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Women's Basketball Set to Open A-Sun Play Against ETSU
|Florida Gulf Coast||40||48||88|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||FGCU|
|FG Percentage||.313 (25-80)||.431 (28-65)|
|3P FG Percentage||.313 (5-16)||.432 (16-37)|
|FT Percentage||.455 (5-11)||.667 (16-24)|
HANSEN - 5
WHITFIELD - 1
KNIGHT - 1
FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU women’s basketball looks to extend its four-game winning streak on Saturday, welcoming A-Sun foe ETSU to Alico Arena for a 7:30 p.m. matchup.
FGCU (4-1, 0-0 A-Sun) vs. ETSU (0-7, 0-1 A-Sun)
DATE/TIME: Saturday, December 3, 2011/7:30 P.M. ET
SITE: Fort Myers, Fla. - Alico Arena
LIVE STATS: FGCUATHLETICS.com
LIVE VIDEO: ASun.TV
LIVE AUDIO: FGCUATHLETICS.COM
TALENT: Tom James (Play-by-Play); J. Webb Horton (Commentary)
SERIES: 8th Meeting; FGCU leads 5-2
LAST MEETING: Feb. 4, 2010 - FGCU 92, ETSU 55 at Alico Arena
FGCU has won the last three games in the series and lead the all-time series, 5-2. The last win for the Lady Bucs in the short-lived rivalry was an 88-83 win back on Jan. 16, 2010 in Johnson City.
LADY BUCS’ LAST TIME OUT
The Lady Bucs are coming off a tough loss to the Hatters where ETSU trailed by as many as 15 points and came back to tie the game twice late in the game. However, the Blue and Gold couldn’t get over the hump as Stetson closed out the final two minutes on a 9-3 run to take the A-Sun opener, 68-60 … the loss snapped 12-game winning streak vs. the Hatters for the Lady Bucs, marking Stetson’s first win over the Blue and Gold since Dec. 1, 1995 (second all-time win vs. ETSU).
The Lady Bucs are winless through their first seven games to start the season for the first time in program history, dating back to 1968-69 … the last time the Lady Bucs lost seven consecutive games in a season was in 2001-02, while the program record for most losses is eight, set in 1991-92.
AT A GLANCE
FGCU, fresh off a 106-27 blowout over Webber International where senior Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) scored her 1,000th career point and the Green and Blue tied the NCAA record for three-pointers made in a single game with 21, will look to open A-Sun Conference play with a win Saturday night when they welcome ETSU to Alico Arena. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m. and is the second part of a doubleheader with the men’s program.
Following the ETSU game, the Eagles will head to UCF (Dec. 8), the defending Conference USA champs, for a non-conference matchup at UCF Arena.
FGCU IN DECEMBER
• FGCU has a 48-12 all-time record in games played in November.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 17-4 record in the month of December.
FGCU IN ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE OPENERS
The Eagles are 2-2 in A-Sun openers, with all four of those contests coming on the road. In the 2010-11 conference opener, FGCU defeated UNF 73-51 on Dec. 2, 2010.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
FGCU is 140-10 all-time at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 62-4 home record.
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 62-4 record on their home court since moving to Division I, good for a .9394 winning percentage and the third highest all-time winning percentage at home. Tennessee and UConn rank first and second all-time in winning percentage at home (Thompson-Boling Arena) and (Gampel Pavilion).
THE REAL BIG THREE
Sarah Hansen, Nicoya Jackson and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 51.5 percent (38.8 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .412 (63-of-153) from the floor and .300 (27-of-90) from long distance.
With three players averaging double figure points and four more at 7.4 points per game or higher, FGCU is second the A-Sun in scoring at a 75.4 per game clip. The Eagles have scored 80 or more points three times this season and are the only A-Sun team with a scoring margin larger than 3.0 points (+19.2). Three different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by three from Sarah Hansen, one from Nicoya Jackson and one from Amber Rechis.
PROTECTING THE ROCK
Shooting an A-Sun-best 40.4 percent from the field, the Eagles lead the league with a +7.00 turnover margin. Nicoya Jackson, who ranks 2nd in the A-Sun in assists (4.4), leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio at +2.8. Courtney Chihil is right behind Jackson in second place with a +1.8 ratio while ranking ninth in the A-Sun at 3.2 assists per game.
BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE
The Eagles defeated Webber International 106-27 on Nov. 28, 2011 at home, which was the 9th time in the history of the program and 2nd time since moving to Division I that the team has scored 100+ points in a single game.
Prior to the Webber Int’l game the last time that FGCU broke the century mark was February 5, 2009 at USC Upstate (W, 102-53).
1,000 POINT CLUB
Kelsey Jacobson became the fourth player in program history to score 1,000 career points when she drained a three-pointer with 7:28 left in the first half in the Green and Blue’s 106-27 win over Webber International on Nov. 28, 2011.
Jacobson, who currently has 1,007 points, ranks 4th in the FGCU record books behind Adrianne McNally (1,415), Shannon Murphy (1,185) and Kate Schrader (1,062).
ONE WOMAN WOLFPACK
Playing in just her fifth career game, freshman Whitney Knight came very close to becoming the first player in FGCU history to register a triple-double against Webber International (Nov. 28). Knight’s dominating performance on both ends of the court featured 20 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and six blocks in 26 minutes. Her six blocks were rank her t-3rd all-time in the FGCU record books for blocks in a single game.
FGCU’s three-point prowess has been the program’s calling card from day one and the 2011-12 version of the Eagles is no different. The Eagles lead the nation with an average of 13.0 threes per game, almost two trifectas in front of second place DePaul (11.2). As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in 4 games this season.
THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 5-0 this season when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• The Green and Blue are 4-1 on the year when they drain eight or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 4-1 this season when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.
LEADER OF THE PACK
With 13 of her 15 made field goals coming from beyond the arc this season, Kelsey Jacobson ranks t-3rd in the A-Sun and t-56th in the nation at 2.6 treys per game. Jacobson knocked down 96-of-249 three-pointers in 2010-11 to also rank fourth in the league at a 38.6 clip. The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in 4 of 5 games this season.
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 65 threes this season compared to just 21 from its opponents. Led by Kelsey Jacobson’s 2.6 trifectas per contest, eight different players made seven or more shots from long range. The Eagles have five players ranked in the A-Sun’s top-15 in 3-point field goals made per game.
MAKING A LIVING FROM LONG RANGE
It’s no secret that Kelsey Jacobson is FGCU’s top three-point threat. Through 97 career games, Jacobson has knocked down 262 three-pointers and on Feb. 7, 2011 vs. ETSU, she became FGCU’s all-time leader in three-pointers in just three seasons. Jacobson, who currently holds the Atlantic Sun record for three-pointers in a season (96), has made a three in 53 straight games, 70 of her last 71 contests and 92 of 97 for her career. During her career, Jacobson has made 3+ threes 45 times, 5+ threes on 14 occasions and a career-best of six three times.
In the program’s nine-year history (283) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 282 contests, including 170 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 170-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 1,646 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 829 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 102-8 all-time and 57-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.
HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE COMPETITION
Kelsey Jacobson has 262 career three-pointers made. She is the nation’s leader (among active players) in career three-pointers, with her closest competition being Jessica Jenkins (243) from St. Bonaventure and Anne Boese (243) from IPFW.
The FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down an all-time NCAA record and 2011-12 NCAA single-game high 21 three-pointers on 51 long range attempts in their 106-27 over NAIA foe Webber International on Nov. 28, 2011 at Alico Arena.
The Eagles’ 21 three-point ranks them tied for first place tie all-time with New Mexico State. The Aggies drained 21 triples against Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 23, 2002. The 21 threes are also an A-Sun record, as FGCU made six treys in the first half and 15 in the second.
AMONG THE BEST
With at least 23 games remaining in her collegiate career, Kelsey Jacobson is on pace to finish with 331 career three-pointers made, which would rank her top 15 in NCAA Division I history.