HONOLULU — The FGCU’s No. 25 women’s basketball team looks to remain undefeated when they take on San Diego in the final game of the 2022 Bank of Hawaii Classic on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET. ESPN+ will broadcast from the Stan Sheriff Center on the Hawaii campus.
The Eagles and Toreros meet for the first time on Sunday. The toreros beat Lipscomb 49-45 in Friday’s early game of the 2022 Bank of Hawaii Classic. Guard Myah Pace led San Diego (3-1) with nine points, five rebounds and five assists. Guard Kiera Oakry added nine points while guard Jess Finney added eight points on 2-of-3 from long range. Pace leads the toreros with 11.0 points per game.
San Diego is the top team in the West Coast Conference and ranks 32nd nationally in goal defense, allowing their opponents just 49.2 points per game. The toreros own a WCC-best rebound margin of 14.5 and average 17.2 offensive rebounds per game, numbers that both rank in the top 30.
The FGCU’s offense is fueled by the efforts of the Junior Guard Alyza Winston (Muskegon, Mich./Muskegon HS/Mississippi State), the reigning ASUN Newcomer of the Week, with 20.5 points per game. Graduated Guard Tishara Morehouse (Milwaukee, Wisconsin/Rufus King HS/Nebraska CC) scores 15.7 points per game clip per guard in fifth year Sha Carter (Southfield, Mich./Wylie E. Groves HS/Walsh) average 9.3 per game.
The Eagles led Friday night en route to a 65-45 by as much as 30 points win over host Hawaii. Morehouse led the Green & Blues with 17 points and had three of the Eagles’ 12 Treys. Fifth year awake Kaela Webb (Pontiac, Mich./Detroit Country Day HS/Detroit Mercy/Providence) added 12 points with four triples and a fifth-year guard Sophia Stiles (Malta, Mont./Malta HS/Montana) grabbed nine team-high rebounds to go with nine points.
FGCU continues to thrive on its reputation as the Raining 3s. The Eagles lost 12 3-pointers to Rainbow Wahine and averaged a dozen per game, the best per-game average in the nation. FGCU leads ASUN with 79.3 points per game and a league-best field goal percentage of 44.6 percent.
FGCU Head Coach, Women’s Basketball Karl Smesko has led its teams to national rankings for the fourth straight year and six years total (2014-15, 2017-18, 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23). The Eagles also now top the Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll.
FGCU will spend Thanksgiving week in Hawaii with a program that will include drills and some sightseeing prior to the start of the Rainbow Wahine showdown against No. 2 Stanford on Friday, November 25 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The Eagles play three games against Cardinal, Hawaii (Nov. 26) and Grambling State (Nov. 27) in their next tournament.
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FGCU Head Coach Karl Smesko holds a career-wide record of 613-128 (.827), the third-highest win ratio among active Division I coaches, behind only UConn’s Geno Auriemma and LSU’s Kim Mulkey. He has also led the Eagles to a 232-18 (.928) mark in ASUN regular-season game and a 30-2 (.938) record in ASUN tournament play. In the past 10 seasons, he has led FGCU to a 153-5 (.968) record in conference play with six unbeaten seasons. The 12-time ASUN Coach of the Year has led the program to 12 straight 25-win seasons and 18 consecutive 20-win campaigns, including more than 30 wins in five of the last eight years. Additionally, the Eagles are 552-101 (.845) all-time since Smesko started the program in the 2002-03 season, and Green & Blue’s .845 all-time win ratio is the best in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history.
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FGCU teams have won an incredible 93 conference season and tournament titles in just over 15 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, the Eagles have contested a total of 46 teams or individuals in NCAA championships in just over 11 seasons of DI postseason eligibility. In 2022, the men’s golf team was the first program to earn a berth in the NCAA tournament. Eight FGCU programs have earned a national top-25 ranking in their respective sports — including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022), and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer ( 2018) as four of the youngest. In 2016-17, the Green & Blue achieved a division-best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and the top-100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had the top seven teams from ASUN and Florida to earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progress in their sport. FGCU also achieved a combined record 3.50 GPA in the classroom for the Fall 2020 semester and has surpassed the university’s general student population for 26 consecutive semesters. In the past six semesters (Fall 2019 – Spring 2022), another milestone was reached as all 15 programs achieved a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also contributed an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 and were recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.