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Eagles Set to Host ETSU in Battle for First Place, Before Clashing With the Camels
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s basketball team looks to maintain first place in the conference as they prepare to host a pair of A-Sun games, beginning with a pivotal matchup against second-place ETSU on Thursday night (5:15 pm), followed by a Saturday night (7:30 pm) tilt with Campbell.
FGCU-ETSU Game Information
Streaming Video: A-Sun.TV – Tom James **A-Sun Game of the Week**
Live Stats: http://www.fgcuathletics.com
Series: Series tied 2-2
Last Meeting: ETSU 88, FGCU 83, 1/16/10 in Johnson City, Tenn.
FGCU-Campbell Game Information
Radio/Streaming Audio: ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton
Live Stats: http://www.fgcuathletics.com
Series: FGCU leads 4-0
Last Meeting: FGCU 64, Campbell 59, 1/14/10 in Buies Creek, N.C.
• Through 19 games, the Eagles are shooting .425 from the field, .368 from three-point land and .720 from the free-throw line…FGCU’s opponents are shooting .395 overall, .327 from long range and .702 from the stripe…the Eagles average 18.1 assists per game to the opponents’ 11.9.
• FGCU had won 22 consecutive conference games dating back to last season, prior to the loss to ETSU on Jan 16.
• FGCU has an all-time record of 44-5 (.898) in games played in the month of February.
• The Eagles matchups with the Lady Bucs and Camels mark the fifth meeting between the respective schools (2-2 vs. ETSU, 4-0 vs. Campbell).
• The Eagles four losses this season have occurred on the road.
About The ETSU Lady Bucs
• The Lady Bucs (13-7 overall, 11-1 A-Sun) are led by two of the top three scorers in the A-Sun. TaRonda Wiles leads the Atlantic Sun with 18.9 points per game. Siarre Evans ranks third in the A-Sun with 17.1 points per game and leads the conference with 10.2 rebounds per game.
• On their recent homestand, the Lady Bucs defeated Campbell 88-65 on Jan. 27, topped Lipscomb 82-59 on Jan. 30, and knocked off Belmont 87-65 on Feb. 1. Evans was the leading scorer against Campbell with 20 points, and Gwen Washington grabbed 10 rebounds. Wiles led the team with 18 points in the win over Lipscomb, and Tarita Gordon scored a team-high 16 points against Belmont. Evans pulled down nine boards against Lipscomb and 10 against Belmont.
Last Meeting: ETSU 88, FGCU 83; 1/16/10 in Johnson City, Tenn.
• The FGCU women’s basketball team lost an Atlantic Sun conference game for the first time in over a year on Jan. 16, falling at East Tennessee State, 88-83. Chelsea Lyles set a new career-high with 25 points and the Eagles made 15 three-pointers as a team, their highest total on the season.
• Brittany Brown scored a season-high 19 points off the bench, shooting 5-of-8 from three-point land.
• FGCU started strong, opening up a 10-point lead 6:29 into the game (16-6). ETSU would quickly erase that lead, scoring 10 straight points in less than three minutes taking a three-point lead (19-16) with 10:39 remaining in the first half.
• A three from Tarita Gordon gave the Lady Bucs a seven-point lead (36-29) with 4:28 left in the half, and ETSU would end up taking a six-point advantage into the halftime break (44-38).
• After ETSU extended the lead to eight points, another 8-0 run for the Eagles tied the game at 72 apiece with 6:47 remaining. Lyles converted three free throws and Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio) drilled a triple during the run.
• The Lady Bucs quickly regained the lead, slowly building up a seven-point lead (84-77) with 2:47 to play. A glimmer of hope would come for FGCU when Lyles hit a three with 1:02 left, trimming the margin to just three points (86-83). Adrianne McNally (Howell, Mich.) missed a layup with 11 seconds remaining, and ETSU would hang on to win, 88-83.
• Tara Davis led the Lady Bucs with 21 points, while Siarre Evans recorded a double-double with 20 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Gordon (18 points) and Wiles (17 points) also reached double-figures in scoring for ETSU.
About The Campbell Camels
• The Camels (12-9 overall, 7-5 A-Sun) do not have any players averaging double figures heading into the Feb. 4 match with Stetson. Tonisha Baker leads a balanced attack with 9.5 points per game, followed closely by Ashley Williams at 8.9 points per game, and Geami Britt at 8.4 points per game.
• Campbell heads into the Feb. 4 game against Stetson having earned a split in their recent homestand. The Camels lost 70-59 to Belmont on Jan. 30 and defeated Lipscomb 60-58 on Feb. 1.
Last Meeting: FGCU 64, Campbell 59; 1/14/10 in Buies Creek, N.C.
• Senior forward Adrianne McNally scored 22 points as the Florida Gulf Coast University women’s basketball team extended its Atlantic Sun Conference winning streak to 22 games with a 64-59 victory over Campbell University at the Pope Convocation Center on Jan. 14.
• The Eagles forced the Camels into 28 turnovers as they upped their record to 4-0 all-time against Campbell.
• FGCU never trailed in the contest.
• The teams were tied at six with 16:49 remaining in the first half before the Eagles went on a 10-0 run taking a 16-6 advantage, thanks in part to three-pointers by junior guard Shannon Murphy and senior forward Chelsea Lyles.
• Back-to-back buckets by Adrianne McNally (Howell, Mich.) helped the Blue and Green garner a 28-23 advantage headed into the halftime break.
• Campbell cut the FGCU lead to one with 16:51 remaining in the second half (30-29), only to see the Eagles regain a nine-point advantage (45-36) after three-pointers by Eglah Griffin and Kelsey Jacobson.
• The Camels went on a 6-0 run, again chipping away at the FGCU lead (45-42) with 9:58 to play. The Blue and Green held a 51-48 lead with 7:23 remaining before going on an 11-0 run including a pair of treys by Murphy to take a 62-48 lead with 3:47 on the clock.
• Despite only hitting 2-of-7 free throw attempts in the final 1:21 of the game, FGCU held on to defeat Campbell by a final score of 64-59. • Murphy scored 12 points for the Eagles while Griffin chipped in with 10. Lyles finished with eight points and a team-high six assists, while Brittany Brown had seven points and five steals off the bench. Sophomore guard Courtney Chihil grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
• Courtney Cannon led the Camels with a career high 19 points.
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 14-2 this season when they shoot 24 or more three-pointers in a game.
• FGCU is 12-3 when they knock down 9 or more shots from behind the arc this season.
• The Blue and Green hold a 15-2 record this season when they knock down more 3-point shots than their opponent.
• FGCU is holding their opponents to .327 (97-of-297) from behind the arc, while FGCU has drained 221-of-600 (.368) 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 20-game home winning streak.
FGCU’s 20-game home winning streak is tied for the 6th longest streak in the nation:
1 Connecticut 54
2 Stanford 40
3 Lehigh 29
4 Ohio St. 24
5 Oklahoma 21
Green Bay 21
7 FGCU 20
**rankings as of Feb. 1, 2010**
The Eagles have attempted 338 three-pointers (30.7 per game) since the calendar changed to 2010. By comparison, FGCU’s opponents have attempted a total of 128 (14.4 per game) threes in those 11 games.
FGCU at Alico Arena
FGCU has a 115-9 (.927) all-time record at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 37-3 (.925) home record.
Away From Home
FGCU has a 67-21 (.761) all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 23-14 (.621 road record.
FGCU in February
• FGCU has an all-time record of 43-5 (.896) in games played in the month of February.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 15-1 (.938) record in the month of February, 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 42-7 (.857) 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.
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. 618 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY (218o-390d) - 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
1. 404 - Robyn Swain - 2002-04
2. 396 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
3. 215 - Katie Schrader - 2005-07
4. 214 - Ebonie Halliburton - 2003-06
5. 196 - Andrea Clarke - 2003-05
1. 236 - Robyn Swain - 2002-04
2. 222 - 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(t). 301 - Chelsea Dermyer - 2005-08
2(t). 301 - 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. 123 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
4. 122 - Alex Nelson - 2005-07
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 leading the nation in 3-pointers made per contest:
NCAA D-1 TEAM - 3-Pointers Made Per Game (Through games 1/24/10)
1. FGCU 10.7
2. Morehead St. 10.1
3. Charleston So. 9.0
4. Oral Roberts 8.9
5. Middle Tenn. 8.9
6. Oregon. 8.7
*Single season record is held by the 2008 Villanova Wildcats (9.9 per game)
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.
It’s An Honor
Shannon Murphy led FGCU to conference wins over Kennesaw State and Mercer last week, and for her performances, she claimed the first Player of the Week award of her career, the conference office announced on Monday, Jan. 25.
In FGCU's, 79-52, win against Kennesaw State on Thursday, Murphy, a native of Brighton, Mich., chipped in with 17 points, a game-high nine assists, and three steals. In the Eagles, 84-77, win versus the Mercer Bears on Saturday, the management major scored a career-high 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and 7-of 11 from three-point range. Murphy’s seven triples rank her third all-time in FGCU history for three-pointers in a single game. She also added a game-high eight assists in the win over Mercer.
For the week, Murphy averaged 22.5 points, 8.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds, while shooting 69.6-percent from the field and 57.1-percent from 3-pt range.
Grabbin’ Boards and a Spot in the Record Books
Chelsea Lyles’ career-high 18 rebounds at Mercer (2/1/10) were the second-most in a single game in school history. Robyn 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 (5.9 rpg) and second in steals (1.4 spg).
• Chihil had a season-high six steals against USC-Upstate (12/19/09) and ETSU (1/16/10).
• The Eagles are 7-1 when Chihil leads the team in rebounds.
Career High Performances
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.
Lyles also set a new career-high with 18 rebounds at Mercer on Feb. 1. Lyles 18 boards are the second-most in a single game in school history.
In the Eagles 84-77, win versus the Mercer Bears on Saturday, Jan. 23 Shannon Murphy scored a career-high 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and 7-of 11 from three-point range. Murphy’s seven triples rank her third all-time in FGCU history for three-pointers in a single game.