THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011
Women’s hoops hosts NCAA “Pack the House” game on Saturday
Free t-shirts, clinics and pizza parties will be just a few of the things fans can take part in on Saturday when the JU women’s basketball teams hosts ETSU at the Veterans Memorial Arena for the NCAA “Pack the House” game at 1 p.m.

The first 200 fans will receive free JU shirts, while kids under the age of 13 are admitted free for Youth Day. The team is hosting a special pre-game basketball clinic and pizza party for all Girl Scouts at 11 a.m. Troops wishing to sign up for the clinic can email Brian Freshley at bfreshl@jacksonville.edu.

The “Pack the House” contest is a national effort in which conferences and institutions compete to build attendance with one winner from each conference will receive awards, while also having the NCAA donate $500 to a non-profit organization of their choice.

Last season, JU won the honor by selling out the UNF game at Swisher Gymnasium and hope to capture that honor once again.

“We are looking forward to having a lot of people in the stands on Saturday,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “Last season, I know our team fed off the energy from the crowd in overtime to defeat UNF. We need more of that this year as we play one of the toughest teams in our conference. I love where our team is heading as we enter the game on Saturday.”

The Dolphins (7-7, 2-3 A-Sun) enter the matchup after downing Belmont, 70-60, on Monday in Nashville to snap a four-game losing streak.

Junior guard Ashanti Williams scored 18 points in just her second start of the season to lead the Dolphins, while senior guard GiGi Thomas (15 points, four blocks) and junior guard Crystal Bell (10 points) contributed off the bench.

Senior forward Taneskei Richardson also added 10 points, eight boards and three steals for the Dolphins. In the team standings, Bell has regained the lead in scoring with a 10.9 average, while Richardson holds steady in the rebounding department (9.2).

The Lady Bucs (7-8, 4-2) head to slightly warmer weather following a 78-74 overtime win against Stetson on Monday night in Johnson City, Tenn.

The three-time defending conference champion are led offensively by Tara Davis, who is averaging 15.3 points per game and has a team-best 30 steals. Destiny Mitchell has a 14.4 scoring average and at least nine rebounds a contest.

ETSU has won the last eight meetings against JU, including both matchups last season, to take an 11-1 advantage in the all-time series. The Dolphins lone win was a 83-79 decision at home on Feb. 15, 2007.

Fans can follow the matchup through live video streaming on A-Sun.TV by logging onto JUDolphins.com.