Friday, January 25, 2013
MACON, Ga. - The battle of the unbeaten is set to tip-off at 7:05 PM on Saturday, January 26 as FGCU hosts Stetson. The two teams stand at 8-0 in the conference and are neck-and-neck in almost all the Atlantic Sun statistical categories.
Two A-Sun contests will be featured on ESPN 3 on Saturday: Mercer (5-2) at Lipscomb (1-6) and Jacksonville (3-4) at USC Upstate (2-5).
A-Sun Women's Basketball Notes (#ASunWBB):
- Three teams in the A-Sun are ranked in the top-20 nationally in current win streak with the Hatters at No. 3 (11 wins), the Eagles tied at No. 5 (9 wins) and the Bears tied at No. 19 (5 wins)
- FGCU has won its last 26 conference games, which is one of longest streaks in the country behind Baylor (28)
- The Eagles are outscoring their conference opponents by an average of 25.4 points, while the Hatters hold a scoring margin of 20.9 vs. A-Sun opponents.
- The two met in the finale of the 2012 A-Sun Championship where the Eagles won 67-39. Stetson’s Victoria McGowan scored 17 points to lead all scorers in the loss.
- The Hatters and the Eagles rank one and two in the A-Sun in field goal percentage with Stetson shooting .447 and FGCU shooting .416.
- McGowan is the A-Sun leader in three-point shots per game at 2.3, which also ranks her No. 4 in the country.
- Mercer’s Sharnea Boykin averages 9.1 assists in the Bears conference contests. Boykin leads the A-Sun in assists with 6.8 per game this season.
- The Bears Precious Bridges also leads the A-Sun in scoring with 17.3 PPG. Bridges has had four consecutive 20+ point performances.
- Lipscomb holds a 3-1 advantage over the Bears in the last two years of conference action with a 4.25 scoring margin in those contests.
- Without their leading scorer, Hannah Phillips, the Bisons started four freshman against FGCU and only trailed the Eagles by eight, 18-26, at the half.
- The Dolphins and the Spartans are 3-3 against each other in the last three seasons. JU has out-rebounded its conference opponents by an average of 5.3 rebounds per game. The Dolphins have four players ranked in the top-20 in rebounding in the A-Sun.
- USC Upstate is second in the A-Sun in free-throw percentage (.746). In conference games, Tee’Ara Copney and Tyra Smith rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the league in the category with Copney shooting .938 and Smith shooting .923 from the charity stripe.
- ETSU is out-rebounding its opponents this season by an average of 3.3 rebounds a game, which leads the A-Sun. The Bucs also lead the league in blocks per game (4.4) and three players are positioned in the top-15 in blocks.
- North Florida has three players ranked in the top-15 in the conference in three-point field goal percentage, which leads the A-Sun. The Ospreys Jadhken Kerr is tied at No. 4 in the A-Sun record books in three-point field goals made with 244 in her career. Kerr is 12 three pointers away from moving up a spot to No. 3 all-time.
- Kennesaw State’s Sametria Gideon has nine double-doubles this season and 28 in her career to lead all active A-Sun players. Gideon ranks No. 63 in the A-Sun record books in career points (1,143) and No.10 in career rebounding (978). She is only 22 rebounds away from becoming the ninth A-Sun women’s basketball player to reach 1,000 points and rebounds.
- Northern Kentucky has two players in the top-10 in three-point field goal percentage with freshman Rianna Gayheart at No. 2 shooting 41.8 percent from behind the arc.
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