ATLANTA, Ga. -- The second weekend of ASUN Conference Women's Basketball play gets underway Saturday and continues with four games on Monday night. FGCU and North Alabama were the lone squads to remain unbeaten after the opening weekend as both teams earned home victories.
FGCU is ranked No. 25 for the second consecutive week in the USA Today Coaches Poll and enter the weekend having won its last 30 straight ASUN Conference games. The streak sits fourth in the country behind UConn (138), Baylor (43) and Mercer (34). FGCU is also one-of-two teams in the country that has 15 wins this season. Follow @ASUNWBB on Twitter for live updates throughout the season.
FGCU is the lone team to enter the second weekend of ASUN play on a three-plus game win streak. The Eagles have won their last four contests and also look to extend their conference win streak that currently sits at 30, ranking fourth in the nation. The last ASUN loss for the Eagles during league play took place on Feb. 1, 2018 when they fell 75-73 to North Florida.
Home Court Advantage
Six of the ASUN's nine squads have a .500 or better record at home this season with only one remaining unbeaten in North Florida (3-0). Meanwhile, FGCU (8-1) and North Alabama (5-1) have just one home loss. Jacksonville (5-2) and Stetson (5-3) also are sporting a winning record on their home courts while Kennesaw State is .500 (3-3).
No. 25 FGCU (15-2, 2-0)
Next Two Games: at Stetson* (1/11; 1 PM - ESPN+) | at North Florida* (1/13; 7 PM - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: vs. Liberty* (W, 64-57) | vs. Lipscomb* (W, 82-56)
- FGCU is 25-4 all-time against Stetson and holds an 11-2 mark while in DeLand. The Eagles have won the last five meetings against the Hatters including a 73-40 win last season inside the Edmunds Center.
- Karl Smesko and his team look to improve to 25-3 all-time against the Ospreys in Monday night's action. FGCU is 9-3 inside UNF Arena, avenging its last ASUN loss with a 105-66 win last season.
- The Eagles remain the nation's top team in five categories: three-point field goals attempted (623), three-pointers made (204), three-pointers per game (12.0), turnover margin (10.24) and turnovers per game (10.5).
- Tytionia Adderly eclipsed the 1,000 career rebound mark against Lipscomb and sits 13th with 1,013. So far this season, she has grabbed 169 rebounds and is on pace to crack the top five as she has an average of 281 rebounds per year. She is currently 229 shy of the No. 1 spot that has stood since 1989.
- Davion Wingate leads the league in overall scoring this season with a 16.9 points per game average while Keri Jewett-Giles is second (16.2). In ASUN contests this season, Jewett-Giles is averaging 19.0 points per outing while Adderly is averaging a double-double with 17.5 points and 12 rebounds per game.
- The Eagles sit at fourth in the country with 30 consecutive ASUN Conference wins. The last team to defeat FGCU was UNF (75-73) on Feb. 1, 2018, with the Eagles being ranked No. 25.
Jacksonville (8-6, 0-1)
Next Two Games: at Liberty* (1/11; 2 PM - ESPN+) | vs. NJIT* (1/13; 7PM - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: at North Alabama* (L, 76-65) | at Mercer (W, 87-83 OT)
- Jacksonville is 1-2 against Liberty since the Flames joined the ASUN last season. The lone win in the short series came on Jan. 12, when the Dolphins earned their first road win of 2019.
- Darnell Haney and the JAX squad return home after five straight road games as they look to earn the program's ninth consecutive win against the Highlanders Monday night in a series that started on Jan. 26, 2016.
- The Dolphins are one-of-two ASUN squads to rank among the top-10 in the country in multiple categories - ranking eighth in total steals (176), fourth in steals per game (13.1) and seventh in turnovers forced (22.93).
- Destiny Marshall had 25 points in Dolphins ASUN opener against North Alabama. She shot 57.9 percent from the field (11-29) and is the leading scorer for Jacksonville this season at 14.7 points per game.
- Jacksonville leads the ASUN in total rebounds per game. Jada Perry is a big contributor to that as she leads JAX with 7.3 rebounds per game.
- The Dolphins squad is one of the stingiest defensive units in the ASUN as they are first in points per game allowed (57.8) this season. They have held eight of their 14 opponents to 55 points or fewer.
Kennesaw State (6-7, 0-2)
Next Two Games: at Lipscomb* (1/13; 2 PM - ESPN+) | at NJIT* (1/18; 1 PM - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: vs. North Florida* (L, 64-55) | vs. Stetson* (L, 67-61)
- The Owls seek their first win in conference play when they face Lipscomb on Jan. 13 in Nashville. The team's split their matchups last season with each team claiming a victory on its home court.
- Alexis Poole led all scorers with 22 points in Kennesaw State's conference opener against Stetson on Jan. 4. Three other Owls also reached double digits in scoring: Carlotta Gianolla (15), Gillian Piccolino (12), Amani Johnson (10).
- The Owls were out-rebounded 49-26 by the Hatters but won the turnover battle by a margin of 12 (20-8). KSU converted those 20 turnovers, which included five steals, into 27 points.
- KSU's faced North Florida for its second conference matchup of the season. This marks the first time since the 2013-14 season that the Owls have opened up league play with back-to-back home contests.
- Johnson led the team's scoring against UNF with 22 points as Poole, KSU's leading scorer at 15.1 PPG, found herself in foul trouble. This was Johnson's highest-scoring output of the season. Piccolino also reached double figures with 10 points.
- Poole's scoring average ranks fifth in the ASUN with two of her teammates also sitting in the top-15 for points per game this season. Johnson is 12th averaging 12.6 while Gianolla ranks 15th with 12.5.
Liberty (8-7, 1-1)
Next Two Games: vs. Jacksonville* (1/11; 2 PM - ESPN+) | vs. North Alabama* (1/13; 7PM - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: at No. 25 FGCU* (L, 64-57) | at NJIT* (W, 67-53)
- The Flames return home for the first time since Dec. 3, when they earned their lone win of the season inside the Vines Center over East Carolina.
- For the second straight season, Liberty opens its conference slate against Jacksonville who they hold a 2-1 advantage over, winning its last two contests including a 65-53 win in the ASUN Championship.
- Carey Green and his team are 2-0 against the Lions earning a 61-48 win last season at home. The perfect record is just one-of-four for Liberty against ASUN programs (Kennesaw State, Lipscomb and NJIT).
- Bridgette Rettstatt is just one-of-two players to be averaging a double-double in league games. She is averaging 12 points and 13 rebounds per outing. She has reached 10-plus points in 10 games this season while grabbing 10 or more boards in three.
- Keyen Green is the leading scorer for the Flames with a 12.5 points per game average. She is 28 points shy of joining the 1,000 point club, becoming the seventh active ASUN player to reach the milestone.
- As a team, Liberty leads the league in field goal percentage (42.5), three-point field goal percentage (44.0) and opponents' three-point field goal percentage (19.7) in conference play. Liberty shot a season-high 53.8 percent from long range against FGCU, hitting four of the teams seven three's in the final quarter.
Lipscomb (4-11, 1-1)
Next Two Games: vs. North Alabama* (1/11; 1:30 PM CT - ESPN+) | vs. Kennesaw State* (1/13; 6:30 PM CT - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: at Stetson* (W, 65-59) | at No. 25 FGCU* (L, 82-56)
- The Bisons look to earn their first ASUN home-opening win since the 2011-12 season.
- Lauren Sumski and her young team look to earn their second straight ASUN victory and halt a two-game win streak that the Lions hold over them as they host North Alabama.
- Lipscomb is 9-16 all-time against Kennesaw State and looks to earn its second consecutive win over the Owls having defeated them 72-69 last season at home to tie the series at 6-6 inside Allen Arena. A win would give the Bisons its fourth win over KSU in the last five contests.
- Taylor Clark became the fifth ASUN player this season to drop 30 points in a game, recording a career-high 31 points in a 65-69 win over Stetson that snapped a nine-year, 16-game losing streak. In league games, Clark is averaging 22.5 points per game (2nd).
- Jalyn Holcomb leads the Lipscomb squad in scoring this season with 13.9 points per game, best among ASUN freshmen and eighth overall. She is on a seven-game streak of recording 10-plus points, including 20 against the Hatters.
- The Bisons remain one of the best free-throw shooting teams in the nation as they sit at No. 2 (79.9) hitting 218-of-273 attempts. Lipscomb is just one-of-three ASUN squads to rank in the top-5 in the country in at least one category.
NJIT (3-11, 0-1)
Next Two Games: at North Florida* (1/11; 1 PM - ESPN+) | at Jacksonville* (1/13; 7 PM - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: vs. Liberty* (L, 67-53) | at Binghamton (L, 75-40)
- The Highlanders travel to the State of Florida for the first time since the ASUN Championship last season when they were in Fort Myers.
- NJIT is 3-6 against North Florida in a series that started on Nov. 17, 2006. The Highlanders are 1-4 while playing inside UNF Arena, defeating the Ospreys 66-62 on Feb. 17, 2018.
- A win for Mike Lane and the Highlander squad on Monday night will halt an eight-game win-streak that JAX holds over NJIT. The closest margin of victory for the Highlanders against the Dolphins took place on Jan. 19, 2018, when JAX defeated NJIT 61-56.
- Danielle Tunstall is the lone Highlander averaging double-figure points this season (13.4). In the ASUN opener against Liberty, she dropped 19 points while adding nine boards, one rebound short of her 17th career double-double and sixth this season. She is also the only ASUN player to average more than 10 points and nine rebounds per outing.
- Maddie Martin and Dani Evans both rank inside the top-five in the ASUN for three-point field goal percentage with Martin at .500 (14-for-28) and Evans at .462 (12-for-26). Kenna Squier is leading NJIT in field goal percentage at 45.7 percent (48-for-105) and is second on the team in scoring at 10.2 points per game, third among ASUN freshmen.
- The Highlanders are one-of-five ASUN teams to rank in the top-15 in the country in at least one category. NJIT is leading the ASUN in personal fouls per game (13.6), which are 11th in the NCAA.
North Alabama (11-3, 2-0)
Next Two Games: at Lipscomb* (1/11; 1:30 PM CT - ESPN+) | at Liberty* (1/13; 6 PM CT - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: vs. Jacksonville* (W, 76-65) | vs. North Florida* (W, 54-51)
- The Lions hit the road for the first time this season in ASUN play holding a perfect 2-0 mark, one-of-two teams that enter the second weekend of league play unbeaten.
- UNA is 2-0 all-time against Lipscomb defeating them on the road last season 81-60. It will only be the second time that the Lions have played inside Allen Arena where the Bisons are 2-3 this season.
- Monday's matchup against Liberty will be the third all-time meeting between the programs. The Lions look to earn their first win of the series. In the previous two contests, UNA averages 52.5 points per game to Liberty's 61.
- Olivia Noah came off the bench and scored a team-high 26 points to lead North Alabama to a victory over Jacksonville. She was one-of-three to surpass 10 points (Jaida Bond (17) and Ivy Wallen (11)).
- The Lions are just one-of-three ASUN teams that have three players averaging at least 12 points per game. Ivy Wallen ranks third in the ASUN (15.9), Emma Wallen is sixth (14.9) while Panetti is 18th (12.0).
- North Alabama remains one of the most dominant offensive teams in the ASUN, leading the league in several categories - points per game (85.8), field goals made per game (31.5), field goal percentage (48.7), three-point field goal percentage (37.3), assists per game (21.4).
North Florida (8-7, 1-1)
Next Two Games: vs. NJIT* (1/11; 1 PM - ESPN+) | vs. No. 25 FGCU (1/13; 7 PM - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: at Kennesaw State* (W, 64-55) | at North Alabama* (L, 54-51)
- North Florida is 6-3 all-time against NJIT including a 4-1 mark inside UNF Arena. The lone loss to the Highlanders on their home court came on Feb. 17, 2018, and was decided by four points (66-62).
- The Ospreys meet its fourth nationally-ranked opponent this season as the Eagles come to Jacksonville on Monday. UNF is the last team to defeat FGCU (Feb. 1, 2018), who was ranked No. 25 at the time. All three wins that UNF has against FGCU have come on their home court.
- UNF is the only team in the ASUN that has not dropped a single contest on their home court this season earning wins over Warner, Holy Cross and Edward Waters.
- Janesha Green was the leading scorer in the road win over Kennesaw State with 17 points. She has 11 double-figure performances this season with a career-high 27 against Rider in the ASUN/MAAC Challenge.
- Jazz Bond is the ASUN's top player and ranked in the 18th nationally in free-throw percentage (88.9). She also ranks in the top-five in the ASUN in blocks (2nd; 35), defensive rebounds (5th; 86) and total rebounds (5th; 114).
- North Florida is one-of-four teams in the ASUN to have three players averaging 10 or more points per game led by Green (13.4), Bond (12.5) and Adrienne Jackson (10.8). UNF also is the only team in the ASUN to have three players grabbing six rebounds or more a game in Jackson (7.8), Bond (7.6) and Dasha Eremeeva (6.6).
Stetson (7-8, 1-1)
Next Two Games: vs. No. 25 FGCU* (1/11; 1 PM - ESPN+) | at Jacksonville* (1/18; 1 PM - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: vs. Lipscomb* (L, 65-59) | at Kennesaw State* (W, 67-61)
- The Hatters' next matchup comes at home, where they hold a 5-3 record this season, against defending ASUN Champion No. 25 FGCU. This is the first ranked opponent Stetson has hosted in 21 years. The Hatters have defeated the Eagles twice on their home court, last done on Jan. 20, 2011.
- Stetson then hits the road to face Jacksonville, a team it is 28-16 against all-time. The Hatters defeated the Dolphins in both outings last season.
- The Hatters opened their conference slate with a road victory against Kennesaw State. This marks back-to-back seasons that the team has opened ASUN play with a win and also has won its first road conference game. Kimia Carter (18), Jamiya Turner (14) and Kennedi Colclough (11) all scored in double figures for Stetson in the win.
- Day'Neshia Banks is Stetson's leading scorer at 15.9 points per game which ranks her fourth in the ASUN for the season. She led the team in points with 15 against Lipscomb in the Hatters' last game and has tallied 13 double-figure performances this season.
- Megan Vincent was the only other player to reach double-digits with 10 points against the Bisons. She is first in the conference with 36 blocks on the year and sits 15th among the ASUN's top blocked shot leaders with a total of 149 in her career.
- After two games of league play, Stetson remains one of the ASUN's best defensive squads ranking 12th in blocked shots (82) and 17th in the NCAA for both opponent's field goal percentage (34.3).
ABOUT THE ASUN
The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.
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