Eagles Set to Host a Pair of A-Sun Games
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s basketball team looks to maintain first place in the conference as they host a pair of A-Sun games, beginning with a matchup against Lipscomb on Thursday afternoon (5:15 pm), followed by a Saturday night (7:30 pm) clash with Belmont.

FGCU-Lipscomb Game Information
Streaming Video: A-Sun.TV – Tom James
Series: FGCU leads 4-0
Last Meeting: FGCU 67, Lipscomb 47, 1/4/10 at Nashville, Tenn.

FGCU-Belmont Game Information
Radio/Streaming Audio: ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton
Series: FGCU leads 3-1
Last Meeting: FGCU 81, Belmont 48, 1/2/10 at Nashville, Tenn.

Hot Topics
• Through 25 games, the Eagles are shooting .426 from the field, .367 from three-point land and .726 from the free-throw line…FGCU’s opponents are shooting .394 overall, .326 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 48-5 (.906) in games played in the month of February.
• The Eagles’ matchups with the Lady Bisons and Bruins mark the fifth meeting between the respective schools (4-0 vs. Lipscomb, 3-1 vs. Belmont).
• The Eagles five losses this season have occurred on the road.
• With the 63-55 win at Jacksonville last Thursday (Feb. 11), the Eagles and Head Coach Karl Smesko picked up the program’s 200th victory.

About the Lipscomb Lady Bisons
• The Lady Bisons (4-22 overall, 2-14 A-Sun) are led by Jenna Bartsokas 11.8 ppg, which ranks her 11th in the A-Sun in scoring, and Brittany Duerk, who averages 5.6 ppg and 5.7 rbg.
• On their recent one-game road trip to South Carolina, the Lady Bisons lost to USC Upstate 88-58 on Feb. 11. Bartsokas led Lipscomb with 19 points and Morgan Faulkner pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds in the loss.

Last Meeting: FGCU 67, Lipscomb 47, 1/4/10 at Nashville, Tenn.
• Three Eagles scored in double figures for the sixth consecutive game and FGCU took a school-record 46 three-pointers as they extended their winning streak to five games by defeating the Bisons of Lipscomb University 67-47 at Allen Arena.
• FGCU opened the contest with a 7-0 run over the first 4:24 holding the Lady Bisons scoreless for the first five minutes of the game, but coming out of the first media timeout, Lipscomb used a 7-0 run of their own to tie the score at 14-14.
• After trading buckets, the Eagles used a 7-2 run to take control with a 14-9 lead at 10:18 remaining. For the next 6:12 FGCU struggled to find offense, but three three-pointers by Shannon Murphy and a three-pointer from Kelsey Jacobson over the final 4:06 gave the Eagles a 26-21 lead at the half.
• In the first half, Murphy led the Eagles with 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting from behind the arc, as the Eagles shot 26.5-percent (9-of-34) from the field and 6-of-23 (26.1-percent) from long distance.
• FGCU’s offense began to click in the second half as the Eagles shot 7-of-14 (50-percent) from the field and 5-of-11 (45.5-percent) from three-point range over the first 8:13 to take a 12 point lead (46-34).
• The Blue and Green would continue to fire three-pointers and eventually defeat Lipscomb by a final score of 67-47, and earn their fourth conference win of the season.
• Shannon Murphy led all scorers with 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting, including 5-of-10 from behind the arc. Murphy also tallied four assists and grabbed three boards.
• Eglah Griffin (Fort Myers, Fla.) scored 12 points and grabbed five boards.
• Adrianne McNally (Howell, Mich.) registered 10 points, seven boards and three steals.
• Shavonne Bulter (New Orleans, La.) scored a career-high nine points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field off the FGCU bench.
• As a team the Eagles knocked down 13 three-pointers.
• Jenna Bartsokas led the Lady Bisons with 12 points and three steals.
• After shooting 26.5-percent from the field (9-of-34) and 26.1-percent (6-of-23) from behind the arc in the first half, FGCU shot just over 45-percent in the final 20 minutes of the game.
• For the contest, the Eagles shot 35.4 percent (23-of-65) from the floor, hitting 13-of-46 (28.3-percent) three-pointers, while holding Lipscomb to 32.7-percent (16-of-49) from the floor and 21.1-percent (4-of-19) from behind the arc.

About the Belmont Bruins
• The Bruins (12-12 overall, 7-9 A-Sun) are led by a pair of top-10 scorers, Amber Rockwell and Haley Nelson. Rockwell ranks seventh in the conference with 13.2 ppg, followed closely by Nelson’s 12.8 ppg, good for eighth in the A-Sun. Nelson also ranks third in the conference with 10.1 rbg.
• On their recent one-game road trip to South Carolina, the Bruins lost to USC Upstate 90-73 on Feb. 13. Rockwell led Belmont with 21 points while Kristin Bunch pulled down a team-high 12 boards.

Last Meeting: FGCU 81, Belmont 48, 1/2/10 at Nashville, Tenn
• Chelsea Lyles tied her career-high with 22 points as the FGCU women’s basketball team extended their winning streak to four games by defeating the Bruins of Belmont 81-48 at the Curb Event Center.
• Lyles led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-8 from behind the arc.
• Senior Adrianne McNally registered 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting (7-of-10 from the charity stripe). McNally also tallied seven boards and four assists in 32 minutes of action.
• Senior Brittany Brown scored 12 points off the FGCU bench.
• As a team, the Blue and Green knocked down 11 3-pointers.
• Haley Nelson led the Bruins with 14 points and six rebounds.
• The Eagles opened the game on fire as they used a 24-6 run to get a quick jump on Belmont. FGCU shot 53.3-percent (8-of-15) from the field and 50-percent (4-of-8) from behind the arc during the run, which spanned the first 8:41 of the half.
• The Bruins countered with a quick 8-2 run of their own to cut the FGCU lead down to 12 points (26-14) with 6:31 remaining in the half.
• The Eagles responded with a quick 12-0 run, capped by a pair of Shannon Murphy free-throws, to push their lead to 24 points (38-14) with 2:56 left in the opening half, and outscored the Bruins 12-3 over the final 6:24 to take a 38-17 lead into the locker room at halftime.
• The Blue and Green continued their hot shooting in the second half and after a pair of free-throws from Belmont’s Nelson, FGCU found themselves up by 20 points (61-41) with 9:03 remaining in the game.
• The Eagles went on to outscore the Bruins 20-7 over the final nine minutes, which included a 14-3 run over the final 5:15, to take down Belmont 81-48 to pick up their third A-Sun victory of the season. Lyles and Brown each scored seven points during the Blue and Green’s 20-7 run to finish the game.
• After shooting 53.8-percent from the field (14-of-26) and 38.5-percent (5-of-13) from behind the arc in the first half, FGCU shot just over 54-percent in the final 20 minutes of the game.
• For the contest, the Eagles shot 54.0 percent (27-of-50) from the floor, hitting 11-of-26 (42.3-percent) three-pointers, while holding Belmont to only 29.1-percent (16-of-55) from the floor and 11.1-percent (2-of-18) from outside the arc.

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 15-3 this season when they shoot 24 or more three-pointers in a game.
• FGCU is 15-3 when they knock down 9 or more shots from behind the arc this season.
• The Blue and Green hold a 18-2 record this season when they knock down more 3-point shots than their opponent.
• FGCU is holding their opponents to .326 (113-of-347) from behind the arc, while FGCU has drained 262-of-713 (.367) 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)

Three’s Please
The Eagles have attempted 451 three-pointers (30.1 per game) since the calendar changed to 2010. By comparison, FGCU’s opponents have attempted a total of 178 (11.9 per game) threes in those 15 games.

Home is Where the Heart Is
FGCU has a 117-9 (.929) all-time record at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 39-3 (.927) home record.

Year                  Record
2009-10             12-0
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              117-9

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 22-game home winning streak.

FGCU’s 22-game home winning streak is tied for the 5th longest streak in the nation:

Team                        Streak
1 Connecticut             56
2 Stanford                   42
3 Lehigh                      30
4 Ohio St.                    26
5 FGCU                       22
   Green Bay               22
**rankings as of Feb. 16, 2010**

Away from Home
FGCU has a 68-22 (.756) all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 24-15 (.615) road record.

Year                  Record
2009-10              8-5
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              68-22

FGCU in February
• FGCU has an all-time record of 48-5 (.906) in games played in the month of February.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 19-2 (.905) record in the month of February, 18-2 (.900) against A-Sun opponents. FGCU vs. A-Sun Foes
• Since becoming a member of the Atlantic Sun in the Fall of 2007, FGCU has compiled a 45-8 (.849) 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:

Rebounds
1. 640 - Robyn Swain (236o-404d) - 2002-04
2. 633 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY (226o-399d) - 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 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
    404 - Robyn Swain - 2002-04
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. 229 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
3. 194 - Katie Schrader - 2005-07
4. 126 - Noreen McCallum - 2002-04
5. 122 - Andrea Clarke - 2003-05

Assists
1. 338 - Megan Jones - 2002-05
2. 318 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
3. 301 - Chelsea Dermyer - 2005-08
4. 234 - Ebonie Halliburton - 2003-06
5. 186 - Candy Myers - 2003-06

Steals
1. 141 - Candy Myers - 2003-06
2. 137 - Megan Jones - 2002-05
3. 129 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
4. 122 - Alex Nelson - 2005-07
5. 103 - Katie Schrader - 2005-07

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-I TEAM - 3-Pointers Made Per Game (Through games 2/14/10)
1. FGCU 10.5
     Morehead St. 10.5
3. Middle Tenn. 9.5
4. Oral Roberts 8.8
     Charleston So. 8.8
6. Oregon. 8.5
*Single season record is held by the 2007-08 Villanova Wildcats (9.9 per game)

Chasing History
In addition to three-pointers made per game, the Eagles are chasing down a pair of NCAA season all-time records: three-point field goals attempted and made.

NCAA D-I 3-Pointers Made
All-Time record: 326 – Villanova (2007-08)
Morehead St. this season: 283
FGCU this season: 262
FGCU school record: 338* (2006-07)
*NCAA Division II

NCAA D-I 3-Pointers Attempted
All-Time record: 893 – Fresno State (2008-09)
Morehead St. this season: 802
FGCU this season: 713
FGCU school record: 893* (2006-07)
*NCAA Division II

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.

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 (6.2 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 9-2 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.