Unbeaten Eagles Host Kennesaw State in Saturday Showdown
Friday, January 14, 2011
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GAMEDAY CENTRAL
FGCU (12-0, 5-0 A-Sun) vs. Kennesaw State (3-10, 0-5 A-Sun)
DATE:
Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011
CITY: Fort Myers, Fla.
SITE: Alico Arena TIP-OFF: 7:05 p.m. ET
LIVE AUDIO: www.FGCUATHLETICS.com
LIVE VIDEO: www.ASun.TV
LIVE STATS: www.FGCUATHLETICS.com
SERIES: FGCU leads, 5-1
LAST MEETING: FGCU 75, KSU 64 - Jan. 30, 2010

OPENING TIP
The Eagles open their two-game A-Sun homestand when they host Kennesaw State at Alico Arena on Jan. 15. The Blue and Green, who are 5-1 all-time vs. the Owls, look to remain undefeated in the 2010-11 campaign.

I GOT NOTHIN’ BUT DUB’S FOR YA BABY
The Blue and Green (12-0 overall) are one of two remaining undefeated teams left in Division I (as of Jan. 14). The other undefeated team is No. 3 Duke.

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

WE’RE GOING STREAKING
FGCU has not lost a home game in Alico Arena since January 8, 2009 against East Tennessee State University. FGCU’s 75-57 win over Lipscomb (Jan. 5) bumped the Eagles home win streak to 30 games. FGCU’s 30-game home winning streak is the third longest streak in the nation behind UConn and Stanford.

 

Team

Streak

1. UConn 

70 

2. Stanford 

54 

3. FGCU 

30

4. Tennessee 

28 

    West Virginia    

28

THREE 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 (333-20), has a higher all-time winning percentage at home (Thompson-Boling Arena).

ALLOW 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 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 27th 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 eight-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 its 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 9.6
3.               Oklahoma 8.9
4.               Bowling Green 8.7
 

THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 10-0 this season when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• The Blue and Green are 12-0 on the year when they drain five or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is also undefeated in 2010-11 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 sixth 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 11 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 nine-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.

FGCU RANKED #3 IN MID-MAJOR POLL; PICK UP 2 1ST PLACE VOTES
After extending their winning streak to 12 games with a 77-70 win over ETSU on Jan. 8, the Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team earned the No. 3 spot in the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday, Jan. 11. The Blue and Green received two of the 31 first place votes, while Green Bay (28) and Bowling Green (1), the only squads ranked higher than the Eagles, accounted for the other 29 first place votes.

NATIONAL RECOGNITION
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.

GETTIN’ LOVE FROM ESPN.COM
ESPN women’s basketball writer Graham Hays placed the Eagles in the No. 7 spot on his Mid-Major top-10 rankings as part of his Jan. 4 blog entry. In his blog, Hays, who is an editor for ESPN.com’s SportsNation and writes for Page 2 and contributes to ESPN.com’s women’s basketball, softball and soccer coverage, says:

7. Florida Gulf Coast (10-0)
A 13-day holiday break between games didn’t seem to leave Florida Gulf Coast showing much rust in a 79-39 win against Belmont on Jan. 3 to open conference play in the Atlantic Sun. The Eagles have one of the more pronounced turnover differentials in the nation (they have 23 more assists than turnovers; their opponents have 126 more turnovers than assists). Along those lines, Tom Brady has nothing on Kelsey Jacobson when it comes to taking care of the ball. In 325 minutes in which the sharpshooter has launched 97 shots and assisted on 24 field goals, she has turned the ball over just six times.

The teams ranked above the Eagles are (in order of ranking): Xavier, Marist, Bowling Green, Green Bay, Gonzaga and Duquesne.

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.

In 387 minutes of action this season, Kelsey Jacobson has launched 117 shots and assisted on 32 field goals, while turning the ball over just eight times.

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