THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 08, 2007
Women's basketball opens regular season against Georgia Southern on Friday
Nov. 8, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
After going 2-0 in its exhibition schedule, the JU women's basketball team will open the 2007-08 regular season against Georgia Southern on Friday at 7 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.
JU head coach Jill Dunn will face her alma mater for the second time as the Dolphins fell to the Eagles, 76- 69, last season in the first meeting between the two programs. Dunn was a four-year letterwinnner as a guard for the Eagles from 1989-93 and was inducted into the Georgia Southern Athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 3, 2006.
The contest can be seen live on www.judolphins.com as part of ASun.TV.
Prior to JU, Dunn spent three years helping Georgia State to three consecutive A-Sun Conference titles from 2001-04. Before joining Georgia State, Dunn was the top assistant coach at Miami University (Ohio), during the 2000-01 season.
Prior to her one-year stint in Ohio, Dunn served as the head coach at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., from 1998-00. In her final season with the program, the Lady Catamounts posted 12 wins which was the most in 15 seasons at WCU.
Before being elevated to the head spot at Western Carolina, she was the top assistant coach during the 1997-98 campaign. Dunn's coaching career began at the University of South Carolina, where she was as an assistant coach from 1994-97.
Dunn's success began as a player at Georgia Southern, where she was a three-year starter from 1989-93. She was named to the Georgia Southern Hall of Fame on Nov. 4.­
Dolphins open with two exhibition wins
JU earns sixth-best turnaround
After a program-record season, that featured a 21-9 overall record, JU tied for sixth in the nation for greatest turnaround (11 games) from the previous year. JU went 10-18 in 2005-06 to record only the second double-digit win total in program history (eight seasons). The squad went 6-21 in Dunn's first season with the program, which has seen an average improvement of 6.8 wins per season.
The Dolphins turnaround was sparked in part by a school-best 13-1 record at home - including a program-best 10-game winning streak which is still in tact.
New standards at home
JU is also in the midst of a 10-game home winning streak which began with a 57-53 win over Florida A&M on Dec. 30, 2006.
Included in the accomplishment was a 2-0 record at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
Williams named A-Sun preseason MVP
Williams is also 13 points shy of joining forward Kat Sungy (1999-03), forward Yolisha Jackson (2000-05) and guard Sheena Carpenter (2003-06) as the only Dolphins to hit 1,000 points in their careers. She is also 197 points shy of surpassing Sungy (1,183) on the all-time point leader list. But first, she needs 29 to pass Carpenter (1,015) and 84 to move past Jackson (1,070).
Gregoire named all-preseason
The versatile playmaker also notched conference tournament honors to cap off her break out season.
New face on the sidelines
In four years with the Spiders, Hendrix was a team captain as a junior and senior while also leading the squad to a pair of 20- win seasons in 2004 and 2005. The Spiders also reached the WNIT Final Four in 2004 and earned a bid into the NCAA Tournament in 2005. She appeared in 104 games in her career with 56 starts, including 45 in her final two seasons with the program. A native of Kokomo, Ind., Hendrix earned her bachelor's degree in rhetoric and communications in May of 2007.
Among her other experience, Hendrix was an Assistant Camp Director for the Richmond Summer Basketball Camp in 2006 and was also a camp counselor for the event in 2004 and
2007-08 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL