milton HS) and Haley Laughter (Asheville, N.C./Carolina Day School) who both signed National Letters of Intent.
Last season, FGCU became the first school to go undefeated in A-Sun play in back-to-back seasons, finished the season with the most victories (27) of the 13 Division I institutions in the state of Florida and captured the program’s third consecutive A-Sun Regular Season crown (fourth in the last five years). FGCU also secured the ninth-straight 21+ win in program history and participated in their sixth consecutive Division I postseason tournament (WNIT). Leading the nation and the Atlantic Sun in three-point field goals per game (9.4), for the second year in a row, the FGCU women’s basketball team ranked in the top 40 in the country in 13 different statistical categories in the final NCAA rankings.