Women's Hoops to complete in Atlantic Sun Tournament against Florida Atlantic on Thursday

March 7, 2006


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After ending Stetson's five-game home winning streak to earn the seventh seed in the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament, the Dolphins women's basketball team (10-17, 7-13 A-Sun) will face second-seed Florida Atlantic at 3:15 CST this Thursday at the Dothan Civic Center. The Dolphins, who earned the second most wins in program history (10), will be competing in the conference tournament for the only the second time since the program began in 1998-99.

In the previous meetings Senior guard Sheena Carpenter and sophomore forward Ashley Williams combined for 33 second half points but a last second three-pointer fell short as the Dolphins fell to Florida Atlantic 74-71, to open the 2005-06 Atlantic Sun season on Dec. 3, 2005, at FAU Arena. JU erased a 24-point deficit by shooting 52 percent (13-25) in the second half. FAU only managed 29 points in the second half, but made key free throws at the end of the contest.

Sophomore forward Ashley Williams finished with a game-high 19 points but 27 turnovers led to 24 points for the Owls as the Dolphins fell to Florida Atlantic, 62-59, on Feb. 16 at Swisher Gymnasium. JU shot 37 percent (19-51) from the floor and held an 18-2 advantage in fast-break points. FAU held a 47-39 rebounding advantage and was led by Amanda Bulin's 15 points.

In the last postseason game...

The last time JU appeared in the A-Sun Tournament was back when the league was known as the Trans America Athletic Conference. Among the schools that made up the conference at the time were Campbell, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, JU and Jacksonville State.

The Dolphins had just posted a program record 13 wins but fell to Troy State, 69-60, in the first round on March 8, 2001 at UCF Arena. Angela Walker led the Dolphins with 27 points and eight rebounds, while Kat Sungy added 13 points and seven rebounds.

Head coach Jill Dunn

Jill Dunn completes her second season as head coach of the Jacksonville University women's basketball program after leading JU to its most overall and conference wins in four seasons, despite playing with only nine healthy players.

No stranger to the Atlantic Sun Conference, Dunn spent the previous three years helping Georgia State to three consecutive A-Sun Conference titles from 2001-04. Before joining Georgia State, Dunn was the top assistant coach at Miami University (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.

Before 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.