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Eagles Set To Host ACC Foe Virginia Tech on Wednesday
|Florida Gulf Coast||37||32||69|
|Stats at a Glance||VT||FGCU|
|FG Percentage||.353 (18-51)||.377 (23-61)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (1-3)||.362 (17-47)|
|FT Percentage||.444 (4-9)||1.000 (6-6)|
HANSEN - 7
Aerial Wilson - 2
Latorri Hines-Allen - 2
FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU women’s basketball looks to extend its seven-game winning streak on Wednesday when they welcome ACC foe Virginia Tech to ‘The Nest’ at Alico Arena for a 7:05 p.m. matchup.
FGCU (7-1, 2-0 A-Sun) vs. VIRGINIA TECH (3-7, 0-0 ACC)
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, December 21, 2011/7:05 P.M. ET
SITE: Fort Myers, Fla. - Alico Arena
LIVE STATS: FGCUATHLETICS.com
LIVE VIDEO: ASun.TV
LIVE AUDIO: FGCUATHLETICS.COM
TALENT: Gary Sharp (Play-by-Play), J Webb Horton (Analyst)
SERIES: 2nd Meeting; FGCU leads 1-0
LAST MEETING: FGCU 73, VT 65 on Nov. 25, 2010 in Cancun, Mexico
VIRGINIA TECH NOTES
LAST TIME OUT
Tech fell to UCF 41-32 in the team’s last outing. Alyssa Fenyn led the Hokies with 10 points. Latorri Hines-Allen added six points and eight rebounds.
The Hokies are being led this season by a trio of guards. Monet Tellier is averaging 14.4 points per game, Aerial Wilson is adding 10.5 points and handing out 4.1 assists per game, while Alyssa Fenyn is tallying 9.9 points per game and pulling down 6.0 rebounds. Latorri Hines-Allen is grabbing a team-best 6.1 rebounds per game.
VA TECH VS. THE A-SUN
Virginia Tech is 13-9 all-time against teams from the Atlantic Sun Conference.
LAST TIME OUT VS. USC UPSTATE (Dec. 19)
Sophomore Sarah Hansen scored a game-high 23 points as the FGCU women’s basketball team picked up a 77-53 win over USC Upstate in front of 1,236 fans on Monday night at Alico Arena. • The win also gave Smesko win No. 300 of his 13-year career as a head coach. He is now 300-74 all-time, including 239-47 at FGCU. • The Green and Blue, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (12.8), knocked down 11 trifectas on the night. Seven different players made at least one trey for the Eagles, including four players that hit multiple triples. • Hansen poured in a season-high 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field and 2-of-3 from behind the arc. • Seniors Nicoya Jackson and Courtney Chihil chipped in nine points and three assists each. • Freshman Whitney Knight finished with eight points, four rebounds and two steals, while senior Eglah Griffin tallied eight points, four steals and three boards. • Making her FGCU debut, junior Brittany Kennedy scored six points and dished six assists in 26 minutes.
Following the Virginia Tech game, the Eagles will head to Honolulu, Hawaii to participate in the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Invitational (Dec. 28-30). The Green and Blue will play three games in Hawaii (NC State, Hawaii, Alcorn State).
FGCU VS. BCS OPPONENTS
FGCU is 6-10 all-time against BCS foes. Five of the Eagles’ six wins over BCS opponents have come at Alico Arena.
FGCU VS. THE ACC
The Eagles are 1-4 all-time against the ACC (0-1 vs. Georgia Tech and Miami; 0-2 vs. FSU). FGCU’s lone win against an ACC team came last season (Nov. 25; 73-65) against Virginia Tech in Cancun, Mexico.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
FGCU is 142-10 all-time at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 64-4 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 64-4 record on their home court since moving to Division I, good for a .9412 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).
FGCU RECORD BY STARTING LINEUP
• Jackson, Jacobson, Chihil, Hansen, Whitfield (1-1)
• Griffin, Jacobson, Chihil, Hansen, Whitfield (3-0)
• Griffin, Jacobson, Chihil, Hansen, Knight (2-0)
• Kennedy, Jackson, Jacobson, Chihil, Hansen (1-0)
FGCU RANKED #4 IN MID-MAJOR POLL
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team earned the No. 4 spot, for the second consecutive week, in the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday evening (Dec. 20).
The Mid-Major Poll is made up of teams from the following conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Great West, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast Conference.
The Green and Blue are the lone Atlantic Sun Conference team represented in this week’s Top 25.
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. FGCU leads the nation with an average of 12.8 threes per game, three trifectas in front of second place Charleston Southern (9.8). As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in seven games this season.
RANK TEAM 3-PT FG/GAME
1. FGCU 12.8
2. Charleston Sthrn 9.8
3. Fresno State 9.5
4. DePaul 9.3
THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 8-0 this season when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• The Green and Blue are 7-1 on the year when they drain eight or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 7-1 this season when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.
• The Eagles are the only Division I school to average more 3-pointers (12.8) than turnovers (12.3).
LEADER OF THE PACK
With 21 of her 24 made field goals coming from beyond the arc this season, Kelsey Jacobson ranks 2nd in the A-Sun and t-13th in the nation at 2.6 treys per game. The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in 5 of 8 games this season.
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 102 threes this season compared to just 29 from its opponents. Led by Kelsey Jacobson’s 2.6 trifectas per contest, eight different players have 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 100 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 71 of her last 74 contests and 93 of 100 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 (286) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 285 contests, including 173 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 173-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 1,683 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 837 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 105-8 all-time and 60-6 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 (263) from St. Bonaventure and Anne Boese (254) from IPFW.
AMONG THE BEST
With at least 21 games remaining in her collegiate career, Kelsey Jacobson is on pace to finish with 336 career three-pointers made, which would rank her top 15 in NCAA Division I history.
THE REAL BIG THREE
Sarah Hansen, Nicoya Jackson and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 50.5 percent (38.9 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .421 (104-of-247) from the floor and .311 (42-of-135) from long distance.
With three players averaging double figure points and three more at 7.4 points per game or higher, FGCU is first the A-Sun in scoring at a 77.1 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 6.0 points (+23.4). Four different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by five from Sarah Hansen, one from Nicoya Jackson, one from Kelsey Jacobson, and one from Amber Rechis.
PROTECTING THE ROCK
Shooting an A-Sun-best 41.6 percent from the field, the Eagles lead the league with a +8.25 turnover margin. Nicoya Jackson, who ranks 2nd in the A-Sun in assists (4.1), 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 ninth in the A-Sun at 2.9 assists per game.
LEAVING A MARK ON THE FGCU RECORD BOOKS
Courtney Chihil has scored 775 points, made 94 three-pointers, grabbed 514 rebounds, recorded 160 steals and dished out 254 assists in her four-year career in the FGCU Blue and Green.
She is currently at or near the top five in all five of those categories:
1. 1415 - Adrianne MCNALLY (128 games) - 2006-10
5. 953 - Candy Myers (87 games) - 2003-06
6. 839 - Chelsea LYLES (62 games) - 2008-10
7. 775 - Courtney CHIHIL (96 games) - 2008-Present
3-point field goals made
1. 270 - Kelsey JACOBSON (100 games) - 2008-Present
7. 113 - Chelsea LYLES (62 games) - 2008-10
8. 105 - Steffi SORENSEN (35 games) - 2006-07
9. 94 - Courtney CHIHIL (96 games) - 2008-Present
1. 658 - Adrianne MCNALLY (240o-418d) - 2006-10
2. 640 - Robyn SWAIN (236o-404d) - 2002-04
3. 514 - Courtney CHIHIL (165o-349d) - 2008-Present
1. 168 - Shannon MURPHY - 2007-11
2. 160 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present
1. 419 - Shannon MURPHY - 2007-11
2. 338 - Megan JONES - 2002-05
3. 335 - Adrianne MCNALLY - 2006-10
4. 301 - Chelsea DERMYER - 2005-08
5. 254 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present
BEATING DEFENDING CONFERENCE CHAMPS
The Eagles have picked up a pair of wins over defending conference champs so far this season.
The Green and Blue knocked off defending Big 10 champ Michigan State, 59-58, at Alico Arena in the 2011-12 home opener on Nov. 19. FGCU then went on the road and defeated defending Conference USA champ UCF, 75-36, at UCF Arena.
RATING PERCENTAGE INDEX (RPI)
In the Collegiate Basketball News Women’s RPI College Basketball Ratings (for games through Dec. 11), the Eagles were ranked No. 37 and were the only A-Sun school ranked in the top 120.