WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 09, 2005
Women's Basketball opens 2005-06 season against Valdosta State

Nov. 9, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University women's basketball team will open the 2005-06 season by hosting Valdosta State on Thursday at 7 p.m. in an exhibition contest at Swisher Gymnasium.

After leading JU to its most overall and conference wins since 2002-03 in her first season, JU head coach Jill Dunn will feature a new look lineup as the Dolphins return only four players from last year's squad.

"We are excited to finally start and get a gauge of where we are at this point," said Dunn. "This contest will help us in our preparation for UNC-Asheville next weekend as we begin the challenge of a new season."

Senior guard Sheena Carpenter, a preseason first team all-conference selection in 2005-06, led the Dolphins with an average of 14.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game last season. Her points and assists per game ranked sixth in the A- Sun, while also finishing sixth with a 0.93 assists-to-turnover ratio.

Also rounding out the returnees for the Dolphins are junior guard Nakina Alford, junior center Talia Johnson and junior guard Jenaire Davis.

Leading the infusion of youth for the Dolphins this season will be five freshmen and two junior college transfers. During their prep career, the class combined to win three state titles, six regional championships and 16 district crowns, while also combining for a 305-57 overall record.

Forward Kelly Ford (University Christian HS), guard Virginia Gregoire (Deerfield HS), guards DaVina Hamilton and Regina Omoite (North Miami Beach HS) and center Precious Robinson (Orlando Christian HS) make up the incoming freshmen. Guard Crystal Ayers (Okaloosa Walton JC) and forward and Ashley Williams (North Florida CC) will join the squad as transfers. JU will open the 2005-06 regular season at UNC-Ashville on Friday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m.

JU TO HOST FIRST TV CONTEST AT SWISHER GYMNASIUM

The Dolphins will also be making history in 2005-06 when Comcast Sports Southeast airs JU's home contest at Swisher Gymnasium against North Florida on Monday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. The contest will mark the first women's basketball game at Swisher Gymnasium to be aired live since the program began in 1998.

The contest was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m., but was rescheduled to fit into television formats for CSS.