Florida Gulf Coast
(26-2, 18-0 A-Sun)
(8-21, 7-11 A-Sun)
2/25/2012 | MSHA Athletic Center (Johnson City, TN) | Attendance: 2527
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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Sophomore Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 20 points and 12 rebounds as the No. 29 FGCU women’s basketball team defeated Atlantic Sun foe ETSU, 71-64, to secure a perfect A-Sun regular season on Saturday afternoon at the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.
With its 18th straight victory, FGCU improves to 26-2 overall (18-0 A-Sun), while the Lady Bucs fall to 8-21 (7-11 A-Sun) on the season. The Eagles are now 7-2 all-time against ETSU.
The Green and Blue’s 18-0 conference record is the first undefeated A-Sun season since 1995-96 when FIU achieved the feat and only the third occurrence in league history. FGCU’s 18 A-Sun victories also tie the 2009-10 ETSU Lady Bucs squad in the Atlantic Sun record books for the most conference wins in a season.
Since joining the A-Sun in 2007-08, the Eagles have 126 victories, which rank FGCU first all-time in conference history for wins in a 5-year span. The previous record (125) was held by FIU (1994-98).
Hansen, who led the Green and Blue in points and rebounds, shot 5-of-11 from the field and 10-of-11 from the charity stripe.
The Eagles, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (10.9), knocked down 10-of-25 shots from behind the arc and now have 304 triples as a team. FGCU is now 37 triples away from breaking the NCAA record for three-pointers in a season (340), which is currently held by the 2009-10 Morehead St. team.
Ranked No. 3 in the CollegInsider.com Mid-Major poll and receiving votes in both national polls, the Green and Blue forced the Lady Bucs into 16 miscues, which led to 21 FGCU points off turnovers. ETSU’s 64 points mark the 25th time the Eagles, who lead the conference in scoring defense (52.8 ppg), have held an opponent to 65 points or fewer this season.
Senior Kelsey Jacobson (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) tallied 12 points and knocked down 3-of-5 shots from long range. Senior Eglah Griffin (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar HS/Seminole CC) chipped in with 12 points, while redshirt-freshman Amber Rechis (Martin, Tenn./Westview HS) finished with 11 points and a career-high five rebounds in 16 minutes.
The Bucs opened the game with a quick 13-4 lead over the first 5:18 of the first half. The Eagles responded by outscoring ETSU 30-10, highlighted by a trio of triples from Rechis and six points from Hansen, over to final 14:42 to take a 34-23 lead into the locker room at the half.
FGCU knocked down 12-of-27 (44.4 percent) from the field and 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) from behind the arc in the opening period, while forcing ETSU into 11 first half turnovers.
In the second half, FGCU increased their lead to as many as 13 points and went on to hold off the Lady Bucs to up the 71-64 win.
The No. 1 seeded Eagles return to the court on Wednesday, Feb. 29 when they take on the No. 8 seed ETSU Lady Bucs (8-21, 7-11 A-Sun) at Mercer’s University Center in the first round of the 2012 Atlantic Sun Tournament. Tip is set for 12:00 ET and the game can be seen live on ESPN3.com.
FGCU Athletics is now offering ticket packages for the conference tournament at Mercer in Macon, Ga. Fans can get ticket booklets that include admission into every game of the men’s and women’s tournament (14 games) for $75. All tickets are general admission. Tickets can be purchased by calling the FGCU ticket office Monday-Friday, between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 239-590-7145, in person at the Alico Arena ticket office or by ordering online at www.fgcuathletics.com/tickets. Tickets through the FGCU ticket office must be purchased by 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27.