SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2010
Women’s basketball hosts FIU on Monday
After wrapping up a long week of finals, the JU women’s basketball team will get back to action on Monday when the Dolphins play FIU in Swisher Gymnasium at 7 p.m.
It will be the first of three non-conference opponents for the Dolphins (5-2) this week. JU will host Wake Forest on Friday in Swisher Gymnasium before facing UCF on Dec. 20 in Orlando, Fla. Both contests will also be at 7 p.m.
“After a week of finals, we are ready to get back on the court and play,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “We have three extremely tough games next week so it will be challenging for us. We will have to be focused and ready to compete.”
Last time out, the Dolphins took a loss they are looking to quickly erase as Florida Gulf Coast secured a 98-47 win over JU at the Veterans Memorial Arena on Dec. 4.
Despite the loss, senior forward Taneskei Richardson recorded her third double-double of the season after recording a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Dolphins. JU also managed to produce a season-high seven blocks.
Richardson has pulled down double-digit boards in the last two games to tally a team-high four to move into second in the A-Sun with a 10.9 rebounds a game. She also ranks fifth in the conference with a .470 field goal percentage and is one of two players to average a double-double each game.
The Golden Panthers (4-4) lost the last two contests at home, snapping a three-game winning streak, including a 74-65 loss to UCF in its last action on Dec. 5.
Rakia Rodgers is leading FIU with 14.3 points per contest and Jerica Corley has a team-best 16 steals to go along with a 13.5 points per game clip.
FIU evened up the all-time series, 1-1, with a 67-41 victory last season in Miami on Nov. 17. JU took the first meeting, 51-43, at Swisher Gymnasium on Nov. 20, 2008.
The Demon Deacons (5-2) will play at USF on Tuesday before traveling north to face the Dolphins. Wake Forest has lost three of its last four contests after winning the first four games.
Brittany Waters and Chelsea Douglas each have 11.5 points per game in the first eight games to pace the Demon Deacons.
Last season, Wake Forest used a 15-2 run in the final six minutes to pull away from JU and secure a 61-47 victory at home in the season opener.
UCF (4-3) takes on Florida State in Tallahassee on Wednesday before hosting JU.
Chelsie Wiley is leading the Knights in scoring (15.9 ppg), while Aisha Patrick has the team lead in rebounds (9.6 rpg) and steals (16).
UCF holds a 10-6 advantage over JU, including winning the last three matchups in the last three seasons. The Dolphins last win over the Knights came in 2006 with a 61-50 victory at home.
Fans can follow all of the games through live video streaming on A-Sun.TV by logging JUDolphins.com.