2013–14 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles women's basketball team

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2013–14 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles women's basketball
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Atlantic Sun Regular Season Champions
Atlantic Sun Tournament Champions
NCAA Women's Tournament, First Round
Conference Atlantic Sun Conference
2013–14 record 26–8 (17–1 A-Sun)
Head coach Karl Smesko (12th season)
Assistant coach Abby Scharlow
Assistant coach Chelsea Dermyer
Assistant coach Chelsea Lyles
Home arena Alico Arena
Seasons
2013–14 Atlantic Sun women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
FGCU 17 1   .944     26 8   .765
Stetson 16 2   .889     27 8   .771
Northern Kentucky* 13 5   .722     18 13   .581
USC Upstate 11 7   .611     17 15   .531
Jacksonville 10 8   .556     13 17   .433
Mercer 9 9   .500     17 14   .548
East Tennessee State 5 13   .278     9 21   .300
Kennesaw State 4 14   .222     6 24   .200
Lipscomb 3 15   .167     6 24   .200
North Florida 2 16   .111     6 23   .207
2014 Atlantic Sun Tournament

*ineligible for postseason play due to Div. I transition winner
As of March 16, 2014; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2013–14 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles women's basketball team will represent Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in the 2013–14 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. FGCU is a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Roster changes[edit]

Departures[edit]

  • Lerrin Cook, (now Lerrin Michel) a senior with the 2012–13 team, graduated.[1]
  • Brittany Kennedy, a senior with the 2012–13 team, graduated, and signed a professional contract with the Saarlouis Royals located in Saarlouis, Germany.[1][2]
  • Betsy Adams, who played one year at FGCU after four years at Valparaiso completed her remaining year of eligibility. She played three seasons for the Crusaders, then missed her senior year with an injury, and transferred to FGCU as a graduate student.[3]
  • Joyce Iamstrong, a senior with the 2012–13 team, graduated.[4]

Incoming players[edit]

Status changes[edit]

Taylor Gradinjan played limited minutes in 2012–13 due to an ACL tear, but re-injured the same knee in September and will miss this entire season. Kaneisha Atwater transferred to FGCU from Virginia Commonwealth; the NCAA initially denied the request for a waiver of the standard rule requiring transfers to sit out a year because she is moving institutions to be closer to her son but later approved the request after FGCU appealed the decision.[6] Stephanie Haas played the 2012–13 as a walk-on, but earned a scholarship for the current season. Jessica Cattani is a freshman who tried out and made the team as a walk-on. Jenna Cobb joined the team a year ago as a transfer from Butler, but sat out the 2012–13 season per transfer rules.[7]

Roster[edit]

2013–14 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles women's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Dunson, DyTieshaDyTiesha Dunson 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) So Westover HS Albany, Ga.
G 1 Cattani, JessicaJessica Cattani (W) 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) Fr Muskego High School Muskego, Wisc
G 2 Atwater, KaneishaKaneisha Atwater 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) So VCU/Fort Pierce Westwood HS Fort Pierce, Fla.
F 3 Meador, KatieKatie Meador 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) So Salem Community HS Salem, Ill.
F 4 Murrell, BethanyBethany Murrell 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) So New Palestine HS New Palestine, Ind.
G 5 Hansen, SarahSarah Hansen (C) 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) RS Sr General McLane HS McKean, Pa.
G 11 Moore, AmandaAmanda Moore 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) So Seymour HS Seymour, Ind.
G 12 Haas, StephanieStephanie Haas 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) So Magnificat HS Avon Lake, Ohio
F 13 Chatzigiakoumi, AnthiAnthi Chatzigiakoumi 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Jr General Sr. HS of Kallithea Athens, Greece
G 14 Knight, WhitneyWhitney Knight 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) RS So R.J. Reynolds HS Winston-Salem, N.C.
G 15 Payne, RandaRanda Payne (W) 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Fr Mansfield St. Peters HS Mansfield, Ohio
F 20 Laughter, HaleyHaley Laughter 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) Fr Carolina Day School Asheville, N.C.
G 21 Gluesing, JaimeJaime Gluesing 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) So Solon HS Solon, Ohio
G 22 Cobb, JennaJenna Cobb (C) 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) RS Jr Miami Trace HS/Butler New Holland, Ohio
G 23 Blumer, MorganMorgan Blumer 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) Fr Milton HS Milton, Wisc.
G 24 Gradinjan, TaylorTaylor Gradinjan Injured 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) RS Fr Cudahy HS Cudahy, Wisc.
Head coach

Karl Smesko (Kent State '93)

Assistant coach(es)

Abby Scharlow (Wisconsin-Green Bay '05)
Chelsea Dermyer (FGCU '07)
Chelsea Lyles (FGCU '10)


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2013-08-17

Schedule[edit]

All conference games not shown on ESPN3 will be shown on A-Sun.TV. The home game against Bethune-Cookman will also be shown on A-Sun.TV.

Date
time, TV
Opponent Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
11/08/2013*
6 p.m.
at FIU W 75–55  1–0
 25  Knight   9  Hansen   4  Hansen  U.S. Century Bank Arena (506)
Miami, FL
11/12/2013*
7:05 p.m.
Bethune-Cookman W 71–38  2–0
 14  Knight   10  Hansen   2  Tied  Alico Arena (1,828)
Ft. Myers, FL
11/20/2013*
7:05 p.m., ESPN3
Charlotte W 78–73  3–0
 19  Haas   7  Tied   4  Knight  Alico Arena (1,673)
Ft. Myers, FL
11/23/2013*
8 p.m.
at Southern Miss L 76–74  3–1
 24  Hansen   6  Tied   4  Cobb  Reed Green Coliseum (1,109)
Hattiesburg, MS
11/26/2013*
7:30 p.m.
vs. TCU
Hardwood Tournament of Hope
L 68–47  3–2
 21  Knight   7  Hansen   4  Haas  Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center (100)
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
11/27/2013*
5 p.m.
vs. Stanford
Hardwood Tournament of Hope
L 82–59  3–3
 15  Atwater   6  Tied   5  Cobb  Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center 
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
11/29/2013*
2:30 p.m.
vs. South Dakota State
Hardwood Tournament of Hope
W 84–59  4–3
 18  Haas   8  Hansen   6  Cobb  Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center (100)
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
12/04/2013*
7:05 p.m., ESPN3
South Florida W 60–55  5–3
 22  Haas   10  Knight   4  Haas  Alico Arena (1,721)
Ft. Myers, FL
12/17/2013*
8 p.m.
at No. 12 LSU L 69–46  5–4
 15  Hansen   5  Cobb   3  Haas  Pete Maravich Assembly Center (2,190)
Baton Rouge, LA
12/20/2013*
7:05 p.m., ESPN3
Saint Francis (PA)
FGCU Hilton Garden Inn/
Homewood Suites Classic
W 75–68  6–4
 17  Tied   12  Tied   5  Cobb  Alico Arena (1,453)
Ft. Myers, FL
12/21/2013*
7:05 p.m., ESPN3
Virginia
FGCU Hilton Garden Inn/
Homewood Suites Classic
L 85–56  6–5
 13  Atwater   5  Hansen   7  Hansen  Alico Arena (1,832)
Ft. Myers, FL
12/29/2013*
6:05 p.m., ESPN3
St. Joseph L 76–64  6–6
 28  Hansen   5  Tied   3  Haas  Alico Arena (1,946)
Ft. Myers, FL
01/04/2014
7:05 p.m., ESPN3
Stetson W 72–56  7–6
(1–0)
 20  Knight   14  Hansen   5  Dunson  Alico Arena (1,786)
Ft. Myers, FL
01/09/2014
7:05 p.m., ESPN3
East Tennessee State W 73–58  8–6
(2–0)
 21  Knight   6  Tied   6  Dunson  Alico Arena (1,877)
Ft. Myers, FL
01/11/2014
7:05 p.m., ESPN3
USC Upstate W 72–45  9–6
(3–0)
 12  Tied   8  Meador   4  Dunson  Alico Arena (1,630)
Ft. Myers, FL
01/16/2014
7:00 p.m., ESPN3
at Kennesaw State W 69–55  10–6
(4–0)
 17  Dunson   7  Hansen   6  Hansen  KSU Convocation Center (659)
Kennesaw, GA
01/18/2014
3:00 p.m.
at Mercer W 69–57  11–6
(5–0)
 18  Knight   7  Atwater   5  Dunson  Hawkins Arena (784)
Macon, GA
01/23/2014
7:05 p.m., ESPN3
Jacksonville W 56–49  12–6
(6–0)
 20  Knight   9  Hansen   3  Tied  Alico Arena (1,814)
Ft. Myers, FL
01/25/2014
7:05 p.m., ESPN3
North Florida W 54–34  13–6
(7–0)
 14  Haas   6  Hansen   4  Dunson  Alico Arena (1,503)
Ft. Myers, FL
01/30/2014
7:00 p.m., ESPN3
at Lipscomb W 85–67  14–6
(8–0)
 18  Hansen   6  Tied   6  Dunson  Allen Arena (235)
Nashville, TN
02/01/2014
7:00 p.m.
at Northern Kentucky L 63–43  14–7
(8–1)
 19  Knight   6  Dunson   2  Tied  The Bank of Kentucky Center (1,211)
Highland Heights, KY
02/06/2014
7:00 p.m.
at East Tennessee State W 70–45  15–7
(9–1)
 14  Cobb   9  Hansen   5  Dunson  ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center (486)
Johnson City, TN
02/08/2014
2:00 p.m., ESPN3
at USC Upstate W 76–69  16–7
(10–1)
 26  Hansen   8  Hansen   8  Dunson  G.B. Hodge Center (345)
Spartanburg, SC
02/13/2014
7:05 p.m., ESPN3
Mercer W 99–57  17–7
(11–1)
 23  Dunson   10  Hansen   6  Atwater  Alico Arena (1,561)
Ft. Myers, FL
02/15/2014
7:05 p.m., ESPN3
Kennesaw State W 76–42  18–7
(12–1)
 23  Cobb   8  Knight   7  Dunson  Alico Arena (2,004)
Ft. Myers, FL
02/20/2014
5:00 p.m.
at Jacksonville W 62–43  19–7
(13–1)
 17  Haas   10  Hansen   4  Tied  Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (589)
Jacksonville, FL
02/22/2014
4:30 p.m.
at North Florida W 80–54  20–7
(14–1)
 17  Hansen   5  Tied   5  Dunson  UNF Arena (382)
Jacksonville, FL
02/27/2014
7:05 p.m., ESPN3
Lipscomb W 108–67  21–7
(15–1)
 16  Atwater   10  Hansen   9  Dunson  Alico Arena (1,549)
Ft. Myers, FL
03/01/2014
7:05 p.m., ESPN3
Northern Kentucky W 67–53  22–7
(16–1)
 17  Knight   10  Hansen   7  Dunson  Alico Arena (1,795)
Ft. Myers, FL
03/08/2014
1:00 p.m.
at Stetson W 74–73 OT 23–7
(17–1)
 16  Haas   10  Knight   4  Dunson  Edmunds Center (649)
DeLand, FL
Atlantic Sun Tournament
03/11/2014
7:00 PM, ESPN3
Lipscomb
Quarterfinals
W 92–53  24–7
 18  Hansen   8  Meador   5  Haas  Alico Arena (1,279)
Ft. Myers, FL
03/15/2014
1:00 PM, ESPN3
Mercer
Semifinals
W 64–47  25–7
 22  Cobb   7  Tied   4  Dunson  Alico Arena (1,684)
Ft. Myers, FL
03/16/2014
3:00 PM, CSS
Stetson
Championship game
W 72–70 OT 26–7
 19  Cobb   11  Atwater   6  Dunson  Alico Arena (1,821)
Ft. Myers, FL
NCAA Tournament
03/22/2014*
11:00 AM, ESPN2
vs. Oklahoma State
First round
L 61–60 OT 26–8
 16  Cobb   11  Knight   4  Tied  Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, Indiana
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in EST.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Women's basketball: Ex-FGCU guard Brittany Kennedy signs with German team". Naplesnews.com. September 9, 2013. Retrieved 6 Oct 2013. 
  3. ^ "Betsy Adams". FGCU. Retrieved 7 Oct 2013. 
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