Women's basketball hosts ETSU on Monday at 1 p.m.

Jan. 26, 2008


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After winning a program record 10 consecutive games, the JU women's basketball team will "Pack the House" for its showdown for first place against East Tennessee State on Monday afternoon.

The Dolphins (16-3, 6-0), off to their best start in program history and conference play, will face the Lady Buccaneers (9-10, 5-1) on Monday at 1 p.m. in Swisher Gymnasium. The contest can be seen live on as part of ASun.TV.

JU trails in the all-time series against ETSU, 4-1, but the Dolphins' lone victory was an 83-79 decision at Swisher Gymnasium on Feb. 15, 2007. In the last meeting, the Lady Bucs eliminated the Dolphins from the 2007 A-Sun Tournament with a 78- 72 win.

Dolphins to "Pack the House"
If it's not enticing enough to witness the JU women's basketball team dismantle record books in the same fashion as Artis Gilmore and the 1969-70 squad, then throw in a battle for first place against East Tennessee State for the NCAA's "Pack the House" competition.

As part of the event, JU has invited local elementary and middle schools, women's clubs, retirement communities, businesses and other organizations to set a new program record for attendance and compete against other schools across the nation.

The NCAA "Pack the House" competition was designed to help grow the sport of women's basketball and build upon the already existing fan base. The challenge of the event is for each participating school to set an attendance record.

NCAA member schools will compete against schools in their own conference as well as all Division I schools for a chance to be the 2008 NCAA Women's Basketball "Pack the House Challenge" Champion.

The NCAA will select thirty-two winning institutions (one from each of the 31 Division I conferences and one independent) based on creative marketing strategies, and sellouts or the largest percentage increase from the previous year's single- game record attendance. The marketing staffs of the winnings school will receive various prizes and the NCAA will make a donation to a non-profit organization on behalf of the 32 winners. Additionally, one grand prize winner will be selected from the pool of 32 winners.

JU earns vote in USA Today/ESPN Poll
Off to the best start in school history, the Dolphins are gaining notice nationally, earning its first vote in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 poll released on Jan. 8. JU is still receiving a vote in the poll for the third straight week after defeating North Florida over the weekend.

At a school that has enjoyed many years of national recognition and success with its men's basketball program (nine postseason appearances, including a trip to the national title game in 1970), the Dolphin women's program is beginning to enjoy its own success in only three and a half years under the guidance of head coach Jill Dunn.

JU ranks among nation's best at home
The Dolphins have raised the bar when it comes to playing at home by setting a program record in 2006-07 with 13 wins. JU surpassed the previous mark of seven victories, which was set by the squad in 2005-06.

JU is currently in the midst of a 17-game home winning streak which continued with a 74-60 win over Stetson on Jan. 7 at Swisher Gymnasium. Included in the winning streak is a 4-0 record at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. JU also finished the 2007 calender year undefeated at home (14-0).

JU's last loss was a 73-69 decision against Niagara at Swisher Gymnasium on Dec. 18, 2006. Since the beginning of the 2006-07 campaign, the Dolphins are 18-1 at home.

The Dolphins' 17-game streak has earned them a spot on the national home winning streak list as JU currently ranks second behind Duke (22), who will host Tennessee on Jan. 28.

Dolphins streaking
Along with its 17-game home winning streak, JU is in the midst of a program record 10-game winning streak. The mark breaks a nine-game winning streak which was tallied by the squad last season.

The Dolphins are also 18-1 at home since the beginning of the 2006-07 season (including 11 consecutive home wins against A-Sun opponents), while also winning 14 consecutive A-Sun games, eight consecutive conference road games and seven consecutive road games.

Against USC Upstate, senior forward Ashley Williams (24) and junior guard Virginia Gregoire (20) became the first duo to each score 20 points in a contest since Williams and guard Sheena Carpenter accomplished the feat on two occasions in 2005-06. Sophomore forward Crystal Grable tied her career high with two blocked shots. The contest was the first one-point victory for the Dolphins since a 60- 59 decision over Mercer on Feb. 22, 2003. One JU"s three losses this season was a one-point loss to Winthrop on Nov. 24, 2007 (50-49).