FORT MYERS, Fla. - In the midst of a 10-0 start to the 2010-11 season, head coach Karl Smesko has announced that Brittany Kennedy, formerly of Oregon State University, will join the Florida Gulf Coast women's basketball program for the 2011-12 season.
Kennedy will be required to sit out a full academic year due to NCAA transfer rules, but will be eligible after the first semester of the 2011-12 campaign.
"Brittany's arrival at FGCU is a big addition for our program," said Smesko. “She’s is a fast point guard who makes good decisions.”
Kennedy, a 5-7 guard who played two seasons for the Beavers (2008-10), averaged 3.1 points per game while dishing out 113 career assists, grabbing 126 rebounds and picking up 65 steals. During her 63 game career in the Pac-10, she earned six starts while averaging over 18 minutes per game in both her freshman and sophomore campaigns.
A graduate of Lewis and Clark HS, Kennedy was named to the Greater Spokane League first team as a senior and junior. In her four years at the school, she helped guide the squad to a 106-11 record and three consecutive Class 4A Washington State titles.
Although the Spokane, Wash. native will not be able to travel with the team or suit up for games in 2010-11, she is permitted to participate in practice with the Eagles.
“She has gained valuable experience playing against the elite point guards in the Pac-10 and we believe she will bring a lot of intensity to the practice floor as she learns our system.”
Smesko’s Eagles (10-0 overall, 3-0 A-Sun) will put their 29-game home winning streak on the line on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 5:15 p.m. when they play host to the Bisons of Lipscomb (6-6 overall, 3-0 A-Sun) in A-Sun action. FGCU is one of four undefeated teams remaining in the nation, joining the likes of No. 3 Duke (14-0), No. 6 West Virginia (14-0) and No. 8 UNC (13-0).