Women’s basketball starts season at FIU Friday
Senior Crystal Bell is looking for another strong opener
Senior Crystal Bell is looking for another strong opener
The JU women’s basketball team will kick off the season against Florida International Friday in Miami, Fla. at 6 p.m.

The Dolphins (0-0) enter the matchup after a tough 67-64 loss against USC Aiken in exhibition action on Nov. 5. JU led most of the game, but a late Pacers’ run in the final three minutes sunk the Dolphins.

JU is looking for its first season-opening win since knocking off Georgia Southern to start the 2007-08 season, 72-58. Despite not winning the first game to USF last season, the Dolphins rattled off five straight wins – a program-best record.

“We are excited about getting our season started,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “The players have worked hard in preparation for the upcoming year. We have a hard challenge in front of us opening up at FIU. We have to be ready to rise to the challenge on Friday night.”

Against USC Aiken, the Dolphins shot 40 percent from the floor and hit 7 of 14 free throw attempts. They also held a 43-41 rebounds advantage.

Junior Tracie Sneed paced the Dolphins with 10 points and 13 rebounds, while senior Jessica George and sophomore Abril Peeples each finished with 10 points.

The Golden Panthers (0-0) welcome the Dolphins following a 72-64 win in a tune-up against Barry. FIU return seven players from the 2010-11 team that posted a 16-16 record and 10-6 mark in Sun Belt play to finish second in the East Division. They were picked again to finish second in the East Division.

In the all-time series, FIU has won both meetings in the last two seasons against JU to gain a 2-1 advantage. Last season, the Golden Panthers used a 36-12 run between the two halves en route to a 66-59 victory at Swisher Gymnasium. The Dolphins dropped a 67-41 decision in Miami on Nov. 17, 2009.

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