FORT MYERS, Fla. – Anja Marinkovic, a sharpshooting guard for the FGCU women’s basketball team who had previously decided to not use her final year of eligibility, has changed her mind and will return for her redshirt senior season.
“We are excited that Anja has decided to return to our team,” FGCU head coach Karl Smesko said. “She is an explosive offensive player, and she is one of the best shooters in college basketball.”
Marinkovic, who averaged 4.5 points over 7.5 minutes per game in her first season with FGCU last year after transferring in from Detroit Mercy, had one of the most efficient shooting seasons in program history.
The Serbian native joined her teammate Davion Wingate in becoming one of only two players to wear the Green and Blue to shoot at least 60 percent from 2-point range, 40 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the foul line in a single season. In limited minutes, Marinkovic shot 7-for-10 (.700) from 2-point range, 27-for-65 (.415) from 3-point range and 12-for-13 (.923) from the foul line.
Marinkovic was named the ASUN’s Newcomer of the Week on Feb. 11 after a 16-point effort over 15 minutes in a come-from-behind win over Stetson. She also produced a season-high 20 points in a win over Webber International on Nov. 7, while also tallying two other double-digit scoring performances.
Overall, including her time at Detroit Mercy, Marinkovic has produced a pair of 25-point games, six 20-point games and 29 double-digit scoring games in her NCAA career. She sits at 667 points over three collegiate seasons, which gives her an outside chance at reaching 1,000 career points in 2020-21.
Marinkovic’s surprise return coincides with the addition of what is so far a seven-member recruiting class for next season, including: Kierstan Bell, a 6-1 transfer guard from The Ohio State University; Aaliyah Stanley, a 5-6 transfer guard from Eastern Michigan University; Tishara “TK” Morehouse, a 5-3 JUCO transfer guard from Western Nebraska Community College; Andrea Cecil, a 6-1 graduate transfer guard/forward from BGSU; Maddie Antenucci, a 5-10 guard from Indian Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio; Seneca Hackley, a 5-9 guard from Saint Mary’s High School in Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Tomia Johnson, a 5-6 point guard from Grandview High School in Colorado Springs, Colo.For complete coverage of the women’s basketball program, follow the Eagles on Twitter and Instagram at @FGCU_WBB, on Facebook at /fgcuwbb and online at www.FGCUathletics.com. You can also sign-up to have news on FGCU women’s basketball or other programs delivered directly to your inbox by visiting www.fgcuathletics.com/email.
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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 82 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 13 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of D-I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 38 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships, including three men’s golfers. Seven FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport – including women’s basketball (#24, 2019-20) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Green and Blue posted a department-best sixth-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 showing nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and state of Florida best seven teams earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their Academic Progress Rate in their sport. In 2019-20, they ran their streak to three consecutive years leading both groups with the highest percentage of teams again receiving such high distinction (33% via 5 of 15 programs). FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.46 GPA in the classroom in the spring 2020 semester and has outperformed the general University undergraduate population for 22 consecutive semesters. The 2019 Fall and 2020 Spring semesters each saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher team GPA. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.