After tying a season-high five-game winning streak, the JU women’s basketball team (16-10, 12-5) ends its homestand with a showdown against first-place Florida Gulf Coast (22-4, 15-3) on Saturday at 2 p.m. for Senior Day at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
The contest can be seen live on CSS and on A-Sun.TV by logging on to JUDolphins.com.
JU trails FGCU in the all-time series, 2-1, after the Eagles won a 64-56 contest at Alico Arena on Jan. 22. FGCU enters the contest with a conference best 14-game winning streak.
RECORD WATCH: Senior guard Regina Omoite surpassed Kat Sungy (3,712) for first in the JU career list for minutes played...she is tied for second on the single-season assists list (126) and is 13 shy of surpassing her program record of 138...she is 12 points shy of becoming the sixth member of the JU 1,000 point club...senior guard Virginia Gregoire is 15 rebounds shy of surpassing Ashley Williams (608) for second on the JU career rebounding list...junior forward Desarae Johnson is tied for fourth on the single-season blocks list with Williams (41)...against Stetson, JU improved to 15-1 on the year when leading with five minutes remaining in a contest...Gregoire tallied a game-best 18 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists, while juniors Crystal Grable (13 points) and Courtney Jackson (10 points) rounded out the Dolphins in double figures...Grable also recorded a team-high eight rebounds...Omoite added nine points and had a game-high seven assists.
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 (+4.27), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.275) and scoring defense (58.5 ppg). The Dolphins are also second in blocked shots (4.65 bpg), steals (10.54 spg) and third in field goal percentage defense (.387).
JU has held its opponent to less than 60 points in 16-of-26 games and the opposition has shot less than .400 in 14-of-26 games, including its last four games (Mercer, Campbell, UNF, Stetson).