JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University women’s basketball team wanted to give fans a small taste of what it’s been like to prepare for their upcoming season and the teaser certainly had fans excited for what is to come.
“This was just an opportunity for us to open up our practice and allow people in the community to come and see what we’re doing,” said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. “The objective was for us to bring excitement. We don’t have our first home game until Nov. 20 and we wanted fans to see that the girls are playing hard and working. As far as the play is concerned, I saw a lot of good things. It gave the players the chance to go up and down the court more than usual so that was a plus. Now we can watch film, break it down and get better”.
In front of nearly 100 fans, including President Tim Cost, Athletic Director Brad Edwards and numerous coaches, staff, and student-athletes, the Dolphins showcased their skills. The season preview encompassed layups, 3 vs. 3, shooting drills, separate workouts for post players and guards and concluded with the Gold team defeating the Green, 51-36, in the intrasquad scrimmage.
Assistant Coach Darnell Haney worked with the Green team which consisted of:
- Senior guard Ronisha Mitchell
- Sophomore guard Queen Alford
- Junior guard April Carson
- Redshirt- sophomore guard LaDeyah Forte’
- Senior forward Jade Cargill
- Freshman forward Kimberly Dawkins
Assistant Coach Brandon Rohr
worked with the Gold team which included:
- Freshman guard Sherranda Reddick
- Senior guard Stephanie Edwards
- Senior guard Ciara McClee
- Freshman guard Deja McPhee
- Sophomore forward Briona Brown
- Senior center Madison Scott
- Freshman center Jenny Vernet
Reddick led all scorers with 19 points. Switching the teams up in the second half, Brown and Cargill swapped sides and finished with 18 and 16 points, respectively.
“I thought it was a great to have a chance to compete and go through our stuff in a live environment,” said Coach Rohr. “The kids showed a lot of effort; the win doesn’t mean anything but it was fun to get in front of these fans and supporters”.
The Dolphins’ season opener is set for Friday, Nov. 8 as they head to Tallahassee to pay a visit to Florida A&M for a 11:30 a.m. tip.