WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2009
Women's hoops will try to lock up No. 2 seed this week
Junior forward Desarae Johnson
Junior forward Desarae Johnson
After having its five-game winning streak snapped, the JU women’s basketball team (16-11, 12-6) begins a two-game road trip to end the regular season against Lipscomb (5-22, 3-15) on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET at Allen Arena. The contest, which is the first of a scheduled doubleheader with the JU men, can be seen live on A-Sun.TV by logging on to JUDolphins.com. JU trails the all-time series against Lipscomb, 6-4, but have won the last three meetings including 63-57 decision on Dec. 6 at Swisher Gymnasium. In the last meeting at Allen Arena, JU won its first game in five opportunities, 61-48, on Feb. 9, 2008.

Dolphin notables
RECORD WATCH: Senior guard Regina Omoite became the sixth player in JU history to surpass 1,000 career points (1,001)...she is second on the single-season assists list (131) and is eight shy of surpassing her program record of 138...senior guard Virginia Gregoire is 14 rebounds shy of surpassing Ashley Williams (608) for second on the JU career rebounding list...junior forward Desarae Johnson is fourth on the single-season blocks list (42), surpassing Williams (41, 2007-08)...against Stetson, 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...against FGCU, Omoite finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. Her point total made her the sixth Dolphin to surpass 1,000 career points...Jackson tallied 12 points while freshman forward Taneskei Richardson chipped in with 11 points and eight rebounds.

A-Sun Championship seeding
With one week remaining in the 2008-09 regular season, the postseason seeding is far from being finalized. The only spot decided thus far is the No. 1 spot, which ETSU (14-3) solidified with a win over Campbell on Feb. 19. The No. 2-4 seeds are completely up for grabs and will most likely come down to the final game on Saturday. JU (12-6) holds the No. 2 spot while Belmont (11-7) and Stetson (11-7) are one game behind. The No. 5-6 seeds are also a battle between three teams as Stetson (5-14) holds the No. 5 spot while Campbell (4-14) is the No. 6. Lipscomb (3-15) is only percentage points behind.

JU puts the clamps on
Despite its early struggles to score, the JU defense is currently the best in the Atlantic Sun Conference. JU leads the conference in turnover margin (+4.22), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.281) and scoring defense (58.8 ppg). The Dolphins are also second in blocked shots (4.52 bpg), steals (10.41 spg) and third in field goal percentage defense (.387). JU has held its opponent to less than 60 points in 16-of-27 games and the opposition has shot less than .400 in 14-of-27 games, including four consecutive games (Mercer, Campbell, UNF, Stetson).

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.