Eagles Set to Host a Pair of A-Sun Games
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU women’s basketball team looks to get back on the winning track as they host a pair of A-Sun games, beginning with a matchup against Kennesaw State on Thursday night (7:05 pm), followed by a Saturday evening (7:05 pm) tilt with Mercer.

FGCU-Kennesaw State Game Information
Radio/Streaming Audio: ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton
Streaming Video: A-Sun.TV
Live Stats: http://www.fgcuathletics.com
Series: FGCU leads 3-1 Last Meeting: FGCU 88, KSU 79, 2/12/09 at Alico Arena

FGCU-Mercer Game Information
A-Sun.TV play-by-play: Tom James
Streaming Audio/Video: A-Sun.TV
Live Stats: http://www.fgcuathletics.com
Series: FGCU leads 4-0 Last Meeting: FGCU 65, Mercer 58, 2/14/09 at Alico Arena

Hot Topics
• Through 16 games, the Eagles are shooting .416 from the field, .371 from three-point land and .696 from the free-throw line…FGCU’s opponents are shooting .392 overall, .314 from long range and .693 from the stripe…the Eagles average 17.4 assists per game to the opponents’ 11.7.
• FGCU had won 22 consecutive conference games dating back to last season, prior to the loss to ETSU on Jan 16.
• The contest with Kennesaw State marks the fourth time FGCU has played on January 21 (3-0 all time, 1-0 in Division I contests).
• The contest with Mercer marks the first time FGCU has played on January 23. • FGCU has an all-time record of 55-7 in games played in the month of January.
• The Eagles matchups with the Owls and Bears mark the fifth meeting between the respective schools (3-1 vs. KSU, 4-0 vs. Mercer).
• The Eagles four losses this season have occurred on the road.

About The Kennesaw State Owls
• The Owls (5-12 overall, 2-6 A-Sun) are led by a pair of players averaging double figures. Sophomore guard Angie Smith leads all scorers with 11.4 points, to go along with 5.1 rebounds per game. Not far behind, senior guard Gia Lockett records 11.3 points and a team high 2.8 steals per contest.
• On their recent road trip, the Owls fell to Mercer, 60-38, on Jan. 16 and to USC Upstate, 73-66, on Jan. 18. Lockett was the leading scorer vs. Mercer with 11 points, while Smith recorded 12 rebounds in the contest. In the outing with USC Upstate, four players scored in double figures with senior center Montinique Nixon and freshman guard Brandi Jones leading the way with 13 points apiece.
• Greteya Kelley led the way for the Owls against FGCU last year, as she averaged 20.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in the two contests.

Last Meeting; 2/12/09 - FGCU 88, KSU 79 at Alico Arena
• Adrianne McNally scored a career-high 32 points and Kelsey Jacobson also reached a career-high with 21 points as the Eagles knocked off the Kennesaw State Owls inside Alico Arena, 88-79.
• The Eagles jumped out in front early, scoring the game’s first seven points
• FGCU would maintain a lead until 12:32 remaining in the half, when a KSU layup gave the Owls a 17-15 lead.
• With 5:25 left in the first half, Kelsey Jacobson hit a three to give the Eagles a 34-28 lead.
• FGCU would keep the lead around six, eventually holding a five-point advantage at the intermission, 45-40.
• The Eagles got off to a quick start in the second half, scoring the first four points of the second frame.
• Kennesaw’s Angie Smith knocked down a jumper with 9:30 left to cut the lead down to 62-61.
• With 5:37 remaining, Jennifer Baker hit a three to put the Owls out in front 69-67
• KSU was able to extend the lead to five, 77-72, when Ashley Johnson hit a three-pointer with 3:54 remaining.
• Kelsey Jacobson knocked down a three, and then Jacobson got fouled and hit both free throws to tie the game at 77-77 with 2:46 remaining.
• The Eagles clamped down defensively, holding Kennesaw State scoreless over the final two minutes.
• Kelsey Jacobson’s three with 46 seconds left proved to be the final dagger, as the Eagles would pull away for the 88-79 victory.

About The Mercer Bears
• The Bears (9-8 overall, 6-2 A-Sun) have two players averaging double figures heading into the Jan. 21 match with Stetson. Senior guard Courtney Ford leads the team in nearly every statistical category with 18.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 4.4 assist, and 3.3 steals per game. The Bears’ only other double digit point scorer is senior guard LaToya Jackson with 13.4 points per outing.
• Mercer heads into the Jan. 21 match with Stetson on a two–game conference winning streak, having beaten USC Upstate (Jan. 14) on the road, 57-53, and defeating Kennesaw State (Jan. 16), 60-38, in front of the Bears’ hometown crowd. Ford led the way in both outings, posting 19 points and six rebounds against USC Upstate and recording a double-double (14 points and 12 rebounds) against Kennesaw State.
• This is the fifth meeting between the two schools. FGCU holds the all-time series record at 4-0. Last season, the Eagles needed overtime to pick up an 85-76 victory on the road and completed the sweep with a 65-58 win in Alico Arena. Ford averaged 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds against the Eagles in the two meetings last season.

Last Meeting; 2/14/09 - FGCU 65, Mercer 58 at Alico Arena
• Adrianne McNally and Kelsey Jacobson each scored 19 points for the Eagles, as they maintained a hold on first place in the Atlantic Sun conference. • Holding a 6-5 lead four minutes into the game, the Mercer Bears went on an 8-0 run to open up a nine point gap.
• The Eagles rallied back, as Shannon Murphy hit a three with 10:02 to play in the half, FGCU pulled even with Bears at 17-17.
• With 6:31 to go in the first half, Adrianne McNally stepped back and connected on a three, putting the Eagles out in front 26-21.
• Mercer closed the half on a 12-6 run to take a slim 33-32 lead into halftime.
• Chelsea Lyles knocked down a jumper 30 seconds into the second half, giving the Eagles a one-point lead.
• Mercer came back quickly with a 7-0 run to take a 40-34 lead. The Bears would maintain a small lead for the next 14 minutes.
• With 3:12 left in regulation, Mercer was assessed a technical foul for having six players on the court. This came at a crucial time, as a Mercer basket was taken off the scoreboard and Jacobson hit one of two from the charity stripe to tie the game at 54-54.
• With 46 seconds remaining in regulation, Jacobson missed a three point shot, but was fouled by a KSU player. Jacobson calmly drained all three free throws, putting the Eagles in front 61-56, all but ending any hopes of a Mercer comeback.
• FGCU would hold on for a 65-58 victory.

Déjà Vu?
The Eagles Dec. 13 game at No. 21/24 Michigan State marked the second time that FGCU faced an opponent ranked in the top-25. The first time the Eagles faced a top-25 program was during the 2008-09 season when FGCU faced the Seminoles of Florida State…who were ranked No. 21/24.

Big Things To Come
The Eagles Dec. 13th matchup with Michigan State was the front-end of a home-and-home series between the Spartans and Eagles, with MSU coming to Alico Arena in 2011-12.

Three Is The Key
• The Eagles are 10-2 this season when they shoot 24 or more three-pointers in a game.
• FGCU is 9-3 when they knock down 9 or more shots from behind the arc this season.
• The Blue and Green hold an 11-2 record this season when they knock down more 3-point shots than their opponent.
• FGCU is holding their opponents to .314 (70-of-223) from behind the arc, while FGCU has drained 168-of-453 (.371) three-pointers this season.
• FGCU took a school-record 46 three-pointers in their 67-47 win at Lipscomb (previous record was 45 attempts vs. UNF on March 1, 2008)

We’re Going Streaking
Florida Gulf Coast University has not lost a home game in Alico Arena since January 8, 2009 against East Tennessee State University. The Eagles are currently riding a 17-game home winning streak.

FGCU’s 17-game home winning streak is the 9th longest streak in the nation:
Team                  Streak
1 Connecticut        53
2 Maryland            48
3 Stanford             38
4 Lehigh                27
5 Ohio St.              23
6 Oklahoma           20
7 Green Bay          19
   UNC                   19
9 FGCU                  17
**rankings as of Jan. 19, 2010**

Three’s please
The Eagles have attempted 191 three-pointers (31.8 per game) since the calendar changed to 2010. By comparison, FGCU’s opponents have attempted a total of 90 (15 per game) threes in those six games.

FGCU at Alico Arena
FGCU has a 112-9 (.926) all-time record at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 34-3 (.919) home record.
Year                  Record
2009-10               7-0
2008-09              15-1
2007-08              12-2
2006-07              23-0
2005-06              17-1
2004-05              11-4
2003-04              12-1
2002-03              15-0
TOTAL               112-9

Away From Home
FGCU has a 65-21 (.756) all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 21-14 (.600) road record.
Year                  Record
2009-10               5-4
2008-09              10-4
2007-08               6-6
2006-07               8-0
2005-06              10-0
2004-05               8-3
2003-04               6-3
2002-03              12-1
TOTAL               65-21

FGCU in January
• FGCU has an all-time record of 55-7 (.887) in games played in the month of January.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 19-5 (.792) record in the month of January, all versus Atlantic Sun conference opponents.

FGCU vs. A-Sun Foes
• Since becoming a member of the Atlantic Sun in the Fall of 2007, FGCU has compiled a 37-7 (.841) record against conference opponents.
• FGCU had won 22 consecutive conference games dating back to last season, prior to the loss to ETSU on Jan 16.
• The Eagles won a conference-record 17 A-Sun games last season.

McNally Tracker
Adrianne McNally, who already is FGCU’s leader in career points, field goals made, field goals attempted, free throws made and attempted, games played, games started, and minutes played, is looking to grab the top spot in several other FGCU all-time records:

1. 640 - Robyn Swain (236o-404d) - 2002-04
2. 594 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY (211o-383d) - 2006-present
3. 409 - Katie Schrader (194o-215d) - 2005-07
4. 318 - Andrea Clarke (122o-196d) - 2003-05
5. 314 - Noreen McCallum (126o-188d) - 2002-04

Defensive rebounds
1. 404 - Robyn Swain - 2002-04
2. 383 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
3. 215 - Katie Schrader - 2005-07
4. 214 - Ebonie Halliburton - 2003-06
5. 196 - Andrea Clarke - 2003-05

Offensive rebounds
1. 236 - Robyn Swain - 2002-04
2. 211 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
3. 194 - Katie Schrader - 2005-07
4. 126 - Noreen McCallum - 2002-04
5. 122 - Andrea Clarke - 2003-05

1. 338 - Megan Jones - 2002-05
2. 301 - Chelsea Dermyer - 2005-08
3. 273 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
4. 234 - Ebonie Halliburton - 2003-06
5. 186 - Candy Myers - 2003-06

1. 141 - Candy Myers - 2003-06
2. 137 - Megan Jones - 2002-05
3. 122 - Alex Nelson - 2005-07
4. 118 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
5. 103 - Katie Schrader - 2005-07

Among the Nation’s Best
FGCU’s three-point prowess has the program’s calling card from day one and the 2009-10 version of the Eagles have been no different. FGCU is among the nation’s best in 3-pointers made per contest:

NCAA D-1 TEAM - 3-Pointers Made Per Game (Through games 1/17/10)
1. FGCU 10.4
2. Morehead St. 10.3
3. Oral Roberts 9.2
4. Charleston So. 9.0
5. Fresno State 8.9
6. Oregon. 8.8
7. Iowa St. 8.4
8. Samford 8.3
*Single season record is held by the 2008 Villanova Wildcats (9.9 per game)

Yo Adrianne
Adrianne McNally’s game-high 21 points against No. 21/24 Michigan State on Sunday, Dec. 13, was the most points by any FGCU player ever versus a ranked opponent.

Grabbin’ Boards and a Spot in the Record Books
Courtney Chihil’s career-high 17 rebounds at Stetson (12/5/09) were the second-most in a single game in school history. Chihil tied Robyn Swain and Andrea Clarke. Swain grabbed 17 boards on four occasions during her time as an Eagles and Clarke pulled down 17 rebounds on Nov. 19, 2004 against Puerto Rico Bayamon.

Swain still holds the FGCU record with 21 rebounds in a game, a record that has stood since 2003.

Countin’ on Courtney
• Sophomore Courtney Chihil ranks first on the team in rebounding (6.3 rpg) and second in steals (1.8 spg).
• Chihil had a season-high six steals against USC-Upstate (12/19/09) and ETSU (1/16/10).
• The Eagles are 6-1 when Chihil leads the team in rebounds.
• In the Eagles last outing at ETSU, Chihil recorded 11 points, seven rebounds, and six assists in 35 minutes.

Lyles’ Career Day
Chelsea Lyles set a new career-high with 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-6 from behind the arc in an 88-83 loss at the hands of East Tennessee State on Jan 16. Lyles’ 25 points are the most scored by an FGCU player in a losing effort, against an A-Sun opponent.

Road Warriors
16 of FGCU’s 30 games this season will be played on the road. The Eagles faced New Mexico (25-11 last season), who reached the Elite 8 of the 2009 Postseason WNIT, and Georgia Tech (22-10 last season), who earned their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 08-09 and were ranked No. 19 in the Preseason AP Poll, as part of the Preseason WNIT to start the 2009-10 season.