MONDAY, FEBRUARY 07, 2011
Women’s basketball hosts UNF on Tuesday
The JU women’s basketball team will try to extend its two-game winning streak on Tuesday when they host cross-town rival UNF in the Veterans Memorial Arena at 5 p.m.
The Dolphins (11-11, 6-7 A-Sun) will don pink uniforms sponsored by the Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute for their Women’s Basketball Coaches Association “Pink Zone” game to help raise awareness for breast cancer.
The first 400 fans will also receive a free pink JU t-shirt, while this installment of the River City Rumble will be broadcasted by Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) on a tape delay to be shown at 9:30 p.m. that night.
“This is a big game for us again,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “Last time, we played them it was a must-win game and it is the case again. We fell short against them the first time, but have corrected those mistakes to go on this run we are on now. Hopefully, we will get another good result tomorrow.”
The Dolphins enter the matchup after two convincing wins against Belmont (2/3) and Lipscomb (2/5) last week at home.
Junior guard Ashanti Williams scored 20 points off the bench against the Bruins, while senior forward Taneskei Richardson tallied her fifth double-double in the last seven games with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Against Lipscomb, senior guard GiGi Thomas paced the Dolphins with 20 points and junior guard Jessica George used a three-pointer to spark a 12-4 run near the end of regulation to secure the victory.
Richardson continues to have an MVP type season as she leads the team in scoring (11.0), rebounds (9.6), field goal percentage (.469) and blocks (32). She is also second in steals with 36 and fourth in assists with 30.
The Ospreys (10-12, 8-5) are on a four-game winning streak which started with a 58-44 victory against the Dolphins on Jan. 27. They also defeated Lipscomb and Belmont over the weekend.
In the first meeting, the Opsreys shot 50 percent from the floor (22-44) and had a 24-point effort from Brittany Kirkland to down the Dolphins for the third straight time. Despite the streak, the Dolphins still own an 8-4 lead in the all-time series.
Fans can also watch tomorrow’s contest live though A-Sun.TV by logging onto JUDolphins.com.