Dolphins Meet With USC Upstate on Saturday
Photo By Linwood Ferguson
Photo By Linwood Ferguson



The Jacksonville University women’s basketball team is looking to finish their final regular season road swing a perfect 2-for-2 as they take on USC Upstate on Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. For those unable to attend, the action will be broadcasted live on ESPN3.

The all-time series currently sits at a 6-6 stalemate, after the Spartans handed JU its first loss at home on Feb. 1. The Dolphins battled back from 23-down but couldn’t steal the win as they fell by a score of 66-58.


The Dolphins turned the corner on a four game losing streak with yesterday’s success over East Tennessee State. After the Bucs accumulated its largest lead of the game of seven points, 9-2, with 17:24 remaining, the Dolphins answered with a 7-0 run to tie and the teams traded baskets up through the early goings of the second frame.

JU seized control of the contest with 10:22 to go when a pair of free throws gave the Fins its second lead of the game at 47-45. After ETSU responded to take the lead back, Jacksonville went on an 11-0 surge from the 9:29 to 5:23 marks to pull ahead by 10, 58-48.

The Buccaneers were able to close the gap to four in the final minutes but JU forced turnovers and knocked down crucial free throws to secure the 62-57 win.

JU shot well from the floor at 42 percent which included 4-of-9 makes from downtown. The Fins were also efficient from the free throw line as they knocked down 12-of-16 (75 percent).

Making the most of every opportunity, JU turned 16 ETSU turnovers into 19 points and converted 14 offensive rebounds into 10 second-chance points.

The contest marked JU’s first win of the season when trailing at halftime. The squad has a record of 6-2 when limiting opponents to less than 60 points and 8-2 when shooting between 40-50 percent from the field.


The Spartans (14-12, 9-6) are coming off of back-to-back wins. Sophomore center Brittany Starling and senior forward Valese McAllister each collected double-doubles Thursday evening in the 79-63 victory over North Florida. Starling averages 10.5 PPG and closely trails the scoring leader sophomore guard Brittany Clency who pulls in 11.4 PPG.