Eagles Face Off in First Round of WNIT in Alico Arena

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

MACON, Ga. - After going undefeated in conference play and winning its third consecutive Atlantic Sun Women’s Basketball Regular Season Title, FGCU has been selected to host Winthrop in the first round of the WNIT.

The Eagles collected their fourth A-Sun regular season title in five years and set an A-Sun record after going back-to-back 18-0 seasons in conference play.

The WNIT match-up starts at 7:05 PM EST in Alico Arena and can be seen on A-Sun.TV for free.

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

  • FGCU is 23-0 when holding its opponents to 59 points or less and are 24-0 when holding opponents to 65 or less.
  • The 2013 A-Sun Coach of the Year, Karl Smesko coached his team to a 27-6 record and an 18-0 conference record. Currently FGCU is ranked No. 11 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll.
  • FGCU is riding a ten-game home court winning streak, which is tied for the 14th longest in the nation. Since moving to Division I, the Eagles have compiled an 85-5 home record.
  • The Eagles have 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.
  • This will be the first time that Winthrop and FGCU will meet in program history. FGCU has won its first round game in the WNIT in three out of their four appearances. Its last appearance in 2011, the Eagles defeated Drexel 73-67 at home in the first round to move on to play SEC foe Florida where they fell 74-69 to the Gators. If the Eagles move on to the second round they can potentially have a rematch with Florida.
  • FGCU has faced eight teams that are making postseason tournament appearances this season; South Florida (NCAA), LSU (NCAA), South Carolina (NCAA), Hampton (NCAA), Stetson (NCAA), Charlotte (WNIT), Mercer (WBI) and Northern Kentucky (WBI). The Eagles are 8-4 against these teams this season with wins vs. LSU, Hampton, Stetson, Mercer and Northern Kentucky.
  • The Eagles are averaging 70.1 points per game while holding their opponents to 52.6 points. FGCU has scored 70 or more points in 20 of their games this season and are undefeated in those games. Winthrop has allowed an opponent to score 70 or more points in ten games this season.
  • The Eagles are led by A-Sun Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Sarah Hansen. Hansen ranks No. 2 in the A-Sun in scoring with 16.5 points per game and averages 7.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals. Hansen became the program’s all-time leading scorer in just three seasons with 1,427 career points, which ranks No. 28 in the A-Sun record books.
  • Teammate Brittany Kennedy adds the defensive presence for FGCU after garnering A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year Honors. Kennedy ranks No. 36 in the country in assists (5.3) and steals (2.75).
  • Getting hot for FGCU at the right time is Joyce Iamstrong. Iamstrong scored 95 points in the last four games of the season for the Eagles. She collected the A-Sun Women’s Basketball Championship’s Most Valuable Player Honors after a 31-point performance in the final and averaging 26 points per game in the A-Sun Championship.
  • Sarah Hansen registered seven double-doubles and eight 20+ point performances this season including a 30-point game vs. LSU.
  • Prior to A-Sun Championship final, the Eagles had won 41-straight games against conference foes, which ranked second in the nation only behind Baylor.
  • FGCU’s loss to Stetson in the A-Sun Championship ended its 2012-13 win streak of 21 games which ranked No. 4 in the country at the time.
  • The Eagles lead the nation in three-point field goals per game with 9.3 per game. FGCU ranks top-15 in the country in six statistical categories including assist to turnover margin (No. 4; 7.64), three-point field goal defense (No. 5; 24.9%), turnover ratio (No. 6; 1.26), turnovers per game (No. 8; 12.3) and scoring margin (No. 12; 18.1).
  • 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 followed that by landing an A-Sun Championship record with 12 three-pointers in its semifinal game vs. North Florida.

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