Women’s hoops begins long road trip at NC State Wednesday
The JU women’s basketball team will get very familiar with its American coach bus over the next three weeks as they begin a five-game road trip at North Carolina State Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Following the NC State contest, the Dolphins (0-3) will spend Thanksgiving in Winston-Salem, N.C., before playing Wake Forest Friday at 7 p.m. In all, the Dolphins will play seven of their next eight contests away from home.

“This is going to be a tough road swing for us,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “We have to keep focusing on improving and doing the fundamental things better. If we keep the correct mentality and keeping fighting, we will get things turned around.”

Last time out, Hampton used an early 14-4 run in the second half to down the Dolphins, 68-55, on Nov. 19 at Swisher Gymnasium. Junior Tracie Sneed led the Dolphins offensively with 19 points on three three-pointers and hitting all six of her free throws. Senior Crystal Bell had 12 points, 10 points and four steals in the loss.

The Dolphins are now 0-3 for the first time since dropping the first three of the 2005-06 season – Dunn’s first year. JU, did that season, win its fourth contest against Savannah State, 68-48.

The Wolfpack (3-0) secured an 85-79 win at TCU on Saturday to go to 3-0 for the first time under head coach Kellie Harper.

Boane Holston paces the Wolfpack in scoring (13.5 ppg) and rebounds (9.5 rpg). Kody Burke has picked up eight steals and five blocks through three games, while Emili Tasler has tallied a team-best 11 assists.

The Demon Deacons (2-1) enter the week following a one-point loss, 74-73, Sunday at home. Secily Ray (16) and Lakevia Boykin (15) each hit double-digits in scoring to lead Wake Forest.

Rays had averaged a team-best 12 points a game for the Demon Deacons followed by Chelsea Douglas at 11.3 points. Asia Williams and Brooke Thomas each have 11 assists for Wake Forest.

Last season, senior Crystal Bell had 16 points off the bench to lead the Dolphins to a 72-66 win over Wake Forest at Swisher Gymnasium. The Demon Deacons picked up the win at their place to start the 2009-10 season in the only other meeting.

This is will be the first meeting between the Dolphins and Wolfpack on Wednesday.

Fans can follow the Thanksgiving holiday hoops by clicking the live links on JUDolphins.com.