After running its winning streak to three games, the JU women’s basketball team (14-10, 10-5) will host cross-town rival UNF (6-18, 5-10) for the final installment of the SunTrust River City Rumble on Monday 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 leads the all-time series against UNF, 6-1, including a 61-42 win on Jan. 15 at UNF Arena. The Dolphins have won the last five meetings between the two programs.
The Dolphins enter the contest with an 8-2 record at the Downtown Arena since beginning play in 2006-07.
Senior guard Regina Omoite moved into fourth on the single-season assists list (115) and is 24 shy of surpassing her program record of 138...Against Campbell, five Dolphins scored in double figures while the team forced a season-high 28 turnovers defensively...JU also increased its record to 8-2 at the Downtown Arena...senior guard Virginia Gregoire led all scorers with 17 points while tallying five assists and three steals...junior center Lynsey Paschal put up 16 points (6-of-8 shooting from the floor and a 4-of-4 effort from the line) to go with six rebounds...senior guard DaVina Hamilton added 12 points and six rebounds...Omoite tallied 10 points and a game-high nine assists while junior forward Desarae Johnson rounded out the JU scoring with 10 points while adding seven rebounds, three blocks and a career-high 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 leads the conference in turnover margin (+4.17), is second in scoring defense (58.9 ppg), blocked shots (4.67 bpg), steals (10.54 spg) and turnover margin (+3.70), third in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.279) and fourth in field goal percentage defense (.388).
JU has held its opponent to less than 60 points in 14-of-24 games and the opposition has shot less than .400 in 12-of-24 games, including three consecutive games (Belmont, Lipscomb, UCF).