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Eagles Head to Tennessee to Face ETSU in A-Sun Action
Friday, January 11, 2013 | by Mike Hill (@mike_hill84)
Photo Credit: Linwood Ferguson
Photo Credit: Linwood Ferguson
Florida Gulf Coast (12-5, 5-0 A-Sun)
at
ETSU (3-8, 1-3 A-Sun)
1/12/2013 | ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center | Attendance: 2162
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Florida Gulf Coast514697
ETSU253560
Stats at a GlanceFGCUETSU
FG Percentage.559 (33-59) .418 (23-55)
3P FG Percentage.512 (22-43) .667 (2-3)
FT Percentage.818 (9-11) .667 (12-18)
Offensive Rebounds714
Defensive Rebounds1920
Total Rebounds2634
Turnovers1019
Steals96
Bench Points4226
Statistical LeadersFGCUETSU
PointsADAMS - 25
MITCHELL - 16
ReboundsHANSEN - 6
MITCHELL - 8
AssistsKENNEDY - 12
RANDALL - 3
StealsMEADOR - 2
HANSEN - 2
ADAMS - 2
KENNEDY - 2
MCQUEEN - 1
RANDALL - 1
CLARK - 1
AUSTIN - 1
BOWLING - 1
MITCHELL - 1
BlocksGLUESING - 1
IAMSTRONG - 1
BURLEY - 1

GAMEDAY CENTRAL
FGCU (11-5, 4-0 A-SUN) at ETSU (3-7, 1-2 A-SUN)
Date:
Saturday, January 12, 2012
Time:
1:30 p.m.
City:
Johnson City, Tenn.
Site:
ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center (5,740)
Live Video:
ASun.TV
Live Stats:
ETSUBucs.com
Twitter:
@FGCU_WBB
Twitter Hashtags:
#ASUNWBB/#FGCU/#PlayLikeAnEagle
Current Streak:
W5
On the Road:
4-2
Last 5:
5-0
Last 10:
8-2
vs. ETSU:
11th Meeting, FGCU leads 8-2
Last Meeting:
Fort Myers, Fla. - Feb. 29, 2012 A-Sun Tournament Quarterfinals - FGCU 79, ETSU 63

COACHING MATCHUP
FGCU Head Coach:
Karl Smesko (Kent State ‘93)
Career Record:
333-81 (14th Season)
Record at FGCU:
272-54 (11th Season)

Head Coach: Karen Kemp (Berry College ‘85)
Career Record:
267-266 (19th Season)
Record at ETSU:
Same

KAY YOW NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
After being a finalist for the 2011 award, FGCU’s KARL SMESKO was named the recipient of the 2012 Kay Yow Coach of the Year award on April 9, 2012. Smesko is the first FGCU head coach to earn a Division I National Coach of the Year honor.

Smesko, who earned his third A-Sun Coach of the Year honor and was also named 2012 CollegeSportsMadness.com Mid-Major and A-Sun Coach of the Year, led FGCU to one of the most historic season in its Division I history, advancing to the NCAA Tournament and earning a No. 12 seed in the Raleigh Region. The Eagles finished with a 29-3 overall record that included a league-first 18-0 mark in the A-Sun.

The Kay Yow Award was established in 2010 to honor the Division I women’s head coach who embodies not only a winning spirit but who also displays great character both on and off the court.

Yow was a coaching legend who led NC State to 737 wins during her 34 seasons at the school. She was wildly successful in every forum in which she coached, leading gold medal winners at the 1981 World University Games, the 1986 Goodwill Games, 1986 World Championship Games and the 1988 Olympic Games.

Past Recipients
2011 -
Matt Bollant, Green Bay
2010 -
Connie Yori, Nebraska

AT A GLANCE
Riding an overall five-game winning streak and a 22-game A-Sun conference winning streak, that dates back to the 2011-12 season when they finished 18-0, the Eagles are set to hit the road for their second conference roadtrip of the season. FGCU will open the trip by taking on ETSU at the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 1:30 p.m.

UP NEXT
After facing ETSU in Johnson City, Tenn., the Eagles will head to Spartanburg, S.C. to visit the Hodge Center. FGCU will face the Spartans of USC Upstate on Monday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.

STARTING 5 QUICK HITS
#5 Sarah Hansen (F)

• 2nd in the A-Sun in points per game (17.4)
• Scored in double figures in 15 of the team’s 16 games
• Scored a career-high 30 points in FGCU’s upset of LSU (Dec. 28)
#0 DyTiesha Dunson (G)

• Made her collegiate debut at Richmond (Dec. 19)
• Averaging 11.7 minutes per contest
• Started two games this season
#21 Jaime Gluesing (G)

• Shooting .449 from the field and .391 from behind the arc
• 5th in the conference in 3-pt field goal percentage (.391)
• 5th on the team in rebounds per game (2.1)
#24 Brittany Kennedy (G)

• Registered a double-double (11 pts, 10 rebs) at Mercer (Jan. 2)
• Led the team in assists in 13 of the 15 games she’s played in
• Averaging 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in conference play
#30 Joyce Iamstrong (G)

• 11th in the conference in 3-pt field goal percentage (.348)
• 13th in the conference in field goal percentage (.417)
• Averaging 9.9 points and 3.7 rebounds this season

LAST TIME OUT (Jan. 2): FGCU Shakes Off Slow Start to Pick Up 53-42 Win Over UNF
Three players scored in double figures as the FGCU women’s basketball team had an off night shooting the ball but used a solid defensive effort to defeat UNF, 53-42, in Atlantic Sun Conference action.  •  With the win, FGCU, winners of 22 straight A-Sun games, improves to 11-5 overall and 4-0 in the A-Sun, while UNF falls to 6-9 overall (2-2 A-Sun). The victory also improves the Green and Blue’s record against North Florida at Alico Arena (6-0) and in the all-time series with the Ospreys (9-2).  •  The Eagles, who average 8.0 three-point field goals per game this season, knocked down six shots from behind the arc, led three triples from freshman Jaime Gluesing.  •  Redshirt junior Sarah Hansen turned in her fifth double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds in 37 minutes. Senior Brittany Kennedy registered 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. Gluesing tied her career-high with 11 points, while senior Joyce Iamstrong posted nine points, three boards and a pair of steals.

SCOUTING ETSU
• FGCU leads the all-time series, 8-2.

• The Blue and Gold have out-rebounded the opposition in six of the 10 games this season and enter Saturday’s contest with a +3.0 rebounding margin (42.9-39.9), ranking first in the A-Sun … in its game at Morehead State, ETSU out-rebounded the Eagles by 20, 46-26 … thru games on Jan. 6, 2013, the Lady Bucs’ rebound margin ranked in the top 100 in the country.

• Destiny Mitchell has scored in double figures in four out of 10 games of the season and is averaging 11.7 points per contest … Mitchell scored a season-high 26 points in the opener at High Point back on Nov. 10 and added 14 points and 16 rebounds in the 10-point win vs. Memphis to close out the month of November.

• In their last outing (at NKU), ETSU fell to the Norse, 68-55. ETSU was outshot and out-rebounded. The Norse were 40 percent from the field, 37 percent from three-point range and grabbed 42 boards. The Lady Bucs shot 40 percent from the floor, 17 percent from long range and pulled down 38 rebounds.

FGCU VS. THE BCS
FGCU’s 63-56 win at Virginia Tech (Dec. 16) and 76-70 win vs. LSU (Dec. 28) marked the Eagles’ sixth and seventh wins over BCS conference opposition in last three seasons.

2012-13: Virginia Tech, LSU
2011-12: Michigan State, Virginia Tech
2010-11: Virginia Tech, Seton Hall, Indiana

FGCU IN JANUARY
• FGCU has an all-time record of 79-8 in games played in January.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 43-6 record in the month of January, all vs. Atlantic Sun conference opponents.

FGCU IN ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE OPENERS
In their sixth year in Division I and as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference, the Eagles are 4-2 in A-Sun openers, with five of those contests coming on the road. FGCU, with a 62-35 win at KSU (Dec. 31),  won their fourth consecutive conference opener, with the average margin of victory being 26.4 points.

STREAK SNAPPED...TIME TO START ANOTHER
Prior to their 60-53 loss to UCF (Dec. 22), FGCU had won 16 consecutive games at ‘The Nest’ at Alico Arena dating back to last season. The Eagles’ 16-game home winning streak ranked 9th in the nation behind Stanford (82), Baylor (45), Kentucky (27), Ohio St. (26), Central Arkansas (19), Chattanooga (18), Mississippi Valley (18) and Fresno State (17).

AWAY FROM HOME
FGCU has a 93-30 all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 49-23 road record.

FGCU VS. ETSU AT THE MSHA ATHLETIC CENTER
The Green and Blue own a 3-1 record at the MSHA Athletic Center against ETSU. The Eagles average 75.5 points per game in Johnson City, Tenn., while the Bucs average 72.8 points.

The last time the two squads met at the MSHA Athletic Center (Feb. 25, 2012), Sarah Hansen finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds as FGCU ETSU, 71-64, to secure a perfect A-Sun regular season.

FGCU IN LATEST BRACKETOLOGY
With an RPI as low as 51 and a strength of schedule (SOS) as low as 48, FGCU was predicted as the No. 14 seed, playing No. 3 seed Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament in College Sports Madness’ Bracketology (updated on Jan. 7).

FGCU IN THE RPI

Outlet (Date)                                           RPI      Strength of Schedule (SOS)     
NCAA (Jan. 7)                                          52        --
Real Time (Jan. 7)                                    51       48
WarrenNolan.com (Jan. 8)                         57       57

A-SUN SUCCESS
Head Coach KARL SMESKO and his Eagles have enjoyed significant success in the Atlantic Sun since moving to Division I. FGCU, who owns an 86-12 (.878) all-time record in conference play, has won three regular season titles (2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12) and one conference tournament title (2012) since joining the league in 2007-08.

The Eagles, winners of 22 consecutive A-Sun contests, are 39-3 (.929) in conference games since the 2010-11 season.

1,000-POINT CLUB’S NEWEST MEMBER
SARAH HANSEN became the 6th player in program history to score 1,000 career points when she scored a layup with 12:59 remaining in the first half in FGCU’s 79-49 win over Maine at Alico Arena on Dec. 1.

Hansen, who currently has 1,162 points, ranks 4th in the FGCU record books behind her former teammate Shannon Murphy (1,185).

GETTIN’ LOVE FROM ESPN
In the ‘Weekly Wrap’ by ESPN’s Graham Hays (Dec. 30), the SARAH HANSEN Eagles got some love for their 76-70 upset of LSU (Dec. 28).

Here’s what Hays said:
SHE ALSO STARRED
Sarah Hansen, Florida Gulf Coast:
This is why it isn’t easy for good mid-major programs to convince major programs to pay them visits. Florida Gulf Coast beat LSU 76-70 on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla., an upset at least as measured by name recognition. The leading scorer a season ago on a Florida Gulf Coast team that reached the NCAA tournament in its first season of eligibility, Hansen totaled 30 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals against LSU. The Eagles use the 3-point shot and are suffering for it this season (28 percent accuracy, compared to 37 percent a season ago), but Hansen is an all-around scorer who showed it in a win people will notice.

MAKE IT UNCOMFORTABLE
FGCU is nationally known for their 3-point prowess, but one thing that gets overlooked when people talk about the Eagles is their defense. The Eagles lead the A-Sun conference in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 54.9 points per contest. In conference games, FGCU has held their four opponents to just 43.8 points per game

On Dec. 31 at Kennesaw State the Green and Blue held the Owls to 35 points. Kennesaw’s 35 points are the fewest the Eagles have allowed to a Division I opponent since UNF (Jan. 7, 2012) and Belmont (Feb. 11, 2012) managed just 34 points against FGCU. KSU’s effort marked the fourth time this season that the Green and Blue have held the opposition below 50 points.

FGCU RANKED #10 IN MID-MAJOR POLL
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team moved up two spots to the No. 10 position in the tenth edition of the 2012-13 CollegeInsider.com Women’s Basketball Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday (Jan. 8). The Eagles were ranked No. 12 in last week’s poll.

Gonzaga along with Delaware, Toledo, Chattanooga and Green Bay hold the top five spots in the poll.

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 Eagles are the lone Atlantic Sun Conference team represented in the Top 25 and are the only A-Sun school represented in the top 25, while Stetson received one vote.

WHEN PREPARATION MEETS OPPORTUNITY
After averaging just 1.3 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 6.0 minutes of action as a junior transfer in 2011-12, JOYCE IAMSTRONG put in a lot of work on her game over the summer and is arguably the most improved player in the nation.

This season, Iamstrong is averaging 9.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 30.3 minutes. The Chicago, Ill., native is also shooting .737 from the charity stripe, .417 from the field and .348 from behind the arc, a drastic improvement from her first year in the Green and Blue.

BALL SO HARD
FGCU is currently first in the A-Sun in scoring defense (54.9), scoring margin (+10.7), assists (14.6), steals (11.4), turnover margin (+5.81), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1) and three-point field goals made per game (8.0).

FGCU’S BIG 3
SARAH HANSEN, BRITTANY KENNEDY and JOYCE IAMSTRONG have combined to account for 58.2 percent (38.2 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .471 (211-of-448) from the floor and .297 (43-of-145) from long distance.

PROTECTING THE ROCK
Averaging 65.6 points per game (2nd in the A-Sun), the Eagles lead the league with a +5.81 turnover margin. Brittany Kennedy, who ranks 2nd in the A-Sun in assists (5.6), is first in the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 1.8. SARAH HANSEN has a 0.98 ratio, while ranking seventh in the league at 2.9 assists per game.

MAKING ‘THE BUZZ’
Redshirt senior point guard BRITTANY KENNEDY is among 15 women’s basketball student-athletes from around the nation on the initial “Players Making the Buzz” watch list for the 2013 Nancy Lieberman Award, it was announced the week of Dec. 17. The honor annually recognizes the top point guard in NCAA Division I women’s basketball and is sponsored by the Detroit Rotary Club.

The “Buzz List” is simply a collection of names that have been brought to the award committee’s attention from the public. The list is strictly developed to encourage dialogue amongst their website visitors and the basketball community. It does not represent any type of endorsement of any player listed or negative connotation of any player not listed.

Award criteria include floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills - all of which personified Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman during her career. Sportswriters from across the country determine the list of the final nominees and also the award winner and finalists, who will be announced in April. The winner will be honored at a luncheon on April 17 at the Detroit Athletic Club.

Past winners of the Lieberman Award include Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame, 2012), Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga, 2011), Renee Montgomery (Connecticut, 2009), Kristi Toliver (Maryland, 2008), Lindsey Harding (Duke, 2007), Ivory Latta (North Carolina, 2006), Temeka Johnson (LSU, 2005), Diana Taurasi (Connecticut, 2003-04) and Sue Bird (Connecticut, 2000-02).

2013 Players Making the Buzz - Nancy Lieberman Award
Rachel Banham, Minnesota; Alex Bentley, Penn St.; Calli Berna, Arkansas; Tiffany Bias, Oklahoma St.; Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame; Ariana Elegado, Cal Poly St.; Jamierra Faulkner, Southern Mississippi; Chelsea Gray, Duke; Ny Hammonds, UNC-Charlotte; Brittany Kennedy, FGCU; Taleya Mayberry, Tulsa; Lindsey Moore, Nebraska; Mo Moran, Boston Univ.; Ka-Deidre Simmons, Seton Hall; Odyssey Sims, Baylor

SHAKE AND BAKE
Senior BRITTANY KENNEDY and redshirt junior SARAH HANSEN give FGCU one of the top scoring tandems in the conference. The duo is averaging a combined 28.3 points, 14.0 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 5.0 steals per game.

A-Sun Top Scoring Tandems
McGowan/Sanders (Stetson) - 30.4 ppg
Bridges/Grant (Mercer) - 28.4 ppg
HANSEN/KENNEDY (FGCU) - 28.3 ppg
Sneed/Cargill (JU) - 22.6 ppg
Hopper/Thacker (NKU) & Mitchell/McQueen (ETSU) - 22.4 ppg

• The duo has reached double figures in same game eight times with FGCU going 8-0.

FLORIDA’S FINEST
Out of the 13 Division I schools in the state of Florida, the Eagles (11-5) rank t-fourth for the most victories in the state.

School                Record
Florida State       (12-2)
Miami                 (12-2)
Florida                (12-4)
USF                    (11-3)
Stetson              (11-4)
FGCU                 (11-5)
FIU                    (9-6)
FAU                    (8-6)
UCF                   (6-8)
Jacksonville        (6-9)
UNF                    (6-9)
Bethune-Cookman (5-8)
FAMU                 (4-10)

PUT THE CLAMPS ON ‘EM
The reigning A-Sun Preseason Defensive Player of the Year BRITTANY KENNEDY has lived up to the honor thus far this season. The Spokane, Wash. native averaged 2.4 steals per contest (60 steals; 25 games) as a redshirt junior in 2011-12 - good for first in program single-season history and third-best in the A-Sun - and is on pace to eclipse that total this year.

This season she has recorded 47 steals in 15 games (3.1 per game; 1st in A-Sun) and averages 6.1 rebounds a game. Kennedy ranked 31st in the nation in steals thru games played on Jan. 6.

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. She also shutdown VT’s leading scorer Monet Tellier (12.9ppg) and held her to two points on 0-for-8 shooting from the floor (Dec. 16).

Kennedy most recently shutdown Kennesaw State’s’ third leading scorer (10.7 ppg) who had recorded four straight double-digit scoring performances. Ashley Holliday, was frustrated all afternoon (Dec. 31) by Kennedy and turned in five points, zero assists and 11 turnovers.

RAPID FIRE
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 128 threes this season compared to just 68 from its opponents. Led by BETSY ADAMS’ 1.8 trifectas per contest, 12 different players have made at least one shot from long range. The Eagles, who lead the conference in three-point field goals made per game (8.0), have two players (Adams & JOYCE IAMSTRONG; 1.8 & 1.5) ranked in the A-Sun’s top-10 in the same category.

3’S PLEASE!
In the program’s 11-year history (326) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 325 contests, including 213 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 213-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 2,051 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 963 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 120-8 all-time and 75-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.

BREAKING RECORDS
The FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down an all-time NCAA record and 2011-12 NCAA single-game high 21 three-pointers on 51 long range attempts in their 106-27 over NAIA foe Webber International on Nov. 28, 2011 at Alico Arena. The Eagles’ 21 three-point ranks them tied for first place tie all-time with New Mexico State. The Aggies drained 21 triples against Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 23, 2002. The 21 threes are also an A-Sun record, as FGCU made six treys in the first half and 15 in the second.

NATION’S BEST
FGCU’s three-point prowess has been the program’s calling card from day one and the 2012-13 version of the Eagles is no different. Through games played on Jan. 6th, FGCU ranked 13th in the nation with an average of 8.1 threes per game. As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in three games this season.

RANK            TEAM               3-PT FG/GAME
1.                 Missouri           10.0
2.                 Creighton         9.5
3.                 UConn             8.9
4.                 Milwaukee        8.8
5.                 UT Martin         8.8
13.               FGCU               8.1

THREE IS THE KEY
• The Green and Blue are 11-4 on the year when they drain six or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 9-4 this season when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.

FINALLY FAMOUS
The Eagles, who own the A-Sun’s single season record for three-pointers (350; 2010-11), set a pair of NCAA records last season (2011-12).

FGCU, with their seven trifectas vs. St. Bonaventure in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (Mar. 18, 2012), set the NCAA record for three-pointers in a season (342) and three-pointers made per game (10.7).

FGCU’s 350 trifectas in 2010-11 weren’t a NCAA record because the Eagles were ineligible to set NCAA records due to the 4-year reclassifying period.