Eagles Set to Face Jacksonville in Afternoon Matchup
Friday, February 03, 2012 | by Mike Hill (mike_hill84)
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2/4/2012 | Jacksonville, Fla. (Vet. Mem. Arena) | Attendance: 680
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Florida Gulf Coast373370
JU273360
Stats at a GlanceFGCUJU
FG Percentage.450 (27-60) .404 (21-52)
3P FG Percentage.227 (5-22) .333 (6-18)
FT Percentage.846 (11-13) .667 (12-18)
Offensive Rebounds1210
Defensive Rebounds2322
Total Rebounds3532
Turnovers1316
Steals88
Bench Points1420
Statistical LeadersFGCUJU
PointsHANSEN - 23
BELL - 15
ReboundsJACOBSON - 7
KENNEDY - 7
CARGILL - 7
AssistsHANSEN - 5
KENNEDY - 5
WILSON - 5
StealsJACKSON - 2
KENNEDY - 2
BELL - 4
BlocksHANSEN - 3
WILSON - 2
BELL - 2

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Eagles, who have won 12 consecutive games and have the eighth best win-loss percentage in the nation, will look to stay undefeated in conference play when they battle the Dolphins of Jacksonville on Feb. 4 at Veterans Memorial Arena. Tip off is set for 1:00 p.m. ET.

FGCU (20-2, 12-0 A-SUN) at JU (7-16, 5-7 A-SUN)
DATE: Saturday, February 4, 2012
TIME: 1:00 P.M. ET
SITE: Jacksonville, Fla. - Veterans Memorial Arena
LIVE STATS: JUDOLPHINS.com
LIVE VIDEO: ASun.TV
LIVE AUDIO: FGCUATHLETICS.COM
TALENT: Tom james
SERIES: 10th Meeting; FGCU leads 8-1
LAST MEETING: FGCU 74, JU 51 on Jan. 9, 2012 at Alico Arena
CURRENT STREAK: W 12
LAST 5: 5-0
LAST 10: 10-0

KNOW YOUR OPPONENT: JACKSONVILLE DOLPHINS
• JU has an eight-game losing streak to FGCU, the longest against any A-Sun opponent.

• JU is first in the A-Sun in steals (262), while ranking third in three-point field goal percentage defense (.291

• Senior Crystal Bell has had three or more steals in 11 of the last 13 games, including seven vs Lipscomb (1/2) to tie a JU single-season record. She needs three steals to tie for fifth all-time. Bell is 10 shy of the JU single-season record.

• Junior Tracie Sneed needs only 13 more free throws to crack the top five in a single-season.

• JU is 1-11 when an opponent goes to the free-throw line more than the Dolphins.

• JU is 7-4 since Dec. 29 when they have recorded 10 or more steals. They were 0-5 before the holiday break.

FGCU NOTES
LAST TIME OUT: FGCU Wins 12th Consecutive Game; Remains Undefeated in Conference Play (Feb. 2)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Four players scored in double figures as the FGCU women’s basketball team defeated UNF, 72-61, to pick up their 12th consecutive victory • Ranked No. 3 in the CollegInsider.com Mid-Major poll and receiving votes in both national polls, FGCU forced the Ospreys into 23 turnovers and held them to 61 points. UNF’s 61 points mark the 19th time the Eagles, who lead the conference in scoring defense (52.1 ppg), have held an opponent below 65 points this season. • Senior Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio/Alter HS), who was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 4 Women’s Basketball first team Thursday morning, scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe, while also adding four steals and three boards. Redshirt-junior Brittany Kennedy (Spokane, Wash./Lewis and Clark HS/Oregon State) turned in her best all-around performance since she joined the team, finishing with 15 points, nine rebounds, seven steals and four assists in 34 minutes. Senior Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) scored 13 points and knocked down 3-of-8 shots from behind the arc. Redshirt-sophomore Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS), who joined Chihil on the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 4 Women’s Basketball first team, chipped in with 11 points, five boards, three assists and three blocks.

UP NEXT
Following their matchup at JU, the Eagles will return home to host their final three home games of the season. FGCU will take on Lipscomb (Feb. 9) and Belmont (Feb. 11), before facing Stetson on ‘Senior Day’ (Feb. 18).

THAT GAME WAS HUGE SW FLORIDA...HUGEEEEE
The Saturday, Jan. 21 matchup between the Eagles and the Hatters was a very important one.

With the 59-55 win, FGCU snapped Stetson’s 12-game home winning streak by picking up an important, 59-55, win over the Hatters at the Edmunds Center on Saturday afternoon. The win also gave the Eagles a two-game lead over the second place Hatters in the A-Sun standings entering the second half of conference play.

FGCU IN FEBRUARY
• FGCU has an all-time record of 58-8 in games played in February.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 29-5 overall record in the month of February; 28-5 vs. Atlantic Sun conference opponents.

AWAY FROM HOME
FGCU has an 86-28 all-time record as the visiting team. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 42-21 road record.

FGCU VS. JU AT VETERANS MEMORIAL ARENA
The Eagles have a 3-1 record on the road against JU. The Eagles average just 71.8 points per game at Veterans Memorial Arena, while limiting the Dolphins to 57.5 points.

The last time the Eagles faced JU in Veterans Memorial Arena (Dec. 4, 2010), the Green and Blue defeated the Dolphins 98-47 and shot 34-of-56 (60.7 percent) from the floor and 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) from behind the arc.

EIGHT CONSECUTIVE 21-WIN SEASONS?
The Eagles posted their seventh-straight 21-win season in 2010-11, going 28-4. FGCU’s 28 wins were fourth most wins in program history.

The Green and Blue with a win at JU on Saturday (Feb. 2) would secure the eighth 21-win season in program history.

The lone season that the Eagles failed to win 21 games was during the 2003-04 campaign, where the Eagles went 18-8.

Over the last eight seasons, FGCU has accumulated 222 wins and 47 losses.

HANDLING BUSINESS IN ROAD CONFERENCE GAMES
FGCU is 6-0 in A-Sun road contests so far this season, after picking up conference wins at Mercer (98-50; Jan. 2), at Kennesaw State (87-50; Jan. 4), at Belmont (57-50; Jan. 12), at Lipscomb (76-59; Jan. 14), at Stetson (59-55; Jan. 21) and at UNF (72-61; Feb. 2)

The Eagles won the games by an average of 20.6 points and shot 43.3 percent (145-of-335) from the floor and 37.4 percent (61-of-163) from behind the arc, while the opposition is shooting 126-of-307 (41.0 percent) from the field and 27-of-82 (32.9 percent) from three-point range.

SHE’S BAAAAAACK
Nicoya Jackson made her return to the court at UNF (Feb. 2), after missing the previous five games due to a knee injury.

LOCK IT UP
FGCU clinched the program’s first spot in the A-Sun Tournament with a 58-51 win over Kennesaw State on Jan. 28.

DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS
In their two games last week, FGCU held Mercer and Kennesaw State to just 55 and 51 points, respectively. Those two solid defensive performances marked the 15th and 16th time the Eagles, who lead the conference in scoring defense (51.7 ppg), have held an opponent below 60 points this season.

FGCU has held opponents below 65 points this season on 19 occasions.

ALL WE DO IS WIN
Since joining the A-Sun in 2007-08, the Eagles have 120 wins, which is second all-time in conference history for wins in a 5-year span. The A-Sun record of 125 wins in a 5-year span is held by FIU (1994-98).

FGCU also has 48 wins over the last two seasons and need just five more victories to secure the best 2-year win total in conference history. The Eagles’ 52 wins from 2009-11 is tied with FIU’s 1993-95 squad for best all-time.

CAPITAL 1 ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT 4 FIRST TEAM
Courtney Chihil and Sarah Hansen were named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 4 Women’s Basketball first team (Feb. 2), as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Members of CoSIDA conduct nominations and voting for the All-America programs.

The District 4 team is made up of student-athletes from Division I schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and South Carolina. To be nominated, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore, a starter or important reserve and must carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher.

Chihil and Hansen are now eligible to be selected as members of the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second and third team All-America honorees will be selected at the end of February.

THE BIG 2-5-0
With the 92-55 win over Mercer in front of 1,745 fans on Jan. 26 at Alico Arena, head coach Karl Smesko and the Eagles secured the program’s 250th victory.

Smesko is now 313-75 all-time in his career, including 252-48 (.840) at FGCU.

BEATING DEFENDING CONFERENCE CHAMPS
The Eagles have picked up a trio 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 (Dec. 8) and defending A-Sun champ Stetson, 59-55, at the Edmunds Center (Jan. 21).

GET THAT OUTTA HERE
Whitney Knight is currently ranked 2nd in the A-Sun with 1.9 blocks per game (42 total blocks). Her 1.9 blocks rank her 56th in the nation (as of Feb. 2), while her 42 blocks rank her 3rd in FGCU history behind Kate Schrader (44) and Robyn Swain (121).

LEAVING A MARK ON THE FGCU RECORD BOOKS
Courtney Chihil has scored 895 points, made 107 three-pointers, grabbed 567 rebounds, recorded 189 steals and dished out 295 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:

Points
1. 1415 - Adrianne MCNALLY (128 games) - 2006-10
5. 953 - Candy Myers (87 games) - 2003-06
6. 895 - Courtney CHIHIL (109 games) - 2008-Present

3-point field goals made
1.   311 - Kelsey JACOBSON (114 games) - 2008-Present

7. 113 - Chelsea LYLES (62 games) - 2008-10
9.   107 - Courtney CHIHIL (109 games) - 2008-Present

Rebounds
1. 658 - Adrianne MCNALLY (240o-418d) - 2006-10
2. 640 - Robyn SWAIN (236o-404d) - 2002-04
3.   567 - Courtney CHIHIL (180o-387d) - 2008-Present

Steals
1.   189 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present

2.  168 - Shannon MURPHY - 2007-11

Assists
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.   295 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present

FANTASTIC 4
Sarah Hansen, Nicoya Jackson, Eglah Griffin and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 59.7 percent (44.7 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The quartet is also shooting .434 (313-of-722) from the floor and .378 (148-of-392) from long distance.

BALANCED ATTACK
With three players averaging double figure points and three more at 8.3 points per game or higher, FGCU is first the A-Sun in scoring at a 74.9 per game clip. The Eagles have scored 80 or more points seven times this season and are the only A-Sun team with a scoring margin larger than 7.0 points (+22.8). Six different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by seven from Sarah Hansen, five from Kelsey Jacobson, three from Eglah Griffin, two from Nicoya Jackson, Courtney Chihil and Amber Rechis and one from Whitney Knight.

PROTECTING THE ROCK
Shooting an A-Sun-best 43.1 percent from the field, the Eagles lead the league with a +8.18 turnover margin. Courtney Chihil, who ranks 7th in the A-Sun in assists (2.9), has a 1,73 assist/turnover ratio. Nicoya Jackson has a 1.84 ratio while also ranking 8th in the A-Sun at 2.8 assists per game.

1,000 POINT CLUB AND 2ND ALL-TIME IN POINTS
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 1,189 points, ranks 2nd in the FGCU record books behind Adrianne McNally (1,415).

NATION’S BEST
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 11.3 threes per game, nearly two trifectas in front of second place Fresno State (9.9). As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in 13 games this season.

RANK   TEAM           3-PT FG/GAME
1.       FGCU                 11.3
2.       Fresno State        9.9
3.       UT Martin            9.4
4.       Charleston S’thrn 9.1

THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 18-0 this season when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• The Green and Blue are 17-1 on the year when they drain eight or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 20-2 this season when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.

SHARPSHOOTER
Eglah Griffin leads the nation in 3-point percentage, hitting 49.5 (46-of-91) of her triple tries. Griffin has hit a 3-pointer in 19 games this season and has multi-threes in 15 of 22 games in 2011-12.

3’S PLEASE!
In the program’s nine-year history (300) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 299 contests, including 187 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 187-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 1,830 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 874 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 112-8 all-time and 67-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.

RAPID FIRE
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 249 threes this season compared to just 68 from its opponents. Led by Kelsey Jacobson’s 2.8 trifectas per contest, eight different players have made 12 or more shots from long range. The Eagles have four players ranked in the A-Sun’s top-15 in 3-point field goals made per game.

A-SUN ALL-TIME LEADER
Going into FGCU’s three games in Hawaii, Kelsey Jacobson had 275 career three-pointers, tying her for first place in the A-Sun record books with former Stetson Hatter Kristen Follis (1990-94). Jacobson now has 311 career triples and sits alone as the A-Sun’s all-time leader in career three-pointers.

LEADER OF THE PACK
With 62 of her 70 made field goals coming from beyond the arc this season, Kelsey Jacobson ranks 1st in the A-Sun and 13th in the nation at 2.8 treys per game. The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in 14 of 22 games this season.

MAKING A LIVING FROM LONG RANGE
It’s no secret that Kelsey Jacobson is FGCU’s top three-point threat. Through 114 career games, Jacobson has knocked down 311 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 83 of her last 88 contests and 105 of 114 for her career. During her career, Jacobson has made 3+ threes 50 times, 5+ threes on 17 occasions and a career-best of eight twice.

HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE COMPETITION
Kelsey Jacobson has 311 career three-pointers made. She is the nation’s leader (among active players) in career three-pointers, with her closest competition being Jessica Jenkins (306) from St. Bonaventure and Anne Boese (280) from IPFW.

AMONG THE BEST
With at least 6 games remaining in her collegiate career, Kelsey Jacobson is on pace to finish with 330 career three-pointers made, which would rank her top 15 in NCAA Division I history.