Morehouse Earns WBCA Honorable Mention All-America Honors – FGCU Athletics

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– For just the third time in FGCU women's basketball history, fifth-year guard Tishara Morehouse (Milwaukee, Wis./Rufus King HS/Nebraska CC) has been honored as a 2023 NCAA Division I Coaches' All-America honorable mention by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

Morehouse was one of 10 finalists in Region 3 and is the only finalist among the five regions from the ASUN conference. Former Eagle standout Kiersten Bell and Keri Jewett-Giles are the only former FGCU players to earn WBCA Division I Coaches All-America honorable mention honors in the program's illustrious history.

“TK earned this honor through her stellar performance both this season and throughout her FGCU career,” said the FGCU women's basketball coach Karl Smesko. “We are proud to see her recognized as one of the best college basketball players in the country.”

Morehouse led FGCU to a 33-4 record, its 13th ASUN Conference regular-season title, 10th ASUN Tournament Championship and ninth-place finish in the NCAA Tournament. She scored a team-best 15.7 points per game in addition to pulling in 3.4 rebounds and dishing out 4.5 assists per outing. Morehouse also made a team-high 77 3-pointers and connected on 3-pointers at a 39.3 percent rate.

Morehouse eclipsed the 1,000-point career mark in FGCU's first game of 2022-2023, finishing his three-year career in the Green & Blue with 1,561 points and a 15.9 ppg average. Morehouse was named to the All-ASUN First Team three times, was the 2022-23 ASUN Conference Player of the Year and was named this season's ASUN Tournament Most Valuable Player.

WBCA member head coaches may nominate players from their own teams for Coaches' All-America. They then vote for the eight best players in their respective regions from among the players nominated. The selection committee, made up of head coaches from each region who are selected by their peers, may select up to 12 additional finalists from the remaining pool of nominees.

Morehouse was one of 52 regional finalists and one of just seven players on the list from non-Power 5 schools.

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FGCU head coach Karl Smesko maintains a 643-132 (.830) overall record in his career, the third-highest winning percentage among active Division I coaches behind only UConn's Geno Auriemma and LSU's Kim Mulkey. He has also led the Eagles to a 249-19 (.929) record in ASUN regular-season play and a 33-2 (.943) record in ASUN Tournament play. Over the previous 11-plus seasons, he has guided FGCU to a 185-7 (.963) record in conference play with six undefeated seasons. The 13-time ASUN Coach of the Year has led the program to 13 straight 25-win seasons and 19 consecutive 20-win campaigns, including 30-plus wins in six of the past nine years. On top of all that, the Eagles are 582-105 (.847) all-time since Smesko started the program in the 2002-03 season, and the Green & Blue's .847 all-time winning percentage is the best in NCAA Division I women's basketball history.


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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 96 regular-season conference and tournament titles in just 15-plus seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 11-plus seasons of DI postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 48 teams or individuals compete in NCAA Championships. In 2022, the men's golf team became the first program to earn an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. Nine FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sports – including women's basketball (No. 20 in 2021-22 and No. 22 in 2022-23), baseball (No. 16 in 2023), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022 ), and both men's soccer (2018, 2019) and women's soccer (2018) as five of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Green & Blue placed a division-best sixth 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 state of Florida top-seven team earn the NCAA's Public Recognition Award for academic excellence in their sport. FGCU also earned a collective record 3.67 GPA in the fall 2022 classroom and has outperformed the general university student population for 27 consecutive semesters. The past seven semesters (Fall 2019 – Fall 2022) another milestone was reached as all 15 programs achieved a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also earned an all-time 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – and were recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.


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