Women's Basketball Earns Votes in Top 25 Polls
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU women’s basketball team received 16 votes in this week's USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll and also picked up one vote in the AP Top 25 Poll that was released on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

This marks the third time in program history that the Eagles have earned votes in both polls in the same week. It is also the fifth consecutive week that the Eagles have earned at least one vote in the USA Today/ESPN poll. FGCU earned six votes in last week’s poll (Jan. 4).

The Blue and Green’s one vote in the AP Poll is the sixth time in program history and third time this season that they have received votes in the national poll. FGCU received one vote in the 2009-10 AP Preseason Top 25 and also picked up a vote in back-to-back weeks in the AP Top 25 to close out the 2008-09 season.

In their last outing, the Eagles, led by four players in double figures and 12 three-pointers, remained unbeaten with a 77-70 win over reigning three-time A-Sun champion ETSU on Jan. 8. Junior Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) finished with a career-high 21 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the behind the arc and a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe to go with four assists and three rebounds. Senior Shannon Murphy (Brighton, Mich./Brighton HS) scored 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor and 4-of-5 from long distance. Redshirt-freshman Sarah Hansen (Edinboro, Pa./General McLane HS) finished with 14 points and eight boards. Junior Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio/ Alter HS) had another all-around game with 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Junior Eglah Griffin (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar HS/Seminole CC) chipped in with nine points and four boards.

The Blue and Green, who are now 62-7 all-time and 26-5 since moving to Division I in the month of January, knocked down 12-of-24 (50 percent) three-point attempts on the afternoon, to top their nation leading 11.5 three-point field goals made per game average. The Eagles have drained double digit three-pointers 10 times on the season and now have 138 triples as a team, including 69 in the last five contests.

The Eagles (12-0 overall, 5-0 A-Sun) will put their 30-game home winning streak on the line on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 7:05 p.m. when they play host to the Owls of Kennesaw State (3-10 overall, 0-5 A-Sun) in A-Sun action. FGCU is one of three undefeated teams remaining in the nation, joining the likes of No. 3 Duke (15-0) and No. 6 West Virginia (16-0).

ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
1 Baylor
2 Connecticut
3 Duke
4 Stanford
5 Texas A&M
6 Tennessee
7 West Virginia
8 Xavier
9 UCLA
10 Michigan State
11 North Carolina
12 Notre Dame
13 Maryland
14 Oklahoma
15 Florida State
16 Iowa State
17 Georgetown
18 Green Bay
19 Kentucky
20 Iowa
21 DePaul
22 St. John's
23 Arkansas
24 Ohio State
25 Miami (FL)

Others receiving votes: Bowling Green 34, Texas Tech 30, Texas 22, Syracuse 20, Florida Gulf Coast 16, Marist 13, Oklahoma State 13, Boston College 11, Georgia Tech 7, Marquette 7, Michigan 7, Duquesne 3, Kansas 2, Louisville 1, Tulane 1

AP Top 25
1 Baylor
2 Connecticut
3 Duke
4 Stanford
5 Tennessee
6 West Virginia
7 Texas A&M
8 Xavier
9 Michigan State
10 UCLA
11 North Carolina
12 Notre Dame
13 Maryland
14 DePaul
15 Oklahoma
16 Iowa
17 Iowa State
18 Georgetown
19 Kentucky
20 Arkansas
21 Florida State
22 Miami (FL)
23 Green Bay
24 Ohio State
25 Syracuse

Others receiving votes: St. John's 65, Texas 44, Georgia 40, Boston College 35, Duquesne 31, Texas Tech 29, Bowling Green 21, Georgia Tech 19, Marquette 11, USC 11, Kansas 7, Marist 4, Oklahoma State 3, Florida Gulf Coast 1

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