Eagles Look to Stay Perfect at USC Upstate
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GAMEDAY CENTRAL
FGCU (12-0, 5-0 A-Sun) at USC Upstate (7-6, 4-1 A-Sun)
DATE:
Monday, Jan. 10, 2011
CITY: Spartanburg, S.C.
SITE: Hodge Center
TIP-OFF: 5 p.m. ET
LIVE AUDIO: www.UPSTATESPARTANS.com
LIVE VIDEO: www.ASun.TV
LIVE STATS: www.UPSTATESPARTANS.com
SERIES: FGCU leads, 4-1
LAST MEETING: Upstate 86, FGCU 78 - Feb. 25, 2010

OPENING TIP
The Eagles wrapup their 2-game A-Sun road trip when they visit Spartanburg, S.C. to face USC Upstate at the newly renovated Hodge Center. The Blue and Green, who are 4-1 all-time vs. the Spartans, will look remain undefeated in the 2010-11 campaign and avenge the 86-78 loss they suffered at Upstate at the end of the 2009-10 season (Feb. 25, 2010).

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
SPARTANS OFF TO BEST A-SUN START
Upstate is not only off to one of the best starts in the league this season, at 4-1 the Spartans are off to their best start ever in A-Sun play. In fact, Upstate had lost every A-Sun opener in the previous three years. Upstate was 0-12 in the conference to start the 2007-08 conference slate, the Spartans’ first season playing on the Division I level. Upstate was 0-2 to start the 2008-09 campaign and stood 0-3 to start things off last year.

70 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
The magic number for Upstate is 70. The Spartans are 7-1 this season when scoring 70 or more points, including a 2-0 mark when scoring 80 or more. Upstate is 0-5 this season when scoring below the 70-point mark.

MCMILLAN APPROACHING 1,000 CAREER POINTS
With 20 more points senior post player Chelsea McMillan will reach 1,000 in her career, reaching the mark in just two and a half years. She started her collegiate career at Santa Fe Community College before transferring to Upstate as a sophomore. When she reaches 1,000 points, she will be the 13th person in the history of the program to achieve the mark.

I GOT NOTHIN’ BUT DUB’S FOR YA BABY
The Blue and Green (12-0 overall) are one of three remaining undefeated teams left in Division I (as of Jan. 8). The other undefeated teams are Duke and West Virginia.

BEST START
The Eagles are off to their best start since joining the Division I ranks in 2007-08. The FGCU women sit at 12-0 with wins over BCS foes Seton Hall, Virginia Tech and Indiana.

Year

 Record

2010-11

 12-0

2009-10

 9-3

2008-09

 9-3

2007-08

 5-7

THREE AMIGOS
Sarah Hansen
, Shannon Murphy and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 51.8-percent (38.2 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .467 (148-of-317) from the floor and .376 (64-of-170) from long distance.

WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
FGCU has a 125-9 (.933) all-time record at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 47-3 (.940) home record.

Team

Streak

1. UConn 

69 

2. Stanford 

53 

3. FGCU 

30

4. Nebraska 

28 

5. West Virginia    

27
    Tennessee 27 

3 AMIGOS
Sarah Hansen, Shannon Murphy and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 53.3 percent (39.5 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .466 (165-of-354) from the floor and .390 (73-of-187) from long distance.

WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
FGCU has a 125-9 (.933) all-time record at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 47-3 (.940) home record.

Year

Record

2010-11 

6-0 

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

125-9

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 47-3 record on their home court since moving to Division I, good for a .940 winning percentage. Only Tennessee, who has a .943 winning percentage (331-20), has a higher all-time winning percentage at home (Thompson-Boling Arena).

ALL ME TO REINTRODUCE MYSELF
Sarah Hansen signed with FGCU on April 27, 2009...but utilized a redshirt during the 2009-10 season. Hansen took all of last season to work on her game and become acclimated and comforable in Coach Smesko’s offense and it’s paying dividends in 2010-11.

Hansen is currently ranks first on the team in field goal pct. (.547), rebounds (6.5 rpg), and scoring (13.4 ppg). The redshirt-freshman’s .547 shooting percentage leads the A-Sun and ranks her 31st in the nation.

8 MINUTES OF PAIN
Over their last seven contests, the Eagles have used runs from the 16-minute mark to the 8-minute mark of the first half to pull away from their opponents. The Blue and Green have outscored the opposition 128-84 over the last seven games during that 8-minute span.

FGCU IN JANUARY
• FGCU has an all-time record of 62-7 (.899) in games played in the month of January.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 26-5 (.839) record in the month of January, all versus Atlantic Sun conference opponents.

NATION’S BEST
FGCU’s three-point prowess has been the program’s calling card from day one and the 2010-11 version of the Eagles is no different. Through their first 12 games, FGCU leads the nation with an average of 11.5 threes per game, a full two trifectas in front of second place Fresno State (9.2). As a team, FGCU has sank double-digit threes in nine games this season, including 69 over its last four contests. Even more impressive, the Eagles have shot over 44 percent from long range in five of those games.

RANK          TEAM   3-PT FG/GAME
1.                    FGCU 11.5
2.               Fresno State 9.2
3.               Oklahoma 8.8
                  Sacramento State 8.8
5.               Samford 8.7

THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 10-0 when shooting 23 or more three-pointers. 
• FGCU is 12-0 when they drain five or more shots from beyond the arc. 
• The Blue and Green are also undefeated when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent. 
• Nine of the 11 players who have seen time this season have at least two threes.

LEADER OF THE PACK
With 40 of her 48 made field goals come from beyond the arc this season, junior Kelsey Jacobson ranks first in the A-Sun at 3.33 treys per game. Jacobson has knocked down 40-of-102 three-pointers this season to also rank seventh in the league at a 39.2 clip. The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in 11 straight games, highlighted by a 6-of-7 night against FIU that tied a career-high for makes.

RAPID FIRE
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 138 threes this season compared to just 55 from its opponents. Led by junior Kelsey Jacobson’s 3.33 trifectas per contest, five different players have made 10 or more shots from long range. Senior Shannon Murphy is fifth in the A-Sun in threes per game (2.08), while Eglah Griffin (1.67) is 13th. FGCU is the only team in the A-Sun with three players in the top 15 in three-pointers made.

MAKING A LIVING FROM LONG RANGE
It’s no secret that junior Kelsey Jacobson is FGCU’s top three-point threat. Through 72 career games, Jacobson has knocked down 193 three-pointers to rank second all-time behind Candy Myers’ (2003-06) 212. Jacobson has made a three in 28 straight games, 45 of her last 46 contests and 67 of 72 for her career. During her career, Jacobson has made 3+ threes 37 times, 5+ threes on 10 occasions and a career-best of six twice.

3’S PLEASE!
In the program’s 9-year history (258) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 257 contests, including 145 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 145-game run, the Blue and Green have knocked down 1,369 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 725 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 91-6 all-time and 46-4 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.

BALANCED ATTACK
With three players averaging double figure points and three more at 7.1 points per game or higher, FGCU leads the A-Sun in scoring at a 74.1 per game clip. The Eagles have scored 73 or more points eight times this season, including five straight, and are the only A-Sun team with a positive scoring margin (+17.8). Five different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by five from freshman Sarah Hansen, four from junior Kelsey Jacobson and three from senior Shannon Murphy.

GET READY, GET SET GO!
During its first-ever 5-0 start in A-Sun play, FGCU has gotten out of the gates quick to take control of the game. Over the first 20 minutes in each of their conference games, the Eagles are out-scoring their opponents 211-131 for a difference of 16.0 points per contest. Fueling that big differential is the fact that FGCU is shooting 48.1 percent (76-158) from the floor, while limiting their opponents to 32.6 percent (47-144) clip with 58 turnovers. Senior Shannon Murphy and redshirt freshman Sarah Hansen have done the most damage individually in the first half, averaging 12.0 points and 10.2 points, respectively, by the break. Two of FGCU’s four A-Sun opponents haven’t reached 20 points at the half.

PROTECTING THE ROCK
Already shooting at an A-Sun-best 43.9 percent from the field, FGCU sports the conference’s lowest turnover per game rate at 14.3. The Eagles have had a positive assist/turnover ratio in eight of their last 10 games resulting in a +7.2 turnover margin also best in the A-Sun. Junior Courtney Chihil leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio at +2.0 thanks to passing out 29 helpers to just 13 giveaways over the last seven games. Senior Shannon Murphy is right behind Chihil in third place with a +1.41 ratio while ranking fifth in the A-Sun at 4.3 assists per game.

MURPHY LEAVING A MARK ON THE FGCU RECORD BOOKS
Shannon Murphy has scored 946 points in her four-year career in the FGCU Blue and Green. With 54 more points the senior will become the third 1,000-point scorer in program history.

Murphy has also dished 338 assists as an Eagle, which is one shy of making her the program’s all-time leading in assists.

Points
1415 Adrianne McNally (128 games) - 2006-10
1062 Katie Schrader (65 games) - 2005-07
953 Candy Myers (87 games) - 2003-06
946 Shannon Murphy (103 games) - 2007-11

Assists
338 Megan Jones - 2002-05
338 Shannon Murphy - 2007-11
335 Adrianne McNally - 2006-10