After locking up the No. 2 seed in the A-Sun Championship, the JU women’s basketball team (17-11, 13-6) will close out the regular season against Belmont (16-12, 11-8) on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET at The Curb Event Center.
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 Belmont, 11-2, including a 51-45 loss to the Bruins on Dec. 4 at the Jacksonvillle Veterans Memorial Arena.
The Dolphins have never won a contest at the Curb Event Center in seven opportunities (0-7).
RECORD WATCH: Head coach Jill Dunn tallied her 100th career win with a 71-42 decision over Lipscomb on Feb. 26...JU tied a program record by holding its fifth opponent to less than 50 points in a season (5, 2007-08)...senior guard Regina Omoite is second on the single-season assists list (137) and is two 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 (45) and is three shy of surpassing Kara Donnell (47, 2002-03)...against Lipscomb, senior guard DaVina Hamilton tallied a game-high 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor...freshman guard Ashanti Williams finished with a season-high 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor...Johnson recorded her third career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while junior guard Courtney Jackson rounded out the JU scoring with 10 points...Omoite chipped in with eight rebounds and six assists.
A-Sun Championship seeding
With one game remaining in the 2008-09 regular season, the postseason seeding is almost finalized.
The only spots decided thus far is the No. 1 spot (ETSU, the No. 2 spot (JU) and the No. 5 spot (Stetson).
The No. 3-4 seeds are up for grabs between Belmont (11-8) and Mercer (11-8). The Bruins face off against the Dolphins while the Bears end the year at ETSU.
The No. 6 seed is also a battle between Campbell (4-15) and Lipscomb (3-16). The Camels host the Hatters while the Bisons face UNF in their finale.
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 (+4.25) and scoring defense (58.2 ppg). The Dolphins are also second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.3), blocked shots (4.5 bpg), steals (10.39 spg) and fourth in field goal percentage defense (38.4).
JU has held its opponent to less than 60 points in 17-of-28 games and the opposition has shot less than .400 in 15-of-28 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 five games: FIU - 43 (11/20), George Mason - 49 (11/25), at UNF - 42 (1/15), at Stetson - 43 (1/24) and at Lipscomb - 41.
The number ties the program record set by the 2007-08 squad.
In her five years with JU, head coach Jill Dunn has registered 16 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.