After running its winning streak to four games, the JU women’s basketball team (15-10, 11-5) will host Stetson (8-18, 5-12) on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the final game at Swisher Gymnasium this season.
The contest can be seen live on A-Sun.TV by logging on to JUDolphins.com.
JU trails Stetson in the all-time series, 11-9, but the Dolphins have won eight of the last nine meetings including a 66-43 win at the Edmunds Center on Jan. 24.
RECORD WATCH: Senior guard Regina Omoite tied for third on the single-season assists list (119) and is 20 shy of surpassing her program record of 138...she is 21 points shy of becoming the sixth member of the JU 1,000 point club...she is 24 minutes played shy of surpassing Kat Sungy (3,712) for first in the JU career list...senior guard Virginia Gregoire moved into third place on the JU career rebounding list (589), surpassing Yolisha Jackson (587)...against UNF, JU improved to 14-1 on the year when leading with five minutes remaining in a contest...senior guard DaVina Hamilton led the Dolphins with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor and 4-of-5 shooting from the line...senior guard Regina Omoite tallied 14 points, four assists and three steals...senior guard Virginia Gregoire rounded out the Dolphin scoring with 13 points.
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 (+4.20), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.273) and scoring defense (58.8 ppg). The Dolphins are also second in blocked shots (4.56 bpg), steals (10.44 spg) and fourth in field goal percentage defense (.388).
JU has held its opponent to less than 60 points in 15-of-25 games and the opposition has shot less than .400 in 13-of-25 games, including three consecutive games on two occasions (Belmont, Lipscomb, UCF / Mercer, Campbell, UNF).
JU sets the tone with its pressure defense and this year’s squad is following in line with Jill Dunn’s style.
In 2006-07, the Dolphins tallied a program-record with 309 team steals, shattering the previous record of 262 from 2005-06. JU also set a single-game record with 17 against Niagara on Dec. 18, 2006, and registered at least 10 steals in 18-of-30 contests.
Last season, the Dolphins leap frogged the single-season mark with 21 steals against UCF on Nov. 19 and once again surpassed the program record with 327 steals. JU finished the regular season third in the Atlantic Sun Conference with an average of 10.67 steals per contest.
This season, the Dolphins have tallied at least 10 steals in 13-of-24 games and are currently ranked second in the A-Sun with 10.54 steals per contest.
The program record for team steals in a season in 327 in 2007-08. The Dolphins have set a new team record each year under Dunn and the squad is currently 67 steals shy of accomplishing the feat this year.
Individually, three Dolphins are rewriting the leader board for career steals this season.
Senior guard Virginia Gregoire (196) ended last season first on the all time list and is now second behind senior guard DaVina Hamilton (207). Fellow senior guard Regina Omoite (181) is also lurking in the shadows.
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.
Taking care of the ball
One of the staples of a Jill Dunn program is winning the turnover battles. Now in her fifth season with the program, those numbers are beginning to ring true as the Dolphins set a program low for turnovers per contest last season.
In her first year, JU averaged a program-record 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.
In 2006-07, JU led the A-Sun in turnover margin (+4.80) with an average of 18.3 turnovers per contest. The Dolphins also forced a conference-high 22.2 turnovers per game.
Last year, the Dolphins finished the regular season leading the conference in turnover margin (+4.55) and were second in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.88). JU currently averages 16.7 turnovers per contest. JU opponents are averaging 21.3 turnovers per game.
This year has followed the same tune as JU averages 18.2 turnovers per contest. Dolphin opponents are tallying an average of 22.4 miscues per game. In the conference rankings, JU is first with a +4.20 turnover margin and is second in assist/turnover ratio (0.77).