After sweeping a two-game road trip, the JU women’s basketball team (13-10, 9-5) will begin a four-game homestand against Campbell (10-13, 3-11) on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
The contest can be seen live on A-Sun.TV by logging on to JUDolphins.com and is the first of a scheduled doubleheader with the JU men’s team.
JU trails the all-time series against Campbell, 10-7, but the Dolphins have won the last five meetings between the two schools. In the last meeting, the Dolphins defeated the Camels 72-57 on Jan. 17 at Gore Arena.
The Dolphins enter the contest with a 7-2 record at the Downtown Arena since beginning play in 2006-07.
With a win over Mercer, the Dolphins set a program record with a 6-2 road mark in conference play. Even with two more road games on this year’s schedule, the previous record set by JU was a 5-3 mark in 2007-08…the JU bench also came up huge with a season-high 40 points against the Bears...JU also won its first contest in 10 opportunites (1-9) when trailing with five minutes remaining in a contest...Against Mercer, freshman forward Taneskei Richardson finished with a career-high 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor while also grabbing a team-high seven rebounds…senior guard Virginia Gregoire tallied 13 points off the bench (6-of-6 from the free-throw line) while senior guard Regina Omoite rounded out the Dolphin scoring with 12 points (7-of-8 from the charity stripe)…sophomore center Lynsey Paschal chipped in with eight points and four rebounds off the bench...against Kennesaw State, JU snapped a two-game losing skid...the Dolphins forced the Owls into 27 turnovers while tallying a game-high 17 steals...junior forward Crystal Grable scored a career-high 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and tallied a team-high eight rebounds...senior guard DaVina Hamilton added 12 points and four steals...Omoite added eight points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals while junior guard Courtney Jackson chipped in with seven points, seven rebounds and four steals.
JU puts the clamps on
Despite its early struggles to score, the JU defense is among the best in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
JU is second in the conference in scoring defense (59.2 ppg), blocked shots (4.65 bpg), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.279) and turnover margin (+3.70), third in steals (10.35 spg) and fourth in field goal percentage defense (.389).
JU has held its opponent to less than 60 points in 13-of-23 games and the opposition has shot less than .400 in 11-of-23 games, including three consecutive games (Belmont, Lipscomb, UCF).
Defense looking for another JU record
Another look at how well JU is playing defense this season can simply be compared the teams of the past.
This season, the Dolphins have held an opponent under 50 points in four games: FIU - 43 (11/20), George Mason - 49 (11/25), at UNF - 42 (1/15) and at Stetson - 43 (1/24).
The number this season ranks second in program history, behind the total of five in 2007-08.
In her five years with JU, head coach Jill Dunn has registered 15 games in which her squad held an opponent under 50 points. Prior to that, the Dolphins had only accomplished the feat five times in five seasons.