FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2011
Women’s hoops wraps home stand with Hampton Saturday
The JU women’s basketball team looks to end this short home stand on a high note when they take on Hampton Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Dolphins (0-2) are trying to avoid their first 0-3 start since the 2005-06 season. They lost the first two contests of the 2009-10 campaign, but picked up their first win in the third contest.
“We look forward to getting back on the court on Saturday,” JU head coach Jill Dunn. “Hampton is a very good team and we are going to have to be able to execute on the things we have worked on this week.”
On Monday, the Dolphins had three players in double-figures in the home opener on Monday, but Florida A&M used a second-half run for a 78-59 victory. It was the first loss in a home opener for JU in nine seasons. JU’s previous loss in a home opener was to Navy (75-65) on Nov. 18, 2001.
Sophomore Abril Peeples had a career-best 22 points and four assists to lead the Dolphins in the home opener. Junior Tracie Sneed added 12 points in her first career start, while senior Crystal Bell had 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Lady Pirates (1-0) head into Jacksonville following a 60-37 win against Pittsburgh in the opener on Nov. 12. Choicetta McMillian recorded 22 points to lead three Hampton players in double-figures. Melanie Warner tallied 12 points, while Arel Phelps recorded 10 points and nine points to help the cause.
Last season, the Dolphins secured a 49-42 victory on the road in the first meeting between the two schools. Former Dolphin Lynsey Paschal recorded 20 points in the win.
Following the Hampton contest, the Dolphins will spend seven of the next eight games away from home, including five in a row. The five straight games are the longest since the Dolphins were away for four consecutive contests in the early part of 2009 (Jan. 15-24).
Fans can follow Saturday’s action through the live links on JUDolphins.com.