FRIDAY, MARCH 06, 2009
Women's hoops vs. #3 Belmont at 3:30 p.m. ET on CSS
Junior guard Courtney Jackson
Junior guard Courtney Jackson
After opening the first round with win over No. 7 Lipscomb, the JU women’s basketball team (18-12) will continue play in the 2009 General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Conference Championship against No. 3 Belmont (18-12) on Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET at Allen Arena. The contest can be seen live on CSS with Matt Stewart calling all 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 Belmont, 12-2, including an 0-2 record against the Bruins this season. The Dolphins and Bruins will be facing each other in the A-Sun Championship for the first time. JU has never defeated Belmont in Nashville in eight opportunities (0-8).

Dolphin notables
RECORD WATCH: CAREER: Senior guard Virginia Gregoire is 13 rebounds shy of surpassing Ashley Williams (608) for second on the rebounding list..junior forward Desarae Johnson surpassed Talia Johnson (86, 2003-06) for third on the blocks list and is four shy of passing Milica Milijkovic (90, 1999-01)...SINGLE-SEASON: Johnson surpassed Kara Donnell (47, 2002-03) for third on the blocks list (48) and needs seven more to pass Ashley Williams (54, 2005-06)...senior guard DaVina Hamilton needs four steals to surpass Angela Walker (63, 2000-01)...against Lipscomb, JU held an opponent under 52 points for the third consecutive game...Johnson led the Dolphins 13 points and eight rebounds...Hamilton added 12 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals...senior guard Regina Omoite dished out a game-high seven assists.

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)...with a win over No. 7 Lipscomb, JU is playing the the semifinal game for the third straight year.

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 (+4.27) and scoring defense (57.5 ppg). The Dolphins are also second in field goal percentage defense (38.1), 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.4), blocked shots (4.40 bpg), steals (10.23 spg). JU has held its opponent to less than 60 points in 19-of-30 games and the opposition has shot less than .400 in 17-of-30 games, including four consecutive games (Mercer, Campbell, UNF, Stetson).