Top-Four @ASUNWBB Teams Battle on Monday Night; FGCU & UNA Remain Unbeaten

Top-Four @ASUNWBB Teams Battle on Monday Night; FGCU & UNA Remain Unbeaten

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ATLANTA, Ga. - The top-four teams in the ASUN Conference Women's Basketball standings square off on Monday night as the fourth gameday takes place across the league. FGCU and North Alabama hold undefeated 3-0 marks in ASUN play and hit the road to face North Florida (2-1) and Liberty (2-1). In other action, NJIT travels to Jacksonville with both teams looking to improve from 0-2, while Lipscomb hosts Kennesaw State for a 6:30 PM CT tipoff.

FGCU is ranked No. 25 for the second consecutive week in the USA Today Coaches Poll and enter Monday's contest having won its last 31-straight ASUN Conference games. Its last loss vs. an ASUN foe came on North Florida's court back on Feb. 1, 2018. The streak sits third in the country behind UConn (139) and Baylor (44). Follow @ASUNWBB on Twitter for live updates throughout the season.


FGCU and North Alabama enter the second Monday of ASUN play on winning streaks. The Eagles have won their last five contests and also look to extend their conference win streak that currently sits at 31, ranking third in the NCAA. The last ASUN loss for the Eagles during league play took place on Feb. 1, 2018, when they fell 75-73 to North Florida. UNA holds a three-game streak after earning victories in its first ASUN games.

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 (4-0). Meanwhile, FGCU (8-1) and North Alabama (5-1) have just one home loss. Jacksonville (5-2) and Stetson (5-4) also are sporting a winning record on their home courts while Kennesaw State is .500 (3-3). 

No. 25 FGCU (16-2, 3-0)
Twitter: @FGCU_WBB
Next Two Games: at North Florida* (1/13; 7 PM - ESPN+) | at North Alabama* (1/18; 2 PM - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: at Stetson* (W, 89-47) | vs. Liberty* (W, 64-57)
- 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. 
- Nasrin Ulel ranks 79th in ASUN history for career points with 1,150, while her 196 made three's are 18th-best. She enters Monday's game averaging 12.6 PPG & 2.1 three's made per outing.
- FGCU improved to 26-4 all-time against Stetson with a 12-2 mark in DeLand after a dominating 89-47 victory. The Eagles connected on 18 three's and forced 23 Stetson turnovers.
- The Eagles remain the nation's top team in five categories: three-point field goals attempted (665), three-pointers made (222), three-pointers per game (12.3), turnover margin (10.61) and turnovers per game (10.2). 
- Tytionia Adderly eclipsed the 1,000 career rebound mark on Jan. 4 and sits 11th in league history with 1,021. With 11 boards on Monday, Adderly would move into the top-10. The league career mark sits at 1,242 held by Georgia Southern's Phylette Blake (1985-89).
- Davion Wingate leads the league in scoring this season with a 17.1 PPG while Keri Jewett-Giles is fourth (16.1). As a team, FGCU is averaging 80.1 PPG and 78.3 PPG after three league contests.

Jacksonville (8-7, 0-2)

Twitter: @JAX_WBB
Next Two Games:
 vs. NJIT* (1/13; 7PM - ESPN+) | vs. Stetson* (1/18; 1 PM - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: at Liberty* (L, 85-76) | at North Alabama* (L, 76-65) 
- 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. 
- Last year vs. NJIT, Kiara Meeks tallied two double-digit scoring games including 16 in the win on Feb. 23 at home. She averaged 13.5 PPG, 7 RPG, 5 APG & 3 SPG in the season sweep.
- Destiny Marshall is leading the league in scoring in conference games at 24.5 PPG after a 24-point showing at Liberty and 25 vs. UNA in JAX's league opener. She is making 52.8 percent of her field goals and 81.8 percent from the charity stripe.
- 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 (194), fifth in steals per game (12.9) and seventh in turnovers forced (22.8). 
- Jacksonville leads the ASUN in offensive rebounds per game at 15.1. Jada Perry (3.1), Marshall (2.9) and Shalonda Neely (2.0) lead the way in the category as Perry ranks second in the league.
- The Dolphins squad is one of the stingiest defensive units in the ASUN as they are second in points per game allowed (59.6) this season. They have held eight of their 14 opponents to 55 points or fewer. 

Kennesaw State (6-7, 0-2)
Twitter: @KSUOwlsWBB
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, her highest-scoring output of the season. Piccolino also reached double figures with 10 points.
- Poole's scoring average (15.1 PPG) ranks sixth in the ASUN with two of her teammates also sitting in the top-20 for points per game this season. Johnson is 15th averaging 12.6 while Gianolla ranks 17th with 12.5.

Liberty (9-7, 2-1)
Twitter: @LibertyWBB
Next Two Games: vs. North Alabama* (1/13; 7PM - ESPN+) | vs. Lipscomb (1/18; 4 PM - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: vs. Jacksonville* (W, 85-76) | at No. 25 FGCU* (L, 64-57)
- 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). 
- Liberty is off to its best start in ASUN play with a 2-1 mark after joining the league last season. The Flames dropped their first three games last year after opening against FGCU, Stetson and Jacksonville, but ended up finishing 10-6 vs. league teams.
- The Flames have won seven of their last eight contests with the lone blemish being a road loss to FGCU by seven. This season, Liberty is 9-1 when scoring at least 65 points.
- In their last contest, Liberty defeated Jacksonville 85-76 behind 29 points from Keyen Green and 21 from Ashytn Baker. Green added 16 rebounds including 11 on the offensive end. Green reached 1,000 career points in the victory.
- Green and Bridgette Rettstatt are the only teammates in the ASUN  to be averaging a double-double in league games. Green is producing 21 PPG & 11 RPG as Rettstatt is adding 11.3 PPG & 10 RPG. 
- As a team, Liberty sits second in the league for field goal percentage (42.9) and offensive rebounds per game (14.4). The Flames shot 47.6 percent vs. Jacksonville and added 23 offensive boards.

Lipscomb (4-12, 1-2)
Twitter: @LipscombWBB
Next Two Games: vs. Kennesaw State* (1/13; 6:30 PM CT - ESPN+) | at Liberty* (1/18; 3 PM CT - ESPN+
Last Two Games: vs. North Alabama* (L, 84-72) | at Stetson* (W, 65-59)
- 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.
- In last year's home win vs. KSU, the Bisons were led by three double-digit scorers as Taylor Clark (18), Carleigh Short (17) and Emily Kmec (15) teamed up for the overtime win. The trio combined to make all 11 of the Bisons' three-pointers.
- Lipscomb sits with two of the top-four scorers in league play early in the slate with Taylor Clark (21.7) and Jalyn Holcomb (18.3). They have both upped their production in ASUN contests as they average 12.8 & 14.4 PPG for the season.
- 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. 
- Jalyn Holcomb is the top ASUN freshmen scorer this season as she ranks seventh overall. She is on an eight-game streak of recording 10-plus points, including 20 against the Hatters and 22 vs. UNA. 
- The Bisons remain one of the best free-throw shooting teams in the nation as they sit at No. 2 (79.9) hitting 230-of-288 attempts. Lipscomb trails William & Mary at 80.5 percent.

NJIT (3-12, 0-2)
Twitter: @NJITWBB
Next Two Games: at Jacksonville* (1/13; 7 PM - ESPN+) | vs. Kennesaw State* (1/18; 1 PM - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: at North Florida* (L, 71-48) | vs. Liberty* (L, 67-53) 
- 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.
- On Saturday, Milena Bajic and Kenna Squier led the Highlanders in scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively. It marked the seventh 10+ point game for Squier and the fourth for Bajic this season.
- Danielle Tunstall ranks 51st in ASUN history for career rebounds as she has grabbed 546. She needs only two boards on Monday to move into the top-50. She enters averaging 8.9 RPG. 
- Tunstall is the lone Highlander averaging double-figure points this season (13.1). In league play, she is averaging 13.5 PPG & 7.5 RPG to go along with 2.5 blocks. Ellyn Stoll and Squier are next in scoring vs. league teams at 8 & 7 PPG. 
- Dani Evans sits third in the league for three-point percentage as she is knocking down 44.8 percent of her shots. The Highlanders have four players with at least 10 three's made this season led by Stoll's 21 and 16 from Maria Fux.
- NJIT is leading the ASUN in fewest personal fouls per game (13.9), which sits 16th in the NCAA.

North Alabama (12-3, 3-0)
Twitter: @UNAHoops
Next Two Games: at Liberty* (1/13; 6 PM CT - ESPN+) | vs. No. 25 FGCU* (1/18; 1 PM CT - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: at Lipscomb* (W, 84-72) | vs. Jacksonville* (W, 76-65) 
- 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.  
- North Alabama remains as one of two undefeated teams in the ASUN alongside FGCU (3-0). Last year, the Lions finished with a 10-6 league record after opening with a 7-1 mark in their first eight games.
- Emma Wallen needs 19 points to join her sister, Ivy, with 1,500 career points. Ivy sits with 1,532 as the tandem ranks first and second in the league for career points at their current institutions. Ivy also needs one assist to reach 600 in her career.
- The Lions are just one-of-three ASUN teams that have three players averaging at least 12 points per game. Ivy Wallen ranks second in the ASUN (16.8), Emma Wallen is eighth (13.6) while Brittany Panetti is 18th (12.2). UNA averages a league-best 85.7 PPG.
- North Alabama is one of three ASUN teams with a winning record on the road. UNA's 3-2 mark trails only FGCU (4-1) & Liberty (5-3) for road wins.
- North Alabama remains one of the most dominant offensive teams in the ASUN, leading the league in several categories - points per game (85.7), field goals made per game (31.3), field goal percentage (48.6), three-point field goal percentage (37.1), assists per game (21.3).

North Florida (9-7, 2-1)
Twitter: @OspreyWBB
Next Two Games: vs. No. 25 FGCU* (1/13; 7 PM - ESPN+) | at Jacksonville* (1/20; 7 PM - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: vs. NJIT* (W, 71-48) | at Kennesaw State* (W, 64-55)
- The Ospreys meet its fourth nationally-ranked opponent this season as the Eagles come to Jacksonville on Monday. 
- UNF is the last conference 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. 
- North Florida improved to 7-3 all-time against NJIT including a 5-1 mark inside UNF Arena with Saturday's 71-48 victory. Four Ospreys scored in double figures including a game-high 16 from Jazz Bond.
- UNF is the only team in the ASUN that has not dropped a single contest on their home court this season earning wins over NJIT, Warner, Holy Cross and Edward Waters. 
- North Florida is the only team in the ASUN to have three players grabbing six rebounds or more a game in Jackson (8.3), Bond (7.5) and Dasha Eremeeva (6.4). As a team, UNF pulls down 39.8 RPG, which ranks fourth in the league.
- Jazz Bond is the ASUN's top free throw shooter and ranks 13th nationally in free-throw percentage (89.4). She also ranks in the top-six in the ASUN in blocks (2nd; 35), defensive rebounds (5th; 91) and total rebounds (6th; 120). 

Stetson (7-9, 1-2)
Twitter: @StetsonWBB
Next Two Games: at Jacksonville* (1/18; 1 PM - ESPN+) | at North Alabama* (1/20; 7 PM ET - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: vs. FGCU* (L,89-47) | vs. Lipscomb* (L, 65-59)
- Stetson 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 including a 13-point win at Swisher Gymnasium.
- In last year's win at Jacksonville, Day'Neshia Banks scored 17 points to lead the Hatters, while Megan Vincent chipped in 10 points. Banks added 20 points in the meeting in DeLand, while Vincent scored 11 with five blocks.
- Banks is Stetson's leading scorer at 16.2 points per game which ranks her third in the ASUN. She is shooting 48.4 percent from the floor, which ranks ninth in the league.
- Vincent sits with 149 career blocks, which leads all active ASUN players and ranks 15th in league history. This season, she is averaging 2.25 BPG.
- Stetson hasn't dropped three-straight league contests since the 2011-12 season when the Hatters lost their last three regular-season contests. Last year, Stetson finished with an 11-5 league record.
- The Hatters are the top rebounding team in the ASUN pulling down 41.8 boards per outing. Stetson has a 6.3 rebounding margin edge on its opponents this season. Banks (8.8) and Vincent (5.8) lead the way for the team.

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.