Women's Basketball hosts Niagara on Monday at 7 p.m.

Dec. 18, 2006


After a four-game losing streak to end a season-long five-game road trip, the JU women's basketball team will return to the friendly confines for Swisher Gymnasium on Monday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. against Niagara.

A Familiar Face Returns Home
Niagara head coach Bill Angronin is no stranger to Jacksonville University as he leads his Purple Eagles to their first showdown with the Dolphins in program history.
Angronin, who is in his 13th season at Niagara, was a graduate of JU in 1970 and played on the Dolphin baseball team as an outfielder from 1968- 70.
Under head coach Barry Myers, Angronin helped the Dolphins to a 31-8 overall record and the program's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1970.

Alford Returns
After sitting out the final few weeks of the 2005-06 season and the first half of this year due to personal reasons, senior guard Nakina Alford has returned to the Dolphin lineup.
One of the top outside threats for the Dolphins, Alford finished last season ranked third on the squad with 7.9 points per contest. She also led the squad with 39 three-point baskets and a 33.3 percent clip from beyond the arc.

Grable is Able
Freshman forward Crystal Grable made her collegiate debut against Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 16 after missing the first eight games of the season.
Grable, who sat out to recover from knee surgery, made her presence felt in the middle by tallying three points and six rebounds in only seven minutes of action.
In two preseason games, Grable averaged 6.5 points and 6.5 rebounds before having surgery.

Dolphin Notables
Freshman guard Courtney Jackson grabbed a season-high seven rebounds at Bethune-Cookman. Junior forward Ashley Williams tallied a season-high three blocks against BCC. Sophomore guard Crystal Ayers logged a season-high 23 minutes in the contest. JU leads the Atlantic Sun Conference in scoring (67.6 ppg), scoring margin (+2.6), field-goal percentage (.412), 3-point field goal percentage (.351) and turnover margin (+2.33).

JU started the season off on a good note by winning its first four games of the season. The feat was the best start by the Dolphins in program history and marked the first four-game winning streak since 2001.
The Dolphins are also 3-0 at Swisher Gymnasium to start the year, which is also the best start in program history. The longest winning streak at home for JU is six games (2000-01, 2005-06).
JU snapped its four-game losing streak on Dec. 16, which was the longest losing streak since a six-game slide in 2005-06. The longest losing streak in the Jill Dunn era was eight during her first season with the program (2004-05).