HONOLULU – The No. 25 shows no signs of jet lag after a nearly 4,800 mile flight FGCU The women’s basketball team dominated host Hawaii 65-45 in their first game of the 2022 Bank of Hawaii Classic on Friday night Simplifi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center.
Graduated Guard Tishara Morehouse (Milwaukee, Wisconsin/Rufus King HS/Nebraska CC) led the Eagles by 17 points. Fifth year awake Kaela Webb (Pontiac, Mich./Detroit Country Day HS/Detroit Mercy/Providence) added 12 points for FGCUand guard fifth year Sophia Stiles (Malta, Mont./Malta HS/Montana) grabbed nine team-high rebounds to go with nine points.
“It’s a good start for our journey,” he said FGCU Chief Women’s Basketball Coach Karl Smesko. “We had a lot of players who played really well. Sophia Stiles had a great game. She made a lot of defensive plays and was aggressive on the boards.”
FGCU (3-0) lived up to his trademark Raining 3s against Rainbow Wahine (0-3), scoring 12 3-pointers to lead the nation with 12.0 triples per game. FGCU’s Last season’s rise in the national rankings was credited to the Eagles’ continued dominance behind the 3-point arc. In each of the last three years and four of the last five, the Eagles finished as the national championship leader in 3-point competition. FGCU set the NCAA single-season record for 3-pointers in 2017-18 with 431.
FGCU took a 19-6 lead in the first quarter and enjoyed a 20-point lead at halftime thanks to the strength of their defense that held Hawai’i on just 35.3 percent shots from the ground for the game and just 3-of-14 made trees. A layup by Graduate Guard Emma list (Colorado Springs, Colorado/Discovery Canyon Campus/Albany) extended the Eagles’ lead to 30 midway through the third quarter.
All 12 Eagles making the trip to the Aloha State played nine in Friday’s win FGCU Players who earn at least 10 minutes of game time.
FGCU meets San Diego in game two of the Bank of Hawaii Classic at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. Sunday’s competition is the first meeting between the Eagles and bullfighters. San Diego defeated Lipscomb 49-45 in Friday’s other game of the Bank of Hawaii Classic. FGCU will enjoy Thanksgiving at the Aloha State before playing three games in the 2022 Rainbow Wahine Showdown starting November 25 with runner-up Stanford.
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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 collectively achieved a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom for the Fall 2020 semester, surpassing 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.