THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2005
Women's Basketball Continues Florida Road Trip at Florida Atlantic

Feb. 3, 2005

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After starting its three-game road trip through Florida with a loss to Stetson on Wednesday evening, the JU women's basketball team will be featured on Sun Sports Network this weekend in Boca Raton. The Dolphins (4-13, 1-9 Atlantic Sun), who are in search of their most conference wins since 2002-03, will face Florida Atlantic (8-10, 6-5 A-Sun) on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 12 p.m.

A Look at Florida Atlantic: The Owls enter the contest with an 8-10 overall record and a 6-5 mark in Atlantic Sun Conference play this season. FAU had a season-high four game winning streak snapped after falling to UCF, 61-47, on Wednesday.

Chancellor Dugan is in her sixth season at the helm of the Owls program and has compiled a 75-87 record. FAU is led by the combo of junior guard Shontavia Williams and senior forward Jackie Brown. Williams leads the squad with an average of 14.4 points per game, while Brown chips in with 10.9 ppg. Freshman guard Missy Glaser ranks third on the squad with an average of 8.5 points per contest.

In the Last Meeting: Senior guard Rebecca Montz scored a team-high 12 points but the Dolphins shot 22.4 percent from the field as JU fell to Florida Atlantic, 68-54, on Jan. 27 at Swisher Gymnasium. JU registered a season-high 13 steals while forcing the Owls into a Dolphin opponent-record 39 turnovers. Entering the contest, FAU led the A-Sun with a +3.47 turnover margin while the Dolphins ranked second with a +1.57.

Head Coach Jill Dunn: Jill Dunn is in 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 Georgia State, Dunn was the top assistant coach at Miami University (Ohio), Ohio during the 2000-01 season. Prior to Miami, Dunn served as the head coach at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., from 1998-00. 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.

A Look at the Latest Action: Junior guard Sheena Carpenter scored a career-high 24 points on 11-of-22 shooting from the floor but JU dropped a road contest to Stetson, 68-59, Wednesday evening at the Edmunds Center. JU finished with a season-high 15 steals, including a career-high five by Carpenter, who also dished out a team-high five assists. Stetson snapped a two-game losing streak.

After trailing the entire first half, the Hatters took their first lead of the contest on a Kim Manning layup at the 13:38 mark. The Dolphins then moved ahead with two made free throws, but Stetson regained the lead, 44-43, when Nefertiti Walker drained three free throws with 11:45 remaining. JU managed to tie the game with a three-pointer at the 10:22 mark, but the Hatters used a layup by Kristy Brown, at the 9:38 mark, to recapture the lead. Stetson then went on a 12-2 run to lead by a game-high 14 points, 64-50, with 4:20 left on the clock.

Sophomore guard Nakina Alford added 14 points, junior forward Ashley Stinson finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds and sophomore forward Talia Johnson tallied four blocks to contribute for the Dolphins.

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 titles, four NCAA Tournament appearances and two recruiting classes ranked nationally by the All-Star Girls' Report.

In comparison, the Dolphins have only been in existence for five years and have qualified for postseason play one time (1999-00).

Carpenter's Work: Junior guard Sheena Carpenter has become the focal point of the JU offense since senior forward Yolisha Jackson injured her knee on Jan. 6.

With the Dolphins lacking size in the post, the JU coaching staff has adjusted the offense to capitalize on the speed and shooting of its backcourt by moving Carpenter to point guard.

As the team's playmaker, Carpenter has blossomed by averaging 15.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.3 steals per contest. She has also set career highs for points (24), rebounds (11), assists (6), including her first double-double, during that span.

Alford Sets Her Sights: Sophomore guard Nakina Alford has also been impressive since the offense has been run through the perimeter.

Since Jan. 6, Alford is averaging 12.9 points and is burning up the nets from beyond the three-point line with a 47.8 percentage. She currently ranks fourth in the Atlantic Sun Conference with 2.35 three's per contest and is 29 shy of the program season record set by Lexie Richards during the 1999-00 campaign.

Stinson Cleans Up: Junior forward Ashley Stinson has found a way to contribute in the post despite limited opportunities.

Although she stands at 5'8", Stinson is currently fourth in the A-Sun with an average of 3.35 offensive rebounds per contest. She also leads the squad with 6.5 rebounds per game and has posted a team-high two double-doubles this season.

Since Jackson was injured on Jan. 6, she is averaging 13.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals per contest.

Injuries Hurt the Post: Injuries have taken their toll on the Dolphins' post players in 2004-05 and the results have begun to show.

Junior center Kara Donnell had missed the first half of the year while recovering from a knee injury in the preseason. After suffering another setback in her first practice, she is out indefinitely.

Senior forward Yolisha Jackson has missed five games since reinjuring her left knee against Mercer on Jan. 6. She is also out indefinitely. The Dolphins have gone 1-7 since losing Jackson.

Taking Care of the Ball: Through 17 games, JU is averaging 17.4 turnovers per contest, compared to 19.6 by its opponents. The Dolphins' turnover margin (+2.24) is currently second in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Florida Atlantic (+2.50) and Troy (+0.94) are the only other members to post a positive turnover margin.

The following is the average turnovers per contest in JU history: 1999-00: 25.1 2000-01: 23.3 2001-02: 28.2 2002-03: 25.7 2003-04: 19.7