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Whitney Knight taken as 15th pick in the WNBA Draft

FGCU senior guard Whitney Knight became the first FGCU product to be drafted to the WNBA on Thursday night. Knight was selected by the Los Angeles Sparks as the 15th pick of the WNBA Draft. I'M SO LIT RIGHT NOW!! 🔥🔥 LA wassupppppp 😝😝😝 — Whitney Knight (@_WhoYaWhit) April 15, 2016 Knight’s selection is the sugar on top of a successful year for the Eagles after a rollercoaster ride of a season that took the Atlantic Sun regular season champions to the WNIT Championship in South Dakota last month, ending the season as runner-ups with a 33-6 record. The two-time A-Sun Player of the...

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FGCU’s Whitney Knight up for WNBA draft

Time is ticking and the day is getting closer. The WNBA draft, just days away, has the potential to put the first FGCU player in the country’s women’s professional basketball league. “I’m getting pretty anxious,” said FGCU senior guard Whitney Knight. “I’m excited but I’m anxious because I’m so close to realizing if I get drafted or not, which is pretty much what I’ve been working toward my whole life.” The two-time Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year is expected to go sometime in the second round, according to numerous reports from a WNBA draft conference call last...

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FGCU women’s hoops assistant Nicki Collen accepts job with WNBA team

FGCU women’s basketball assistant coach Nicki Collen resigned from her position with the team to accept a position with a WNBA team, according to FGCU Athletics. After finishing her second year with the Eagles, which included the team’s first-ever NCAA win and first-ever WNIT championship appearance, Collen will join the Connecticut Sun as an assistant coach. Collen will join Connecticut head coach Curt Miller later this month in preparation for the 2016 season, which will begin on Saturday, May 14. With the Sun, Collen will specialize in team scouting and player development. A national search for her replacement will begin...

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Lake Okeechobee releases hurt vegetation and estuaries

While the releases of nearly 3,000 cubic feet per second from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River has been harming Southwest Florida’s economy, tourism and environment, the biggest effect is felt by marine life. “When you put fresh water in an estuary — particularly when it’s large quantities at weird times of the year — even if the water was perfectly clean, it’s still a pollutant,” said Win Everham, an FGCU environmental studies professor. Okeechobee, a 451,000-acre lake in central Florida, is held to a defined border by the Herbert Hoover Dike, which gives a defined shape from its...

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Basketball: FGCU closes season with historic WNIT runner-up title

The FGCU women’s basketball ended its season with a loss Saturday night in the WNIT Championship game in South Dakota. The Eagles fell to the South Dakota ‘Yotes 71-65 in the DakotaDome’s final basketball game in Vermillion, South Dakota. The loss comes after a historic run in the WNIT where the Eagles advanced to the championship final of a post season tournament for the first time in Division I history. “We have nothing to hang our heads about,” said FGCU senior Whitney Knight. “We beat so many great teams — we beat Michigan at home for our last game which was...

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Give ‘Em Kel: FGCU seniors have changed the program forever

Well this is it. Tonight is the last time the seniors of the FGCU women’s basketball team will walk across the floor of Alico Arena for tipoff. It’s bittersweet. Tonight, FGCU will face Michigan in the WNIT’s Final Four game at Alico Arena. Winner goes to the championship to face off against South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota. Loser ends the season. The WNIT confirmed last night that South Dakota will host the championship game in Vermillion. Last night, the Coyotes obliterated Oregon, 88-54, in front of more than 5,000 fans. In 2014, Alico Arena was topped off at...

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Men’s Soccer: FGCU products continue to excel in pro life

Former FGCU players on Top Drawer’s “young players to watch” list Former FGCU goalkeeper Nathan Ingham was listed as one of Top Drawer Soccer’s list of young players to watch in the National American Soccer League in 2016. Ingham, who signed with NASL team FC Edmonton in January, is the Eddies’ backup goalkeeper for now. While with the Eagles, the 22-year-old logged 6,000 minutes while setting a new goals against average record. Last summer, Ingham also played a major role in leading the K-W United team to winning the USL PDL crown. Former FGCU forward Derek Gebhard, who signed...

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Men’s soccer: Guillen to make debut, Saravia plays WC qualifier

Saravia plays full 90 minutes in win over US in World Cup qualifier Former FGCU men’s soccer captain Rodrigo Saravia took a break from life in professional American soccer to go back to his roots in Guatemala. Saravia joined the Guatemala National Team to face the US Friday night in the CONCACAF qualifier for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Saravia played the full 90 minutes as a center midfielder against the Stars and Stripes in the 2-0 win in his hometown of Guatemala City, Guatemala. Saravia, who was selected 19th overall by the Columbus Crew in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, will rematch...

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Give ‘Em Kel: FGCU women deserved an NCAA bid

There’s no reason FGCU shouldn’t have earned an at-large bid into the women’s NCAA Tournament.   Two weeks ago FGCU, the No. 26-ranked team in the nation, didn’t earn the conference’s automatic bid into the Big Dance after being upset by Jacksonville in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. Without an auto-bid, FGCU had to hope for an at-large bid. The Eagles deserved that bid, but it never came. This is after FGCU went perfect in the conference regular season for the fourth year, earned its sixth regular season title and returned to its fifth conference championship game. This is...

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Men’s soccer assistant leaves for Toronto FC, joins former FGCU assistant

FGCU men’s soccer assistant coach Phil Boerger will be leave the Eagles to join another former FGCU assistant coach with Major League Soccer club Toronto FC. Boerger, who joined the coaching staff in April of last year, accepted a position as a goalkeeper coach with Toronto FC’s USL PRO reserves team, Toronto FC II, and its academy team. Boerger comes as the second FGCU coach to be hired by Toranto FC. When Boerger was hired in 2015, he replaced Alec Dufty, who resigned earlier this spring to become the Goalkeeping Director for the Toronto FC Academy and assistant coach for Toronto...

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