In the month of December, six of the seven scheduled contests for the Jacksonville University women’s basketball team will take place on the road. With two games down and four more to go, this Tuesday, Dec. 17, the squad travels west to take on Alabama at noon.
As the two are set to meet for the first time this week, this will be the second time this season that JU faces an unfamiliar opponent. Earlier, they played Tennessee State and cruised to an 87-66 victory over the Lady Tigers.
JU’S LAST OUTING: ROAD WOES
After recording a three-game winning streak the Fins have lost their last two. Despite a solid comeback effort, JU fell to Bethune-Cookman on Sunday afternoon by a score of 57-49.
Trailing by as much as 21 in the contest, the Fins battled in the second half to pull within six in the closing minutes. Guards Sherranda Reddick and Stephanie Edwards each posted 11 points.PICK POCKETERS
While turnovers committed have been an issue for the Dolphins, the team is high likely to take back the possession of the ball. Averaging a little over 11 steals per game, JU’s last outing saw them pick the pockets of the Lady Wildcats 16 times. As a collective unit the Fins sit atop the Atlantic Sun standings in steals and Edwards ranks second in the conference as she chipped in with a career-high five swipes against B-CU.
A little over a week has passed since the Crimson Tide last hit the court. After posting a 51-44 victory over Houston on Dec. 8, Alabama improved to 4-5 on the season. Like the Fins, the Tide defends their home court well with three of their wins occurring in Foster Auditorium.
Senior guard Shafontaye Myers and junior guard Daisha Simmons lead the Tide averaging 12.3 and 11.6 points per game, respectively. Shooting 44.8 percent (26-of-58) from beyond the arc, Dolphins should take watch of Myers. In the contest against Houston, she led Alabama offensively with 14 points, 12 of which came from three-point range.