Women's Basketball hosts first-place Belmont on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Feb. 28, 2007


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After setting a program record for consecutive wins and wins on the road, the JU women's basketball team (18-8, 12-4 A-Sun) will look to lock up second place in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings when the Dolphins host first-place Belmont (21-5, 15-1 A- Sun) on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.

And the hits just keep on coming
In the midst of the best season in program history, JU is currently setting the standards for program wins in a season (18). The Dolphins set the record with a 67-52 victory over North Florida on Feb. 10. The previous record of 13-15 was set by the 2000-01 squad which was only the second year of competition for the Dolphins. JU has also posted at least 10 wins in back-to-back season for the first time in the history of the program (1999-present).

A list of program records
Along with setting the bar for wins in a season, the Dolphins have also set new standards for conference wins in a season, consecutive home wins, consecutive wins and consecutive road victories. With a 74-57 win over Kennesaw State, the Dolphins surpassed the previous record of 9-9, which was also set by the 2000-01 squad. The Dolphins' win over the Owls also rewrote the books for consecutive home wins (eight). The previous mark of six was set by the 2000-01 squad. Last weekend, JU tied a program record with six-consecutive home wins with a 66-59 win at Stetson, tying the mark which was set during the 2000- 01 season. The Dolphins also set new standards on the road with the win over Stetson, increasing the road streak to four games. Finally, JU set new marks for steals in a season with 273. The mark, which was set last season, was surpassed with 15 steals against Stetson on Feb. 24.

Dunn sets another record
JU head coach Jill Dunn earned her 50th career win with the Dolphins' 60-55 decision over Stetson on Jan. 25 at Swisher Gymnasium and also set new standards for a Dolphin head coach. Dunn, who won 23 games in her first head coaching stint at Western Carolina, set a new program record for wins by a Dolphin head coach (32) with a 64- 57 win over Mercer on Feb. 22.

New standards at home
The Dolphins have raised the bar when it comes to playing at home by setting a new program record with 11 wins. JU surpassed the previous mark of seven victories, which was set by the squad last season. Included in the accomplishment is a 2-0 record at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

Dolphin notables
JU leads the conference in turnover margin (+3.77) and is second in scoring margin (+3.7), field-goal percentage (.399), three-point field- goal percentage (.333), rebounding defense (37.6), steals (10.5), assist-turnover ratio (0.69)...sophomore guard Crystal Ayers is out indefinitely after injuring her knee at Campbell on Feb. 3.

Despite the loss to Niagara on Dec. 18, JU set a new standard for steals by tallying a program- record 17 against the Purple Eagles. The previous record of 16 steals was set on two occasions. Among the culprits was a career-high six steals by sophomore guard Regina Omoite, which ranks second in the single-game record books. The Dolphins, which have 273 steals, currently ranks second in the A-Sun with an average of 10.5 steals per contest. JU has tallied at least 11 steals in 16 games this season and broke the program record of 262 which was set last season. JU leads the conference in turnover margin (+3.77) and is only one of two teams (ETSU - +1.54) with a positive margin.