FRIDAY, MARCH 02, 2001
Women's Hoops Notes For Season-Finale Vs. Stetson
March 2, 2001
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
The Revenge Tour: Today's game against the Hatters of Stetson marks the fifth of a five-game "revenge tour" the Dolphins have embarked on to end the 2000-01 regular season.
The Dolphins opened the conference season with a rocky start, dropping its first five games to Stetson, Georgia State, Campbell, Samford and Jacksonville State. Since then, however, JU has turned things around and has won nine of its last 12 games, including a six-game winning streak from Jan. 18 through Feb. 7.
Now, as the regular season comes to an end today, the Dolphins are looking to exact a bit of revenge on the squads they lost to early on. So far, JU is 2-2 in its "revenge tour" with wins over Jacksonville State and Samford while dropping games at Georgia State and Stetson.
Close Shaves: Feb. 17's 60-54 win over Samford marked the 14th time this season that the game was decided by single digits. In fact, 12 of JU's 13 wins during the 2000-01 season have come by less than 10 points. JU is now 12-2 this season in games decided by less than 10 points, including a 6-1 mark when the game is decided by five points or less.
In the 52-game history of JU women's basketball, the Dolphins are 17-14 in games decided by 10 points or less, including a 7-6 mark in games decided by five points or less. Close Shaves, Part II: With the Dolphins' then-unprecedented fourth-consecutive victory of the season at Troy State on Jan. 27, women's basketball contact Richie Weaver sported a new hairstyle for a while. As part of a friendly wager made during the team's Christmas party, Weaver agreed to let the team shave his head if the Dolphins could win four straight.
Staying true to his word, Weaver sat on the camera platform in the upper level of Swisher Gymnasium on Monday, Jan. 29 as members of the team took turns cutting his hair. Team co-captain Shannon Wynn took the first swipe and fellow co-captain Angela Walker finished the job along with JU assistant coach Ernest Rozier.
It appeared as if Weaver would keep his former haircut during the Jan. 25 overtime win over Mercer as the Dolphins trailed by 13 early in the second half and by 10 with 3:17 left to play. But JU stormed back with a 12-2 run to force overtime in the eventual 67-64 win, and the Dolphins followed it up with a convincing 63-46 victory over Troy State to seal Weaver's fate.
Offense vs. Defense: When JU and Stetson tip off today in the regular-season finale, it will be a classic case of offense vs. defense. Coming into the game, the Hatters rank No. 2 in the league in scoring offense, averaging 74.3 points per game. The Dolphins, meanwhile, lead the league in field goal percentage defense with a .380 clip while ranking second in the conference in scoring defense by allowing opponents an average of just 62.9 points per game.
The Quest For .500: When JU defeated Jacksonville State last Thursday night, 58-50, in Swisher Gymnasium, the Dolphins did two things they had never done before:
--beat the Gamecocks after four-straight losses --had a record better than .500
Thanks in large part to a six-game winning streak and the fact that the Dolphins have won nine of their last 12 games, JU sits right at .500 with one regular season game left to play. In order to ensure at least a break-even year, the Dolphins have to win today in DeLand or advance to the TAAC Championship game next Saturday in Orlando, Fla. at the UCF Arena.
Familiar Territory: JU's Melissa Taketa finds herself in a very familiar position as she is in the midst of her second season coaching the Dolphins.
When comparing the results of Taketa's teams at JU and at her previous school, the University of the Pacific in Stocton, Calif., there are striking similarities.
In her first season at both institutions, Taketa's clubs went 6-22. In her second season at Pacific, the Tigers finished 15-15 overall and 7-11 in conference play. While the Dolphins have already surpassed Taketa's 1989-90 Tigers' conference finish, JU has the opportunity to finish at least .500.
With one game remaining in the regular season, JU is 13-13 overall -- the Dolphins were 13-11 before dropping road losses at Georgia State and Campbell to mark the first time in team history that JU eclisped the .500 mark -- and 9-8 in TAAC play which is already four games better than a year ago. The Dolphins can guarantee themselves at least a break-even season with a win tonight or by advancing to the TAAC Tournament Championship next weekend in Orlando.
Jackson Three-Peats: In the first 24 games of the season, only one player had led the score in back-to-back games. But in the last three games, freshman forward Yolisha Jackson has accomplished the feat.
Jackson tied Mili Miljkovic for game-high scoring honors against Samford (2/17) with 10, held the honor by herself at Georgia State (2/22) with 13 and then tied Kat Sungy with 14 points at Campbell (2/24).
Going into the weekend, only Sungy had led the team or tied for the team lead in scoring two consecutive games, scoring 19 points against College of Charleston and 18 against Georgia State in back-to-back games (Dec. 30 and Jan. 4), and then going off for 15 points to lead the team against Mercer (Feb. 1) and tying Shannon Wynn for game-high scoring honors against Troy State on Feb. 3.
Spreading The Wealth: When scanning the season stat sheet, it is easy to spot JU's leading scorer as sophomore post player Kat Sungy is the only Dolphin to average a double-digit scoring total. But looks can be deceiving for opponents if they set their game plan up to strictly stop Sungy in the low post.
While Sungy is the only Dolphin to average a double-digit scoring total, four players average at least seven points. Angela Walker is next on the list with 9.2 ppg, followed by Lexie Richards (8.7 ppg) and Shannon Wynn (7.6).
Richards led the team in scoring on five occassions while Wynn and Walker held the honor three times.
Waving "Bye": With Feb. 17's 60-54 victory over the Samford Bulldogs, the Dolphins assured themselves of at least a sixth-place finish in the TAAC and thus earned a bye in the first round of the TAAC Tournament which will be held in Orlando at the UCF Arena from March 7-10.
JU, 9-8 in the TAAC, is locked into the fourth seed where the Dolphins will take on the No. 5 seed. If the season were to end today, JU would play Troy State -- a team the Dolphins beat twice this season -- in the quarterfinals. Campbell already locked up the No. 1 seed while Georgia State figures to be seeded second and tonight's host, Stetson, finishing with the No. 3 spot.
2000-01 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL