This Week in Atlantic Sun Women's Basketball: Feb. 8th

Friday, February 08, 2013

MACON, Ga. - FGCU and Mercer are climbing up the ranks in longest current win streak in the country with the Eagles tied at No. 4 with 12 wins and the Bears tied at No. 15 with eight wins.

Mercer can clinch a spot in the A-Sun Championship with a win vs. North Florida on Saturday and a Lipscomb loss. The Bears have not played in the tournament since 2010 and currently are No. 3 in the A-Sun standings. FGCU and Stetson have already claimed its spot in the tournament.

A-Sun Women's Basketball Notes (#ASunWBB):

  • The Bears eight-game winning streak is now tied with the longest winning streak for the squad since becoming a Division I program.
  • Mercer’s Precious Bridges leads the A-Sun in scoring with 18.8 points per game in league play. Bridges has tabbed ten 20+ point performances this season including a 36 point game vs. Lipscomb; the most points scored by an A-Sun player this season.
  • North Florida’s Fabiola Josil and Ki Conner lead the A-Sun in free-throw percentage in conference play. Josil is shooting 82.4 percent from the charity stripe, while Conner is shooting 82.1 percent. Conner is also leading in three-point field goals made in conference games, averaging 2.7 per game.
  • Stetson ranks tied at No. 5 in the country for longest home court winning streak, winning its last 13 games in the Edmunds Center.
  • The Hatters lead the league in scoring with 69.2 PPG and own a scoring margin of 10.5 over their opponents. Stetson’s Victoria McGowan is shooting .458 from behind the arc; the best in the A-Sun.
  • ETSU has won its last three home games vs. the Hatters, outscoring them by 8.3 points in those contests.
  • The Buccaneers are outrebounding their conference opponents by 7.7 rebounds per game. The Bucs have two players in the top-five in rebounding in league games with Destiny Mitchell (9.1) and Serena Clark (7.6).
  • The Eagles have won its last 29 conference games, which is second longest streaks in the country behind Baylor (32). This win streak also marks a conference record.
  • FGCU’s offense has been unstoppable so far with the Eagles outscoring its conference opponents by an average of 24.5 points per game. In league games, the Eagles are averaging 10.9 three-point field goals per game; the best in the league by 4.1 three-point field goal per game.
  • USC Upstate’s Tee’Ara Copney has averaged 18.7 points per game in her last three contest, the best of the Spartans scorers. Copney has 1,542 career points which ranks No. 18 in the A-Sun record books.
  • Lipscomb’s Hannah Phillips is only nine points away from reaching the 1,000 point mark for the Bisons. Phillips tallied a career high 24 points in LU’s last contest vs. USC Upstate and is averaging 19.7 points per game in the Bisons last three games.
  • In conference play, the Bisons Alex Banks leads all freshmen in scoring with 11.5 points per game.
  • Northern Kentucky landed two road victories last week to mark their first wins in league play on the road. The Norse look to continue that streak at Lipscomb on Saturday. Earlier this season NKU defeated the Bisons 66-33. Ellen Holton and Kayla Thacker both scored 13 points in the contest; a game high.
  • Kennesaw State’s Sametria Gideon has ten double-doubles in the Owls 22 games this season. Gideon is averaging a double-double with 11.2 PPG and 10.4 rebounds. In her career she has recorded 30 double-doubles; the most of the active A-Sun players.
  • Four Jacksonville players are ranked in the top-20 in the A-Sun in rebounding; the most of any team in the league. In conference play, the Dolphins hold a 2.8 rebounding margin.
  • JU’s Queen Alford is averaging six rebounds per game in conference play and has taken over as the hot hand for the Dolphins averaging 13.3 PPG in their last three contests.

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