MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2007
This Week in Jacksonville University Athletics
Feb. 26, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
In this week's edition, we look back at last week's results, while previewing the big week ahead for JU athletics.
WEEK IN REVIEW
JU closed the regular season out in style, using a hot shooting first half and a strong rebounding effort in the second half for a 74-67 win over Lipscomb in Atlantic Sun Conference play on Feb 24.
The win gives the Dolphins (15-13, 11-7 A-Sun) the No. 3 seed in next week's A-Sun Tournament, hosted by ETSU.
Jesse Kimbrough finished off the final home game of the career with 17 points and four assists, tying his career-high with three 3-pointers. He was one of four Dolphins to score in double figures, with Lehmon Colbert joining him for the team lead with his second double-double of the season - racking up 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
On Feb. 22, the Dolphins saw their 11-game winning streak at home snapped as Belmont hit 13 3-pointers to blow past JU, 86-71.
Jacksonville had just two players score in double figures, with Kimbrough scoring a team-high 13 points.
JU will face No. 6 seed Campbell in the first round of the A-Sun Tournament at 3:15 p.m.
The Dolphins are currently on a six-game winning streak after knocking off Mercer and Stetson.
JU's (18-8, 12-4 A-Sun) winning streak ties the school record. They also set a new program record with four-consecutive road wins after knocking off Stetson.
The Dolphins opened the week with a 64-57 win at Mercer on Feb. 22. Junior forward Ashley Williams tallied 24 points and 11 rebounds for her 13th career double-double against the Bears.
A strong second half and a career-high tying 23 points by sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire helped the Dolphins defeat Stetson, 66-59, on Feb. 24 in DeLand, Fla.
This week, the Dolphins host first place Belmont on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Swisher Gymnasium. They finish the regular-season slate against Lipscomb at home on Saturday with tipoff set for 2 p.m.
Freshman Simone Bruemmer drove in two runs to help JU down Bethune-Cookman, 4-1, on Feb. 25 at the Florida Atlantic Pepsi Classic.
Bruemmer finished the day going 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI to help the Dolphins (3-12) break a seven-game losing skid, while juniors Sara Gordon and Jillian Mirante each recorded an RBI in the game.
Gordon also led the Dolphins offensively in the five games with a .429 batting average and a double, while adding four RBI.
The Dolphins dropped games to Texas Tech, Illinois, James Madison and Bethune-Cookman earlier in the tournament.
JU plays at Georgia Southern in a doubleheader on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
The Dolphins will then return home to host the Crispers/JU Invitational. On Friday, the Dolphins play Notre Dame at 5 p.m. before taking on #13 Michigan at 7 p.m. The Dolphins play the Fighting Irish again on Saturday at noon and take on Virginia at 2 p.m. They will finish the tournament on Sunday with the Cavaliers at noon.
The Dolphins nearly missed picking up three wins at the Coca Cola Classic over the weekend.
JU dropped a heartbreaker to #24 Auburn, 7-6, on Feb. 23. They bounced back the next day with a 14-4 thrashing over host South Alabama, but fell on the final day to Michigan State, 4-2.
This week, the Dolphins play at Georgia Southern on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m before hosting LaSalle at Alexander Brest Field for a four-game series starting Friday at 3:30 p.m.
Men's & Women's Tennis
Both JU tennis teams picked up 6-1 wins over Mercer last week.
The men took five out of six singles matches and all the doubles sets to earn the win.
This week, men's tennis opens the week at home against Stetson with first serve at 2 p.m. Both teams face Campbell on Saturday at 10 a.m. They wrap up the week against Hampton on Sunday with first serve again at 10 a.m.
Led by a strong second round, the women's golf team finished in sixth place at the spring season opening Bethune-Cookman Invitational on the par-72 Indigo Lakes Golf Course.
JU cared a 317 in the final round, the third best score of the day, to finish in sixth among the 11 teams participating.
The strong final round was led by three Dolphins firing sub-80 rounds. Jessica Green carded a six-over par 78 to finish in a tie for 11th to earn the best finish for a Dolphin.
The Dolphins are back in action again March 7-8 at the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational in Orlando, Fla.
Track and Field
Members of the JU track and field team will travel down to Orlando, Fla. to compete in the UCF Opener on Saturday.
Last time out, the Dolphins picked up their second consective A-Sun Indoor Track and Field Championship after posting a 150 point total in Johnson City, Tenn. on Feb. 17.
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