MACON, Ga. – In partnership with the Atlantic Sun Conference and ESPN, the FGCU women’s basketball team has announced that 18 of its games will be broadcast live on ESPN3 during the 2013-14 season. Fans will be able to view each of the team’s 15 home games as well as three A-Sun away contests.
FGCU becomes the fourth league member to join the conference initiative to provide live video broadcasts internationally via ESPN3. The worldwide leader’s multi-screen sports network is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphone and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE and Apple TV to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
ESPN3 is available to approximately 83 million homes at no cost to fans who already receive their cable or internet from Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networkd, Verizon FiOS, Comcast Xfinity or Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision or Cox Communications.
The Green and Blue’s first home contest against Bethune-Cookman will open the ESPN3 slate on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The schedule will continue with games against Charlotte and USF in November and December.
The FGCU Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Classic will feature matchups with Saint Francis University and Virginia Dec. 20-21. Those games combined with a Dec. 29 contest against Saint Joseph’s will conclude the 2013 calendar year.
The Eagles will host in-state foe Stetson on Saturday, January 4. The 7 p.m. game will be shown live to begin the Atlantic Sun schedule.
As the A-Sun slate continues, matchups with ETSU, USC Upstate, Jacksonville, UNF, Mercer, Kennesaw State and Northern Kentucky will be broadcast live from Alico Arena. On the road, fans will be able to see the Eagles take on Lipscomb, USC Upstate and Kennesaw State.
FGCU joins Lipscomb, USC Upstate and Kennesaw State as the league’s four members utilizing the ESPN3 platform. The production will be entirely student-run, with the exception of the talent and producer positions as David Moulton, of Miller and Moulton on ESPN Southwest Florida Radio, will provide play-by-play for a majority of the contests.
In addition to the women’s broadcast schedule, the FGCU men’s basketball team will also have 10 of its home contests shown live on ESPN3 for a total of 25 FGCU-originated broadcasts. ESPN3 will also broadcast the semifinals and championship game of the Atlantic Sun Championship tournament.
As the A-Sun’s relationship with ESPN continues to flourish, particularly with the conference’s role as a leader in on-campus productions, this season’s total is a significant increase from the 22 productions the A-Sun provided via its ESPN3 initiative last season. The A-Sun was the first to adopt the conference-wide on-campus production model, and the commitment to the initiative has resulted in a 300 percent increase in television-caliber live productions since 2011.
“The strong and growing relationship between ESPN and the A-Sun lets us be a leader in direct delivery of campus produced digital content,” said Commissioner Ted Gumbart. “We continue to expand the number and variety of productions that provide the well-deserved exposure for our talented student-athletes, their teams and the A-Sun institutions. We appreciate ESPN’s commitment to our conference-wide campus production initiative, and we are excited to have live broadcasts this year from Kennesaw State and Florida Gulf Coast, joining Lipscomb and USC Upstate as ESPN production partners. The A-Sun remains a leader in campus production technology and we anticipate much continued success moving forward.”
FGCU will look to continue its success in the Atlantic Sun this season. Although the Eagles fell to Stetson in the 2013 conference championship game, the Green and Blue currently holds a 36-game win streak in A-Sun regular season action that dates back to the 2011. Defending A-Sun Coach of the Year Karl Smesko returns three starters from last year’s squad that went 28-4, including last season’s A-Sun Player of the Year, Sarah Hansen (McKean,Pa./General McLane High School).
Hansen is joined by sophomores Jaime Gluesing (Solon, Ohio/Solon High School) and DyTiesha Dunson (Albany, Ga./Westover High School). Gluesing led the A-Sun in three-point percentage as a rookie and was named to the conference All-Freshman Team, while Dunson is one of the strongest returning defenders in the conference. Also returning this season is redshirt-sophomore Whitney Knight (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds High School), who sat out last season due to an injury after averaging 8.0 points per game during the 2011-12 season.
Hansen, Smesko and the rest of the Eagles will open the 2013-14 slate on Friday, Nov. 8, with a 6 p.m. contest at FIU. The Eagles’ first home contest against Bethune-Cookman is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. Atlantic Sun action will begin on Saturday, Jan. 4, when the Eagles host 2012-13 regular season runner-up and tournament champion Stetson.
2013-14 women’s basketball season tickets are selling quickly. Fans can reserve their seat(s) by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets.