WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012
Women’s hoops begins three-game home stand Thursday
Dolphins to wear this pink jersey on Thursday.
Dolphins to wear this pink jersey on Thursday.
The JU women’s basketball team hopes to use its road momentum to end the season on a high note when it begins a three-game home stand Thursday at 7 p.m. in Swisher Gymnasium.

The Dolphins (9-17, 7-8 Atlantic Sun) open their final three games of the season against Kennesaw State for the annual “Play for Kay Day” to help raise breast cancer awareness. They will wear special pink uniforms sponsored by the Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute (JOI). JU ends the week Saturday against Mercer in the Veterans Memorial Arena at 1 p.m.

The Dolphins, who play North Florida on Feb. 25th in the season finale, sit fifth in the conference standings as they battle for an A-Sun tournament berth.

“We are looking forward to playing at home this week,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “We have two big games and Thursday we will be wearing our pink uniforms in honor for the fight for breast cancer. It is an exciting week for our basketball team.”

Sophomore Jade Cargill posted consecutive double-doubles to help the Dolphins to road wins at East Tennessee State (Feb. 9) and USC Upstate (Feb. 11).

Cargill scored 17 points and had 13 rebounds for Dolphins to secure their first win ever in Johnson City, Tenn. She followed that effort with 19 points and 10 boards in the victory at USC Usptate.

Senior Crystal Bell tallied a season-best 22 points to extend her team-leading average to 13.3 a contest. She also had four steals at USC Upstate to pass Virginia Gregorie (70, 2007-08) for the most in a single-season.

The Lady Owls (12-13, 7-7 A-Sun) have won their last three contests, including a 70-68 win against Mercer Saturday. Kristina Wells scored 16 points to pace four players in double-figures.

Taylor Mills paces the Kennesaw State offense with 13.0 points per contest. Sametria Gideon is second in scoring (10.9) and first in rebounds (8.4) and blocks (25).

In the first meeting, the Lady Owls used a 14-0 second-half run to earn a 78-64 win at home on Jan. 21. Carmen Lockhart scored 14 of her team-high 16 points in the second half to lead the Lady Owls. Despite the loss, the Dolphins own an 8-5 lead in the all-time series, including three-straight wins in Jacksonville.

The loss to Kennesaw State ended the Bears’ (4-21, 2-12 A-Sun) chance at creating some momentum from a win against USC Upstate on Jan. 4. Briana Williams followed her 54-point performance against USC Upstate with 39 against the Lady Owls.

With the top stellar games, Williams is leading the Bears with a 17.2 scoring average. Ry’van Buchanan is second in points (10.1), while Alex Phillips is pulling down a team-high 6.9 boards a contest.

On Jan. 19, the Dolphins ended a 14-game road losing streak with a 76-65 win at Mercer in the first meeting. Cargill scored 21 points and had 12 boards to lead the Dolphins who hold a 14-11 lead in the all-time series.

Fans can follow the action through the live links on JUDolphins.com.