The week’s games will be part of the annual Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Pink Zone week to help the fight against breast cancer. The WBCA Pink Zone® initiative is a global, unified effort for nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
“This is a huge week for us,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “Florida Gulf Coast is at the top of the conference and really playing its best ball of the year, while Stetson creates lots of problems. We have to be on our toes if we want to be successful. Hopefully, the momentum from the road wins over the weekend can help us turn things around at home.”
The Dolphins (7-15, 6-8) return home after downing Belmont (Feb. 6) and Lipscomb (Feb. 8) for the first time in program history, to close out a four-game road trip.
Against Belmont, the Dolphins recorded a late 8-0 run and held the Bruins to just a bucket in the final two minutes to earn a 54-44 win. The Dolphins limited the Bruins to a 25.5 field goal percentage, while also getting a game-high in blocks (6) and steals (8).
JU recorded a 14-2 run against Lipscomb and never looked back en route to a 62-43 win at Allen Arena on Monday night. The Dolphins limited the Lady Bisons to a 28 percent field goal percentage and held their second straight opponent to less than 50 points.
Freshman guard Drameka Griggs recorded double figures in each game to lead the Dolphins in Nashville. Griggs led the Dolphins in scoring and assists in three of the four games on the road trip, while pacing the team in steals during the last three games.
The Eagles (19-4, 14-1) come to Jacksonville after handily defeating East Tennessee State, 92-55, and Campbell, 76-43, in their recent set of home games. The Eagles closet game during their current seven game winning streak was a 67-62 victory at Mercer on Feb. 1.
Adrianne McNally is leading the team in scoring with 13 points per game, while Chelsea Lyles is averaging 12.6 points a contest.
After winning this year’s first meeting on Jan. 9, FGCU has won the last four games over JU since falling to the Dolphins in the first ever meeting on Jan. 5, 2008 (62-58).
The Hatters (5-19, 5-10) will play at UNF on Saturday before heading across the city to face the Dolphins. Stetson has lost eight of its last 10 contests since sweeping JU and UNF at the Edmunds Center.
Kerri Simpson is currently leading the squad with 9.8 points per game, while Jessica Conner is pulling down 7.8 rebounds.
Fans can watch each game through live video streaming on A-Sun.TV or listen to Barry Milligan calling the action on 1010XL.com by logging onto JUDolphins.com.