Women's basketball to "Think Pink" against UNF on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Feb. 14, 2008


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After its recent road swing through Nashville, the JU women's basketball team will look to sweep the SunTrust River City Rumble series for the second straight year against cross-town rival North Florida.

The Dolphins (19-5, 9-2), off to their best start in program history and conference play, will make it a "Think Pink" contest against the Lady Ospreys (11- 12, 6-5) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium. The contest can be seen live on as part of ASun.TV.

JU leads the all-time series against UNF, 4-1, including a 53-38 win over the Ospreys on Jan. 19 at UNF Arena.

JU to "Think Pink" on Saturday
The Dolphins will host cross-town rival North Florida but JU will also be helping to fight another battle by wearing pink during the contest.

To show its support, the JU athletic staff and coaching staff will wear pink for its contest against North Florida as the two programs battle for a point in the SunTrust River City Rumble. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to help educate, create awareness and motivate everyone to learn about cancer prevention.

Among the other promotions to help support awareness, the Dolphins will sell raffle tickets for a drawing during halftime of the contest. Against UNF, the raffle prize is a Pink Elephants Villager Bag from Vera Bradley (tickets are $2 or three tickets for $5), which is valued at $75.

The Dolphins will continue their support on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. against Mercer at Swisher Gymnasium. For Mercer, another raffle will be held at halftime for a Pink Elephants Travel Cosmetics Bag, a Pink Elephants Candle of Hope and Pink Elephants Mints of Hope (tickets are $1).

All tickets can be purchased by email through assistant coach Andrea Williams - or at both home games. For additional information, call coach Williams at (904) 256-7242.

JU will also host Mammograms by the St. Vincent Mobile Unit on Feb. 25 from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. next to Swisher Gymnasium. For scheduling information, call (904) 308-3780.

The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has encouraged its membership, all coaching staff and game day support staff to help unify the women's basketball world in a show of support for all coaches who are battling cancer. The "Think Pink" campaign was originally created in support of North Carolina State head coach Kay Yow, who returned to the bench on Jan. 28, 2007 after taking a leave of absence to battle breast cancer.

The WBCA announced that more than 900 participants have committed to the 2008 "Think Pink" initiative, which officially begins on February 8. The "Think Pink" initiative is a global, unified effort for the WBCA's nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.

Against Belmont, the Dolphins saw their streaks of conference road wins (nine) and road streak (eight) come to an end while falling to 0-7 all- time at the Curb Event Center. Junior guard DaVina Hamilton tied a contest high with 19 points while tallying six assists, four rebounds and a career-high five steals. Sophomore forward Crystal Grable finished with a career-best 12 points and nine rebounds to go with two blocks. Senior forward Ashley Williams managed only four points on 1-of-3 shooting from the floor before fouling out with 46 seconds remaining. Against Lipscomb, Williams finished 9-of- 17 from the floor to tally her first double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds) since a 28 point, 10 rebound performance against UMass on Nov. 23, 2007. Jackson rounded out the Dolphin scoring with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor. JU was outshot at the free-throw line by Lipscomb, 30-5, with the Dolphins not recording a free-throw attempt until 1:55 remaining in the contest. JU did, however, dominate the paint with 42 points compared to only 10 by the Bisons.