WNIT First Round: FGCU vs Miami
Thursday, March 18, 2010

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team will play a road game in the first round of the WNIT for the first time in program history when they travel to Coral Gables to face the Miami Hurricanes Thursday, March 18 at 7 p.m. at the BankUnited Center.

FGCU-Miami Game Information
Streaming Audio: ESPN Radio – 770 AM – Dave Moulton
Live Stats: Hurricanesports.com
Series: First Meeting

About the Miami Hurricanes
• Miami returns to the postseason for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign. Led by Tamara James, that team went 1-1 in the WNIT defeating cross-town foe FIU, 95-83, then falling at Virginia, 83-72.
• This season, the Hurricanes are led by a pair of sophomores - Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams. Johnson earned First Team All-ACC and All-ACC Defensive Team honors, while Williams was named Second Team All-ACC.
• Williams scored 19.8 points per game this season - the 13th best output in the nation. She also led the conference with a school record-breaking 85 three pointers on the season.
• Johnson scores 18.5 points per night and is just 71 points shy of scoring 1,000 for her career. She also leads her team with 4.4 assists and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Quick Hits
• FGCU stands as the first A-Sun school to make consecutive NIT appearances since FIU in 1992 and 1993. The Eagles advanced to the WNIT second round in 2008 and 2009.
• FGCU has posted a 24-6 record and secured their seventh 21-plus win season in the eight-year program history.
• Head coach Karl Smesko and the Eagles own a 7-3 overall mark in non-conference play. FGCU last played an Atlantic Coast opponent on Nov. 16, 2008, falling to Florida State, 81-62.
• Chelsea Lyles, a member of the First-Team All-Atlantic Team, leads the Eagles with 13.1 points per game, 0.8 blocked shots per game and with a 76.5 percent free-throw percentage. Adrianne McNally joined Shannon Murphy with Second-Team All-Atlantic Sun honors. McNally leads the team in field goal percentage, at 49.4 percent. Murphy leads the Eagles in assists and steals per game. In the nation, Murphy ranks 25th with a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio and first among her class.
• In the nation, FGCU stands as the top 3-point shooting team, making 10.3 per game. The Eagles lead the A-Sun in assists per game with 17.5, tie with Lamar for ninth in the country and rank first among the 64 WNIT teams. FGCU has led the A-Sun in the category of assists per game for the past two years. The Eagles boast the sixth-best assist-to-turnover ratio, 1.22, in the nation, and tops WNIT competitors, narrowly besting Wyoming, 1.20.

Hot Topics
• Through 30 games, the Eagles are shooting .419 from the field, .363 from three-point land and .723 from the free-throw line…FGCU’s opponents are shooting .393 overall, .320 from long range and .712 from the stripe…the Eagles average 17.5 assists per game to the opponents’ 11.5.
• 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 16-4 (.800) in games played in the month of March.
• The Eagles six 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.

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 19-3 this season when they shoot 24 or more three-pointers in a game.
• FGCU is 18-3 when they knock down nine or more shots from behind the arc this season.
• The Blue and Green hold a 22-3 record this season when they knock down more 3-point shots than their opponent.
• FGCU is holding their opponents to .320 (131-of-410) from behind the arc, while FGCU has drained 310-of-854 (.363) 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 592 three-pointers (29.6 per game) since the calendar changed to 2010. By comparison, FGCU’s opponents have attempted a total of 241 (12.1 per game) threes in those 20 games.

Home is Where the Heart Is
FGCU has a 119-9 (.930) all-time record at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 41-3 (.932) home record.
Year            Record
2009-10        14-0
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         119-9

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 24-game home winning streak. FGCU’s 24-game home winning streak is the fourth longest streak in the nation:
Team                Streak
1 Connecticut        61
2 Stanford            44
3 Lehigh               33
4 FGCU                 24
5 TCU                   22
**rankings as of Mar. 17, 2010**

Home Cookin’
Alico Arena has become one of the most intimidating places for opposing teams in all of Division I women’s basketball. The Eagles have accumulated a 41-3 record on their home court since moving to Division I, a .932 winning percentage. Only Tennessee, who has a .942 winning percentage (323-20), has a higher all-time winning percentage at home.

Away from Home
FGCU has a 70-23 (.753) all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 26-16 (.619) road record.
Year                Record
2009-10            10-6
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              70-23

FGCU in March
• FGCU has an all-time record of 16-4 (.800) in games played in the month of March.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold an 8-2 (.800) record in the month of March, 1-0 (1.000) against A-Sun opponents. (3/1/08 vs. North Florida, W 70-39)

FGCU vs. A-Sun Foes
• Since becoming a member of the Atlantic Sun in the Fall of 2007, FGCU has compiled a 47-9 (.839) 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, rebounds, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, games played, games started, and minutes played, is looking to grab the top spot in several other FGCU all-time records:

1. 338 - Megan Jones - 2002-05
2. 336 - ADRIANNE MCNALLY - 2006-present
3. 301 - Chelsea Dermyer - 2005-08
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. 135 - 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 3/14/10)
1. FGCU 10.3
Morehead St. 10.3
3. Middle Tenn. 10.0
4. Oral Roberts 9.3
5. Fresno St. 8.8
Sacramento St. 8.8
*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 Morehead St.: 329 FGCU: 310 Previous NCAA record: 326 – Villanova (2007-08) FGCU record: 338* (2006-07) *NCAA Division II

NCAA D-I 3-Pointers Attempted Morehead St.: 949 FGCU: 854 Previous NCAA record: 893 – Fresno State (2008-09) 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.

Postseason Awards
FGCU earned its third First-Team All-A-Sun selection in program history as senior Chelsea Lyles earned honors for the second time in her career after averaging 12.8 points, 2.7 assists, and 5.3 rebounds, good for ninth, 14th, and 17th in the A-Sun. Lyles, FGCU’s leader in blocks (21), also ranked in the top-15 in field goal percentage (.415), three-point percentage (.350), and free throw percentage (.767). The senior captain scored in double figures 19 times this season, leading the Eagles in scoring in nine contests.

Senior Adrianne McNally and junior Shannon Murphy earned Second-Team All-Atlantic Sun honors, helping the Eagles secure their seventh 21-plus win season in the eight year program history. McNally, who ranks second in the A-Sun in field goal percentage (.488), averages 12.8 points, 4.8 rebounds (third in conference), and 4.18 assists (fourth in conference). McNally, also sits second in the A-Sun in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.58). Murphy ranks first in the conference and 25th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.02), while also ranking first on the team in assists per game (4.63 apg) and third on the team in scoring (11.3 ppg).

It’s an Honor
Shannon Murphy led FGCU to conference wins over Kennesaw State and Mercer the week of Jan .18, 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 (6.3 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 12-3 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