FRIDAY, JANUARY 07, 2011
Women’s basketball heads to Nashville for two-game trip starting Saturday
The JU women’s basketball team is looking to a get a good grove going in Nashville when the Dolphins start their two-game road trip against Lipscomb on Saturday at 5 p.m.
The Dolphins (6-6, 1-2 A-Sun), who will play at Belmont on Monday at 6 p.m., is trying to get of a rut that has them with one win in the last six contests. Last year, JU swept its trip through the Music City for the first time in program history.
“We are looking for any type of momentum right now,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “Our team has had good spurts in the last few games, but we have not been able to sustain it. We had a good week of practice which should help us as we return to the court this weekend.”
JU opened the week with a 77-65 loss to Campbell in Buies Creek, N.C. on Monday night.
The Dolphins showed late signs of life by cutting a 20-point second half deficit to eight on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Maggie Wilson (70-62, 2:56). The Camels quashed the rally by hitting a couple free throws and two layups in the final two minutes to secure the win.
Senior forward Lynsey Paschal scored 15 points to lead four JU players in double-figures. Junior guard Ashanti Williams (14 points) and Wilson (13) contributed to JU’s 37 bench points, while senior forward Taneskei Richardson tallied her fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 boards.
The Lady Bisons (6-7, 3-1) dropped their first conference game to FGCU, 75-57, on Tuesday in Fort Myers, Fla. Lipscomb has dropped three of the last four games entering Saturday’s competition.
In the all-time series, the Dolphins have won the last eight matchups to take a 8-6 edge over the Lady Bisons. Lipscomb’s last win came in Nashville on Nov. 30, 2006.
Senior guard Jenna Bartsokas has averaged almost 20 points per game (19.8) in four A-Sun games en route to the team lead in scoring (15.2). She also has a team-high 27 steals.
The Bruins (5-8, 2-2) downed Stetson, 59-45, on Tuesday in DeLand, Fla. to snap a three-game losing streak. They will host UNF before facing the Dolphins on Monday
Junior forward Haley Nelson paces the team with a 12.5 scoring average, while junior guard Cacy Burtnett has posted 13 points per game through four A-Sun contests.
Belmont holds a commanding 13-4 advantage in the all-time series after both teams won on the road last season.
Fans can follow the matchup through live video streaming on A-Sun.TV by logging onto JUDolphins.com.