A-Sun Champion FGCU Women's Basketball Ranked No. 26 in ESPN/USA Today Poll
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 | by Mike Hill (@mike_hill84)
Photo Credit: ASunPhotos.com
Photo Credit: ASunPhotos.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU women’s basketball team received 29 votes to rank No. 26 in this week's USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll that was released on Tuesday, March. 6.

This marks 18th time in program history and the ninth straight week that the Eagles have earned votes in the national poll. FGCU, who leads the nation in three-pointers made per game (10.8), earned 17 votes to grab the No. 28 spot in last week’s poll.

In their last outing (Mar. 3), FGCU held Stetson to their lowest point total of the season (39 points) en route to winning their first Atlantic Sun Championship in their first-ever appearance in the A-Sun Tournament with a huge 67-39 win over the second-seeded Hatters at Mercer’s University Center. The win, which was the Green and Blue’s 21th consecutive, helped FGCU become just the second team to post an A-Sun undefeated regular season and win the Championship Title (FIU; 1993).

Redshirt sophomore, A-Sun All-Conference first team choice and A-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) earned Tournament MVP honors after finishing with 16 points, three boards, three assists and three steals. Hansen hit 6-of-11 shots from the field, including a career-high four three-pointers. Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio/Alter HS), Eglah Griffin (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar HS/Seminole CC) and Whitney Knight (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds HS) all joined Hansen on the 2012 A-Sun All-Tournament Team.

Making their first A-Sun postseason appearance in their first year of postseason eligibility, FGCU became only the third team in A-Sun history to win the Atlantic Sun Championship in its first appearance. Lipscomb (2004) and Miami (1991) were the only other schools to win in their first appearance.

FGCU will learn its postseason fate on Monday, March 12. The 2012 NCAA Women's Basketball Selection Show will take place at 7:00 p.m. ET.