FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2004
Women's Hoops Travels to Carolinas This Weekend

Nov. 26, 2004

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After earning its first win of the 2004-05 season last weekend, the JU women's basketball team will continue its travelling road show through the Carolinas. The Dolphins open the weekend against South Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Colonial Center. JU will then open Atlantic Sun Conference play at Gardner-Webb on Monday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. in the Lutz-Yelton Center.

Last weekend, the Dolphins dropped their season opener, 61-49, to Samford on Nov. 19 at Seibert Hall. Senior forward Yolisha Jackson finished with a game-high 16 points while also grabbing four rebounds. Junior guard Sheena Carpenter added 10 points to contribute to the Dolphin offense. JU ended the trip with a 61-52 win over Birmingham-Southern on Nov. 21 at Bill Battle Coliseum. Senior guard Rebecca Montz tallied a game-high 17 points while Jackson (14) and sophomore Nakina Alford (10) rounded out the JU double-digit scoring.

South Carolina is 0-2 after dropping contests to Washington (65-53) and UNLV (66-63) on Nov. 14-15 at the WBCA Classic in Seattle, Wash. The Gamecocks also dropped an exhibition contest to Everyone's Internet (71-53) on Nov. 19 at the Colonial Center. Through two games, guard Lauren Sims leads the squad with an average of 16.5 points per game while forward Melanie Johnson ranks first in rebounds with 7.0 per contest.

Gardner-Webb is 0-2 on the year after falling to Miami (65-47) and UCLA (89-48) in the Miami Jam Tournament on Nov. 19-21. Guard Sequenta Blackman was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 14.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. Forward Shameka Smith leads the squad with an average of 10.0 rebounds per game.

Head Coach Jill Dunn: Jill Dunn begins her first season as head coach of the Jacksonville University women's basketball program. No stranger to the Atlantic Sun Conference, Dunn spent the past three years helping Georgia State to three consecutive A-Sun Conference titles from 2001-04.

A former NCAA Division I head coach and player, Dunn brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to JU as she becomes just the second head coach in program history. Before joining Georgia State, Dunn was the top assistant coach at Miami University (Ohio), Ohio during the 2000-01 season. Prior to her one-year stint in Miami, Dunn served as the head coach at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., from 1998-00. In her final season with the program, the Lady Catamounts posted 12 wins which was the most in 15 seasons at WCU and the most ever by a second-year head coach in the Southern Conference. Prior to being elevated to the head spot at Western Carolina, she was the top assistant coach during the 1997-98 campaign. Dunn's coaching career began at the University of South Carolina, where she was as an assistant coach from 1994-97.

Dunn's success began as a player at Georgia Southern, where she was a three-year starter from 1989-93. She earned Second-Team All-Southern Conference honors and led the Lady Eagles to the SoCon Tournament championship game and a berth in the NCAA Tournament as a senior.

Dunn earned her first victory as the Dolphins' head coach with a 61-52 win over Birmingham-Southern on Nov. 21.

Winning Reputations: First-year head coach Jill Dunn and assistants Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick and Andrea Williams have a combined average of 31 years in age, but their 22 years of coaching experience easily makes up for that. The trio has accounted for six conference championships, four NCAA Tournament appearances and two recruiting classes ranked nationally by the All-Star Girls' Report.

To help put things in perspective, the Dolphins have only been in existence for five years and have only qualified for postseason play one time (1999-00).

Yo in the Flow: Fifth-year senior Yolisha Jackson has picked up right were she left off last year by leading the Dolphins in scoring after two games.

Against Birmingham-Southern, Jackson finished the contest with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor and a 4-of-5 effort from the free-throw line. She also grabbed six rebounds, blocked a pair of shots and tallied a team-high three steals. In the final five minutes of the game, Jackson scored seven of the Dolphins' final 10 points to preserve the win.

For the week, Jackson averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals while shooting .435 from the floor (10-23) and .889 from the foul line (8-9).

Mighty Montz: Senior guard Rebecca Montz has shaken off the rust from the preseason and has scorched opposing nets through the first weekend of the regular season.

Against Birmingham-Southern, Montz tallied a game-high 17 points after shooting 7-of-11 from the floor including 3-for-4 from behind the three-point line. In the Samford game, she finished with nine points after finishing 3-for-5 from the field and 2-for-3 from downtown.

She currently leads the squad with a .625 (10-16) field-goal percentage including a .714 percentage (5-7) from three-point range.

JU on the Net The Dolphins' contest at South Carolina will be broadcast live via the internet on http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaaw/teams/sbf. Scroll down and click on the "Audio" link next to the Jacksonville game on the schedule.

Dolphin Notables: Head coach Jill Dunn began her coaching career as an assistant at South Carolina from 1994-97...sophomore guard Nakina Alford has provided the spark off the bench for the Dolphins by averaging 8.0 points and 3.5 steals per game...junior center Kara Donnell is questionable for this weekend with a knee injury...junior guard Sheena Carpenter leads the squad with 7.0 rebounds per game.