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Women's Basketball Schedule | Weekly Notes Packet (2/8)

ATLANTA, Ga.
 - As the ASUN Conference Women's Basketball season enters the midpoint of February, teams are beginning to lock down playoff berths and are fighting for top seeding for a chance at ultimate conference glory just over a month from now. The coming days of action in the ASUN brings focus to the standings with many matchups set to turn the league table over as we count down the weeks before the ASUN Championship.

ASUN Women's Basketball conference games can be found on the exclusive streaming home of ASUN Conference Women's Basketball, ESPN+.

FGCU (18-4, 9-0)
Twitter: @FGCU_WBB
Next Two Games: at Liberty* (2/9 - 12 PM, ESPN+); vs. NJIT* (2/12 - 7 PM, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: W, 76-51 vs. North Alabama*; W, 82-58 vs. Jacksonville*
- FGCU became the first team to clinch a spot in the ASUN Championship following its victory vs. North Alabama. The Eagles look to win their third-straight title and appear in the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in program history.
- The Eagles aim for their 10th win in conference play this season with a meeting at Liberty. This marks the second meeting of the season and all-time for the programs following an FGCU victory at home, 68-50, to open conference play.
- In that conference-opening victory, FGCU was led by Nasrin Ulel who scored a game-high 21 points. That win kick-started the Eagles current nine-game winning streak.
- With 11.4 made three-pointers per game, FGCU ranks second in the nation, trailing only DePaul's 11.8. The Eagles are one of three teams in the country to average at least 11 made threes per game.
- Tytionia Adderly had a program-best night in the Eagles' last game vs. North Alabama. The junior forward scored a career-best 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, the first FGCU player to ever post those totals in a single game. 
- NJIT comes to Alico Arena in the next contest after the two sides just met three games prior. All-time, the Eagles hold a 10-0 mark vs. the Highlanders with nine of those victories coming in ASUN action.
- In the previous meeting this year, FGCU held NJIT to 35 points in a 30-point victory in Newark. Nine players scored for FGCU on the day and the defense held NJIT to single-digit points in the first three quarters of play.

Jacksonville (12-11, 5-5)
Twitter: @JAX_WBB
Next Two Games:
 at Lipscomb* (2/9 - 2:30 PM, ESPN+); at Stetson* (2/12 - 7 PM, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: W, 68-53 vs. Kennesaw State*; L, 82-58 at FGCU*
- Jacksonville aims to build a winning streak with a trip to Lipscomb. The Dolphins hold a 21-10 series lead vs. the Bisons, winning each of the last eight matchups in the series.
- Earlier this season, the Dolphins claimed a 62-47 win vs. Lipscomb at Swisher Gymnasium. In that contest, JU received 14 points off the bench from Khadijah Brown (8) and Shalonda Neely (6) to help the Dolphins pull away for the 15-point victory.
- The Dolphins pace the ASUN with 38.8 RPG in conference play, 0.9 per game better than Liberty. When factoring in all contests this season, the Dolphins average 41.8 RPG, the only team above 38.0 per game.
- Jasmyn Brown's 15.5 PPG mark a career-high for the senior guard after previously topping out at 13.5. Her average this season leads all senior players in the conference, 1.6 PPG above McKenna Beach from Stetson.
- Trudy Walker's 10.0 RPG top all ASUN players and rank 37th across the country. The senior forward is one of only 41 players in Division I to average at least 10.0 RPG this season.
- The Dolphins continue a short road swing with a trip to DeLand to meet Stetson for the second time this season. The Dolphins dropped the first matchup at home by a final of 69-56 in what was a key standings battle.
- In the loss to the Hatters, Trudy Walker produced 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Dolphins, helping her team out-rebound Stetson 45-32 in a contest that was tied after the third quarter.

Kennesaw State (5-16, 1-7)
Twitter: @KSUOwlsWBB
Next Two Games: vs. NJIT* (2/9 - 2 PM, ESPN+); at North Florida* (2/12 - 7 PM, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: L, 68-53 at Jacksonville*; L, 76-69 at Stetson*
- Kennesaw State aims to halt a six-game losing streak when NJIT comes to town. The Owls have owned the series all-time, but lost at NJIT to open conference play this season.
- In the road loss to NJIT, KSU was led by Kamiyah Street's 20 points, part of four players who hit double figures in the contest. Simina Avram (13) and Carlotta Gianolla (10) each had double-digit rebounds as well.
- Alexis Poole has totaled a league-leading nine double-doubles this season, two of which have come in conference play. In that pair of contests, the sophomore forward averaged 25.0 PPG and 13.5 RPG with two of her four 20-point games this season.
- Sophomore guard Breanna Hoover has entered the starting lineup in each of the last four games and has provided a deep scoring threat for KSU. In the last three games, she has played at least 23 minutes and averages two made three-pointers per game as part of her 7.1 PPG.
- As a team, the Owls average 9.8 SPG in conference play, the second-best mark among all ASUN programs. The Owls trail only FGCU's 10.0 per game and the two teams are the only ones in the league to average at least nine per game in league action.
- The Owls face North Florida for the second time this season in their next contest, facing off with their former conference rivals from days as Division II programs. UNF took the first matchup this year by a final of 71-60 at KSU.
- In the loss to North Florida, the Owls received 23 points and 12 rebounds from Alexis Poole, one of her two double-doubles this year in league action. The sophomore forward has averaged 16.0 PPG and 8.3 RPG in three career games vs. the Ospreys.

Liberty (9-13, 5-4)
Twitter: @LibertyWBB 
Next Two Games:
 vs. FGCU* (2/9 - 12 PM, ESPN+); vs. Lipscomb* (2/12 - 7 PM, ESPN+)
Last Two Games:
 L, 68-56 vs. Stetson*; W, 58-47 vs. NJIT*
- The Flames welcome first-place FGCU to the Vines Center for the first time in the series history. Liberty and FGCU met once already this season with the Flames dropping a decision at FGCU to open conference play.
- During the loss to FGCU, Liberty was led in scoring by Bridgette Rettstatt's 12 off the bench. Kierra Johnson-Graham had 11 off the bench as well to make up the only two players to hit double figures for Liberty.
- Head Coach Carey Green sits one win shy of 450 in his career, all with Liberty. When he reaches that mark, Green would be the third current ASUN coach to win 450 games or more joining FGCU's Karl Smesko (514) and Agnus Berenato of Kennesaw State (466).
- During Liberty's five-game win streak to lift it into fourth place in the league standings, the team averaged 18.4 APG hitting 20 assists twice in that span. The Flames dished out a season-high 25 assists vs. Lipscomb.
- The Flames' presence in the post has helped them to a winning record in conference play. The Flames rank second in the league during conference play in both RPG (37.9) and BPG (4.2), the only team to place in the top two of both categories.
- Liberty welcomes Lipscomb to close out a four-game home stand in which the Flames have gone 1-1 heading into the weekend. The Flames are 2-0 all-time vs. Lipscomb including a 77-60 victory in Nashville just a couple weeks ago.
- In the road victory vs. Lipscomb, the Flames had three players score in double-digits, including a game-high 20 from Kierra Johnson-Graham. Her 20 points marked a career-high and she pulled down 12 rebounds as well to mark her first double-double of the season.

Lipscomb (2-20, 0-9)
Twitter: @LipscombWBB
Next Two Games: vs. Jacksonville* (2/9 - 1:30 PM CT, ESPN+); at Liberty* (2/12 - 6 PM CT, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: L, 72-66 at North Florida*; L, 81-60 vs. North Alabama*
- The Bisons aim to break a 19-game losing streak with Jacksonville coming to Allen Arena. The last victory for Lipscomb in the series came during the 2014-15 season on January 22, a 75-63 decision.
- In the first meeting between the Bisons and Dolphins this season, Lipscomb guard Taylor Clark scored a game-high 13 points. In her career, the sophomore has averaged 9.3 PPG against Jacksonville.
- Freshman Jane Deason is the only player to start all 22 games this season for the Bisons. Averaging 7.8 PPG, she ranks third on the team with that average increasing to 8.8 in ASUN contests only.
- Lauren Rau's 81.1 free throw percentage ranks third in the ASUN when including all games played this season. The junior guard has connected on 73 of 90 shots from the charity stripe, the third-most makes in the ASUN.
- Taylor Clark's 11.5 PPG this season rank fourth among sophomore players in the ASUN. The guard trails only Kamiyah Street (15.0) and Alexis Poole of Kennesaw State (14.5) and Liberty's Emily Lytle (12.8).
- Lipscomb travels to Liberty for the first time in series history to face the Flames. Each of the previous two meetings took place in Nashville with one a neutral-site contest at Vanderbilt in 2011.
- In the first meeting with Liberty as ASUN foes, Lipscomb jumped out to a 17-10 lead in the first quarter before falling. Four players scored in double-figures for the Bisons, led by Taylor Clark's 18.

NJIT (5-16, 2-6)
Twitter: @NJITWBB
Next Two Games: at Kennesaw State* (2/9 - 2 PM, ESPN+); at FGCU* (2/12 - 7 PM, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: L, 58-47 at Liberty*; L, 67-35 vs. FGCU*
- NJIT hits the road for Kennesaw State looking to sweep the season series vs. the Owls. NJIT opened conference play this year with a 66-60 victory, the first-ever for the team against KSU.
- In the home victory vs. Kennesaw State, the trio of Kelly Guarino, Danielle Tunstall and Dez Allen combined for 45 of the team's 66 points. Allen totaled 10 points off the bench for her first double-digit outing of the season.
- Kelly Guarino's 61 made three-pointers this year lead all ASUN players. The senior leads FGCU's Nasrin Ulel by four made threes this year and is the only player to hit at least 60 shots from deep this season.
- The defense for the Highlanders has improved from non-conference play to the middle of league action. NJIT has allowed just 39.6% of opponent's shots to fall during league play, the fourth-best mark in the ASUN after allowing over 40 percent to drop during the team's non-conference slate.
- With 4.9 BPG, the Highlanders lead the ASUN in conference play. Milena Bajic (1.6), Danielle Tunstall (1.4) and Dez Allen (1.3) each average at least one block per game in conference play.
- The Highlanders continue a road swing to visit FGCU in Fort Myers. NJIT looks for its first win in the all-time series vs. FGCU in what will be the eleventh meeting between the two sides.
- In the Highlanders' loss to FGCU at home earlier this season, NJIT was led by 10 points each from Kelly Guarino and Tatianna Torres. The duo also hit all three three-pointers for the team in the contest. 

North Alabama (16-3, 7-2)
Twitter: @UNAHoops
Next Two Games: vs. North Florida* (2/9 - 1 PM CT, ESPN+); vs. Liberty* (2/16 - 1 PM CT, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: L, 76-51 at FGCU*; W, 81-60 at Lipscomb*
- North Alabama can clinch a spot in the ASUN Championship this weekend with a victory vs. North Florida. The Lions can clinch a berth in the tournament field with a Lipscomb loss to Jacksonville as well.
- The Lions look to reenter the win column with a matchup vs. North Florida at home. The Lions opened conference play with a game at North Florida, an overtime victory for UNA after falling down 19-5 in the first quarter.
- Brittany Panetti led the comeback effort with a game-high 28 points and 13 rebounds for her first double-double as an ASUN player. Ivy Wallen had a double-double as well with 15 points and 10 assists.
- Missy Tiber sits five wins away from 300 in her career. The North Alabama Head Coach needs six victories to reach 100 with the Lions in just her sixth season with the program.
- With 18.4 APG the Lions top all ASUN teams through the entire season. If counted towards NCAA statistics, that mark would rank 12th in the country.
- A two-game home stand closes with Liberty coming to town. This marks the first-ever matchup between the newest members to the ASUN Conference.
- The Lions and Flames each currently have winning records in conference play. If that holds, each team would be the first to finish their first season in the ASUN with a winning record since Northern Kentucky went 12-6 in the 2012-13 season.

North Florida (9-11, 4-5)
Twitter: @OspreyWBB
Next Two Games: at North Alabama* (2/9 - 2 PM, ESPN+); vs. Kennesaw State* (2/12 - 7 PM, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: W, 72-66 vs. Lipscomb*; W, 71-60 at Kennesaw State*
- UNF visits North Alabama for the first time as part of a one-game road trip. The second meeting for the Ospreys and Lions this year, UNF lost 70-64 in overtime to open ASUN play at home in the first matchup.
- Arianna Emanuel-Wright led the Ospreys with 15 points in the game vs. North Alabama, part of a stretch of nine-straight double-digit scoring outputs for the senior that stretched from Dec. 11th to Jan. 15th.
- Ty Purifoy's 11 assists vs. Kennesaw State were the most in a game for North Florida as a D-I program. Her second 10-assist game of the season, the senior guard averages a league-leading 7.5 APG in conference play.
- The Ospreys have scored at least 71 points in each of their last three victories. During Head Coach Darrick Gibbs' tenure at UNF, the Ospreys have posted a 27-4 record when scoring 70+ points in a game including 6-1 this year.
- In the team's back-to-back victories, UNF has grabbed exactly 39 rebounds in each contest. In four conference victories thus far, North Florida has pulled down at least 38 rebounds and have fell under that total in each of its conference losses.
- Kennesaw State comes to UNF Arena after the two sides met just three games prior. The Ospreys took that meeting by a final of 71-60 in a midweek clash between former Division II rivals.
- In the win at Kennesaw State, Arianna Emanuel-Wright led with 21 points while Dasha Eremeeva recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, her third of the season and career with UNF.

Stetson (12-11, 7-2)
Twitter: @StetsonWBB
Next Two Games: vs. Jacksonville* (2/12 - 7 PM, ESPN+); vs. FGCU* (2/16 - 2 PM, ESPN+)  
Last Two Games: W, 68-56 at Liberty*; W, 76-69 vs. Kennesaw State*
- Though they are idle this weekend, the Hatters can clinch a spot in the ASUN Championship with a loss by Lipscomb vs. Jacksonville this weekend. If that does not happen, Stetson can get in with a win in the team's next game vs. Jacksonville.
- The Hatters face Jacksonville for the second time this season after claiming a 69-56 road victory, the second such win in conference play this season. The Hatters hold a 4-3 advantage in the series over the last seven contests.
- Stetson outscored Jacksonville 22-9 in the fourth quarter in that road victory. Megan Vincent led the Hatters with eight of her 10 points in the final quarter while also grabbing nine rebounds. 
- The Hatters' five-game win streak is the longest since the 2016-17 season. Stetson went on a 15-game win streak during that season to claim the top seed in the ASUN Championship and appeared in the WNIT.
- At 73.5%, the Hatters lead the ASUN in free throw percentage when accounting for all games this season. Stetson has led the conference in free throw shooting in each of the last two seasons, topping out at 79.1% during the 2016-17 campaign.
- Stetson meets FGCU for the first time this season when the Eagles come to DeLand. The Hatters have won four times in the series with FGCU with the last coming to end the 2016-17 regular season as the Hatters won 67-64 at home.
- McKenna Beach is the only current member of the Stetson program to appear in that game, scoring seven points to go with four rebounds. In her career, Beach has averaged 6.6 PPG over eight contests with a high of 18 in the latest meeting last season.