This Week in Atlantic Sun Women's Basketball: Feb. 28th

Thursday, February 28, 2013

MACON, Ga. - Only two more days of games remain before the 2013 General Shale Basketball Championship is set to begin. FGCU has clinched the regular season title and the No. 1 seed to the women’s championship.

The Eagles have won their last 34 conference games, which is second longest streak in the country behind Baylor (38). This win streak also marks a conference record. The Eagles last conference loss was February 28, 2011 to USC Upstate.

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

  • FGCU's 17-game winning streak ranks tied at No. 4 in the nation for longest winning streak. The Eagles are outscoring their opponents this season by 17.3 points per game and outscoring their conference opponents by 24.8 points per game.
  • The Eagles Sarah Hansen was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America women’s basketball second team. Hansen is the first student-athlete in FGCU history to earn Capital One Academic All-American status.
  • Mercer’s 13-game win improvement from six wins in 2011-12 to 19 wins this season is the biggest turnaround in the country.
  • The Bears Precious Bridges leads the A-Sun in scoring with 17.8 points per game in league play and 17.5 points per game in the entire season.
  • Stetson is the only team in the league with five players ranked in the top-30 in the A-Sun in scoring. Victoria McGowan ranks No. 3 in the conference with 16.6 points per game, while Shanasa Sanders ranks No. 4 averaging 13.6 points per game.
  • The Hatters junior Sasha Sims just hit the 1,000 point plateau in Stetson’s game vs. FGCU. Sims led the Hatters against the Eagles with 20 points and currently has 1,008 career points.
  • Northern Kentucky is unbeaten (12-0) when leading at halftime this season and perfect (5-0) when scoring more than 71 points.
  • NKU’s Tiarra Hopper, tallied 22 points vs. Mercer to equal her career high and end the Bears 12-game winning streak.
  • Jacksonville’s Queen Alford leads all A-Sun freshmen in scoring with 12.7 PPG in league games and 11.4 PPG in the entire season. Alford posted a season-best 25 points in the Dolphins home finale 73-54 win vs. USC Upstate.
  • In conference play, the USC Upstate’s Brittany Starling is averaging 7.2 rebounds per game; the best of the A-Sun freshmen and No. 7 in the league. Starling also leads all players in conference play in shooting percentage (.560)
  • Lipscomb is 2-1 at home vs. Jacksonville over the last three season.
  • The Bisons have started four freshmen in nine games this season with freshman Alex Banks getting the start in all 27 games this season. In league contests, Banks is averaging 10.5 points per game.
  • Kennesaw State’s Sametria Gideon has scored a double-double in 13 games this season. Gideon is averaging 11.2 points per game and 10.4 rebounds and is just one of three players in the country to be a school’s career points and rebounds leader.
  • The Owls are the only team in the league to have four players ranked in the top-20 in rebounding. Gideon lead the league in rebounding, followed by teammate Chantel Kennedy ranked at No. 8 with 6.2 rebounds per game.
  • Against ETSU, North Florida’s Raneisha Lamar and Destinee Smith became the second pair in the A-Sun this season to each record a double-double in a single game. Smith recorded her first career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Lamar notched her season’s eighth with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
  • The Osprey’s defense has allowed an average of only 58.8 points per game; No. 2 in the A-Sun behind FGCU.
  • The Buccaneers are outrebounding their conference opponents by 7.1 rebounds per game. The Bucs have two players in the top-five in rebounding in league games with Destiny Mitchell (9.9) and Serena Clark (8.1).

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