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Eagles Look to Extend Winning Streak on Saturday
|Florida Gulf Coast||22||32||54|
|Stats at a Glance||BEL||FGCU|
|FG Percentage||.310 (13-42)||.400 (22-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.000 (0-9)||.105 (2-19)|
|FT Percentage||.444 (8-18)||.667 (8-12)|
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Eagles, who have won 14 consecutive games and have the seventh best win-loss percentage in the nation, will look to stay undefeated in conference play when they battle the Bruins of Belmont on Feb. 11 at Alico Arena. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
FGCU (22-2, 14-0 A-SUN) vs. BELMONT (9-15, 8-5 A-SUN)
DATE: Saturday, February 11, 2012
TIME: 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 & J. WEBB HORTON
SERIES: 9th Meeting; FGCU leads 7-1
LAST MEETING: FGCU 57, BELMONT 50 on Jan. 12 at Curb Event Center
CURRENT STREAK: W 14
LAST 15: 14-1
LAST 20: 19-1
KNOW YOUR OPPONENT: BELMONT BRUINS
• Brittney Ezell is standing at the edge of recording her 100th career victory as a head coach. Heading into this week’s contests, she has 99 wins at the helm of now her third program. The Franklin, Tenn., native now has already notched her 20th win as the head coach of the Belmont women’s basketball program.
• The Belmont women’s basketball team is the 41st toughest team to net field goals against amongst all NCAA Division I teams (as of 2/6). The Bruins hold opponents to only 35.5 percent shooting from the floor. Last season, BU was the 38th toughest team to score against, only allowing 36.5 percent of opponent’s attempts.
LAST TIME OUT: Good Knight; No. 29 FGCU defeats Lipscomb to Extend Winning Streak (Feb. 9)
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Freshman Whitney Knight (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds HS) scored a game-high 19 points, as the No. 29 FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down 17 triples en route to a 97-54 win over Atlantic Sun foe Lipscomb on Thursday night in front of 2,098 fans. • With its 14th straight victory, FGCU improves to 22-2 overall (14-0 A-Sun), while the Bison fall to 5-19 (5-9 A-Sun) on the season. The Eagles are now 9-0 all-time against LU and 5-0 at Alico Arena. • Knight, who finished with 19 points, led a 57-11 advantage in bench points for the Eagles. The Winston-Salem, N.C. native also had seven rebounds, four blocks and three assists in 23 minutes of action, while shooting 6-of-13 from the field, 4-of-7 from behind the arc and 3-of-5 from the charity stripe. Knight now has 47 career blocks, which ranks second in the FGCU record books behind Robyn Swain (121). • The Eagles, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (11.3), knocked down 17-of-41 shots from behind the arc and now have 271 triples as a team. The Green and Blue’s 17 made triples are the most the team has made since Dec. 30, 2011 vs. Alcorn State (17). • Ranked No. 3 in the CollegInsider.com Mid-Major poll and receiving votes in both national polls, FGCU forced the Bison into 24 miscues, which led to 31 FGCU points off turnovers.
Following their matchup with Belmont, the Eagles will host their final home game of the 2011-12 season. FGCU will face A-Sun foe Stetson on ‘Senior Day’ (Feb. 18).
FGCU IN FEBRUARY
• FGCU has an all-time record of 60-8 in games played in February.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 31-5 overall record in the month of February; 30-5 vs. Atlantic Sun conference opponents.
FGCU VS. BELMONT AT ALICO ARENA
The Eagles have a 3-0 record at home against Belmont. The Eagles average 74.3 points per game at Alico Arena, while limiting the Bruins to 50 points.
The last time the Eagles faced Belmont at home (Jan. 3, 2011), the Green and Blue defeated the Bruins 79-39 and shot 27-of-63 (42.9 percent) from the floor and 13-of-36 (36.1 percent) from behind the arc.
EIGHT CONSECUTIVE 21-WIN SEASONS
The Eagles secured their eighth-straight 21+ win season with a 70-60 vicotry at JU (Feb. 4). The Green and Blue now have nine 21+ win seasons in program history.
The lone year that the Eagles failed to win 21 games was during the 2003-04 campaign, when FGCU went 18-8.
Over the last eight seasons, the Eagles have accumulated 205 wins and 39 losses.
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.
With the win over Lipscomb (Feb. 9), the Eagles assured themselves of at least top-2 seed in the 2012 A-Sun Tournament, meaning they will play their quarterfinal game on Wednesday, Feb. 29.
DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS
In their last four games, FGCU held Mercer, Kennesaw State, UNF, JU and Lipscomb to just 55, 51, 61, 60 amd 54 points, respectively. The Eagles, who lead the conference in scoring defense (52.5 ppg), have held opponents below 65 points on 21 occasions this season, while also holding this year’s opponents below 55 points or fewer on 15 occasions.
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.
ALL WE DO IS WIN
Since joining the A-Sun in 2007-08, the Eagles have 122 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 50 wins over the last two seasons and need just three 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.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
FGCU is 148-10 all-time at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 68-4 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 70-4 record on their home court since moving to Division I, good for a .9459 winning percentage and the highest all-time winning percentage at home. Tennessee ranks second all-time in winning percentage at home (Thompson-Boling Arena).
Sitting at 14-0 in A-Sun action, FGCU is one of 16 teams in the nation that are undefeated in conference play. Also, with a 22-2 overall record, the Eagles are one of 20 20+ win teams in the nation.
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 2.0 blocks per game (47 total blocks). Her 2.0 blocks rank her 49th in the nation (as of Feb. 9), while her 47 blocks rank her 2nd in FGCU history behind Robyn Swain (121).
LEAVING A MARK ON THE FGCU RECORD BOOKS
Courtney Chihil has scored 926 points, made 110 three-pointers, grabbed 573 rebounds, recorded 191 steals and dished out 299 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
2. 1211 - Kelsey JACOBSON (116 games) - 2008-Present
5. 953 - Candy Myers (87 games) - 2003-06
6. 926 - Courtney CHIHIL (111 games) - 2008-Present
3-point field goals made
1. 315 - Kelsey JACOBSON (116 games) - 2008-Present
7. 113 - Chelsea LYLES (62 games) - 2008-10
8. 110 - Courtney CHIHIL (111 games) - 2008-Present
1. 658 - Adrianne MCNALLY (240o-418d) - 2006-10
2. 640 - Robyn SWAIN (236o-404d) - 2002-04
3. 573 - Courtney CHIHIL (181o-392d) - 2008-Present
1. 191 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present
2. 168 - Shannon MURPHY - 2007-11
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. 299 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present
THE BIG 3
Sarah Hansen, Nicoya Jackson, and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 46.8 percent (35.4 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .435 (270-of-621) from the floor and .344 (110-of-320) from long distance.
With three players averaging double figure points and three more at 8.5 points per game or higher, FGCU is first the A-Sun in scoring at a 75.6 per game clip. The Eagles have scored 80 or more points eight times this season and are the only A-Sun team with a scoring margin larger than 7.0 points (+23.1). Six different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by eight from Sarah Hansen, five from Kelsey Jacobson, three from Eglah Griffin, and two from Nicoya Jackson, Courtney Chihil, Amber Rechis and Whitney Knight.
PROTECTING THE ROCK
Shooting an A-Sun-best 43.6 percent from the field, the Eagles lead the league with a +8.08 turnover margin. Courtney Chihil, who ranks 8th in the A-Sun in assists (2.8), has a 1.79 assist/turnover ratio. Nicoya Jackson has a 2.15 ratio while also ranking 7th in the A-Sun at 2.9 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 1,211 points, ranks 2nd in the FGCU record books behind Adrianne McNally (1,415).
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.
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 UT Martin (9.5). As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in 14 games this season.
RANK TEAM 3-PT FG/GAME
1. FGCU 11.3
2. UT Martin 9.5
3. Fresno State 9.5
4. Charleston S’thrn 9.3
THREE IS THE KEY
• The Eagles are 19-0 this season when shooting 23 or more three-pointers.
• The Green and Blue are 18-1 on the year when they drain eight or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 21-2 this season when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.
In the program’s nine-year history (302) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 301 contests, including 189 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 189-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 1,852 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 886 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 113-8 all-time and 68-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 271 threes this season compared to just 80 from its opponents. Led by Kelsey Jacobson’s 2.8 trifectas per contest, six different players have made 25 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
Kelsey Jacobson now has 315 career triples and sits alone as the A-Sun’s all-time leader in career three-pointers. The previous record holder was former Stetson Hatter Kristen Follis (1990-94).
MAKING A LIVING FROM LONG RANGE
It’s no secret that Kelsey Jacobson is FGCU’s top three-point threat. Through 116 career games, Jacobson has knocked down 315 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 85 of her last 90 contests and 107 of 116 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.
Ranking t-1st in the A-Sun and 17th in the nation at 2.8 treys per game, 66 of Jacobson’s 79 made field goals this season have come from beyond the arc. The Barnesville, Minn. native has made multi-threes in 16 of 24 games this season.
HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE COMPETITION
Kelsey Jacobson has 315 career three-pointers made. She currently ranks second in the nation (among active players) in career three-pointers, just one behind St. Bonaventure senior Jessica Jenkins (316).
AMONG THE BEST
With at least 5 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.
FGCU RANKED #3 IN MID-MAJOR POLL
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team earned the No. 3 spot, for the fourth consecutive week, in this week’s version of the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll that was released on Tuesday evening (Feb. 7). Green Bay and Delaware are the two teams ranked higher than FGCU in this week’s poll. FGCU trails Delaware by 40 points for the No. 2 slot
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.
PICKIN’ UP VOTES IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
The FGCU women’s basketball team received 16 votes to rank No. 29 in this week’s USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll that was released on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The Eagles also received eight votes to rank No. 34 in this week’s AP Top 25 that was released on Monday, Feb. 6.
This marks the seventh time in program history that the Eagles have earned votes in both polls in the same week.