@ASUNWBB Action Continues Saturday As Two Teams Can Clinch Championship Berths

@ASUNWBB Action Continues Saturday As Two Teams Can Clinch Championship Berths

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ATLANTA, Ga. - As the ASUN Conference Women's Basketball season is nearing the end and two more teams have the opportunity to clinch a spot in the 2020 ASUN Championship. FGCU and North Alabama have already clinched slots, Liberty and North Florida look to join them tonight. A win for FGCU will also clinch them a home game in the First Round of the Championship. 

The Ospreys, Hatters, Flames and Bisons are all at home on Saturday, hosting the Lions, Owls, Highlanders and Eagles, respectfully. Follow @ASUNWBB on Twitter for live updates throughout the remainder season.


ASUN BEAMS
USA Today Coaches Poll
Head Coach Karl Smesko and his team remain in the Top-25 of the USA Today Coaches Poll this week, moving up two spots to No. 22, its highest ranking this season and second highest in program history. On Dec. 31, FGCU earned its first ranking at No. 25 since finishing 25th in the 2017-18 season in the same poll. The Eagles remained No. 25 for two weeks earlier this season (Dec. 31-Jan. 14). The last time FGCU was No. 24 in the Coaches Poll was Feb. 16, 2015, before they climbed to No. 21 for four weeks (Mar. 2-April 6). 

Streaking 
Two teams enter the weekend on a three-game or longer win streak in No. 22 FGCU and North Alabama. With the win on Feb. 10 over Stetson, FGCU improved to 11-0 and has won its last 13 games, dating back to Dec. 22. The 13-game streak is tied for fourth among Division I teams currently. The win over the Hatters also extended their conference win streak to 39, ranking third 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. The Lions have defeated their last three ASUN opponents and sit at 8-3 and 17-6 overall. 

Longest Active Winning Streaks (Division I)
1. Stony Brook - 21
2. South Carolina - 18
3. Baylor - 15
4. FGCU/Princeton/Fresno St./IUPUI/Dayton - 13

ASUN Championship
Karl Smesko and his FGCU team clinched the first spot in the 2020 ASUN Championship, for the ninth consecutive season with the win over Jacksonville (Feb. 3). North Alabama was the second team to earn a place in the championship with its win over Lipscomb (Feb. 10). The First Round of the Championship takes place on March 7 with the top-four seeds hosting. Two more teams have the opportunity to clinch a spot on Saturday in North Florida and Liberty. 


No. 22 FGCU (24-2, 11-0)
Twitter: @FGCU_WBB
Next Two Games: at Lipscomb* (2/15; 2:30 PM - ESPN+) | at Kennesaw State* (2/17; 7 PM - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: vs. Stetson* (67-54) | vs. North Florida* (W, 76-65)
-The 22nd ranked Eagles are on the road for a three-game stretch before ending the regular season at home against North Alabama and Jacksonville.
- FGCU will start the three-game road stint in Nashville, Tenn., as it faces Lipscomb. In the first meeting this season, the Eagles downed the Bisons 82-56. Four players reached double-figures in the win with Tytionia Adderly leading the way with a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds.
- On Monday, FGCU will travel to KSU for the two programs 29th all-time meeting. The Eagles hold a 26-2 advantage over the Owls with the only losses taking place on the road in 2011 and 2008. Keri Jewett-Giles was the star in the meeting earlier this season with a team-high 20 points, seven assists, three rebounds and three steals. 
- Adderly is just 15 points, 10 assists and three steals away from becoming the first player in the entire history of the ASUN to produce at least 800 points, 1,000 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals in a career. In her last two games she has snagged 40 boards and is averaging 10.0 RPG this season. 
- FGCU is the only team with at least two players averaging over 16 points in league games. Jewett-Giles (18.5) and Nasrin Ulel (16.5) are two of the ASUN's seven with over 16 PPG in league play.
- The Eagles are ranked inside the top-15 in 10 categories and remain the nation's top team in five: three-point field goals attempted (899), three-pointers made (300), three-pointers per game (11.5), turnover margin (10.35) and turnovers per game (10.5). 

Jacksonville (14-10, 6-5)
Twitter: @JAX_WBB
Next Two Games: at North Florida* (2/17; 7 PM - ESPN+) | vs. Kennesaw State* (2/22; 1 PM - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: vs. Liberty* (L, 65-59) | at NJIT* (W, 66-54) 
- Darnell Haney and his team's remaining five games are in the State of Florida with three on the road, including its next one against North Florida. They also face Stetson (Feb. 29) and No. 22 FGCU in the final two games of the regular season.
- The Dolphins lead the all-time series against the Ospreys 23-9. Prior to the loss on Jan. 20, JAX held a 14-game winning streak that dated back to Jan. 19, 2013. 
- JAX was led by Shakayla Nevitt who dropped a game-high 22 points against UNF. Destiny Marshall and Da'Nasia Shaw also reached double-figures with 17 and 12 points, respectively. The Dolphins outscored the Ospreys 17-7 in points off turnovers.
- In the last outing, two players reached double-figures led by Shaw (14) with Nevitt adding 12. Jada Perry led the team in rebounds (9) while also recording one steal and one block.
- Marshall is in the tied for fourth in the league for overall scoring this season (14.9 PPG) with Stetson's Day'Neshia Banks. In league games, she is averaging 16.2 PPG ranking seventh among ASUN players. In the win over North Alabama (Feb. 1), she had her eight game streak of 10-plus points snapped and has averaged 5.67 PPG in her last three outings. 
- The Dolphins are one-of-two ASUN squads to rank among the top-10 in the country in multiple categories - ranking sixth in steals (279), seventh in steals per game (11.6) and 10th in turnovers forced (21.75). Nevitt is one of four who average at least 1.4 steals per game, the senior averages 1.8 steals per game. 

Kennesaw State (11-11, 4-6)
Twitter: @KSUOwlsWBB
Next Two Games:  at Stetson* (2/15; 1 PM - ESPN+) | vs. No. 22 FGCU* (2/17; 7 PM - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: vs. Shorter (W, 94-55) | vs. Lipscomb* (W, 88-60)
- After a week off from ASUN play, the Owls return on Saturday with a contest in DeLand against the Hatters. KSU readies to avenge a 67-61 loss to Stetson earlier this season on its home court in the conference opener. 
- Stetson leads the all-time series 27-5, three-of-five wins have come in DeLand including last season when the Owls earned a 67-59 win in the ASUN Championship. The win marked the Owls first win in DeLand since Feb. 14, 2009. 
- On Monday, KSU hosts 22nd ranked FGCU for the 29th meeting between the two programs. The Owls have earned two wins at home against the Eagles, last done on Feb. 14, 2011.
- The Owls registered their 11th win of the season after Tuesday's 94-55 victory over Shorter, the most by KSU since the 2015-16 season. Five players scored in double figures led by 20 from Amani Johnson and 15 by Peyton Lewis. Gillian Piccolino recorded 13 points and also tallied a season-best six blocks while the Owls' 68 total rebounds in the game are the most by any conference team this season. 
- Alexis Poole scored a game-leading 22 points against Stetson in early January. Carlotta Gianolla (15), Piccolino (12) and Johnson (10) also reached double digits. The Owls forced 20 turnovers but were unable to recover from a first-half deficit despite outscoring the Hatters 24-12 in the third quarter including 13 from Poole.
- The Owls are one-of-four ASUN teams ranked in the top-15 in the country in at least one category. KSU is No. 9 in free-throw percentage at 77.8 percent (298-383). 

Liberty (13-11, 6-5)
Twitter: @LibertyWBB
Next Two Games: vs. NJIT* (2/15; 2 PM - ESPN+) | vs. Stetson* (2/22; 2 PM - ESPN+) 
Last Two Games: at Jacksonville* (W, 65-59) | at North Alabama* (L, 86-75)
- Liberty returns home for a three-game stint hosting NJIT (Feb. 15), Stetson (Feb. 22) and North Florida (Feb. 24) before ending the regular season on the road.
- The Flames and Highlanders both enter Saturday's contest having won their last games as Liberty downed Jacksonville 65-59 while NJIT topped North Florida 60-56 to earn its first ASUN win of the season. Liberty leads the series against NJIT 3-0, holding the Highlanders to a 46.33 PPG average.
- Next Saturday, the Flames look to earn its first sweep of the Hatters as they earned the program's first win in the series in the first meeting this season, winning 57-48 on the road. Keyen Green totaled 35 points and 21 rebounds combined against Liberty's next two opponents, with a double-double against Stetson. 
- Keyen Green, Asia Todd, Emily Lytle, Mya McMillian and Bridgette Rettstatt each had 10-plus point outings against Jacksonville on Monday (Feb. 10). Green led the team with 13 points. As a team, they held the Dolphins to 28.8 from the field.
- Green is inside the top-10 among the ASUN top scorers this season sitting seventh (14.3). Lytle is second on the team (10.1) just ahead of Baker (9.9).
- As a team, Liberty leads the ASUN in rebound margin per game (5.7) and sits second in offensive RPG (13.9). Green averages 4.0 offensive boards per game, ranking first among ASUN players. 

Lipscomb (5-19, 2-9)
Twitter: @LipscombWBB
Next Two Games: vs. No. 22 FGCU* (2/15; 1:30 PM CT - ESPN+) | vs. NJIT* (2/17; 6:30 PM CT - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: at North Alabama* (L, 91-58) | at Kennesaw State* (L, 88-60)
- Lipscomb returns home to host FGCU (Feb. 15) and NJIT (Feb. 17) before making its final road trips of the regular season to Jacksonville to face UNF (Feb. 22) and JAX (Feb. 24).
- The Bisons are searching for their first win over the Eagles as the two teams meet for the 27th time on Saturday. A win over FGCU would be the first against a conference opponent inside Allen Arena this season. 
- On Monday, Lipscomb and NJIT meet for the 10th time as Lipscomb looks to earn its first series sweep in the 2017-18 season as they won 65-57 earlier this season in Newark. The two teams have each won a pair of contests in Nashville, the Bisons last win at home in the series was Feb. 3,  2018 (66-58).
- Taylor Clark led the team in scoring at 15 points in the latest game for the Bisons. Jalyn Holcomb was the only other player for Lipscomb to record 10-plus points with her 13-point effort. 
- Holcomb leads the Lipscomb squad in scoring this season with 13.7 PPG, best among ASUN freshmen and 10th overall. In league games, the freshman is averaging 13.9 PPG (9th). Clark is leading the team in scoring in ASUN contests, averaging 16.5 PPG.
- The Bisons are one-of-two ASUN teams to rank inside the top-15 in the country in free-throw percentage, shooting 77.5 from the line ranking 12th. Holcomb leads the team at 81.9 percent (68-83).

NJIT (4-19, 1-9)
Twitter: @NJITWBB
Next Two Games: at Liberty* (2/15; 2 PM - ESPN+) | at Lipscomb* (2/17; 7:30 PM - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: vs. North Florida* (W, 60-56) | vs. Jacksonville* (L, 66-54) 
- The Highlanders are on the road for the next two games before return to the WEC for their final home games of the regular season against No. 22 FGCU (Feb. 22) and Stetson (Feb. 24).
- NJIT and Liberty both enter Saturday's contest having won its most recent game. The Highlanders topped North Florida 60-56 while Liberty downed Jacksonville 65-59. The NJIT win snapped a 13-game losing streak and was the teams' first win since Dec. 7, 2019. With the win over UNF, NJIT moves to 4-7 against the Ospreys and hold a 3-2 advantage in Newark. 
- Mike Lane and his team are looking to earn the program's first win against Liberty as the Flames have won the three previous meetings. Earlier this season, the Highlanders fell 67-53 at home with Danielle Tunstall scoring 19 points and snagging nine boards. 
- On Monday, NJIT squares off with Lipscomb a team that they have a 5-4 all-time advantage over. The Bisons earned a 65-57 win on Jan. 20. Inside Allen Arena, the teams are even, both having won two games. NJIT won the last contest in Nashville on Feb. 27, 2019 (69-53). 
- Tunstall had a big game in the win over UNF with 20 points and 15 rebounds. It was her second consecutive double-double, seventh of the season and 18th in her career. She averages 13 point and 8.9 rebounds per outing.
- NJIT is leading the ASUN in fewest personal fouls per game (14.6), which ranks 37th among NCAA Division I teams this season. 

North Alabama (17-6, 8-3)
Twitter: @UNAHoops
Next Two Games:  at North Florida* (2/15; 12 PM CT) | at Stetson* (2/17; 6 PM CT - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: vs. Lipscomb* (W, 91-58) | vs. Liberty* (W, 86-75) 
- North Alabama is three shy of becoming the second ASUN team to reach the 20 win mark this season, joining No. 22 FGCU (24-2). It will mark the third consecutive season the Lions have earned 20 wins. 
- On Saturday, UNA visits Jacksonville, Fla., for a noon tip against UNF. The Lions are looking for its second straight season sweep over the Ospreys after earning a close 54-51 win on Jan. 4 earlier this season. North Alabama leads the series 3-1 with the lone loss taking place in the ASUN Championship last season. 
- The Lions and Hatters square off Monday in DeLand. UNA has yet to defeat Stetson inside the Edmunds Center, falling 69-59 last season. 
- Ivy Wallen had double-figures against both North Florida and Stetson in the first meeting this season for a combined 31 points and 11 assists. Emma Wallen had a game high 19 points against the Ospreys while Kenysha Coulson had a double-double against the Hatters with 14 points and 15 rebounds.
- Head Coach Missy Tiber earned her 300th career win as the Lions defeated NJIT on Feb. 3. In her seven seasons at the helm of the North Alabama program she has collected 116 wins. She is the fifth ASUN coach to eclipse 300 career wins. 
- North Alabama remains one of the most dominant offensive teams in the ASUN, leading the league in several categories - points per game (79.9), FGs made per game (28.7), FG percentage (46.6), 3FG percentage (35.5), APG (19.3) and opponents' three-point FG percentage (24.8). 

North Florida (13-11, 6-5)
Twitter: @OspreyWBB
Next Two Games: vs. North Alabama* (2/15; 1 PM - ESPN+) | vs. Jacksonville* (2/17; 7 PM - ESPN+) 
Last Two Games: at NJIT* (L, 60-56) | at No. 24 FGCU* (L, 76-65) 
- The Ospreys are currently in a three-way tie with Jacksonville and Liberty at 6-5. UNF still has to play both teams as they host Jacksonville in the River City Rumble on Monday, Feb. 17 and travel to Lynchburg, Va., on Feb. 24.
- Saturday will be just the fifth meeting between North Florida and North Alabama as the Lions hold a 3-1 advantage. UNF was four points shy in earning its second win at Flowers Hall in the first meeting this season, as they fell 54-51. It was the first game that Jazz Bond played against her sister Jaida Bond.
- UNF earned a 70-64 road win over JAX in the first meeting this season, snapping a 14-game losing streak. A win at home on Monday will give the Ospreys its first season sweep over the Dolphins since the 2011-12 season. Bond and Dasha Eremmeva each had double-doubles with Janesha Green leading the team with 22 points.
- North Florida fell 60-56 to NJIT in its latest contest. Entering the game UNF was 2-2 all-time in Newark, N.J. Three players recorded 11 points in the contest - Green, Bond and Adrienne Jackson. Bond and Jackson both adding 10 boards for double-doubles. 
- Jackson is the ASUN's leading rebounder in league contests with 11.0 RPG. She is second overall this season in rebounds at 9.3, just behind FGCU's Adderly.
- Bond moved up three spots and is now ranked 17th in nation in blocked shots this season with 61 and sits 20th in blocked shots per game (2.54). Her season-high for blocks is six against Nicholls State (Nov. 30). In ASUN games she is averaging 3.09 and has three five-block games. 

Stetson (10-13, 4-6)
Twitter: @StetsonWBB
Next Two Games: vs. Kennesaw State* (2/15; 1 PM - ESPN+) | vs. North Alabama* (2/17; 7 PM - ESPN+) 
Last Two Games: at No. 24 FGCU* (L, 67-54) | at North Florida* (W, 60-52) 
- Stetson looks to get back to its winning ways as the team was on a three-game winning streak before falling to then No. 24 FGCU 67-54 Monday night. The Hatters return home for the next two contests before hitting the road for their last road games of the regular season.
- On Saturday, Stetson looks to complete the season sweep of the Owls for the second-consecutive season when the teams face off after defeating them 67-61 on Jan. 4. The Hatters lead the series 29-5 and have won 24 of the last 26 head-to-head meetings. On March 8, 2019 Stetson fell to KSU for the first time in DeLand since Feb. 14, 2011.
- Monday the Hatters host North Alabama, one of two teams that have clinched a spot in the ASUN Championship. UNA earned a 68-57 win on Jan. 20 to improve to 2-1 all-time after Stetson won both meetings in 2019.
- In the latest outing against FGCU, the Hatters defense started the game out strong, holding the Eagles to single-digit scoring in the first quarter for the first time in conference play (9 points).
- Tonysha Curry led all Stetson scorers with 15 points in the game. She was joined in double-figures by Kimia Carter and Day'Neshia Banks, both scored 11. Banks continues to lead the team in scoring over midway through conference play at 14.9 PPG; which ranks fourth in the ASUN this season.
- The Hatters, the league's top rebounding team with 40.7 RPG, grabbed 49 boards in the contest compared to only 26 by the Owls and held their opponents to 33.3 percent from the field.


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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