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No. 29 Eagles Set to 'Play 4Kay' on Senior Night vs. Stetson
|Florida Gulf Coast||41||38||79|
|Stats at a Glance||STET||FGCU|
|FG Percentage||.361 (22-61)||.387 (24-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.273 (6-22)||.484 (15-31)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (6-8)||.842 (16-19)|
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Eagles, who have won 15 consecutive games and have the eighth best win-loss percentage in the nation, will look to stay undefeated in conference play when they host the Hatters of Stetson in the final home game of the 2011-12 season on Feb. 18 at Alico Arena. Saturday’s contest, which is set for a 7:05 p.m. tip, will be the Senior Night, ‘Play 4Kay’ and ‘Pack the House’ game for the Green and Blue.
FGCU (23-2, 15-0 A-SUN) vs. STETSON (21-6, 12-3 A-SUN)
DATE: Saturday, February 18, 2012
TIME: 7:05 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 7-2
LAST MEETING: FGCU 59, Stetson 55 on Jan. 21 at Edmunds Center
CURRENT STREAK: W 15
LAST 15: 15-0
LAST 20: 19-1
KNOW YOUR OPPONENT: STETSON HATTERS
In their last game, the Hatters closed out their 2011-12 home schedule with a 74-59 win over A-Sun foe Lipscomb (at the Edmunds Center. Junior guard Shanasa Sanders led three Hatters in double figures with 21 points. Stetson only trailed once the whole game, which was at the very outset where the opening tip bounced directly to Lipscomb forward Hannah Phillips under the basket for a layup. Sanders answered with a layup on the first Hatter possession and the first of her five three-pointers on the next trip down the floor for a 5-2 lead that Stetson would not relinquish.
LAST TIME OUT: No. 29 Eagles Defeat Belmont, 54-34, to Extend Winning Streak (Feb. 11)FORT MYERS, Fla. – Fueled by holding its fourth opponent of the season to under 40 points, the No. 29 FGCU women’s basketball team defeated Atlantic Sun foe Belmont, 54-34, on Saturday night in front of 3,352 fans at Alico Arena. The win guaranteed the Eagles at least a share of the A-Sun Regular Season title, which is the third in program history. • With its 15th straight victory, FGCU improved to 23-2 overall (15-0 A-Sun), while the Bruins fell to 9-16 (8-6 A-Sun) on the season. • Sophomore Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) scored a game-high 14 points and added six rebounds in 24 minutes of action, while shooting 5-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe. • The Eagles, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (10.9), knocked down just 2-of-19 shots from behind the arc and now have 273 triples as a team. The Green and Blue’s two made triples are the fewest the team has made since Feb. 2, 2008 at Belmont (1-of-8). • Ranked No. 3 in the CollegInsider.com Mid-Major poll and receiving votes in both national polls, FGCU forced the Bruins into 12 miscues, which led to 14 FGCU points off turnovers. Belmont’s 34 points mark the 16th time the Eagles, who lead the A-Sun in scoring defense (51.8 ppg), have held an opponent to 55 points or fewer this season.
Following their matchup with the Hatters, the Eagles will hit the road for their final two regular season games of the 2011-12 season. FGCU will face USC Upstate on Feb. 23, before taking on ETSU on Feb. 25.
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 61-8 in games played in February.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08 the Eagles hold a 32-5 overall record in the month of February; 31-5 vs. Atlantic Sun conference opponents.
FGCU VS. STETSON AT ALICO ARENA
The Eagles have a 4-0 record at home against Stetson. The Eagles average 68.5 points per game at Alico Arena, while limiting the Hatters to 53.3 points.
The last time the Eagles faced the Hatters at home (Feb. 21, 2011), the Green and Blue defeated Stetson 64-59 and shot 20-of-70 (28.6 percent) from the floor and 9-of-29 (31 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 206 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 six games, FGCU held Mercer, Kennesaw State, UNF, JU, Lipscomb and Belmont to just 55, 51, 61, 60, 54 and 34 points, respectively. The Eagles, who lead the conference in scoring defense (51.8 ppg), have held opponents below 65 points on 22 occasions this season, while also holding this year’s opponents below 55 points or fewer on 16 occasions.
ALL WE DO IS WIN
Since joining the A-Sun in 2007-08, the Eagles have 123 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 51 wins over the last two seasons and need just two 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 149-10 all-time at home. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled a 71-4 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 71-4 record on their home court since moving to Division I, good for a .9467 winning percentage and the highest all-time winning percentage at home. UConn ranks second all-time in winning percentage at home (Gampel Pavillion).
Sitting at 15-0 in A-Sun action, FGCU is one of 12 teams in the nation that are undefeated in conference play. Also, with a 23-2 overall record, the Eagles are one of 27 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 ranks 2nd in the A-Sun with 1.9 blocks per game (48 total blocks). Her 1.9 blocks rank her 52nd in the nation (as of Feb. 12), while her 48 blocks rank her 2nd in FGCU history behind Robyn Swain (121).
LEAVING A MARK ON THE FGCU RECORD BOOKS
Courtney Chihil has scored 935 points, made 111 three-pointers, grabbed 578 rebounds, recorded 192 steals and dished out 300 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. 1214 - Kelsey JACOBSON (117 games) - 2008-Present
5. 953 - Candy Myers (87 games) - 2003-06
6. 935 - Courtney CHIHIL (113 games) - 2008-Present
3-point field goals made
1. 316 - Kelsey JACOBSON (117 games) - 2008-Present
7. 113 - Chelsea LYLES (62 games) - 2008-10
8. 111 - Courtney CHIHIL (113 games) - 2008-Present
1. 658 - Adrianne MCNALLY (240o-418d) - 2006-10
2. 640 - Robyn SWAIN (236o-404d) - 2002-04
3. 578 - Courtney CHIHIL (181o-397d) - 2008-Present
1. 192 - 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. 300 - Courtney CHIHIL - 2008-Present
THE BIG 3
Sarah Hansen, Nicoya Jackson, and Kelsey Jacobson have combined to account for 46.5 percent (34.8 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .433 (279-of-644) from the floor and .337 (111-of-329) from long distance.
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 74.8 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 8.0 points (+23.0). Six different players have led the Blue and Green in scoring this season, led by nine 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 43.5 percent from the field, the Eagles lead the league with a +7.88 turnover margin. Courtney Chihil, who ranks 8th in the A-Sun in assists (2.8), has a 1.82 assist/turnover ratio. Nicoya Jackson has a 2.19 ratio while also ranking 7th in the A-Sun at 2.9 assists per 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. FGCU leads the nation with an average of 10.9 threes per game, nearly two trifectas in front of second place UT Martin (9.9). As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in 14 games this season.
RANK TEAM 3-PT FG/GAME
1. FGCU 10.9
2. UT Martin 9.9
3. Fresno State 9.6
4. Charleston S’thrn 9.4
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 22-2 this season when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.
In the program’s nine-year history (303) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 302 contests, including 190 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 190-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 1,854 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 273 threes this season compared to just 80 from its opponents. Led by Kelsey Jacobson’s 2.7 trifectas per contest, six different players have made 27 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 316 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 (275; 1990-94).
MAKING A LIVING FROM LONG RANGE
It’s no secret that Kelsey Jacobson is FGCU’s top three-point threat. Through 117 career games, Jacobson has knocked down 316 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 86 of her last 91 contests and 108 of 117 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 21st in the nation at 2.7 treys per game, 67 of Jacobson’s 80 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 316 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 (317).
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 fifth 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. 14). Delaware and Green Bay are the two teams ranked higher than FGCU in this week’s poll. FGCU trails Green Bay by 28 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 20 votes to rank No. 29 in this week’s USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll that was released on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The Eagles also received 10 votes to rank t-No. 35 in this week’s AP Top 25 that was released on Monday, Feb. 13.
This marks the eighth time in program history that the Eagles have earned votes in both polls in the same week.
GETTIN’ LOVE FROM ESPN
In the fifth edition (Feb. 13) of the mid-major top 10 written by ESPN’s Graham Hayes, the Eagles picked up the No. 4 spot. The mid-major top 10 returns with the same ground rules. All conferences beyond the BCS six (ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) qualify for consideration.
Here’s what Hayes said about FGCU:
4. Florida Gulf Coast - Since a five-point loss against NC State in Hawaii on Dec. 28, Florida Gulf Coast has won 15 in a row, 12 of those games by double digits. That probably says something about both the Eagles and the Atlantic Sun, but if the past week in women’s college basketball proved anything, it’s that winning isn’t ever a given. Florida Gulf Coast hit just two 3-pointers in Saturday’s win against Belmont, missing 17 shots from the arc, but such shooting woes for the nation’s most prolific 3-point shooting team don’t matter much when you limit the league’s third-place team to 34 points and 31 percent shooting.
RATING PERCENTAGE INDEX (RPI)
In the Collegiate Basketball News Women’s RPI College Basketball Ratings (for games through Feb. 12), the Eagles were ranked No. 75 and were the only A-Sun school ranked in the top 125.