Women's Basketball Preview: Dolphins Hit the Road for Hilton Wilmington Riverside Classic

Nov. 28, 2002

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Hilton Wilmington Riverside Classic
Trask Coliseum - Wilmington, N.C.

Friday, Nov. 29
Furman vs. Charleston Southern, 5 p.m.
Jacksonville Dolphins (1-0) at UNC Wilmington (1-0), 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 30
Consolation Game, 5 p.m.
Championship Game, 7 p.m.

The Jacksonville University women's basketball team hits the road Thanksgiving weekend for the Hilton Wilmington Riverside Classic at Trask Coliseum in Wilmington, N.C. Fresh off their 80-54 season-opening victory over Morris Brown, the Dolphins look to capture a tournament title as they face host UNC Wilmington on Friday at 7 p.m. and either Furman or Charleston Southern on Saturday.

Countdown to 1,000...
With 850 career points, senior forward Kat Sungy should be the first player in JU history to top 1,000 for her career. Should she average 13.0 points per game as she did last season, Sungy should hit 1,000 in early January. Junior forward Yolisha Jackson also has a chance to hit 1,000 as well this year, but would have to average 15.5 points per game, which is 0.7 points higher than her average last year (14.8).

On a Roll...
Junior forward Yolisha Jackson has scored in double figues in 10 straight games dating back to last season, including scoring 20 or more points in five of the last seven games in 2001-02. Her late-season surge last year boosted her season average to 14.8 points per game - the highest average in JU history.

Double-Double Trouble...
Senior forward Kat Sungy picked up where she left off the last two seasons recording her first double-double of the season with 18 points and 14 rebounds against Morris Brown in the opener. It was the 23rd double-double of her career. Sungy has led the Atlantic Sun Conference in double-doubles the past two years with 12 last season and 10 her sophomore year.

Sizzling Start...
Junior guard Katie McDonald set a school record in the opener by hitting 8-of-8 shots from the floor, topping the previous mark of 7-of-7 by Kat Sungy on two occasions. Sungy went 9-of-10 in the opener to tie for the second-highest field goal percentage in school history. As a team, the Dolphins shot 72.7 percent (16-of-22) in the second half, a school record for field goal percentage in a half.

On the Rebound...
JU averaged 40.6 rebounds last season to rank fourth in the A-Sun, while holding their opponents to only 33.1 boards per game. The Dolphins' +7.5 rebounding margin ranked first in the league and tied for 13th nationally. In back-to-back games, the Dolphins broke the single-game team rebounding mark with 64 against Savannah State (Dec. 19) and 68 against South Florida (Dec. 30). Leading the way, senior forward Kat Sungy led the A-Sun for the second-straight year and tied for 13th nationally with 10.5 boards per game.

Two of a Kind...
There are three twins with the Dolphins this season. Both assistant coaches Lisa Diefenthaler and Mollie Kahn have twin sisters as does junior point guard Katie McDonald. Diefenthaler played collegiately with her sister, Heidi, at Valparaiso, while Kahn played with her sister, Megan, at Truman State. Redshirt freshman point guard Gemma McInally has twin brothers, Paul and Simon.

First Time for Everything...
JU won its season opener for the first time in the four year history of the program. In its previous three openers, the Dolphins lost at Winthrop, 56-49, lost at home to Davidson, 62-46, and lost at home to Navy, 75-65.

Block Party...
The Dolphins had a school-record nine blocked shots against Morris Brown, eclipsing the previous mark of eight set against Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 28, 1999. Kat Sungy led the way with a career-high three blocks, while Yolisha Jackson and Katie McDonald had two and Kara Donnell and Veronique McMillian had one apiece.