THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2012
Women’s hoops wraps non-conference slate with Auburn
Tracie Sneed
Tracie Sneed
The JU women’s basketball team will end the non-conference schedule Saturday on the road against Auburn at 3 p.m.

The Dolphins (4-6) are battling its first SEC opponent since 2009 when they ended the non-conference slate at Florida.

“This is another tough matchup for us,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “Auburn has played some really good basketball this season. We need to execute our game plan extremely well to answer this challenge.”

JU returns to the court following an 88-83 overtime loss to Troy Tuesday at the Veterans Memorial Arena. The Trojans rallied from 10-point, second-half deficit to set up the victory.

Junior Jade Cargill posted career highs in points (25), assists (6), blocks (4) and minutes (36) to lead the Dolphins. She also had 15 rebounds (1 shy of her career mark), while senior Tracie Sneed posted 18 points after getting named A-Sun Player of the Week earlier in the day.

Despite the loss, the Dolphins moved their scoring average to 67.6, second highest in the A-Sun. It’s also the highest average since the Dolphins posted a 67.7 clip in the 2007-08 season when they had a program-record 23 wins.

The Tigers (9-2) extended their winning streak to six games Wednesday night with a 53-40 victory against UT-Chattanooga at home. Hasina Muhammad scored 19 points to lead the Auburn offense, while Blanche Alverson finished with a double-double at 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Muhammad paces the Tigers with a 16.6 scoring average. Tyrese Tanner is second at 12.3 points a game, while Alverson is third with an 11.5 average. Alverson (5.9) holds a slight edge over Muhammad (5.7) for the rebounding lead.

This is the first meeting between the two schools. Auburn will only be JU’s third SEC opponent in 14 seasons on the hardwood. The Dolphins hold a 1-4 combined record against Florida and South Carolina.

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