Sunday March 23, 2008Women's Basketball Hosts Florida Gulf Coast in WNIT Second Round on Monday
Gator Game Day: WNIT Second Round
What: Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) Second Round
When: Monday, March 24 at 7 p.m. ET
Radio: LIVE on WRUF-AM850 in
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Post-Game Satellite Feed: March 24, 10:45-11 p.m. ET
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Game Day Gator Tales
basketball returns to
The Gators claimed the
Dec. 4 affair in
FGCU enters the WNIT second-round game riding an eight-game win streak and have won 17 of its last 18 games.
The Eagles are in their
first season of Division I competition, beginning a four-year reclassification
period, but don’t let the change of NCAA competition fool you!
FGCU gained membership into the 12-team Atlantic Sun Conference, where the team was picked in the preseason polls to finish No. 6 by the media and No. 10 by the league’s coaches ... and more than exceeded expectations by finishing second in the league with a 12-3 conference record.
Senior Delia De La Torre and sophomore Adrianne McNally are the team’s leading returning scorers and rebounders from last year’s magical season and, as expected, appear at the top of this season’s stat sheet. De La Torre is the Eagles’ top scorer with 14.7 points per game, while McNally chips in 11.0 points. Senior Chelsea Dermyer joins them in the double-digits category, netting 10.9 per game, with the bulk of her scoring coming from the 3-point arc where she hits 37.6 percent (47-125) and headlines a dangerous three-point attack that has nailed 238 from behind the arc this season at a 34.8 percent clip! Dermyer also averages 5.0 assists per game, while committing less than two turnovers per outing.
FGCU defeats USF in WNIT First Round
FGCU’s three-point prowess made all the difference in its 67-65 WNIT first-round win over USF. Despite being out-rebounded 49-30 (giving up 20 offensive boards) and being out-scored 38-12 in the paint by the Bulls, the Eagles hit 12 three-pointers and committed just nine turnovers.
De La Torre led FGCU’s scoring with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Dermyer and Haegele added 19 and 14, respectively, combining to hit 9-of-19 from behind the three-point arc.
The team’s 12 treys increased the FGCU’s total to 250 from behind the arc this season.
Hit a Three ... Give a Three
With its second of eight
3-pointers in the SEC Tournament quarterfinal game against Tennessee (March 7),
the 2007-08 Gator squad became the most prolific three-point shooting team in program
history, topping the 169 treys sank by the 2004-05 group.
During that same SEC
Tournament game, the Gators had allowed its 2007-08 opponents to move into
second place in the record books for the most treys against
Lean on Postseason Experience
As opposed to
Only four players - Depree Bowden,
In fact, head coach Amanda Butler logged more postseason games and combined minutes during her days as a Gator letterwinner than the current quartet. Butler helped Florida reach the 1993 NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history during her junior season and followed it with a second trip her senior year.
Head Coach Amanda Butler is no stranger to postseason play.
During her time as a Gator
During her two years as an
assistant coach at UF,
In her fourth and final
year as an assistant coach at
In her last five years with UNC Charlotte, the 49ers competed in the postseason, earning an NCAA bid in 2003 and a WNIT in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007, the final two of those coming when Butler served as the head coach of the program.
Senior Depree Bowden is swishing shots until her hoops career is finished! She’s upped her scoring average down the stretch, as she led the Gators two-game run at the SEC Tournament, where she contributed a team-high 18.0 points, hitting 7-of-11 from the three-point arc (63.6%) and 14-of-24 shots overall (58.3%). Bowden also dished eight assists with just two turnovers in the league’s postseason event.
Who Else is Hot?
Sha Brooks has scored in double-figures in 10 consecutive games entering Monday’s WNIT second-round game. During that span, she is averaging a team-best 15.6 points per game, connecting on 37.5 percent (21-56) from the three-point arc, while dishing 29 assists and collecting 22 steals, also team-highs.
Nine IS Divine
Gator Postseason Tournament Talk
*The 2008 WNIT is
*Amanda Butler is the eighth different full-time head coach in the 34-year history
*The Gators played six different teams that are competing
in the 2008 Postseason WNIT, logging a 5-3 record against those squads (
*Tonya Washington’s 39-point effort against
Quoting Florida Head Coach Amanda Butler
On it being helpful to have played FGCU during the regular season:
"I think it's very
helpful. The score of that game doesn't really give you an indication at all of
the nature of that ballgame. There was never really a comfortable moment until
the last five or six minutes and we were able to open it up. I have a lot of
respect for their program and the way they play. They play hard. They fully
embrace what they're not good at and do a great job of covering it up. They are
obviously very, very well coached. You just have a stand up and pay attention
when they have a win like they did last night against
On having to play a team twice:
"I truly believe that in the postseason the teams that are more confident and generally the ones that continue to advance, that's just something you can never over-look. They are clearly playing with a ton of confidence. They are amazing at home. We feel so fortunate that our administration got that game here because their gym is a very, very tough place to play. You can't underestimate that level of confidence. They are a team full of seniors so they have a lot of experience. They also have a lot of postseason experience on their side, as well, with the run they made in the Division II tournament."
On learning that FGCU defeated USF by two points in the WNIT First Round:
"I wasn't surprised
at all. You have to respect what
"I've been so
impressed with the maturity of this team in this postseason preparation phase
that we've been in and how good our practices have been. They've been really intense
and really competitive. I've said all year long that this is a team that
responds very positively to time off. When we've had a chance to practice and
more than two days to get ready for our next opponent, I have liked how our
team has responded. Clearly we didn't know who our opponent was going to be
since our loss to
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