#15 FGCU Women Begin Six-Game Road Trip This Weekend
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University women’s basketball team begins a six-game road trip when it plays its lone game of the week on Sunday in Puerto Rico. The Eagles will face the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey for the third time this season. FGCU won the previous two meetings at Alico Arena back in November.
The Eagles (15-1, 15-1 South Region) jumped to No. 15 in this week’s USA TODAY ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. FGCU was one of five South Region teams represented in the poll. Henderson State (13-1) is eight, Rollins (11-0) is 10th, Delta State (10-2) is 18th and Valdosta State is 22nd. The regional poll is scheduled to be released later this month.
Statistically, FGCU is among the top teams in the country in seven categories. The Eagles are 27th in scoring offense at 75.9 points per game and have the fourth-best scoring margin at 29.3. They are seventh in 3-point field goals made per game at 8.3. Defensively, the Eagles have the second-best scoring defense, allowing just 46.6 points per game, and are sixth in field goal percentage defense at 32.7%. FGCU is 21st in rebounding margin at 8.6. Their winning percentage is eighth in the country.
Junior forward Katie Schrader (Fort Collins, Colo.) averages a team-high 14.7 points and 7. 1 rebounds per game to lead the Eagles. Schrader is 49th in individual field goal percentage (54.1%) and is tied for the fourth-best single-game shooting performance when she hit 10-of-11 against North Alabama.
Three other players are averaging in double figures for FGCU. Junior forward Jen Conely (Warren, Minn.) is second at 10.9 points per game and ranks second among D-II players in 3-point field goal percentage (50.6.%) and 34th in 3-pointers made per game (2.6). She hit a school-record eight three-pointers earlier this year against Cayey, tied for the third-highest individual total in Division II this year. Senior guard Ebonie Halliburton (East St. Louis, Ill.) averages 10.5 points per game and leads the team in assists (56). Senior guard Candy Myers is scoring at a 10.4 points per game clip.
Defensively, freshman Princess Stewart (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) leads the Eagles in steals (33). Junior forward Alex Nelson (Edinburgh, Scotland) is second on the team in steals (30) and her record nine steals against Eckerd on December 29 is tied for the second-highest single-game total in Division II play this year.
After the game in Puerto Rico, the Eagles will continue their road trip with games at Columbia Union College in Maryland and the University of District of Columbia next week.