FGCU (14-1, 6-1 A-Sun) @ Campbell (8-10, 7-2 A-Sun)
DATE: Monday, Jan. 24, 2011
CITY: Buies Creek, N.C.
SITE: Pope Convocation Center
TIP-OFF: 7 p.m. ET
LIVE AUDIO: www.GOCAMELS.com
LIVE VIDEO: www.ASun.TV
LIVE STATS: www.GOCAMELS.com
SERIES: FGCU leads, 5-0
The Eagles will play game two of a four-game roadtrip when they head to Buies Creek, N.C. to face the Campbell Camels in A-Sun action at the Pope Convocation Center on Jan. 24. The Blue and Green, who are 5-0 all-time vs. the Camels, look to get back to their winning ways after dropping their last contest at Stetson (1/20).
SCOUTING THE CAMELS
• The Lady Camels (8-10, 7-2 A-Sun) have been on a tear since the New Year, winning seven in a row, all A-Sun victories, including a 93-80 victory over Stetson on Saturday. The streak is the longest in 10 years for Campbell, whose 2000-01 team posted a streak of 12 in a row.
• In Campbell’s win over the Hatters (1/22), the Lady Camels torched Stetson with season-highs in points (93), field goals made (38), field goal percentage (.623, 38-61), free throw percentage (.900, 9-10), assists (26) and fewest turnovers (14). Scoring 93, the Lady Camels registered their most points since Feb. 13, 2003, a 107-90 win over Florida Atlantic in Buies Creek. CU last scored 90 points in a game at Charleston Southern, downing the Buccaneers 90-81 on Nov. 24, 2008.
AWAY FROM HOME
FGCU has a 73-24 (.753) all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 29-17 (.630) road record.
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 87-52 win over Mercer (Jan. 17) bumped the Eagles home win streak to 32 games. FGCU’s 32-game home winning streak is the third longest streak in the nation behind UConn and Stanford.
FGCU IN JANUARY
• FGCU has an all-time record of 64-8 in games played in the month of January.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 28-6 record in the month of January, all versus Atlantic Sun conference opponents.
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 14 games, FGCU leads the nation with an average of 11.6 threes per game, almost a two trifectas in front of second place Fresno State (10.1).
RANK TEAM, 3-PT FG/GAME
1. FGCU, 11.6
2. Fresno State, 10.1
3. Samford, 8.7
4. Bowling Green, 8.6
THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 12-1 this season when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• The Blue and Green are 14-1 on the year when they drain five or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 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 51 of her 60 made field goals coming from beyond the arc this season, junior Kelsey Jacobson ranks first in the A-Sun (4th in the nation) at 3.4 treys per game. Jacobson has knocked down 51-of-137 three-pointers this season to also rank sixth in the league at a 37.2 clip. The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in 14 straight games, highlighted by a 6-of-7 night against FIU that tied a career-high for makes.
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 174 threes this season compared to just 67 from its opponents. Led by junior Kelsey Jacobson’s 3.4 trifectas per contest, seven different players have made 10 or more shots from long range. Junior Eglah Griffin is sixth in the conference in three per game (2.07), while senior Shannon Murphy is seventh. FGCU is the only team in the A-Sun with three players in the top 10 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 75 career games, Jacobson has knocked down 204 three-pointers to rank second all-time behind Candy Myers’ (2003-06) 212. Jacobson has made a three in 31 straight games, 48 of her last 49 contests and 70 of 75 for her career. During her career, Jacobson has made 3+ threes 40 times, 5+ threes on 10 occasions and a career-best of six twice.
In the program’s nine-year history (261 games), FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 260 contests, including 148 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 148-game run, the Blue and Green have knocked down 1,405 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 737 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 92-6 all-time and 47-4 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.
The FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down a 2010-11 NCAA single-game high 20 three-pointers on a NCAA Division I record 55 long range attempts in their 87-52 Atlantic Sun win over Mercer on Jan. 17 at Alico Arena.
The Eagles’ 20 three-point makes fell one short of the NCAA record of 21 set by New Mexico State against Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 23, 2002. The 20 threes were also an A-Sun record, as FGCU made 10 in each half, highlighted by a 10-for-21 clip in the final frame in which it out-scored the Bears 50-26.
FGCU RANKED #2 IN MID-MAJOR POLL; PICK UP 2 1ST PLACE VOTES
After extending their home winning streak to 32 games with an 87-52 win over Mercer on Jan. 17, the Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team earned the No. 2 spot in this week’s CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday, Jan. 18. The Blue and Green held the No. 3 spot for the past seven weeks. FGCU received two of the 31 first place votes, while Green Bay, the only squad ranked higher than the Eagles, accounted for the other 29 first place votes.
The FGCU women’s basketball team received 18 votes in this week’s USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll to rank No. 28 and also picked up one vote in the AP Top 25 Poll that was released on Tuesday, Jan. 18.
This marks the fourth time in program history that the Eagles have earned votes in both polls in the same week. FGCU, who holds the No. 28 spot in this week’s USA Today/ESPN poll, earned 16 votes last week (Jan. 11) to rank No. 30.
The Blue and Green’s one vote in the AP Poll is the seventh time in program history and fourth 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:
6. Florida Gulf Coast (14-0)
Who needs the BCS to finish a season with an unbeaten team that doesn’t win the national championship? It’s getting toward the time when it’s reasonable to ponder a perfect season for the Eagles. They had a scoring margin of 17.3 points per game entering Monday’s game against Mercer, while no other Atlantic Sun team was even in positive territory. Then they went out and beat Mercer by 35 points. Having already beaten East Tennessee State on the road Jan. 8, the biggest hurdle, such as it is, might come in the next two weeks, as Florida Gulf Coast plays four consecutive road games.
The teams ranked above the Eagles are (in order of ranking): Xavier, Marist, Green Bay, Gonzaga and Duquesne.
MURPHY LEAVING A MARK ON THE FGCU RECORD BOOKS
Shannon Murphy has scored 972 points in her four-year career in the FGCU Blue and Green. With 28 more points the senior will become the third 1,000-point scorer in program history.
Murphy has also dished 353 assists as an Eagle, which makes her the program’s all-time leader in assists. (She accomplished the feat on 1/15 vs. Kennesaw State).
1415 Adrianne McNally (128 games) - 2006-10
1062 Katie Schrader (65 games) - 2005-07
972 Shannon Murphy (104 games) - 2007-11
953 Candy Myers (87 games) - 2003-06
353 Shannon Murphy - 2007-11
338 Megan Jones - 2002-05
335 Adrianne McNally - 2006-10