After receiving nine votes a week ago, FGCU received a season high 18 votes in Associated Press Top 25 Poll this week. This ranks the Blue and Green 29th in the country, just a few spots away from earning their first ever Top 25 ranking. The Eagles also received 10 votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll - good for 31st in the country.
This comes just a few days after the Blue and Green captured a massive 22 point victory over Stetson in DeLand, Fla. At the time, the Hatters ranked 45th in the nation in RPI.
The 21-2 (8-0) Eagles are on a tear at the moment, having won 16 games in a row. They're lead by the ultra-talented duo of Whitney Knight (15.0 ppg) and Kaneisha Atwater (13.7 ppg). But most importantly, FGCU has found a myriad of other scoring options when opponents have focused on shutting down Knight or Atwater. Taylor Gradinjan stepped up with 17 points against UNF on Jan. 14 while Katie Meador exploded for 14 against USC Upstate.
And of course it wouldn't be Florida Gulf Coast without #RainingThrees. The Eagles are draining an average of 10.2 threes per game (3rd in the NCAA). They've also been taking tremendous care of the basketball, ranking fourth in the country in turnover margin (7.32).
This won't be the last time the nation hears of FGCU, however. The Eagles are well on their way to running the table in the Atlantic Sun and certainly have the fire power to make some noise in the NCAA Tournament.