Women's Basketball Receives a Vote in the Top 25
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU women’s basketball team received a vote in this week's Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

The Eagles have never earned a vote in a Division 1 national poll.

"It is an honor to be mentioned in the same release with the best teams in college basketball," said Head Coach Karl Smesko. "Our team has played very well this season and deserves the recognition. We need to keep the momentum going as we wait to hear who our opponent in the WNIT will be."

Regular season champion FGCU recently earned its initial First-Team selections in school history as junior Adrianne McNally and junior Chelsea Lyles earned honors averaging 14.4 points and 13.9, respectively, good for fourth and sixth in the A-Sun.

FGCU’s Kelsey Jacobson earned Freshman of the Year honors, helping the Eagles reload after losing a pair of potent seniors in Chelsea Dermyer and Delia De La Torre. Jacobson led the A-Sun in 3-point percentage (44.4) and 3-pointers made (80).

FGCU’s Karl Smesko claimed a regular season conference crown for the first time in the program’s existence as his squad amassed a 17-3 conference mark earning him Coach of the Year. The 2007 NCAA Division II national runner-up, the Eagles have earned their second WNIT bid in as many years of eligibility.

The Eagles are waiting to see where and when they will be playing in the WNIT. The WNIT field will be announced the evening of the NCAA Tournament selections, on Monday, March 16.

 

AP Top 25
 1. Connecticut (45)  29-0 1125
 2. Stanford 24-4 1043
 3. Oklahoma 25-3 999
 4. Maryland 25-4 971
 5. Baylor 23-4 927
 6. Auburn 27-2 915
 7. Louisville 26-3 887
 8. Duke 24-4 806
 9. California 23-4 743
10. Texas A&M 22-5 731
11. North Carolina 25-5 710
12. Florida State 24-6 603
12. Ohio State 24-5 603
14. Pittsburgh 21-6 434
15. Texas 20-8 408
16. Xavier 25-5 363
17. South Dakota State 27-2 324
18. Arizona State 22-6 307
19. Tennessee 20-9 302
20. Notre Dame 20-7 291
21. Florida 23-6 268
22. Vanderbilt 21-8 217
23. Iowa State 21-7 212
24. Virginia 22-8 194
25. Bowling Green 25-2 74
 
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES
Kansas State 63, LSU 27, Middle Tennessee State 26, Wisconsin-Green Bay 12, DePaul 10, Georgia Tech 9, Marist 7, Michigan State 7, Virginia Commonwealth 2, Florida Gulf Coast 1, Gonzaga 1, Purdue 1, San Diego State 1, Temple 1,