FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2011
Women’s basketball returns to the road starting Saturday
The JU women’s basketball team is looking to gain some momentum en route to an Atlantic Sun Tournament berth starting Saturday with USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C. at 4:30 p.m.

The Dolphins (11-12, 6-8 A-Sun) will round out the road trip on Valentine’s Day with ETSU in Johnson City, Tenn. at 7 p.m.

“It’s time of us to get hot,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “This is the time of the season where teams can put together a good run that leads them towards great things. These two opponents are at the top of our conference so we need to bring our A game to have a chance for a victory.”

Last time out, the Dolphins had a bad first half doom them in a 55-49 loss to cross-town rival UNF on Tuesday night at the Veterans Memorial Arena.

JU went 5-for-29 from the floor in the first half en route to a 26.9 field goal percentage in the contest. Despite the first half shooting, the Dolphins put together a 23-9 run in the second half and cut the deficit to five in the final seconds on jumper by sophomore guard Maggie Wilson.

Senior forward Taneskei Richardson led the Dolphins offensively with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while junior guard Crystal Bell had nine points off the bench.

The Spartans (12-11, 8-6) continued to not have a good time in the state of Florida after falling to FGCU (2/5) and Stetson (2/7) in their recent road trip.

Chelsea McMillan is still the table setter for the Spartans by leading the team in scoring (16.8) and rebounds (11.9), while Tee’Ara Copney is averaging 14.4 points a contest.

In the first meeting, the Dolphins shot 50 percent or better in the second half from the floor (15-30), beyond the arc (5-10) and charity stripe (14-20) to come away with the 87-75 victory against the Spartans on Jan. 17 at Swisher Gymansium.

The Lady Buccaneers (14-10, 11-4) saw their six-game winning streak snapped by FGCU, 81-65, on Monday night in Fort Meyers, Fla.

Tara Davis (15.4) and Destiny Mitchell (15.1) each average more 15 points per contest to lead the ETSU offense. Mitchell also pulls down 9.3 rebounds a game to pace the squad.

On Jan. 15, Davis scored 28 points after going 14-of-18 at the free-throw line to lead ETSU to a 69-62 victory over the Dolphins. The Lady Buccaneers have won the last nine meetings against the Dolphins.

Fans can follow the matchups through live video streaming on A-Sun.TV by logging onto JUDolphins.com.