WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2008
Women's basketball heads to USC Upstate on Friday at 7 p.m.
Jan. 23, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
After winning its ninth consecutive game, the JU women's basketball team will conclude its four-game road trip on Friday in South Carolina.
The Dolphins (15-3, 5-0), off to their best start in program history and conference play, will face conference newcomer USC Upstate (4-14, 0-5) on Friday at 7 p.m. in the G.B. Hodge Center. The contest can be seen live on www.judolphins.com as part of ASun.TV.
JU and USC Upstate will be facing each other for the first time since the Spartans made the jump to Division I and began play in the A-Sun.
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At a school that has enjoyed many years of national recognition and success with its men's basketball program (nine postseason appearances, including a trip to the national title game in 1970), the Dolphin women's program is beginning to enjoy its own success in only three and a half years under the guidance of head coach Jill Dunn.
It marked only the second time in A-Sun history that a men's and women's team from the same school started the season at 5-0. The last school to accomplish the feat was Belmont last season.
JU among best in A-Sun
JU leads the conference in scoring margin (+8.2), turnover margin (+5.06) and assist/turnover ratio (0.86).
The Dolphins also rank second in scoring defense (53.9), assists (14.22 apg), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.282) and blocks (3.94 bpg) and are third in field goal percentage (.406), and steals (10.89) and scoring (66.8).
Taking care of the ball
In her first year, JU averaged a career-low 17.1 turnovers per contest, compared to 19.0 by its opponents. In year two, the Dolphin's finished with 18.8 turnovers per contest compared to 19.0 by their opponents.
Last year, JU led the A-Sun in turnover margin (+4.29) with an average of 18.3 turnovers per contest. The Dolphins also forced a conference-high 22.2 turnovers per game.
This year, the Dolphins lead the conference in turnover margin (+5.06) and assist-to- turnover ratio (0.86) with an average of 16.4 turnovers per contest. JU opponents are averaging 21.5 turnovers per game.
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