WEDNESDAY, MARCH 04, 2009
UPDATE: Women's hoops vs. #7 Lipscomb can be seen live on CSS at 7 p.m. ET
Senior guard DaVina Hamilton
Senior guard DaVina Hamilton
After locking up the No. 2 seed, the JU women’s basketball team (17-12, 13-7) will open the 2009 General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Conference Championship against No. 7 Lipscomb (6-23, 4-16) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET at Allen Arena. Tonigh's contest can be seen live on CSS with Matt Stewart calling all of the action and Robin Muller providing color analysis. Each contest in the tournament 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 four meetings including 71-42 decision on Feb. 26 at Allen Arena. The Dolphins are entering the week as the No. 2 seed for the third consecutive season.

Dolphin notables
RECORD WATCH: Head coach Jill Dunn tallied her 100th career win with a 71-42 decision over Lipscomb on Feb. 26...senior guard Regina Omoite surpassed her single-season program record of 138 assists (140) with three against Belmont...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 tied for third on the single-season blocks list (47) and needs one more to surpass Kara Donnell (47, 2002-03)...against Belmont, JU set a program record by holding its sixth opponent under 50 points...the Dolphins also tied a season-low with 43 points scored (Kansas State), while shooting a season-low 20.6 percent (13-63) from the floor...Johnson finished with nine points and 12 rebounds while also tallying two blocks...sophomore forward Taneskei Richardson finished with nine points and five rebounds...junior guard Courtney Jackson tied a career-high with nine rebounds.

A-Sun Championship tidbits
The Dolphins will compete in the A-Sun Championship for the sixth time in program history and the fourth consecutive year under head coach Jill  Dunn....the Dolphins are in search of their first A-Sun Championship crown and first NCAA Tournament bid...JU is entering as the No. 2 seed for the third straight year...in each season under Dunn, the Dolphins have reached the next stage - first round loss (2006), semifinal loss (2007), championship loss (2008).

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 (+4.34) and scoring defense (57.8 ppg). The Dolphins are also second in field goal percentage defense (38.2), 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.8), blocked shots (4.48 bpg), steals (10.38 spg). JU has held its opponent to less than 60 points in 18-of-29 games and the opposition has shot less than .400 in 16-of-29 games, including four consecutive games (Mercer, Campbell, UNF, Stetson).

Defense sets 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 a program-record six games: FIU - 43 (11/20), George Mason - 49 (11/25), at UNF - 42 (1/15), at Stetson - 43 (1/24), at Lipscomb - 42 (2/26) and at Belmont - 45 (2/28). The number surpasses the program record set by the 2007-08 squad. In her five years with JU, head coach Jill Dunn has registered 17 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 17.4 turnovers per contest. Dolphin opponents are tallying an average of 21.7 miscues per game. In the conference rankings, JU is first with a +4.34 turnover margin and is second in assist/turnover ratio (0.79).