WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2011
Women’s basketball begins final road trip at FGCU on Thursday
The JU women’s basketball team hopes to build momentum as the Dolphins embark on their final road trip starting Thursday against FGCU in Fort Myers, Fla. at 5 p.m.

Following the matchup, the Dolphins (13-14, 8-10 A-Sun), who secured the No. 5 seed for the A-Sun Tournament, will close out the regular season on Saturday against Stetson in DeLand, Fla.

“This is a tough challenge for us in the final part of the season,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “These two teams have played great basketball this season and will provide a good test as we get ready for the A-Sun Tournament. We just want to continue to play well as we head towards Macon.”

The Dolphins head into the matchup after downing Kennesaw State (2/18) and Mercer (2/20), respectively, in the final two home games at the Veterans Memorial Arena.

Against the Bears, seniors Lynsey Paschal, GiGi Thomas and Taneskei Richardson each scored in double-figures to pace the Dolphins.

Paschal scored a career-best 20 points for the second time this season to lead the Dolphins while Thomas finished with 15 points and two steals. Richardson added her 12th double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds. Paschal (522) and Richardson (518) each enter the week less than six rebounds shy of cracking the school’s top five all-time in rebounds.

The Eagles (22-2, 15-2) bounced back from a loss by Kennesaw State by defeating Campbell and Stetson in their last two home contests.

Sarah Hansen leads the Eagles with 13 points per game and Kelsey Jacobson has hit 75 three-pointer en route to an 11.9 scoring average.

In the first meeting, the Eagles shot 60.7 percent from the floor and connected on 11 three-pointers to hand the Dolphins their worst defeat in program history, 98-47, on Dec. 4 at the Veterans Memorial Arena.

FGCU has won the last six games over JU since falling to the Dolphins in the first ever meeting on Jan. 5, 2008 (62-58).

Stetson (15-12, 11-7) had won four in a row before falling to the Eagles in Fort Meyers, Fla.

Victoria McCowan paces the Hatters in scoring (14.7), assists (121) and steals (71). Jessica Conner is pulling down a team-best six rebounds a game to help Stetson.

In the first meeting, Paschal and Thomas each finished with a team-best 18 points to lead JU past Stetson, 76-61, in the conference opener on Dec. 2.

The Dolphins hold a slight 13-11 advantage in the all-time series over the Hatters, including winning 10 of the last 12 contests.

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