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Eagles Look to Extend Winning Streak on the Road at UCF
|Florida Gulf Coast||24||51||75|
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||UCF|
|FG Percentage||.429 (30-70)||.298 (14-47)|
|3P FG Percentage||.313 (10-32)||.000 (0-9)|
|FT Percentage||.625 (5-8)||.471 (8-17)|
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU women’s basketball looks to extend its five-game winning streak on Thursday when they face Conference USA foe UCF at UCF Arena for a 7 p.m. matchup.
FGCU (5-1, 1-0 A-Sun) @ UCF (3-4, 0-0 Conference USA)
DATE/TIME: Thursday, December 8, 2011/7 P.M. ET
SITE: Orlando, Fla. - UCF Arena
LIVE STATS: UCFATHLETICS.com
SERIES: 3rd Meeting; FGCU leads 2-0
LAST MEETING: Dec. 7, 2008 - FGCU 77, UCF 64 at Alico Arena
FGCU has won both games in the series. In the only meeting at UCF Arena between the two schools (Dec. 9, 2007), FGCU defeated the Knights 81-75.
UCF’S LAST TIME OUT
The Knights are coming off a 61-46 loss to FIU where the Panthers led UCF for the final 36:32 of the contest ... Kayli Keough and Erika Jones led the Knights with 13 points and 12 points, respectively … prior to the loss to FIU (Dec. 2), UCF had not lost a game at home to an intrastate opponent since Dec. 16, 2009, against Florida State.
AT A GLANCE
The Eagles, fresh off an 88-60 blowout over A-Sun foe ETSU where senior Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) drained eight three-pointers to tie the FGCU all-time single game record, will look to extend their 5-game winning streak with a win Thursday night at UCF. Tip is set for 7 p.m.
Following the UCF game, the Eagles return home to Alico Arena for the final two home games of 2011. FGCU will host USC Upstate (Dec. 19) before hosting Virginia Tech (Dec. 21) in non-conference action.
FGCU IN DECEMBER
• FGCU has a 49-12 all-time record in games played in December.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold an 18-4 record in the month of December.
AWAY FROM HOME
FGCU has a 78-28 all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 34-21 road record.
FGCU VS. CONFERNECE USA
The Eagles are 4-0 all-time against Conference USA. FGCU is 2-0 vs. UCF, and 1-0 vs. both Tulsa and UTEP.
JACOBSON EARNS COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
After leading the Eagles to a huge 88-60 win over A-Sun foe ETSU last week, senior Kelsey Jacobson earned College Sports Madness’ Atlantic Sun Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the website announced on Monday (Dec. 5).
Jacobson drained eight three-pointers, tying the FGCU all-time single game record, to lead the Eagles (5-1, 1-0 A-Sun) to the blowout win over ETSU in the 2011-12 Atlantic Sun opener on Saturday night at Alico Arena. The Barnesville, Minn. native, finished with a game-high 24 points, three assists and three rebounds in 32 minutes. She shot 8-of-12 from long range, to place her tied for first place in the FGCU record books for three-pointers made in a single game with former Eagles Candy Myers and Jen Conely.
THE REAL BIG THREE
Sarah Hansen, Nicoya Jackson and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 52 percent (40.3 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .427 (79-of-185) from the floor and .336 (37-of-110) from long distance.
With three players averaging double figure points and four more at 7.6 points per game or higher, FGCU is second the A-Sun in scoring at a 77.5 per game clip. The Eagles have scored 80 or more points four times this season and are the only A-Sun team with a scoring margin larger than 3.0 points (+20.7). Four different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by three from Sarah Hansen, one from Nicoya Jackson, one from Kelsey Jacobson, and one from Amber Rechis.
PROTECTING THE ROCK
Shooting an A-Sun-best 40.9 percent from the field, the Eagles lead the league with a +6.17 turnover margin. Nicoya Jackson, who ranks 3rd in the A-Sun in assists (4.0), leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 2.2. Courtney Chihil is right behind Jackson in second place with a 1.8 ratio while ranking seventh in the A-Sun at 3.3 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).
8 IS ENOUGH
Kelsey Jacobson drained eight three-pointers, tying the FGCU all-time single game record, to lead the Eagles to the blowout win over ETSU, in the 2011-12 Atlantic Sun opener (Dec. 3) at Alico Arena.
The Barnesville, Minn. native, shot 8-of-12 from long range, to place her tied for first place in the FGCU record books for three-pointers made in a single game with former Eagles Candy Myers and Jen Conely.
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, three trifectas in front of second place Fresno State (10.4). As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in five games this season.
THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 6-0 this season when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• The Green and Blue are 5-1 on the year when they drain eight or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 5-1 this season when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.
LEADER OF THE PACK
With 21 of her 23 made field goals coming from beyond the arc this season, Kelsey Jacobson ranks 1st in the A-Sun and 5th in the nation at 3.5 treys per game. The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in 5 of 6 games this season.
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 81 threes this season compared to just 26 from its opponents. Led by Kelsey Jacobson’s 3.5 trifectas per contest, six different players have made eight 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 98 career games, Jacobson has knocked down 270 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 54 straight games, 71 of her last 72 contests and 93 of 98 for her career. During her career, Jacobson has made 3+ threes 45 times, 5+ threes on 15 occasions and a career-best of eight one time.
In the program’s nine-year history (284) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 283 contests, including 171 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 171-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 1,662 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 834 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 103-8 all-time and 58-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.
HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE COMPETITION
Kelsey Jacobson has 270 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 22 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.
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 1,031 points, ranks 4th in the FGCU record books behind Adrianne McNally (1,415), Shannon Murphy (1,185) and Kate Schrader (1,062).
WHIT IS LEGIT
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.