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ATLANTA, Ga.
 - The ASUN Conference Women's Basketball Championship is down to four teams in search of the conference title and automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Top-seeded FGCU and third-seed Liberty host semifinals action on Wednesday night as No. 5 North Florida and No. 7 Kennesaw State look to pull upsets for the second-straight round.

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FGCU (26-4, 16-0)
Twitter: @FGCU_WBB
- FGCU earned its ninth Regular Season title with a perfect 16-0 mark in the ASUN. The undefeated record was the fifth such occurrence since the 2011-12 season for the Eagles.
- The Eagles' 26 wins this season gives the team 25 or more wins in nine-straight seasons. Throughout that time, Head Coach Smesko's teams have eclipsed 30 wins three times including 31 last season.
- The No. 1 seed in the ASUN Championship has advanced to the Final in each year since the 2011 conference tournament. The last No.1 seed to not reach the Final was ETSU who was knocked out in the Semifinals by fifth-seeded Jacksonville.
- In the ASUN Championship, FGCU has posted a 20-2 overall record with a .909 winning percentage. Among the four teams remaining in the ASUN Championship, FGCU's 20 wins are more than the other three teams combined with none of them winning more than five postseason contests.
- At 15-1 this season, FGCU has the most home victories of any team in the ASUN. Over the last three seasons, the Eagles have a 68-2 record at home with the only home loss in ASUN play coming in overtime to Stetson to end the 2016-17 Regular Season.
- With a pair of wins this season vs. Kennesaw State, FGCU now sits at 24-2 in the all-time series. This marks the third postseason meeting between the two clubs with each coming in the ASUN Quarterfinals in 2012 and 2013.
- The key to their offensive success, the Eagles make 11.0 three-point field goals per game, the third-highest mark in the nation. The Eagles trail only DePaul (11.1) and Idaho (11.7) amongst Division I programs.

Kennesaw State (9-21, 4-12)
Twitter: @KSUOwlsWBB
- The nine wins by the Owls this season are a two-win improvement over last year while improving their conference record by one win as well. This marks the second year in a row that the Owls hold the seventh seed in the ASUN Championship.
- The Owls claimed just the third win by a seven seed in the ASUN Championship all-time with their upset of Stetson in the Quarterfinals. North Florida had each of the first two victories as a seventh seed.
- Making their 10th appearance in the ASUN Championship, the Owls have won three games in its first 12 contests. Prior to the victory vs. Stetson, the last victory for Kennesaw State came in 2017 when the fourth-seeded Owls beat fifth-seed NJIT 62-60 in the Quarterfinals.
- Alexis Poole was the top scorer for Kennesaw State in both of its matchups with FGCU this season. The sophomore forward averaged 18.5 PPG while adding 8.0 RPG to her stat line as well.
- Kamiyah Street was named a member of the ASUN First Team All-Conference squad after leading the ASUN with 17.2 PPG. The 2017 Freshman of the Year, this marks Street's first appearance on the All-Conference First Team.
- Amani Johnson claimed the third-straight Freshman of the Year award for Kennesaw State, making the Owls the first program to accomplish that feat. Johnson led all freshmen with 9.6 PPG, 4.4 APG and 2.3 SPG.
- Kamiyah Street sits 69 points shy of joining the 1,000-point club in her career. The sophomore guard has averaged 16.6 PPG in her career, putting her on course to pass the mark in roughly four games if she were to hold to her average.

Liberty (15-15, 10-6)
Twitter: @LibertyWBB 
- In its first year of membership with the ASUN, Liberty claimed the three seed in the Conference Championship. The Flames' 10-6 mark in conference play was the best for a first-year member since Northern Kentucky went 12-6 in its first year as a conference member in the 2012-13 season.
- The victory by Liberty in the opening round of the conference tournament was the 31st all-time win for a three seed in the ASUN Championship. The last three seed to reach the ASUN Championship Final was Northern Kentucky in 2015.
- The Flames split the season series with North Florida with each team winning at home. Sophomore guard Emily Lytle had the most success vs. UNF this season, averaging 13.5 PPG and marking the only Flame to hit double figures vs. the Ospreys in both meetings this year.
- Bridgette Rettstatt was named a member of the ASUN All-Conference Second Team following a breakout year for the Flames. The Ohio native averaged 13.4 PPG and 7.7 RPG in conference action, up from 11.1 PPG and 7.1 RPG when accounting for all games played this year.
- Senior forward KK Barbour has a penchant for tournament time throughout her career. The Virginia native was named Big South Championship MVP after the 2018 campaign, leading Liberty to the conference crown while averaging 14.3 PPG and 6.3 RPG.
- A newcomer to the ASUN Championship, Liberty won 17 conference titles as part of the Big South including the 2018 trophy. The Flames held a record of 56-10 in Big South Tournament contests and made 19 trips to the Finals over the last 21 seasons of membership.
- With the Liberty Men's Team winning the ASUN Men's Basketball Championship, the Liberty women can complete a sweep for the first-year ASUN member. If Liberty were to win the Women's Basketball title, it would be the first year one school won both Men's and Women's since FGCU did so in the 2017 Championships.

North Florida (15-13, 9-7)
Twitter: @OspreyWBB
- North Florida holds the fifth seed in the ASUN Championship. The fifth seed this season marks the best seed for the Ospreys since claiming the No. 4 spot in both the 2010 and 2011 tournaments. 
- The Ospreys have advanced into the ASUN Semifinals for a second consecutive season, knocking off teams on the road in each year to do so. It is the first time that UNF has made back-to-back trip to the Semifinals since joining the ASUN.
- A home win vs. Liberty this season led to a season split with the Flames. In the home victory, Jazz Bond and Adrienne Jackson each scored 19 points for a game-high. Each added five rebounds in the game as well.
- The Ospreys have won four-straight contests including three in a row to end the regular season. At 8-2 over the last 10 games, North Florida has posted a winning overall record for the first time as a Division I team, now sitting at 15-13.
- When scoring 70 or more points in a game, the Ospreys are nearly unbeatable. During Head Coach Darrick Gibbs' tenure at UNF, the Ospreys have posted a 30-4 record when scoring 70+ points in a game including 9-1 this year.
- Jazz Bond has been a big addition for UNF since becoming eligible to play after the first semester due to transfer regulations. The Second Team All-Conference honoree has averaged 16.0 PPG with North Florida and has recorded five or more blocks in a game five times so far.
- Senior guard Ty Purifoy set the team's single-season mark for assists in a season at the D-I level, dishing out 156 apples including postseason action. Purifoy averaged a league-high 7.3 APG during conference play, two assists per game better than any other player.

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