Tishara Morehouse named ASUN Player of the Week

FORT MYERS, Florida. — After guiding the No. 20 FGCU women’s basketball team to a pair of home wins last week, the senior guard Tishara Morehouse (Milwaukee, Wis./Rufus King HS/Western Nebraska CC) was named ASUN Player of the Week as announced by the league office. Morehouse averaged 30.5 points, 4.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals to lead the Eagles (19-1, 8-0 ASUN) in wins over Eastern Kentucky and Bellarmine .

“Tishara was exceptional last week. She attacked the rim, split the ball, knocked down the three and made defensive plays,” the head coach said. Karl Smesko. “She’s a great player and it’s good to see her playing so well.”

Morehouse’s performance was notable as her production, where she more than doubled her normal scoring average of 13.1 points per game, helped fill the void in Kierstan Bell (Alliance, Ohio/Township McKinley/State of Ohio) who was out for both games due to injury.

In the win over EKU, she had a season-high 33 points on 12-of-20 shooting to go with four assists, three steals and two rebounds. In the third quarter alone, Morehouse scored 18 points on 8 of 9 shooting. She followed that up with 28 points (9 of 16 FG) against Bellarmine in just three quarters of play, where she also had six rebounds, five assists and three interceptions.

For the season, Morehouse is the Eagles’ second-leading scorer with 14.8 points per game while adding 4.5 assists. She is one of the best shooters on the team at 51.0% from the floor while also shooting 35.2% from three points.

This marks the seventh week of the season, and fourth in a row, that the FGCU has produced ASUN Player of the Week. Five of those honors went to Bell, while last week’s was the first for Kerstie Phils (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Christian/Wagner). Last season, Morehouse earned three weekly ASUN accolades winning Player of the Week (11/30) once and Newcomer of the Week (11/30, 12/6) twice.

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SMESKO COACH
FGCU Head Coach Karl Smesko maintains a career-high 599-126 (.826) total, which is the third-highest winning percentage among active Division I coaches behind only UConn’s Geno Auriemma and LSU’s Kim Mulkey. He also led the Eagles to a 225-17 (.929) ASUN regular season record and 27-2 (.931) ASUN tournament record. In the previous 10 seasons, he guided FGCU to a 153-5 (.968) conference record with six undefeated seasons. The 11-time ASUN Coach of the Year has led the program to 11 straight 25-win seasons and 17 straight 20-win campaigns, including more than 30 wins in four of the last seven years. On top of all that, the Eagles have an all-time 538-99 (.844) record since Smesko started the program in the 2002-03 season, and the Greens’ all-time .844 winning percentage. and Blues is the best in NCAA Division I. the history of women’s basketball.

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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 87 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of DI playoff eligibility, the Eagles have brought together 43 teams or individuals competing in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs ranked in the top 25 nationally in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (#20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (#20, 2021) and men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s football. (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Vert et Bleu posted the department’s best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and Florida State’s top seven teams won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progression in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 classroom GPA in the fall 2020 semester and outperformed the general undergraduate college population for 25 consecutive semesters. The Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Fall 2021 semesters each saw another milestone achieved, with all 15 programs achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or higher in each . The Eagles also served an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two finalists for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.

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