JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Heading into a three-game road swing down the stretch of the ASUN Conference schedule, Jacksonville University women's basketball heads to Stetson this Wednesday, Feb. 7 for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
Currently second in the league, the Dolphins previously hosted the Hatters last Thursday and extended its win streak to 12 at Swisher Gymnasium with a 73-63 victory. Stetson ranks third in the league behind a 5-3 record against ASUN opponents.
JU's Last Outing
Five players recorded double figures for Jacksonville University women's basketball as the Dolphins battled back from a pair of nine-point deficits in the fourth quarter, but were ultimately unable to get a game-winning shot off in the waning seconds and fell to No. 25 Florida Gulf Coast, 65-63, last Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gym.
Senior Kayla Gordon made a clutch defensive rebound with time winding down and, following a Dolphin timeout with 13.2 seconds to go, Jacksonville was set up at midcourt to take the final shot of the game. Jacksonville's chances, however, were stifled by a stingy defensive effort by the Eagles.
Gordon finished the day with 11 points and 14 rebounds for her seventh double-double this season.
Senior captains Brandi Buie and Kayla Gordon wrote their names in Dolphin program history after the pair both scored their 1,000th career point Jan. 13 against Lipscomb. Buie and Gordon join just six other
Dolphins to reach the 1K milestone.
The last time Jacksonville welcomed two players to the 1K club in a single season was in the 2015-16 campaign (Briona Brown & Sherranda Reddick).
Brown currently ranks fourth all-time in points and is the older sister of captain Jasmyn Brown. Reddick graduated a year ago, and is the Dolphins' all-time leading scorer.
Senior captain Kayla Gordon has 27 career double-doubles to her credit, and earned her first of the 2017-18 season at Nicholls State with 13 rebounds and 11 points.
2014-15 | 5 DD
2015-16 | 7 DD
2016-17 | 8 DD
2017-18 | 7 DD
Ten Non-Conference Wins
After setting the program record for single-season non-conference victories last year, the Dolphins have once again crossed the double-digit win threshold prior to the start of league play. Continuing the trend, four of Jacksonville's victories came against first-time opponents in Iona (Nov. 13), Monmouth (Nov. 24), Webber International (Nov. 25), and Flagler (Dec. 10).
Last season's Dolphins rewrote the program's record books with 11 non-conference victories, and tied the single-season win record – first set in 2007-08 – with an overall record of 23-9.
Scouting the Opposition – Stetson
The Hatters are 14-10 on the season and 5-3 against ASUN Conference opponents. Stetson went 1-1 last weekend, first falling to the Dolphins, 73-63, on Thursday, Feb. 1 before defeating North Florida, 68-51, on Saturday, Feb. 3.
Scoring Leader | Brittney Chambers (17.1 PPG) … Chambers leads two other Hatters (Kennedi Colclough – 13.0 PPG and McKenna Beach – 12.0 PPG) averaging double figures … Chambers ranks third the league in PPG
Rebounding Leader | Kennedi Colclough (6.8 RPG) … Colclough and Chambers (6.7 RPG) lead the Hatters … The pair ranks 6th and 7th, respectively, in the ASUN
Series History with the Hatters
The Hatters hold a 15-26 advantage in the overall series with the Dolphins. Jacksonville took this season's previous matchup against the Hatters, 73-63. Brandi Buie (17 points) led the Dolphins, while Shakayla Nevitt (15 points, 3 assists) and Kayla Gordon (14 points, 9 rebounds) added double figures.
The last time the Dolphins picked up a win on the road at Stetson's Edmunds Center was on Jan. 24, 2009 when JU defeated the Hatters, 66-43.
The Dolphins close out their three-game road swing this weekend, traveling to Kennesaw State Saturday, Feb. 10 and heading to Lipscomb on Monday, Feb. 12. Tipoff is slated for 2 pm and 7:30 pm EST, respectively.