Women’s basketball makes historic participation in AP poll

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The FGCU women’s basketball team (5-0) entered the Associated Press poll in 25th place on Tuesday.

It represents the earliest in a season in which the Eagles have been ranked in the poll, breaking the previous best of 16 February by the 2014-15 team. On top of that, it’s the eighth week in Green and Blue show history as ranked by Associated Press polls and the third season overall, taking on the 2014-15 and 2020-21 teams. The team last year finished the season in 24th place in the AP.

“It’s good to be recognized for our performance so far in the season, but we still have a lot of room for improvement,” said the FGCU head coach. Karl Smesko speak. “Hopefully, we have the desire to be better.”

FGCU’s undefeated start to the season saw Eagles take out LSU and Temple. They clinched the ASUN/MAAC Challenge title last weekend with wins over Manhattan and Fairfield. This is the team’s third-best start to the campaign in the program’s Division I era – behind only the 2017-18 team with a 6-0 scoreline. The 2010-11 lineup opened the scoring 14-0.

Furthermore, Green and Blue have pushed their regular-season winning streak to 27 in a row since November 29 of last year, the best run of the show’s Division I era and the second-longest total. after the Division II Eagles era, winning 45 in a row from December 29, 2005 to March 3, 2007.

Individual, establishment Kierstan Bells is averaging 26.6 points/match, ranking second in the country. Senior Graduation Kendall Spray made 25 of 39 from the 3-point range, placing her second nationally in both totals taken and executed per game. In general, the trio of Bell, Spray and sunbaenim Tishara Morehouse the combined average is 56.2 PPG.

As a team, FGCU ranks first nationally in terms of 3-point goals taken, efforts taken and per game simultaneously in the top 20 for assists to revenue, total assists. create, score and total steals.

In addition to the AP Poll, the first Coach Poll of the regular season takes place on Tuesday, in which FGCU received the 27th most votes nationally. with 42 – just behind Virginia Tech (62) and Georgia Tech (75). Coincidentally, it was Georgia Tech that dropped the AP Poll to make way for the Eagles.

Green and Blue are also currently the nation’s #1 ranked team in the CollegeInsider.com Teams Poll. They rose from 2nd place last week, trailing Missouri by 3 overall (752-749) in the vote.

FGCU will return to play in the penalty shootout in San Juan this weekend as they face Tennessee Tech on Friday and Saint Louis on Saturday. Both games will be at 5:45 p.m. ET and go live on FloHoops ($).

Eagles in AP Poll (All Time)

11/23/21 No. 25
3/15/21 No 24
18/3/21 No 24
16/3/15 Number 20
3/9/15 Number 20
3/2/15 Number 20
23/2/15 Number 21
16/2/15 No. 22

AP Poll – November 23, 2021

first South Carolina (30) 6-0 750 first
2 Maryland 6-0 710 3
3 UConn 3-1 696 2
4 Indiana 4-0 630 4
5 NC State 4-1 623 5
6 Baylor 3-1 564 6
7 Stanford 3-1 560 7
8 Iowa 4-0 557 8
9 Arizona 4-0 489 11
ten Louisville 3-1 481 ten
11 Tennessee 4-0 424 16
twelfth Michigan 5-0 396 13
13 State of Iowa 4-0 392 14
14 Texas 3-1 339 twelfth
15 Oregon 3-2 285 9
16 Oregon State 3-0 254 15
17 State of Florida 4-0 234 17
18 South Florida 4-2 228 23
19 UCLA 3-0 222 20
20 Kentucky 3-1 191 19
21 Ohio State 3-0 150 21
22 West Virginia 3-0 128 22
23 Texas A&M 4-0 126 24
24 Virginia Technology 5-0 105 25
25 Florida Gulf Coast 5-0 63 NR

Others who received votes: Georgia 54, Georgia Tech 40, Notre Dame 14, Colorado 10, Washington State 8, Arkansas 6, DePaul 6, Duke 4, Michigan State 3, Oklahoma 1, Gonzaga 1

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Head Coach FGCU Karl Smesko maintains a 585-125 (0.824) overall record of his career, which is the third-highest win rate among active Division I coaches, behind only UConn’s Geno Auriemma and Kim Mulkey’s Baylor. He also led the Eagles with a 217-17 (.927) record in the ASUN regular game and a 27-2 (.931) record in the ASUN league game. Over the past 10 seasons, he has led FGCU to a record 153-5 (.968) in the conference game with six seasons unbeaten. 11-time ASUN Coach of the Year Award-winning coach led the show to 11 consecutive 25-time seasons and 20-time winning campaign, including more than 30 wins in four of seven past year. On top of that, the Eagles are 524-98 (.842) all-time since Smesko started the program in the 2002-03 season, and Green and Blue’s .824 all-time win rate is the highest in the NCAA Division I history women’s basketball.

FGCU Athletics sponsors events in November and April to benefit the FGCU Campus Food Pantry (www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry) and Harry Chapin Food Bank (www.harrychapinfoodbank.org), organizations from selected by FGCU Athletics. For more information, including how to contribute, please visit www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry and use the hashtag #FeedFGCU to help raise awareness.

FGCU teams have combined to win an astounding 85 league and regular league championships in just over 13 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of post-season DI qualifying , the Eagles have had a total of 42 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have earned the top 25 national rankings in their respective sports – including women’s basketball (21st, 2020-21), beach volleyball (20th, 2021) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) are three of the most recent. In 2016-17, Green and Blue finished in the series’ best sixth place in the DI-AAA Learfield Director’s Cup and the top 100 was screened nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS organizations. In 2018-19, the Eagles had one ASUN and seven of Florida’s best teams winning the NCAA’s Recognition Award for Academic Progress Rate in their sport. FGCU also achieved a record GPA of 3.50 in the classroom during the fall 2020 semester and has outperformed the overall undergraduate population for 23 consecutive semesters. Each of the Fall 2019, Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters saw another major milestone achieved as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0 or higher cluster GPA. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – recognized as one of two runners-up for the NACDA Community Service Awards presented by the Fiesta Bowl.


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