FGCU WBB Ranked 22nd In AP Top 25 Poll

The Florida Gulf Coast women's basketball team made history on Monday when they earned the program's first ever AP Top 25 ranking.

Following dominant wins over Northern Kentucky (75-47) and Lipscomb (69-43), the Eagles received 74 votes in this week's Associated Press poll - good for 22nd in the country.

FGCU had received votes in seasons past, but this is the first time the Blue and Green have entered the top 25. Karl Smesko's team is also the first Atlantic Sun squad to be ranked since FIU in 1997 (h/t @ASunWBB). The Eagles are currently 23-2 on the season, including a 10-0 mark in Atlantic Sun play.

The Eagles high-powered offense sits 3rd in the NCAA in three point field goals per game, at 10.3. They also rank 35th in the nation in scoring offense, at 74.1 ppg. Since entering conference competition, Florida Gulf Coast has been blowing out team after team, and their 18.3 scoring margin ranks 11th in the NCAA.

"We're feeling pretty good right now. We're always confident within ourselves, but at the same time we know that we have to continue to get better," said redshirt junior Whitney Knight after FGCU's win over NKU on Thursday. "We're not going to be comfortable - we know that every single night out we have to play our hardest."

FGCU is sitting first in the conference with four regular season games and assuming disaster doesn't strike, the Eagles should have home court advantage in the Atlantic Sun Tournament as they look to clinch the automatic bid to the big dance.

"There is a lot of room for improvement for us and that's the attitude we're taking - trying to get ourselves as prepared as we can for this ending stretch and for March," said head coach Karl Smesko after the win over NKU.

1. Uconn (35)24-18762
2. South Carolina24-18311
3. Baylor24-18093
4. Notre Dame23-27724
5. Maryland22-27195
6. Tennessee22-37126
7. Oregon St.23-26398
8. Louisville 22-36249
9. Florida St.23-35717
10. Duke 19-652711
11. Kentucky19-652610
12. Arizona St.22-446812
13. Iowa 21-445314
14. Mississippi St.24-442113
15. Texas A&M19-636115
16. Princeton23-035016
17. UNC20-634417
18. Stanford19-729619
19. Rutgers19-627418
20. Chattanooga22-320921
21. Nebraska18-712222
22. FGCU23-274 
23. James Madison22-262 
24. George Washington22-35920
25. Syracuse18-84123
Receiving Votes: Oklahoma 38, California 36, Seton Hall 20, South Florida 19, Northwestern 18, Gonzaga 16, DePaul 12, Green Bay 12, Texas 12, Dayton 11, LSU 9, Oklahoma St. 8, Washington 6, Miami 5, Georgia 4, Minnesota 4, UALR 2, Pittsburgh 1, Quinnipiac 1, Western Kentucky 1, Wichita State 1.

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