JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University women's basketball team (4-2) gave a Southeastern Conference (SEC) opponent a run for its money earlier this season, and will look to make it over the hump against another this Tuesday in a 7 p.m. contest at Florida.
The Dolphins took on the Alabama Crimson Tide on the road (Nov. 16) and trailed by eight points at the start of the final quarter. There was one tie and three lead changes in the contest, with Jacksonville owning the first period, 20-16.
JU's Last Outing
Jacksonville improved its all-time mark in the Fairfield Inn Thanksgiving Classic to 4-0 after victories over Monmouth and Webber International this past weekend.
While limiting Webber to a season-low 43 points, the Dolphins cruised to their third straight victory.
Three players scored in double figures in Kayla Gordon (11), Jasmyn Brown (10) and Khadijah Brown (10), and JU's bench accounted for 25 points, 21 rebounds, and seven steals, highlighted by Trudy Walker's career-high eight points and seven rebounds in 12 minutes of action.
Scouting the Opposition
Florida (3-3) is coming off a three-game swing at the Savannah Invitational where its lone loss came at the hands of ASUN Conference member Stetson.
Five players are scoring in double-figures led by Funda Nakkasoglu's 17 points per game. The Hampton, Australia native hasn't played in the last two games and is listed as day-to-day, but Paulina Hersler is adding 12.5 PPG, finishing in double-figures in five of six games on the season.
Haley Lorenzen is recording 11.8 PPG and a team-high 8.2 rebounds.
Florida owns a 3-1 edge in the all-time series. Jacksonville's lone SEC victory, a 75-64 result, occurred in the 2007-08 season when it played host to the Gators in their first meeting.
The Dolphins will embark on a two-game trip to Alabama where they will face Troy (Dec. 1) and South Alabama (Dec. 3).