WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2013
Women’s hoops starts final road trip Thursday
The Jacksonville University women’s basketball team begins its final week of the regular season Thursday at Lipscomb in Nashville at 6 p.m.
For the second time in six days, fans can watch the Dolphins (10-17, 6-10 A-Sun) on ESPN3.com when they play the Lady Bisons (3-24, 2-12) in Allen Arena. JU finishes the regular season Saturday at A-Sun newcomer Northern Kentucky in Highland Heights, Ky. at 5:30 p.m.
“We are on a mission to finish our last two conference games on a high note,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “We want to have great momentum heading into the conference tournament.”
On Feb. 25, the Dolphins used strong second half to down USC Upstate, 73-54, in the home finale at Swisher Gymnasium. JU held USC Upstate to 16 second-half points to secure its spot to the A-Sun Tournament.
Freshman Queen Alford posted a season-best 25 points to lead JU, which helped her secure A-Sun Newcomer of the Week honors.
Alford has scored in double-figures in eight of the last nine games, including the last seven in a row. She now leads the team and ranks eighth in the A-Sun with an 11.4 scoring average. She is scoring 12.7 points a contest in A-Sun play which leads all freshmen.
Not to be outdone, sophomore Britney Holliday had a career-best 15 points against USC Upstate on three 3-pointers for the Dolphins. Holliday is posting 8.5 points a contest since being inserted into the starting lineup six games ago against Stetson (2/4).
The Lady Bisons dropped a 53-31 decision to Mercer on Feb. 25 in Macon, Ga. Lipscomb has lost 12 of the last 13 games since Jan. 7.
Hannah Phillips leads the Lady Bisons in scoring (12.7) and rebounds (5.3). She is also second in steals with 25, while Alex Banks is second in scoring at an 8.7 average.
In the first meeting on Jan. 2, JU had four players score in double-figures for a 58-45 victory against Lipscomb at home. Senior Tracie Sneed (14 points, 12 boards) and Alford (10 points, 10 boards) each finished with a double-double to pace the Dolphins’ offense.
Despite not being eligible for the A-Sun Tournament, the Norse (13-12, 10-6) have won seven of the last nine contests in league play. They beat Kennesaw State, 55-49, Monday in Kennesaw, Ga.
Kayla Thacker (11.2) and Tiara Hooper (11.1) are nearly identical in scoring to lead the Northern Kentucky offense. Thacker is also posting team-bests in rebounds (5.8) and steals (43).
Sneed scored 18 points in the first meeting against the Norse on Dec. 31 to lead the Dolphins to a 65-60 victory in the A-Sun opener. Thacker and Hooper each scored 16 points for Northern Kentucky.
Fans can follow the action through the live links at JUDolphins.com.