Women's Hoops Opens TAAC Schedule Against In-State Foe Stetson

Dec. 15, 2000


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The Jacksonville University women's basketball team will be looking for history to repeat itself when the Dolphins open TAAC play against in-state rival Stetson University Saturday afternoon in Swisher Gymnasium.

After sweeping the season series during their inaugural season, JU (2-4, 0-0) will not only try and start the conference season off on a positive note, but also improve to 3-0 lifetime against the Hatters (6-1, 0-0). Last year, the Dolphins defeated Stetson 55-49 in Swisher on Jan. 27, and 79-63 in DeLand on Feb. 5.

Senior forward Angela Walker (Orlando, Fla.) lead the Dolphins in scoring with a 9.8 points-per-game average, while sophomore post player Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) leads JU and ranks second in the TAAC with 8.8 rebounds per contest. Sungy and senior point guard Shannon Wynn (Wasilla, Alaska) rank second and third on the team with scoring averages of 9.5 and 8.8, respectively.

When the two teams meet on the hardwood Saturday afternoon, it will be a battle of complete opposite ends of the spectrum. The Dolphins' strength has been defense, holding opponents to just 62.2 points per game on 37.4 percent shooting from the field, including a .361 clip from beyond the 3-point arc.

Stetson's offense, meanwhile, has been rolling up points in impressive fashion. The Hatters rank No. 1 in the TAAC, averaging 78.1 point per contest on 40.7 percent shooting from the field and 29.6 percent from 3-point land.

Junior center Kaisa Tuure leads Stetson with 18.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Tuure leads four Hatters averaging double-digit scoring totals as Amy White averages 12.0 points followed by Audrey Kull with 11.6 and Cher Dyson at 10.2. Satu Raimesalo paces the club with 32 assists, and Dyson leads the way in steals with 17 thefts.

On the flip side, JU's offense averages 54.2 points while the Hatter's defense is giving up an average of 70.7 points an outing and has allowed opponents to shoot at a .412 clip.

After the game against Stetson, JU travels to the Lone Star State where the Dolphins will take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. at Circle K Court.