Friday, January 31, 2014

Atlantic Sun Women's Hoops: Hot Streak

Several Atlantic Sun Women's Basketball teams are hitting their stride at a crucial time as the midway point in conference play is approaching.

FGCU, Stetson, USC Usptate and Jacksonville are finding a rhythm as the squads are holding onto impressive streaks.

The Eagles have have put together an impressive resume in the A-Sun. Highlighting their play in the league is a 44-game conference winning streak in regular season play. The blue and green's last loss in conference action? February 28, 2011 as the Eagles fell 75-74 at USC Upstate.

The streak is the longest conference winning streak in the nation.

To add to that,FGCU has not lost to a conference opponent on its home court of Alico Arena since January 8, 2009. The Eagles home court conference win streak sits at 51 games.

To kick off this season FGCU has strung together eight-straight conference wins, including a big win vs. the No. 2 seed in the league, Stetson, to open league play. As of January 26th the streak was good for the 14th longest streak in the nation this season.

The Hatters boast several streaks of their own. Stetson has won seven-straight games to hold a 7-1 record in league play. The streak is good for No. 18 in the country.

To top it off, Stetson has been perfect at home during the 2013-14 season with a 9-0 home record. The Hatters have not lost at home in 11 games with their last home loss coming at the hands of the Eagles in February of 2013. Stetson's 11-game home winning streak ranks as the 12th-best in the nation and the best in the A-Sun.

The Hatters average 85.67 points per game in home contests and are out scoring opponents by 19 points in those match ups.

Contributing as another strong A-Sun team at home, Jacksonville is undefeated at home this season with a 6-0 record. The Dolphins have won nine-straight games at home dating back to last season. JU is outscoring opponents by 20.67 points per game when at home.

USC Upstate has now won four games in a row for the first time since the 2011-12 season when it was victorious over UNF, Lipscomb, Belmont and East Tennessee State. The four-game winning streak has come the Spartans at a good time as they now sit in fifth-place in the league and have put themselves in a good position to host a first-round game in the 2014 A-Sun Championship.

The Spartans kicked off the streak with a road win that was decided by a last second shot at ETSU and followed it with a one point decision vs. Mercer. Upstate carried that momentum to garner two more wins against Kennesaw State and North Florida.

As the midway point approaches in league play the race to the 2014 Atlantic Sun Championship begins and teams will battle it out to grad a spot into the championship. The momentum of these hot streaks may be a deciding factor when the season comes to a close.

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