Women’s basketball kicks off A-Sun play on Thursday
The JU women’s basketball team looks to get off to a good start in A-Sun play when the Dolphins open a two-game home stand against Stetson on Thursday in the Veterans Memorial Arena at 5 p.m.

The Dolphins (4-1), who received votes in the latest Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll, will round out the weekend on Saturday against Florida Gulf Coast at 1 p.m. in the arena.

“We are ready to start our conference schedule,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “Our team has played well early which gives us some momentum heading into this week. We are playing two great teams right out of the gate, but I know we are ready for the challenge.”

JU enters the week with a four-game winning streak after downing Howard (11/23) and Hampton (11/27) during the Thanksgiving break.

The winning streak is the fifth longest all-time in the record books and gives the Dolphins their best start since tallying a 4-1 record to begin the 2006-07 season.

Senior forward Lynsey Paschal scored 14 of her career best 20 points in the second half at Hampton en route to a team-best 11.6 average. Senior forward Taneskei Richardson ranks second in scoring (10.4 ppg) and first in rebounding (10.6 rpg).

The Hatters (2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak on Tuesday night by defeating former A-Sun foe Jacksonville State, 70-52, in DeLand.

Victoria McGowan is leading the Hatters in scoring (13.6 ppg) and assists (15), while Jessica Conner has a team-high 28 rebounds.

In the all-time series, the Dolphins hold a slight 12-11 advantage, including winning nine of the last 11 contests. Last season, the Hatters won the first game at home before the Dolphins closed the series for the year with a 61-47 win at the arena on Feb. 13, 2010.

The Eagles (4-0) defeated Virginia Tech and Montana at the Caribbean Challenge in Riviera Maya, Mexico to move to No. 3 in the recent Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll.

Offensively, Kelsey Jacobson paces the Eagles with a 12.5 points per game average, while Courtney Chihil has a team-best 21 assists and 13 steals.

In the all-time series, FGCU has won the last five games over JU since falling to the Dolphins in the first ever meeting on Jan. 5, 2008 (62-58).

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