JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Stuffing its calendar with four games at Historic Swisher Gymnasium this weekend, Jacksonville University women's basketball invites all friends and family of the program to the Fairfield Inn Thanksgiving Classic. The two-day tournament will field the Dolphins, Monmouth, Webber International and North Florida.
Play begins Friday at 12 p.m. with the Ospreys taking on WIU, and Jacksonville will meet Monmouth immediately after.
As a Black Friday sale, all attendees will receive free admission to all four games.
Fairfield Inn Thanksgiving Classic Schedule
In the first edition of the Thanksgiving Classic, the Dolphins went 2-0 a season ago with a 76-71 victory over Nicholls State and 62-55 victory over South Alabama.
This weekend will mark Jacksonville's first meetings with Monmouth and Webber International.
JU's Last Outing
In its first true road trip of the year, Jacksonville split action, 1-1, with contests at Alabama and Nicholls State. The Dolphins entered the fourth quarter trailing by eight, 50-42, against the Crimson Tide but couldn't turn the corner in an eventual 75-60 setback.
Two days later, the Dolphins earned their first road victory of the season, by the tune of 69-61.
- Jacksonville finished the game at Nicholls with 10 blocked shots … the last time they had 10+ blocks was Jan. 8, 2009 vs Mercer (12)
- Kayla Gordon recorded her first double-double of the season at Nicholls on 13 rebounds and 10 points
- Shakayla Nevitt scored a career-high 20 points with three rebounds, three assists and three blocks vs. Nicholls
Nevitt, who has started all four games this season, is coming off of a career-high 20 points at Nicholls State, and was named the ASUN Conference Newcomer of the Week for her efforts. She's averaging 11.5 points per game on a 40.4 percent effort from the field.
Behind a 3-for-6 performance from the three-point arc, Salter recorded 11 points off the bench at Alabama. She's seen action in three games this season and is averaging 10 minutes.
Senior captain Kayla Gordon has 21 career double-doubles to her credit, and earned her first of the 2017-18 season at Nicholls State with 13 rebounds and 11 points.
She finished her junior campaign with a season-high eight double-doubles, and added seven a year prior. Yearly national rankings captured Gordon as 21st in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (4.0) in 2016-17. She currently ranks 48th with 36 total rebounds.
Under the direction of head coach Yolett-McPhee-McCuin, the Dolphins manage a record of 44-14 at Historic Swisher Gymnasium. The tally is highlighted by a pair of 14-1 marks in each of the last two seasons.
Scouting the Opposition – Monmouth
Scoring eight unanswered points in the final 21.8 seconds of the game, Clemson narrowly defeated Monmouth, 57-54. The Hawks (1-3) are searching for their first win since their 69-64, season-opening decision against Sacred Heart.
Kayla Shaw is leading the team in scoring with 17.3 PPG while Alexa Middleton and Taylor Nason are crashing the boards with 6.8 and 6.3 RPG, respectively.
Scouting the Opposition – Webber International
The Warriors visit the First Coast with a record of 2-4, after most recently defeating Trinity College (Fla.), 89-48. RayGene Garner is the lone player averaging double figures in points with 11.7 a game, and Ashley Perry leads the team with 5.3 RPG.
The Dolphins head to Gainesville Tuesday, Nov. 28, for a 7 p.m. contest at Florida.