WEDNESDAY, MARCH 02, 2011
Women’s hoops plays UNF in General Brick Shale A-Sun Championships on Thursday
A familiar foe awaits the fifth-seeded JU women’s basketball team in the first round of the General Shale Brick A-Sun Championships as they play cross-town rival and No. 4 seed UNF on Thursday at noon.

The Dolphins (13-16) enter the tournament for the sixth straight year under head coach Jill Dunn. They have reached the semifinal during the last four tournaments, advancing as far as the championship finals in 2008 and 2009.

“It’s tournament time and there is excitement in the air,” said Dunn. “We know that any team is capable of winning this tournament. It comes down to who can string together the three best days of basketball. Our focus at this point is getting prepared for UNF.”

Last time out, the Dolphins fell victim to a hot shooting Stetson squad in the regular season finale for a 69-51 loss in DeLand, Fla. on Feb. 26.

Senior forward Taneskei Richardson recorded her 14th double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds and junior guard Crystal Bell tallied 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals off the bench.

With those 14 rebounds, Richardson set the new JU single-season record in boards with 293, passing Kat Sungy’s 283 total in 2001-02.

Like the Dolphins, the Ospreys (13-16) lost their final two road games, including a 70-54 decision on FGCU on Feb. 26.

Brittany Kirkland paced the Ospreys in scoring with a 13.9 average, while Larkira Jones recorded 66 blocks en route to earning A-Sun Defensive “Player of the Year” honors.

Despite the road losses to end the season, UNF can feel confident going into the matchup after downing JU in both contests this year. They secured a 58-49 win at home on Jan. 27 before holding off a second-half run by the Dolphins for a 55-49 victory on Feb. 8.

The Ospreys have won the last four games against the Dolphins, including a victory in the A-Sun semifinals last season. JU’s last win was a 64-58 overtime victory at home on Jan. 18, 2010. The Dolphins still hold an 8-5 lead in the all-time series.

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