WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014
WBB Embarks on Final Road Trip of the Regular Season

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THE GAME

On Thursday, the Jacksonville University women’s basketball team embarks on their final road trip of the regular season where they face East Tennessee State and USC-Upstate. As the season comes to a close, the Dolphins along with a few other Atlantic Sun teams are fighting for the right to host a quarterfinal game. Currently, JU sits a half a game above Mercer as the 4th seed.

Tipping-off against the Buccaneers on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., the Dolphins are hoping for a repeat of the earlier contest between the two when the Fins cruised to a 73-56 victory.

The all-time series record favors ETSU, 14-6, but in the last five matchups the Dolphins are 4-1.

JU’S LAST OUTTING: HOME COURT STRUGGLES

Jacksonville entered last week’s contest with one of the best home records in the conference. A pair of loses to the conference co-leaders have dropped the Fins (10-15, 7-7) to 6-3 at home. Unfamiliar faces paced the Dolphins in the 85-63 defeat to Stetson with freshman guard/forward Deja McPhee and freshman center Jenny Vernet performing well in their first start of the season. McPhee recorded career-highs in rebounds (7) and assists (5) while Vernet set hers in scoring (8).

Sophomore Queen Alford and freshman Sherranda Reddick accounted for nearly half of JU's points against the Hatters as they each added 20. 

THE OPPONENT

The Buccaneers are coming off of an 80-50 loss to Mercer. Freshman guard Shamauria Bridges recorded a season-high 20 points in the contest but the loss dropped the team to 8-17 overall and 4-10 in the conference. Junior guard Cara Bowling directs the Bucs, averaging around 12 points per game.

UP NEXT

The Dolphins last road game will take place in Spartanburg, S.C. The contest against USC-Upstate is scheduled for Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m.