@FGCU_WBB Set to Host Winthrop in WNIT 1st Round Showdown
Thursday, March 21, 2013 | by Mike Hill (@Mike_Hill84)
Winthrop (21-11)
FGCU (27-7)
3/21/2013 | Fort Myers, Fla. (Alico Arena) | Attendance: 1607
Stats at a GlanceWUFGCU
FG Percentage.455 (25-55) .295 (18-61)
3P FG Percentage.250 (2-8) .273 (12-44)
FT Percentage.722 (13-18) .429 (3-7)
Offensive Rebounds710
Defensive Rebounds3526
Total Rebounds4236
Bench Points616
Statistical LeadersWUFGCU
PointsMcCLANAHAN - 19
HAAS - 13
ReboundsNUNN - 13
AssistsMcCLANAHAN - 3
BlocksNUNN - 1

FGCU (27-6 OVERALL) vs. WINTHROP (20-11)
Thursday, March 21, 2013
7:05 p.m.
Fort Myers, Fla.
Alico Arena (4,500)
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Current Streak:
L 1
Last 20:
19-1 | Last 25: 23-2
vs. Winthrop:
1st Meeting
vs. the Big South:
9-0 all-time
Last WNIT Appearance for FGCU:
FGCU 69, Florida 74 | Mar. 21, 2011 in Fort Myers, Fla.
Up Next With A Win:
2nd Round of WNIT vs. the winner of Florida/FIU

FGCU Head Coach:
Karl Smesko (Kent State ‘93) *2013 A-Sun Coach of the Year
Career Record:
349-82 (14th Season)
Record at FGCU:
288-55 (11th Season)

Head Coach: Kevin Cook (Urbana ‘83)
Career Record:
47-56 (5th Season)
Record at Winthrop:
20-11 (1st Season)

After being a finalist for the 2011 award, FGCU’s KARL SMESKO was named the recipient of the 2012 Kay Yow Coach of the Year award on April 9, 2012. Smesko is the first FGCU head coach to earn a Division I National Coach of the Year honor.

Smesko, who earned his third A-Sun Coach of the Year honor and was also named 2012 CollegeSportsMadness.com Mid-Major and A-Sun Coach of the Year, led FGCU to one of the most historic season in its Division I history, advancing to the NCAA Tournament and earning a No. 12 seed in the Raleigh Region. The Eagles finished with a 29-3 overall record that included a league-first 18-0 mark in the A-Sun.

The Kay Yow Award was established in 2010 to honor the Division I women’s head coach who embodies not only a winning spirit but who also displays great character both on and off the court.

Yow was a coaching legend who led NC State to 737 wins during her 34 seasons at the school. She was wildly successful in every forum in which she coached, leading gold medal winners at the 1981 World University Games, the 1986 Goodwill Games, 1986 World Championship Games and the 1988 Olympic Games.

Past Recipients
2011 -
Matt Bollant, Green Bay
2010 -
Connie Yori, Nebraska

Riding a 10-game home court winning streak, which is the 14th longest in the nation, the Eagles will look to continue their winning ways at ‘The Nest’ when they host Big South opponent Winthrop in the first round of the 2013 Women’s National Invitational Tournament on Thursday, March 21 at 7:05 p.m.

If the Eagles defeat Winthrop, the Green and Blue will move on to face the winner of Florida/FIU in the second round. The date and time of that contest is TBD.

#5 Sarah Hansen (F)

• 2013 A-Sun Scholar-Athlete and Player of the Year
• 2nd in the A-Sun in points per game (16.5)
• Scored in double figures in 30 of the team’s 33 games
#00 DyTiesha Dunson (G)

• Shooting .839 from the charity stripe
• Averaging 19.3 minutes per contest
• Averaging 3.4 points
#21 Jaime Gluesing (G)

• Shooting .468 from the field and .453 from behind the arc
• 1st in the conference in 3-pt percentage
• Averaged 8.1 points in conference play
#24 Brittany Kennedy (G)

• Led the A-Sun in steals (2.9) during the regular season
• Led the team in assists in 23 of the 32 games she’s played in
• Dished career-high 12 assists at ETSU (Jan. 12)
#30 Joyce Iamstrong (G)

• Scored a career-high 31 points vs. Stetson (Mar. 9; A-Sun Title Gm)
• Shot 9-of-9 from the field & 4-of-4 from behind the arc vs. UNF (Mar. 8)
• Averaging 12.0 points and 4.0 rebounds this season

LAST TIME OUT (March 9): Iamstrong Scores 31 as No. 1 FGCU Falls in Atlantic Sun Title Game
Joyce Iamstrong (Chicago, Ill./Thornton Fractional South HS/Jefferson College) scored a career-high 31 points and earned Tournament MVP honors as the No. 1 seeded FGCU women’s basketball team fell to No. 2 Stetson, 70-64, in the Atlantic Sun Championship game at Hawkins Arena. •  With the loss, FGCU fell to 27-6 overall, while the Hatters improved to 24-8 on the season and punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament. •  The Eagles had won 41 consecutive A-Sun games overall (including the conference tournament). FGCU’s 41 consecutive conference overall victories ranked as the second longest streak in the country behind defending national champion Baylor (46).  •  Iamstrong went 12-for-21 from the field and 6-of-11 to finish with a career-high 31 points. She also added six boards and three steals. 2013 A-Sun Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year Sarah Hansen finished with 13 points, six boards, three steals and a pair of assists in 29 minutes before fouling out of the game.

• Winthrop is making their second WNIT appearance in the past four years. The Eagles’ only other postseason appearance came in a 73-45 WNIT loss at Georgetown (2009).

• Winthrop enters tournament play with a 20-11 overall record. The Eagles were the No. 2 seed going into the Big South Championship after compiling a 14-4 league record, but were knocked out in the quarterfinals by Longwood (Mar. 8), 79-67.

• WU is led by two-time Big South Conference Player of the Year Dequesha McClanahan who led the conference in scoring (19.9) and assists (5.9) for the second straight season. The 5-8 junior point guard is only 43 points away from becoming the all-time leading scorer in program history. The team's lone senior is 5-10 shooting guard Diana Choibekova, an All-Big South Second Team selection who is averaging 14.6 points per game had ranks third in the nation in 3-point field goals made per game (3.36).

• The Eagles have also gotten strong contributions from a pair of rookies this year. Schaquilla Nunn, a 6-3 center, was voted Big South Freshman of the Year after ranking second in the conference in rebounding (10.1) and blocked shots (3.36). Her blocked shot average also ranks her sixth nationally. The second half of the freshman duo is 5-9 guard Aliyah Kilpatrick who averaged 10.5 points per game and led Winthrop in steals (2.4).

SARAH HANSEN buried a triple at the 16:08 mark of the first half in FGCU’s A-Sun Title game vs. Stetson (Mar. 9) and moved past her former teammate Adrianne McNally (1,415) and into first place in the FGCU record books for career points.

Hansen currently has 1,427 career points and became the program’s all-time leading scorer in just three seasons. She became the 6th player in program history to score 1,000 career points when she scored a layup with 12:59 remaining in the first half in FGCU’s 79-49 win over Maine at Alico Arena on Dec. 1.

The redshirt junior currently ranks 26th on the A-Sun career scoring list, behind Belmont’s Amber Rockwell (1,431; 2006-10).

After winning the Atlantic Sun regular season championship for the second straight season, the Eagles earned a few postseason honors from College Sports Madness and the Atlantic Sun Conference office.

SARAH HANSEN earned Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year and College Sports Madness A-Sun Player of the Year honors to go with her second consecutive first team All-Atlantic Sun selection, a CSM All-Mid Major first team and a CSM first team All-Atlantic Sun nod. BRITTANY KENNEDY took A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year, a first team All-Atlantic Sun selection and a CSM second team All-Conference honor.

Hansen and Kennedy were also named to the A-Sun’s Academic All-Conference team. The A-Sun also honored Hansen as the Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row to highlight the league’s Academic All-Conference team.

JAIME GLUESING snagged a spot on the A-Sun All-Freshmen team. Head Coach KARL SMESKO won his fourth A-Sun Coach of the Year award and his second consecutive CSM Mid-Major and A-Sun Coach of the Year awards.

FGCU has earned an automatic bid to the Postseason WNIT in five of the program’s six seasons since moving to Division I. The Eagles are 3-4 all-time in the WNIT, including 3-1 at home. The Eagles have defeated Drexel (73-67; 2011 WNIT 1st Rd), George Washington (97-94 2OT; 08-09: WNIT 1st Rd) and USF (67-65; 07-08: WNIT 1st Rd) in Alico Arena.

The Eagles are 9-0 all-time against opponents that are currently apart of the Big South Conference (7-0 vs. Campbell; 2-0 vs. Longwood).

• FGCU has an all-time record of 25-8 in games played in March.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08, the Eagles hold an 17-6 record in the month of March; 6-1 vs. A-Sun competition.

After a tough 60-53 loss to UCF at Alico Arena, the Green and Blue have won 10 straight home contests, which is the t-14th longest winning streak in Division I (through games on Mar. 19). Defending National Champion Baylor owns the nation’s longest home winning streak (55).

Team        Streak
Baylor             55
Chattanooga    26
Penn St.          20
Princeton         20
Green Bay       19
Duke              18
Hampton        14
Dayton           13
E. Carolina      13
Harvard          13
Quinnipiac       12
Albany (NY)     11
Notre Dame     11
FGCU             10

Utah St.          10

In the program’s 11-year history, the Eagles have compiled a 163-11 record at Alico Arena, including an impressive 55-1 record in Atlantic Sun home games. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled an 85-5 home record. Some notable home wins for FGCU came over LSU (Dec. 2012), Va. Tech (Dec. 2011), Michigan St. (Nov. 2011), Indiana (Dec. 10) and Florida (Nov. 2008).

The five losses, since moving to Division I, have come at the hands of Florida St. (Nov. 2007), Eastern Kentucky (Nov. 2007), ETSU (Jan. 2009), Florida (Mar. 2011) and UCF (Dec. 2012).

137 of FGCU’s 163 wins at Alico Arena have come by at least double digits, while 66 of the Eagles’ 85 Division I home wins have come by at least 10 points.

Year          Record
2012-13     13-1
2011-12     13-0
2010-11     18-1
2009-10     14-0
2008-09     15-1
2007-08     12-2
2006-07     23-0
2005-06     17-1
2004-05     11-4
2003-04     12-1
2002-03     15-0
TOTAL       163-11 (.937)

The Eagles secured their ninth-straight 21+ win season with a 89-38 victory at Lipscomb (Feb. 16). The Green and Blue now have 10 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 nine seasons, the Eagles have accumulated 240 wins and 46 losses. 

FGCU captured the program’s third consecutive A-Sun Regular Season crown (fourth in the last five years) with their 72-55 win at Stetson (Feb. 23). The Eagles’ other three regular-season cha mpionships came in 2011-12, 2010-11 and 2008-09. FGCU finished last season 18-0 in conference play and 17-3 in both the 2010-11 and 2008-09 campaigns.

The Eagles have won 13+ A-Sun games in six straight seasons. FGCU is 100-12 in conference play over the last six years and has won 70 of their last 76 Atlantic Sun regular season games over the past four seasons.

SARAH HANSEN was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America women’s basketball second team (Feb. 21), as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Hansen is the first student-athlete in FGCU history to earn Capital One Academic All-American status. She is also the only basketball player, men’s or women’s, in the A-Sun Conference to earn the distinction this year. Previously in 2012, Hansen was honored as the A-Sun’s Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Women’s Scholar-Athlete Team and earned DI-AAA ADA Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year to highlight the Scholar-Athlete Team.

New Mexico’s Caroline Durbin, Ashley Eide of South Dakota State, Amanda Hyde of IPFW, Akron’s Rachel Tecca and Alli Williams of Saint Francis (Pa.) join the Hansen on the Capital One Academic All-America Division I second team.

The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team dropped two spots into the No. 11 position in the 19th edition of the 2012-13 CollegeInsider.com Women’s Basketball Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday, Mar. 12. The Eagles were ranked No. 11 in the Mar. 5 poll.

Delaware along with Green Bay, Gonzaga, Toledo and Princeton hold the top five spots in the poll.

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 and West Coast Conference.

The Green and Blue are one of two Atlantic Sun Conference teams represented in the poll. Stetson is ranked No. 21.

FGCU is nationally known for their 3-point prowess, but one thing that gets overlooked when people talk about the Eagles is their defense. The Eagles lead the A-Sun conference in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 52.6 points per contest. In conference games, FGCU held the opposition to just 48.4 points per game.

On Dec. 31 at Kennesaw State the Green and Blue held the Owls to 35 points. Kennesaw’s 35 points are the fewest the Eagles have allowed to a Division I opponent since UNF (Jan. 7, 2012) and Belmont (Feb. 11, 2012) managed just 34 points against FGCU.

The Green and Blue have forced opponents into 15+ turnovers 28 times this season, highlighted by JU’s 30 turnovers on Feb. 2 at Swisher Gym.

In their last 10 games, FGCU has held the opposition to just 50.2 points per game. The Eagles, who lead the conference in scoring defense (52.6 ppg), have held opponents below 65 points 29 times this season, while also holding this year’s opposition below 55 points or fewer on 19 occasions.

After averaging just 1.3 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 6.0 minutes of action as a junior transfer in 2011-12, JOYCE IAMSTRONG put in a lot of work on her game over the summer and is arguably the most improved player in the nation.

This season, Iamstrong is averaging 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 28.4 minutes. The Chicago, Ill., native is also shooting .783 from the charity stripe, .455 from the field and .396 from behind the arc, a drastic improvement from her first year in the Green and Blue.

SARAH HANSEN, BRITTANY KENNEDY and JOYCE IAMSTRONG have combined to account for 54.0 percent (38.2 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .476 (440-of-924) from the floor and .328 (110-of-335) from long distance.

JAIME GLUESING’s .453 three-point percentage would rank 5th in the nation if she averaged a minimum 2.0 treys made per game. (she averages 1.5 triples per game).

The freshman, who has scored in double figures in nine games, averaged 8.1 points and is shot .490 from the field and .493 from behind the arc in A-Sun play. She’s hit a trey in 24 games this season and has multi-threes in 15 contests.

Averaging 70.7 points per game (1st in the A-Sun), the Eagles lead the league with a +7.64 turnover margin. BRITTANY KENNEDY, who ranks 2nd in the A-Sun in assists (5.3), is second in the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 2.1. SARAH HANSEN has a 1.03 ratio, while ranking 13th in the league at 2.3 assists per game and JOYCE IAMSTRONG owns a 1.47 ratio and ranks sixth in the league at 2.8 assists per game.

Senior JOYCE IAMSTRONG and redshirt junior SARAH HANSEN give FGCU one of the top scoring tandems in the conference. The duo is averaging a combined 28.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.8 steals per game.

A-Sun Top Scoring Tandems
McGowan/Sanders (Stetson) - 30.0 ppg
Bridges/Grant (Mercer) - 29.7 ppg

Alford/Sneed (JU) - 23.6 ppg
Copney/Starling (Upstate) - 23.3 ppg

• The duo has reached double figures in same game 17 times with FGCU going 15-2.

With an 18-0 record in A-Sun action, FGCU is one of 10 teams in the nation that are undefeated in conference play (Albany, Dayton, Baylor, Notre Dame, Delaware, Green Bay, Marist, Hampton, Quinnipiac; as of Mar. 8). Also, with a 27-6 overall record, the Eagles are one of 14 26+ win teams in the nation (thru games played on Mar. 8).

Out of the 13 Division I schools in the state of Florida, the Eagles (27-5) rank first for the most victories in the state (thru games played on Mar. 8).

School                Record
FGCU                       (27-6)

Stetson              (24-8)
Florida State       (22-9)
Miami                 (21-10)
USF                    (21-10)
FIU                    (18-11)
Florida                (18-14)
UCF                   (16-18)
UNF                    (12-19)
Bethune-Cookman (12-17)
FAU                    (12-17)
Jacksonville        (11-19)
FAMU                 (11-19) 

Against UNF in the A-Sun Semifinals (Mar. 8), JOYCE IAMSTRONG went a perfect 9-for-9 from the field to tie an A-Sun Championship record for field goal percentage. Iamstrong marked the second most attempts for the record only behind Georgia Southern’s Phylette Blake, who went 10-for-10 vs. Florida A&M in 1988. The senior also went a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the arc to tie an A-Sun Championship record for three-point percentage.

Iamstrong followed that performance with a career-high 31 points and earned Tournament MVP honors as the No. 1 FGCU fell to No. 2 Stetson, 70-64, in the Atlantic Sun Championship game. She went 12-for-21 from the field and 6-of-11 from long distance, while also adding six boards and three steals.

Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 307 threes this season compared to just 122 from their opponents. Led by BETSY ADAMS’ 2.0 trifectas per contest, 13 different players have made at least three shots from long range. The Eagles, who lead the conference in three-point field goals made per game (9.3), have three players (Adams, JOYCE IAMSTRONG & JAIME GLUESING) ranked in the A-Sun’s top-15 in the same category.

In the program’s 11-year history (343) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 342 contests, including 230 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 230-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 2,230 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 1,017 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 130-9 all-time and 85-7 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.

The Eagles hit 12 three-pointers in their semifinal matchup with UNF (Mar. 8) to set a new A-Sun Championship record. JOYCE IAMSTRONG and JAIME GLUESING combined for seven from behind the arc.

LERRIN COOK Cook buried the triple that gave FGCU the record (2nd half; 9:54). The Green and Blue previously drained 11 three-pointers in the 2012 semifinals (Kennesaw State) and finals (Stetson), while Jacksonville State made 11 treys in 2000 vs. Jacksonville.

Less than 14 months after tying the all-time NCAA record and setting the 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 FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down 22 triples in a 97-60 win at ETSU on Jan. 12, 2013. Prior to breaking the record, the Eagles were tied for first place all-time with New Mexico State, who drained 21 triples against Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 23, 2002.

The NCAA Division I record 22 three-point makes are also a program and Atlantic Sun Conference best, as FGCU made 10 treys in the first half and 12 in the second. The Green and Blue hit 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) triples in the final frame in which they outscored the Lady Bucs 46-35.

Freshman STEPHANIE HAAS made the shot that tied the record at the 6:44 mark of the second half and classmate AMANDA MOORE drilled a three-pointer with 1:48 left in the game that gave FGCU the all-time mark.

The NBA record is 23, which was set by the Houston Rockets (Feb. 5, 2013) and Orlando Magic (Jan. 13, 2009). The men’s Division I record is 28 - in 74 attempts - set by Troy on Dec. 10, 1994.

• The Green and Blue are 26-5 on the year when they drain six or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 25-5 this season when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.

FGCU’s three-point prowess has been the program’s calling card from day one and the 2012-13 version of the Eagles is no different. Through games played on Mar. 17th, FGCU ranked first in the nation with an average of 9.3 threes per game. As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in 14 games this season.

RANK            TEAM               3-PT FG/GAME
1.                 FGCU               9.303

2.                 Creighton         9.258
3.                 UT Martin         9.0
4.                 Milwaukee        8.8
5.                 Kansas State    8.7