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October 9, 2013

FIU Sports Updates

College Football Performance Awards Honors FIU Defensive Tackle Isame Faciane

FIU senior defensive tackle Isame Faciane has earned National honorable mention honors for defensive linemen from College Football Performance Awards.

Faciane had arguably the play of the season, so far, for the FIU football team as the Slidell, La., native blocked a Southern Miss game-winning field goal attempt as time expired to preserve FIU's 24-23 victory over the Golden Eagles. Faciane's block on Corey Acosta's 44-yard field goal would also give the Panthers the win in their inaugural Conference USA meeting and Head Coach Ron Turner his first at FIU.

In addition to the big-time block, Faciane also had a key fumble recovery with just over a minute to go in the first half. On the play, fellow senior defensive tackle Greg Hickman sacked and forced a fumble on USM quarterback Allan Bridgford where Faciane recovered on the 25-yard line. After a pass interference call moved the ball to the USM 16-yard-line, FIU sophomore quarterback E.J. Hilliard connected with redshirt sophomore receiver T.J. Lowder for a 16-yard touchdown pass giving FIU a 21-16 lead at the break.

Faciane has two blocked kicks in 2013 (and for his career), which ties for third all-time. He is the fourth FIU player to block two in a single-season. Jonathan Faucher last recorded the feat in 2011, joining Tourek Williams (2009) and O'Darris D'Haiti (2008).

C-USA Announces Women's Basketball Television Schedule

Panthers January 25 contest at UAB to Air on FSN

The Jan. 25 contest between the FIU women's basketball team and the UAB Blazers will be televised as part of Conference USA's current TV agreement, the league announced today.

Below is a listing of FIU's televised contests:

Saturday, January 25 - FIU at UAB (Fox Sports Network) - 12:00 p.m. ET

The Panthers open the regular season at home versus Florida Gulf Coast on Friday, Nov. 8, as FIU looks for its first-ever win over the in-state rival.

FIU women's basketball season and single-game tickets can be purchased by calling the FIU Ticket Office at 305-FIUGAME, or by logging on to FIUSports.com.

Coley Earns Coveted Spot on "Wade Watch" List

FIU senior Jerica Coley is one of 25 Division I women's basketball players across the country to be named as a preseason candidate for The Wade Trophy - "The Heisman of Women's Basketball."

FIU senior standout and 2013-14 Conference USA Preseason Player of the Year Jerica Coley added to her already-extensive honors list on Tuesday morning as she was selected to the 2013-14 "Wade Watch" List, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today.

Coley is one of 25 Division I women's basketball players across the country to be named a preseason candidate for the prestigious award. Joining her in representing Conference USA on this year's watch list is Middle Tennessee's Ebony Rowe.

Now in its 37th year, The Wade Trophy is named in honor of the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade. Regarded as "The Heisman of Women's Basketball," the award is presented annually to the Division I Player of the Year by the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) and the WBCA.

The preseason list is composed of top NCAA Division I women's basketball players who best embody Wade's spirit from 18 different institutions and seven conferences. A committee of coaches, administrators and media from across the United States compiled the list using the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team, and overall playing ability.

Coley, who earned her second-consecutive Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention nod in 2012-13, led the nation in scoring last season with an average of 26.3 points per game. The point guard scored a single-season school record 840 points, leading FIU to its third-straight Sun Belt Conference Championship semifinal appearance and the program's second-straight Postseason WNIT berth.

A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., Coley enters her senior season with a 30-game, double-figure scoring streak. In 2012-13, Coley notched 23, 20-plus point games, including 12, 30-plus point outings, scoring a career-high 39 points on two occasions. The Capital One Academic All-District honoree owns a career scoring average of 21.8 points per game, tied for first all-time at FIU, and is the only player in program history to register 2,000 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists, and 200 steals in a career.

Coley has scored 2,135 career points, a total which ranks second on the FIU all-time scoring charts. The two-time Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and WBCA All-America All-Region nominee was responsible for 42.9 percent of the Panthers' in 2012-13, and has scored 35.1 percent of FIU's total points for her career. In May 2013, Coley was named SBC Female Athlete of the Year, becoming just the second FIU student-athlete to earn the league's top honor.

For all things Jerica Coley, visit www.HolyColey.com.

2014 Wade Trophy Preseason Candidates

Natalie Achonwa - Notre Dame - Forward - Senior

Rachel Banham - Minnesota - Guard - Junior

Brittany Boyd - California - Guard - Junior

Gennifer Brandon - California - Forward - Senior

Jerica Coley - FIU - Guard - Senior

Stefanie Dolson - Connecticut - Center - Senior

Aaryn Ellenberg - Oklahoma - Guard - Senior

Bashaara Graves - Tennessee - Forward - Sophomore

Chelsea Gray - Duke - Guard - Senior

Bria Hartley - Connecticut - Guard - Senior

Jordan Hooper - Nebraska - Forward - Senior

Maggie Lucas - Penn State - Guard - Senior

Tyaunna - Marshall - Georgia Tech - Guard - Senior

Kayla McBride - Notre Dame - Guard - Senior

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis - Connecticut - Forward - Junior

Chiney Ogwumike - Stanford - Forward - Senior

Theresa Plaisance - LSU - Forward - Senior

Ebony Rowe - Middle Tennessee - Forward - Senior

Shoni Schimmel - Louisville - Guard - Senior

Meighan Simmons - Tennessee - Guard - Senior

Odyssey Sims - Baylor - Guard - Senior

DeNesha Stallworth - Kentucky - Forward - Senior

Breanna Stewart - Connecticut - Forward - Sophomore

Alyssa Thomas - Maryland - Forward - Senior

Elizabeth Williams - Duke - Center/Forward - Junior

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