@FGCU_WBB Adds Transfer Kaneisha Atwater to Roster
Friday, August 16, 2013 | by Jason MacBain (@JaBain)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Kaneisha Atwater, who played last year at VCU, has transferred into the FGCU women’s basketball program, head coach Karl Smesko announced Friday.

A native of Fort Pierce, Fla., Atwater averaged 6.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in 30 appearances and 12 starts with the Rams in 2012-13.

“Kaneisha is an experienced Division-I player who is really fast and makes plays,” said Smesko, a four-time Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year. “She plays with a great deal of energy and enthusiasm. She is a great addition to our program, and we are happy to have her.”

A PARADE All-American at Fort Pierce Westwood, the 5-7 guard scored in double figures 10 times last year, including a season-high 19 against Duquesne on Jan. 23, just three days removed from her previous high-water mark of 17 points versus George Washington.

While at Fort Pierce Westwood, she led the league in points per game (29.2), assists (6.2) and steals (7.9) while adding 7.5 rebounds per outing as a senior. Included in that final year were five triple-doubles and an All-Area First Team selection.

A three-sport star in high school, Atwater ran the 400-meter dash in 1:02.17, which still ranks in the top-10 all-time in the history of Florida girls track.

FGCU will be seeking its seventh straight postseason appearance in 2013-14, which would continue a national record for most consecutive seasons earning a postseason berth for a new D-I member. The Eagles led the nation in 3-point shooting again in 2012-13, and return reigning Atlantic Sun Player of the Year Sarah Hansen as they aim for their 10th straight season of 21 or more wins.