Women’s Basketball Hits the Road to Take on LSU

FORT MYERS, Fla. – After beginning the season 2-0 with a pair of victories at Alico Area, the FGCU girls’s basketball group hits the street for the primary time on Sunday after they journey to Baton Rouge to tackle LSU. Tipoff from the Maravich Heart is ready for 1:30 p.m.

The matchup to look at on this recreation will not be between any gamers, however fairly between the 2 head coaches. LSU head coach Kim Mulkey is certainly one of simply two energetic coaches with a greater successful proportion (.859) than FGCU head coach Karl Smesko (.823). Each are solely behind Geno Auriemma (.886)


Sunday’s contest will likely be out there to steam on SECN+. Followers may even be capable of hearken to the sport as properly on lsusports.net/audio.



This would be the fourth assembly all-time between the 2 applications and the second time the Tigers and Eagles have performed in Baton Rouge. LSU holds a 2-1 benefit within the collection and received the one matchup on the Maravich Heart in 2013.


FGCU is 3,035-for-8,756 (.347) from the 3-point line inside Alico Area all-time. General, the Eagles led the nation in three-pointers made per recreation for the second season in a row and fourth time in program historical past, averaging 11.8 per contest in 2020-21. The Eagles have additionally made a three-pointer in 506 straight video games.



FGCU entered the 2021-22 season with an all-time successful proportion of .841, the very best amongst all Division I establishments. Actually, the Eagles are the one Division I group above .800 as Tennessee sits in second at .799.


# College  1st Yr.  Yrs.  Document  Pct.
1. FGCU  2002  19  519-97 .843
2. Tennessee  1903  67  1,401-351 .799
3. UConn  1975  47  1,210-306  .798
4. Stanford  1975  47  1,149-342  .771
5. La. Tech  1975  47  1,153-362  .761
6. Notre Dame  1978  43  1,022-361  .739
7. Inexperienced Bay  1974  47  1,039-370  .737
8. Texas  1975  46  1,128-419  .729
9. Maryland  1975  49  1,055-434  .709
10. SFA  1969  52  1,127-466  .707

Junior Kierstan Bell (Alliance, Ohio/Canton McKinley/Ohio State) is coming off one of many best seasons in FGCU and ASUN historical past and picked up the place she left within the first two video games. Towards Florida Memorial, Bell scored 22 factors and grabbed 9 rebounds whereas taking part in simply 20 minutes earlier than dropping 26 factors and grabbing 9 rebounds towards Temple.
A 12 months in the past, Bell was named the ASUN Participant of the Yr, the Becky Hammon Mid-Main Participant of the Yr, and an Honorable Point out All-American by each the AP and the WBCA after averaging 24.3 factors and 10.6 rebounds per recreation
To nobody’s shock, Bell entered this season because the ASUN Preseason Participant of the Yr. She was additionally named to the Naismith Trophy Watch Record, the Wood Award High 50 watchlist, the Wade High 30 watchlist, the Becky Hammon Mid-Main Participant of the Yr watch checklist in addition to the Ann Meyers-Drysdale Award watch checklist, which acknowledges the highest capturing guard in all of faculty basketball.
Most Profession Double-Doubles
FGCU’s Division I Period (2007-present)

Sarah Hansen 20
Whitney Knight 19
Kierstan Bell 16
Ty Adderly 14
Adrianne McNally 6

Senior Tishara Morehouse (Milwaukee, Wis./Rufus King/Western Nebraska CC) joined Bell on the ASUN Preseason Staff as she was additionally a unanimous choice. She was additionally named to the Becky Hammon Mid-Main Participant of the Yr watch checklist alongside Bell as properly. Within the season-opener towards Florida Memorial, Morehouse scored 15 factors and dished out a game-hight six assists.


Graduate college students Kendall Spray (Mt. Juliet, Tenn./Wilson Central/Clemson/UT Martin) and Karli Seay (Flossmoor, Ailing./Homewood-Flossmoor/LSU/Western Nebraska CC) every scored 12 factors of their debuts for the Inexperienced and Blue. Spray adopted that efficiency with 15 factors on 5 three-pointers towards Temple, giving her 372 in her profession, second-most amongst energetic gamers.


The Eagles not solely shine from behind the arc on offense, however are additionally one of many prime groups within the nation in three-point protection. Via two video games, Eagles’ opponents are capturing simply 9.5% from distance which incorporates an 0-11 efficiency by Temple. The 11 missed threes with out a make is probably the most by an FGCU opponent within the division I period.


Tyra Cox (Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Prep/William & Mary) completed final season with extra steals than turnovers, her third straight season conducting the feat for FGCU. She turned simply the second participant in program historical past with three such seasons, however should do another time to catch her former teammate, Alyssa Blair, who did all of it 4 years for the Inexperienced and Blue.


The Eagles maintain the ball like few else in NCAA girls’s basketball. Each single participant on the group had a optimistic help to turnover ratio because the group ranked third nationally at 1.48 in 2020-21. Emma List ranked forty first within the nation individually at 2.21.




Coach Smesko’s recreation preparation is without doubt one of the most important elements within the Eagles’ all-time success. General, in 20 seasons at FGCU, he holds a file of 195-33 (.855) in video games the place he has 4 or extra days to arrange.


FGCU has received 36 extra video games over the previous seven-plus seasons than every other Division I group within the state of Florida.

1. FGCU 207
2. Florida State 170
3. South Florida 160
4. Miami 142
5. Stetson 125
6. UCF 122
7. Bethune-Cookman 120
8. Jacksonville 118
9. Florida 97
10. North Florida 87
11. Florida Atlantic 73
12. Florida A&M 55
13. Florida Worldwide 47

On tempo to achieve 600 profession wins sooner than legendary coaches corresponding to Pat Summitt (734 video games) and Tara VanDerveer (767 video games), FGCU head coach Karl Smesko has compiled a 582-125 file (.823) in his profession, which ranks him because the third-winningest energetic Division I head coach behind Geno Auriemma (1,119-144, .886) and Kim Mulkey (633-104, .859). Moreover, he handed VanDerveer (1,125-255, .815) in 2017-18 to grow to be the fifth-winningest Division I head coach of all-time – behind Auriemma, Leon Barmore (576-87, .869), Mulkey and Summit (1,098-208, .841). If that is not sufficient, he’s the Tenth-winningest energetic head coach throughout all divisions, in addition to the Twelfth-winningest such coach all-time. 
Getting into this 12 months, FGCU produced 205 wins over the previous seven seasons, which is probably the most amongst all mid-majors and fifth-most amongst any Division I program – behind UConn (240), Baylor (228), South Carolina (210) and Maryland (206). Actually, it places them forward of faculties corresponding to Louisville (204), Mississippi State (196), Notre Dame (195), Stanford (199), Oregon State (177) and Oregon (172). On prime of that, this system is certainly one of solely 5 within the nation on the Division I stage with 4 30-win seasons throughout that stretch – becoming a member of UConn, Baylor, Notre Dame and South Carolina.
The Eagles have registered a stage of sustained success matched by solely two different Division I faculties as Coach Smesko has guided FGCU to 11 straight 25-win seasons. Baylor and UConn are the one different groups to have 11 straight. FGCU has additionally recorded 17-straight 20-win seasons courting again to 2004-05.








Double-Digit Help Video games
Participant Profession
Emma List 1

At FGCU, Smesko has turned FGCU into one of many premier 3-point capturing groups within the nation as his groups have made a mixed 5,762-for-16,694 (.345) from lengthy vary over his 19+ years. Actually, the Eagles have made at the least one 3-point subject purpose in 506 straight video games, which incorporates each recreation in this system’s Division I period. In 2020-21, the Eagles led the nation in 3-point subject objectives made (343), 3-point subject objectives tried (1,030) and 3-point subject objectives per recreation (11.8) for the second season in a row. In 2017-18, the Inexperienced and Blue made an NCAA Division I single season file 431 3-pointers, which stays a file coming into this season.
This is FGCU’s year-by-year 3-point historical past:

Yr Made Att. Pct.
2002-03 212 535 0.396
2003-04 118 406 0.291
2004-05 253 722 0.350
2005-06 242 747 0.324
2006-07 337 891 0.378
2007-08 255 734 0.347
2008-09 296 763 0.388
2009-10 317 876 0.362
2010-11 350 940 0.372
2011-12 342 925 0.370
2012-13 319 974 0.328
2013-14 347 1,000 0.347
2014-15 327 928 0.352
2015-16 372 1,194 0.312
2016-17 338 1,058 0.319
2017-18 431 1,190 0.362
2018-19 364 1,111 0.328
2019-20 397 1,155 0.344
2020-21 343 1,030 0.333
2021-22 22 86 .256
Totals 5,770 16,730 0.345

FGCU has additionally made at the least 10 or extra 3-point subject objectives in a single recreation 302 occasions, together with a single-season file 25 occasions in 2017-18. They’ve at the least 15 video games with at the least 10 or extra in every of the previous 13 seasons.
This is a listing of FGCU’s all-time video games with at the least 10 made 3-pointers:

2002-03 6
2003-04 1
2004-05 11
2005-06 8
2006-07 18
2007-08 9
2008-09 15
2009-10 17
2010-11 18
2011-12 19
2012-13 15
2013-14 18
2014-15 20
2015-16 19
2016-17 18
2017-18 25
2018-19 20
2019-20 23
2020-21 22
2021-22 1

On prime of that, the 2017-18 group produced three of this system’s seven video games all-time with at the least 20 or extra, and the Eagles have added 4 video games with 19 over the previous two seasons. This system’s single-game file of twenty-two was initially set on Jan. 12, 2013 in a 97-60 win over ETSU (22-for-43) on the street, and the 2017-18 group tied the mark at Abilene Christian (22-for-45) on Dec. 3 and at dwelling towards Lipscomb (22-for-44) on March 7. The latter represents this system’s postseason mark, they usually personal three of the highest seven single-game totals in NCAA Division I historical past coming into the 2021-22 season. Actually, there was solely 32 occasions since 1988 that an NCAA Division I group had made at the least 20 3-point subject objectives in a recreation, and FGCU owns seven of these, or 21.9 %.
In 2020-21, FGCU turned the primary group in NCAA Division I girls’s basketball historical past to file six straight seasons with at the least 1,000 3-point subject purpose makes an attempt. Sacramento State achieved the yearly benchmark over 4 straight seasons from 2013-17 whereas DePaul’s three-year streak ended final season. The 2013-14 FGCU squad joined Sacramento State as the primary two groups to try 1,000 in a season.
Previous to breaking the single-season file for made 3-point subject objectives in 2017-18, FGCU claimed a then single-season NCAA file 342 in 2011-12, which was the primary 12 months they had been eligible for NCAA statistical championships. Had they been eligible in 2010-11, additionally they would have led the nation with 350 – 26 greater than the second-place group. The 2009-10 group would have completed second. Actually, over the previous 9 years, the Inexperienced and Blue have completed among the many nation’s prime 5 in made 3-point subject objectives yearly, together with 4 first-place finishes.
This is how FGCU has completed nationally in whole 3-point subject objectives made since 2011-12:

Yr Whole End
2011-12 342 1st
2012-13 319 third
2013-14 347 2nd
2014-15 327 fifth
2015-16 372 2nd
2016-17 338 third
2017-18 431 1st
2018-19 364 4th
2019-20 397 1st
2020-21 343 1st
2021-22 22 third

Along with the aforementioned file, the 2011-12 group additionally set a then NCAA single season file for many 3-point subject objectives made per recreation at 10.7, they usually adopted it up in 2012-13 by making 9.4 per recreation, which was probably the most within the nation. In 2017-18, FGCU joined DePaul as the primary two groups to eclipse 400 made 3-point subject objectives in a season in NCAA Division I historical past. Actually, the Eagles stood out within the NCAA’s deepest 3-point capturing 12 months as eight groups averaged 10 or extra made per recreation in 2017-18, which was equal to the full from the earlier two seasons mixed and the identical as 2009-15 mixed. Six groups reached the milestone in 2018-19, 4 extra adopted in 2019-20, and 5 extra a season in the past. Among the many 17 groups to common at the least 10 or extra made per recreation over a single season, FGCU is the one faculty to do it six occasions.
This is how FGCU has completed nationally in whole 3-point subject objectives made per recreation since 2011-12:

Season Avg. End
2021-22 11.0 twentieth
2020-21 11.8 1st
2019-20 12.0 1st
2018-19 11.0 2nd
2017-18 12.0 2nd
2016-17 9.7 fifth
2015-16 9.5 T-Sixth
2014-15 9.6 third
2013-14 10.2 2nd
2012-13 9.4 1st
2011-12 10.7 1st

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FGCU head coach Karl Smesko maintains a file of 582-125 (.823) general in his profession, which is the third-highest successful proportion amongst energetic Division I coaches behind solely UConn’s Geno Auriemma and Baylor’s Kim Mulkey. He has additionally led the Eagles to a 217-17 (.927) mark in ASUN common season play and a 27-2 (.931) file in ASUN match play. Over the previous 10 seasons, he has guided FGCU to a 153-5 (.968) file in convention play with six undefeated seasons. The 11-time ASUN Coach of the Yr has led this system to 11-straight 25-win seasons and 17-consecutive 20-win campaigns, together with 30-plus wins in 4 of the previous seven years. On prime of all that, the Eagles are 521-98 all-time since Smesko began this system within the 2002-03 season, and the Inexperienced and Blue’s .841 all-time successful proportion is one of the best in NCAA Division I girls’s basketball historical past.



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FGCU groups have mixed to win an unimaginable 85 convention common season and match titles in simply 13+ seasons on the Division I stage. Moreover, in simply 9 seasons of D-I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a mixed 42 groups or people compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU applications have earned a top-25 nationwide rating of their respective sport – together with girls’s basketball (No. 21, 2020-21), seashore volleyball (No. 20, 2021) and each males’s soccer (2018, 2019) and ladies’s soccer (2018) as three of the latest. In 2016-17, the Inexperienced and Blue posted a department-best sixth-place end within the DI-AAA Learfield Administrators’ Cup and top-100 displaying nationally, forward of a number of Energy-5 and FBS establishments. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and state of Florida greatest seven groups earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for his or her Tutorial Progress Charge of their sport. FGCU additionally collectively earned a file 3.50 GPA within the classroom within the fall 2020 semester and has outperformed the overall College undergraduate inhabitants for 23 consecutive semesters. The 2019 Fall, 2020 Spring, and 2020 Fall semesters every noticed one other milestone reached as all 15 applications achieved a 3.0-or-higher group GPA. The Eagles additionally served an all-time excessive 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being acknowledged as certainly one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Group Service Award introduced by the Fiesta Bowl.

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