RAINBOW WAHINE SHOWDOWN PREVIEW: FGCU/#2 STANFORD

Honolulu, HI- FGCU (4-0) faces #2 Stanford (6-1), Friday at 5 PM from the Stan Sheriff Center in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.

Stats (FGCU):

#25 FGCU averages 76.5 ppg, shoot 44.4% (108/243) from the field, and 36.5% (46/126) from beyond the arc. The Eagles average 38.5 team rebounds per game. FGCU dishes out 17.0 assists, 9.0 steals, and 3.3 blocks per game. The Eagles average 13.5 team turnovers per game.

Stats (#2 SU):

#2 Stanford averages 87.7 ppg, shoot 52.6% (195/371) from the field, and 40.3% (56/139) from beyond the arc. The Cardinal average 47.3 team rebounds per game. #2 Stanford dishes out 20.0 assists, 7.3 steals, and 8.2 blocks per game. The Cardinal average 13.3 team turnovers per game.

3 Players To Watch For (FGCU):

5’8 R-JR G Alyza Winston 20.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg

5’3 5th G TK Morehouse 15.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg

6’0 5th G Sha Carter 8.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg

3 Players To Watch For (#2 SU):

6’4 JR F Cameron Brink 12.5 ppg, 6.5 ppg

-NCAA champion (2021)

-Two-time Pac-12 champion (2021-22)

-Two-time Pac-12 Tournament champion (2021-22)

-WBCA All-America (2022)

-Associated Press All-America Third Team (2022)

-USBWA All-America Third Team (2022)

-Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Finalist (2022)

-Katrina McClain Award Finalist (2022)

-Pac-12 Player of the Year – Media (2022)

6’0 SR G Hannah Jump 12.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg

-NCAA Champion (2021)

-Two Time Pac-12 Champion (21-22)

-Two-Time Pac-12 Tournament Champion (21-22)

-Pac-12 academic honor roll as a Junior

6’3 SO F Kiki Iriafen 11.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg

-Pac-12 Champion

-Pac-12 Tournament Champion

-Pac-12 All-Freshman Team-Coaches and Media (2022)

-Pac-12 Freshman of the Week (Jan 3, 2022)

Overview:

FGCU faces former national champion: #2 Stanford, and the Eagles look for the upset of the season, in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown. #2 Stanford has wins over San Diego St, CSU Northridge, Pacific, Portland, and Cal Poly. Their lone loss came to #1 South Carolina, in overtime. Tara Vanderveer is the Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women’s Basketball, and has over 36 seasons leading the Cardinal. 6’4 JR F Cameron Brink is one of the best players in women’s college basketball, and she is averaging 12.5 ppg. At 6’4, she will present true matchup problem for the Eagles, so finding a way to limit her in the post, is a huge concern for FGCU. 6’3 SO F Kiki Iriafen (11.7 ppg), and 6’5 SR F Ashten Pretchel (4.7 ppg), also play big minutes in the post for #2 Stanford, so it will be interested to see how FGCU guards the Cardinal frontcourt.

FGCU is led offensively by 5’8 R-JR G Alyza Winston, who is averaging 20.0 ppg. The combination of Winston with TK Morehouse (15.5 ppg), will have to continue their strong play of recent, to keep up with the offense of #2 Stanford.

GULF COAST SHOWCASE CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP: FGCU/KANSAS CITY

Estero, FL- FGCU (5-2) defeated Kansas City (3-5), 73-59, winning the Gulf Coast Showcase championship, Wednesday night from Hertz Arena.

Stats (FGCU):

FGCU shot 42.2% (27/64) from the field, 29.0% (9/31) from beyond the arc, and were outrebounded 44-38 by the Roos. The Eagles dished out 14 assists, had 6 steals, and 3 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 11 Roos team turnovers, while having only 3 team turnovers of their own.

Stats (KC):

Kansas City shot 33.9% (20/59) from the field, 32.0% (8/25) from beyond the arc, and outrebounded the Eagles 44-38. The Roos dished out 6 assists, had 2 steals, and 5 blocks in the game. Kansas City forced 3 FGCU team turnovers, while having 11 team turnovers of their own.

Outstanding Players (FGCU):

Zach Anderson 15 pts, 10 reb

Isaiah Thompson 14 pts, 3 asts

Dahmir Bishop 12 pts, 3 reb

Outstanding Players (KC):

Rayquawndis Mitchell 29 pts, 4 reb

Shermarri Allen 10 pts, 4 reb

Allen David Mukeba Jr. 4 pts, 14 reb

Overview:

FGCU won three games in three days, defeating Northern Kentucky, Drexel, and Kansas City, winning the Gulf Coast Showcase! The Eagles had four players finish in double figures in scoring including: Zach Anderson (15 pts), Isaiah Thompson (14 pts), Dahmir Bishop (12 pts), and Chase Johnston (10 pts). Anderson finished with a double double in the game, and continues his stellar season in the Eagles frontcourt. Andre Weir grabbed 11 boards in the game, and the frontcourt was able to shut down forwards Allen David Mukeba Jr (4 pts), and Jeff Ngandu (2 pts).

Rayquawndis Mitchell led Kansas City with a game high 29 points. Shermarri Allen also in finished in double figures in the game, scoring 10 points.

The Eagles committed a season low 3 team turnovers in tonight’s game, which is huge to build off as FGCU continues non-conference play. It was a great stretch of basketball from Hertz Arena, and now it’s onto the rest of the non-conference schedule, before FGCU soars into ASUN Conference play.

What’s Next:

FGCU (5-2) heads on the road to face Georgia Southern University (3-3), on 11/30 from Statesboro, Georgia.

GULF COAST SHOWCASE CHAMPIONSHIP: KANSAS CITY/FGCU PREVIEW

Estero, FL- FGCU (4-2) faces Kansas City (3-4), in the Gulf Coast Showcase Championship game, Wednesday night at 7:30 PM from Hertz Arena.

Stats (KC):

The Roos average 68.4 ppg, shoot 41.6% (168/404) from the field, and 29.1% (43/148) from beyond the arc. Kansas City averages 39.3 team rebounds per game. The Roos dish out 11.6 assists, 7.1 steals, and 3.6 blocks per game. Kansas City averages 18.0 team turnovers per game.

Stats (FGCU):

The Eagles average 75.2 ppg, shoot 42.4% (154/363) from the field, and 35.9% (60/167) from beyond the arc. FGCU averages 38.3 team rebounds per game. The Eagles dish out 11.6 assists, 7.0 steals, and 2.8 blocks per game. FGCU averages 12.8 team turnovers per game.

3 Players To Watch For (KC):

6’4 SR G Shermarri Allen 16.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg

-Summit League Academic Honor Roll

-Appeared in 30 games, starting in seven last season

-Averaged 23.5 minutes per game, sixth-best on team

6’5 GR G RayQuawndis Mitchell 14.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg

-Transfer from UIC

-Averaged 8.3 ppg as a Junior (20-21)

6’7 SO F Allen David Mukeba Jr. 9.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg

-(Colby CC): Honorable Mention All-Region 6

-All-Defensive Team

-Played and started in 31 games

-Averaged 12.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game

3 Players To Watch For (FGCU):

6’3 JR G Chase Johnston 14.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg

6’1 SR G Isaiah Thompson 13.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg

6’7 JR F Zach Anderson 12.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg

Overview:

The Eagles and Roos face off in the final game and championship game of the Gulf Coast Showcase, Wednesday night from Hertz Arena. Kansas City has wins over Toledo (83-71), and Indiana State (63-61) leading into this championship game. FGCU has wins over Northern Kentucky (82-61), and Drexel (67-59).

Head Coach Marvin Menzies is in his first season leading the Roos. He has 30+ years of college coaching experience. 6’4 SR G Shermarri Allen leads the Roos, averaging 16.7 ppg. Kansas City has played a non-conference schedule that included games on the road vs LSU, Kansas State, and #23 Illinois.

FGCU is led offensively by Chase Johnston, who averages 14.3 ppg, and has picked off exactly where he left off, after transferring to FGCU from Stetson University. The combination of Johnston, and Isaiah Thompson (13.8 ppg), has been one of the best tandems at guard the Eagles have had in years. Head Coach Pat Chambers is in his first season leading the Eagles, and the complete buy-in approach from this team has been evidence through six non-conference games.

Allen David Mukeba Jr, and Jeff Ngandu are the bigs for Kansas City, and we expect Andre Weir to defend Mukeba Jr., and Zach Anderson to defend Ngandu. Should be a great day of basketball from Hertz Arena in the Gulf Coast Showcase Championship game.

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