JU set for semifinal battles on Friday

March 6, 2008

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Survive and advance.

That is the mantra for every basketball team during tournament time and for the JU men's and women's basketball teams that was the case on Wednesday as the Dolphins sent both teams into the semifinals.

Both teams will look to secure a place in the General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament title game on Friday. The JU women will tipoff against No. 3 seed Gardner-Webb at 1 p.m. (ET), with the men's team facing No. 6 seed Gardner-Webb at 7 p.m. (ET).

The men's team heads into its semifinal strong second half performance in ousting Mercer in the quarterfinals. JU dominated the glass in the final 20 minutes after watching the Bears dominate in the first half.

JU also got some key contributions from its bench - namely freshman Aric Brooks. Brooks posted a season-high 12 points, with seven coming early in the game to jump start the Dolphins' offense that was stagnant.

"Whenever you get to this point in the season, everyone on the team has to be ready to contribute," said JU head coach Cliff Warren.

The women's team had an impressive second half in their first round win over No. 7 seed Stetson. In a rematch from Saturday's regular season finale, the Dolphins were able to exact revenge by getting big scoring nights from Virginia Gregoire and Ashley Williams.

Aiding in the Dolphins efforts was a tremendous defensive display - holding the Hatters to less than 20 points in the final stanza.

"We emphasized at halftime that we needed to play better on defense for us to win," said JU women's head coach Jill Dunn. "Virginia hit some big shots and we took them out of some of the things they like to do."

The women's semifinal game will be broadcast on ASun.TV, with the men's semifinal being shown on Comcast Sports Southeast. Fans can also listen to the game on the flagship station for JU athletics - 1010XL - with Barry Milligan and Artis Gilmore calling the action.