For the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, the 2019-20 season was fun in the ASUN!
The Eagles won the Atlantic Sun regular-season championship for the 10th time in 12 seasons, going 15-1 in conference play.
A fast-paced offense fueled Florida Gulf Coast’s dominance, with the Eagles players sharing, shooting and scoring the ball with great success. In conference action, they averaged 15.7 assists per game and scored 78.6 points per game — both, the best marks in the ASUN.
The Eagles also were the nation’s most prolific 3-point shooting team, sinking 12 threes per game at a more than respectable 34.3 percent.
Florida Gulf Coast did not falter on the other end of the floor either, holding opponents to only 58.3 points per game.
Unsurprisingly, several Eagles earned ASUN honors. Redshirt senior Keri Jewett-Giles was named Player of the Year, senior Ty Adderly was named Defensive Player of the Year and head coach Karl Smesko was named Coach of the Year.
Jewett-Giles, who averaged 16.7 points, 3.6 assists and 2.6 steals per game, also was a regional finalist for the WBCA All-American Team.
Additionally, Florida Gulf Coast added a trophy to its ever-expanding case that may be considered just somewhat satisfying — the ASUN co-championship with Liberty University after conference tournament was aborted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
During the regular season, Florida Gulf Coast toughed out two wins against Liberty, suggesting the Eagles likely would have been the sole champion of the ASUN Tournament had the championship game been played.
On Jan. 6, a pair of double-doubles from Jewett-Giles and Adderly pushed the Eagles past the Flames, 64-57. On Feb. 1, Florida Gulf Coast defeated Liberty, 74-65, when redshirt junior Kerstie Phills drained five 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 19 points and senior Nasrin Ulel stuffed the box score with 18 points, six rebounds, five assists, one block and one steal.
It also was likely the Eagles could have taken a victory or two in the NCAA Tournament, especially if their 3-balls were falling. Earlier in the 2019-20 season, the Eagles impressed at the Cancun Challenge, indicating they would have been more than ready for a Cinderella run.