Saturday, March 09, 2013
MACON, Ga. - The 2013 General Shale Atlantic Sun Women's Basketball Championship finals are set to get underway on Saturday with a rematch to last year's finale of No. 1 FGCU facing No. 2 Stetson.
This marks the sixth championship rematch in A-Sun history.
The championship is set to tip at 5:30 PM EST and can be seen on CSS.
No. 1 FGCU vs. No. 2 Stetson - 5:30 PM EST - CSS
- The Eagles made history with becoming the first team in the A-Sun to record back-to-back undefeated conference seasons with an 18-0 record. FGCU is currently riding a 21-game winning streak, which is tied at No. 4 in the nation for longest winning streak.
- In the FGCU’s semifinal match-up, the Eagles hit 12 three-pointers to set a new A-Sun Championship record that they had previously tied in 2011’s semifinal and finals against Kennesaw State and Stetson. Iamstrong and teammate Jaime Gluesing combined for seven of the Eagles’ field goals from behind the arc.
- Joyce Iamstrong went a perfect 9-for-9 from the field in the A-Sun Championship semifinal to tie an A-Sun Championship record for field goal percentage. Only three other players have gone 100 percent from the field in an A-Sun Championship game with Georgia Southern’s Phylette Blake landing the most attempts with ten vs. Florida A&M in 1988.
- The Eagles’ Sarah Hansen earned A-Sun Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete honors after finishing the regular season ranked No. 1 in the league in scoring with 16.9 points per game, while teammate Kennedy averaged 2.8 steals per game this season; No. 1 in the A-Sun, to capture Defensive Player of the Year Honors.
- Iamstrong has led the Eagles in scoring in the 2013 A-Sun Championship with 22.5 points per game, crushing her season average of 11.4 PPG. Hansen is averaging 9.5 points per game in the tournament. Kennedy, is contributing with seven assists in tournament games and 6.5 rebounds.
- FGCU is currently ranked No. 11 in College Insider’s Women’s Basketball Mid Major Poll. The Eagles have been ranked in the poll since week one of the season.
- FGCU has won 41 straight games against conference opponents including five tournament games. The Eagles last conference loss was on February 28, 2011 to USC Upstate. The team’s streak is the second longest conference winning streak in the country only behind Baylor who has 46 straight.
- In FGCU’s six seasons with the Atlantic Sun they have only lost 12 games against conference opponents and have won the regular season title four times.
- In the Eagles’ quarterfinal match-up vs. Kennesaw State they recorded 20 steals, just three shy of an A-Sun Championship record.
- The Eagles are in their second straight A-Sun Championship final in just two years of post-season eligibility. FGCU has a perfect 5-0 record in conference tournament play.
- In last year’s A-Sun Championship final, FGCU defeated Stetson 67-39, giving the Eagles their largest margin of victory in a tournament game.
- Earlier this season, FGCU set a NCAA Division I record for three-point baskets made in a single game with 22 in the Eagles’ 97-60 win vs. ETSU. Betsy Adams was good for seven from behind the arc; tied for the most in a single game this season in the A-Sun.
- FGCU was the only team to defeat Stetson at home this season with their 72-55 win on February 28th.
- FGCU and Stetson are the leagues top two offensive teams with the Eagles averaging 70.9 PPG, while the Hatters are tallying 69.3 PPG. The two squads register the highest scoring margin this season with FGCU outscoring its opponents by an average of 18.9 PPG and Stetson collecting a 10.5 scoring margin.
- The Hatters and the Eagles are meeting in back-to-back A-Sun Championship finals. This marks the sixth championship rematch in A-Sun history.
- Stetson is one of three teams in the A-Sun that have 20 wins this season, including FGCU and Mercer. The last time the A-Sun had three 20-win teams was in the 2009-10 season.
- The Hatters are making their fifth appearance in the A-Sun Championship Finale - the fourth most in conference history. Out of their five appearances Stetson has won three Championships. Only five teams have made it to the championship three or more consecutive years in the history of the conference.
- Stetson has won ten of its last 11 games in Hawkins Arena, with their only loss coming in the 2012 A-Sun Championship game to FGCU.
- In Stetson’s last A-Sun Championship title run in 2011, current A-Sun Second Team All-Conference member, Sasha Sims, scored 24 point in the Hatters 69-50 win. vs. Jacksonville.
- This marks Stetson’s third-straight appearance in the A-Sun Championship Final making the Hatters the first team since ETSU (2008-10) to compete in three consecutive title games.
- Stetson’s Victoria McGowan was selected as the 2012 A-Sun Preseason Player of the Year after earning the 2012 Player of the Year nod at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season. This year, McGowan leads the league in three point field goals per game with 2.2 respectively.
- McGowan collected her fourth career triple-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in win at Lipscomb earlier this season.
- Sasha Sims leads the Hatters in scoring in the 2013 Atlantic Sun Women’s Basketball Championship with 18.5 points per game in their two games. Teammate Shanasa Sanders is averaging 17.5 points per game while, McGowan is not far behind with 14.5 per game to round off Stetson’s top-scorers.
- Sims, McGowan and Shanasa Sanders combined for 53 of Stetson’s 66 points in their quarterfinal win vs. ETSU.
- The Hatters have three players ranked in the top-10 in the A-Sun in scoring with McGowan (16.0), Sanders (14.0) and Sims (11.9)
- Against the Eagles this season Sasha Sims averaged 14.5 points; nearly three points better than her season average.
- The No. 1 seed has won four of the last five A-Sun Championships with the lone gap in history coming from Stetson as a No. 2 seed in the 2011 Championship.
- Against FGCU, the Hatters allowed an average of 8.5 three-point field to be scored on them holding the Eagles below their conference average of 10.2 from behind the arc per game.
- Head Coach Lynn Bria is going for her third A-Sun title after guiding the Hatters to the 2011 title as well as winning two titles with UCF in 1996 and 1999.
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