DUNK CITY, Fla. – The FGCU men’s and women’s basketball teams turned in yet another record-setting campaign in 2013-2014, and both seasons will be celebrated in April at each team’s respective postseason banquet. The men’s banquet will be held Tuesday, Apr. 8, at 6 p.m. inside Alico Arena, while the women will celebrate their year on Thursday, Apr. 17, at the Crowne Plaza at Bell Tower also beginning at 6 p.m.
Tickets are currently available for both banquets, and while the general public is invited to attend, priority will first be based upon Eagles Club membership level and full table reservations. For reservations, email EaglesClub@fgcu.edu, or for more information contact Graham Diemer, Director of Athletics Advancement, at 239-590-7107.
Tickets to the men’s banquet for a full table (8 seats) are $315, a half table (4 seats) for $175 or individual tickets for adults ($35) and kids ($20). Kids are considered those ages 12 or under. The price includes a full-course meal, and those who purchase either a full table or half table will be seated with a player, coach or FGCU Athletics administrator. The attire for the event is business casual.
Tickets to the women’s banquet for a full table (8 seats) are $270, a half table (4 seats) for $150 or individual tickets for adults ($30) and kids ($20). Like the men’s banquet, kids are considered those ages 12 or under. The price includes a full-course meal, and those who purchase either a full table or half table will be seated with a player, coach or FGCU Athletics administrator. The attire for the event is also business casual.
Alico is a fitting location to officially end the 2013-14 men’s season as the Eagles posted a season-high-tying 15 home victories inside the friendly confines. A record 73,780 fans – including 13 sellouts, six standing-room sellouts and an average of 4,340 – witnessed Dunk City in action this year at Alico, 12,000 more than the previous two seasons combined. FGCU rewarded them with a 22-13 record and the program’s first-ever Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season championship courtesy of a 14-4 league mark. The Eagles participated in the NIT for the first time in program history as FGCU’s 22 wins marked the second-straight 20-win season and were the second-most in the Division-I era (2007-08).
The women advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in only three years of eligibility after earning a fourth-straight A-Sun regular-season championship and second A-Sun Championship title. The Eagles, who earned a No. 12 seed, fell to 5th-seeded Oklahoma State in overtime, 61-60, as the Cowgirls moved on to the Sweet Sixteen by defeating Purdue on its home court Monday evening. The Green and Blue wrapped up the season with a 26-8 overall record and a dominant 17-1 mark in A-Sun action.
Fans will have the opportunity to interact with all of the players, coaches and staff members who have turned FGCU into a dominant force in A-Sun basketball. On the men’s side, Chase Fieler was named to the A-Sun Second Team and All-Tournament Team, Bernard Thompson to the First Team and All-Tournament Team and Brett Comer to the First Team. The Eagles, who were under the direction of first-year head coach Joe Dooley, return everyone for 2014-15, with the exception of Fieler, who will graduate as the only player in program history with 1,000 points and 600 rebounds (1,306 and 714).
On the women’s side, Sarah Hansen was named the A-Sun Player of the Year for the second-straight season and the A-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the third-consecutive campaign. Whitney Knight was tabbed as an A-Sun First Team member, while Karl Smesko garnered his fifth A-Sun Coach of the Year honor. Like on the men’s side, the women lose only one senior to graduation as Hansen concluded her career with 1,901 points and 887 rebounds. She will graduate as the all-time leader in 12 categories, including points, rebounds, steals and field goals made, and ranks seventh among the league’s all-time point producers.