Women’s hoops preps for Georgia road swing beginning Thursday
The JU women’s basketball team will take its recent home success on the road starting Thursday in Macon, Ga., against Mercer at 7 p.m.

The Dolphins (6-12, 4-3 A-Sun) will wrap the weekend at Kennesaw State Saturday at 2:30 p.m. as they look for their first road win of the season. Despite six straight home wins, the Dolphins have lost the last 14 on the road dating back to last season. Ironically, JU’s road win was in Macon last season (80-78 OT, 1/24/11).

“We are ready to play,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “Our team has played well as of late and we look forward to building on that momentum this weekend. There is a lot of basketball still to be played so we need to keep improving each time out.”

The Dolphins head into the week following wins against USC Upstate and East Tennessee State. Junior Tracie Sneed scored 21 points and recorded 14 boards in the win against the Spartans. JU picked up a 70-44 win against ETSU for its second regular-season win in the all-time series on a 19-point effort off the bench from sophomore Abril Peeples.

Peeples has been a strong off the bench during the last six weeks for the Dolphins, scoring double-digits in six of eight contests. She currently is third on the team in scoring (9.8), while ranking first in assists with 39.

The Bears (3-15, 1-6) suffered their eighth straight loss on Jan. 14, falling to Kennesaw State (8-10, 3-4), 75-51,at home.

Briana Williams paces the Bears with a 14.5 scoring average and Ry’van Buchanan is second with a 10.6 clip. Alex Phillips leads Mercer in rebounding (6.8 rpg) and blocks (26).

In the all-time series, the Dolphins have won nine of the last 10 meetings to hold a 13-11 advantage. The Bears’ last win in the series was a 63-46 decision in Macon on Feb. 20, 2010.

Taylor Mills is averaging 13.4 points a contest to lead the Lady Owls, while Sametria Gideon paces the team in rebounding with an 8.2 average. Ashley Holliday, older sister of JU’s Britney Holliday, paces the Lady Owls with 51 assists, while ranking second in steals (36) and third in scoring (10.9).

The Dolphins own an 8-4 lead in the all-time series against the Lady Owls after each squad won at their home court last season.

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