Dolphins Prepared to Make a Splash in the A-Sun



THE GAME         

The Jacksonville University women’s basketball team welcomes 2014 with Atlantic Sun action. Completing an eight game road swing, the Dolphins journey to Georgia to face Kennesaw State on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. and Mercer University on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. 

The Fins hold an all-time series edge over both opponents with a 9-7 tip over the Owls and an 18-11 advantage over the Bears.

Thursday’s contest with KSU will live stream on ESPN3 while Saturday's game will be available on A-Sun.TV. Both online broadcasts are free.


Though the Dolphins (3-8) have been on a six-game winless spell, a constant figure for the squad has been sophomore guard Queen Alford. The team played a hearty four game schedule last week including three in a row at the World Vision Challenge and Alford led JU in scoring in three of the four contests.

Ranking third in the tournament in scoring and fourth in rebounds, she averaged 16.0 points to go alongside 7.7 RPG. In the 71-62 loss to Florida Atlantic, she posted her second 20+ outing, leading all-scorers with 21 point on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and 9-of-10 makes at the line. She also recorded seven rebounds and two steals. Alford's performance over the weekend earned herself a spot on the WVC All-Tournament Team as the lone Jacksonville representative.

Freshman guard Sherranda Reddick heated the scoreboard in the last two games of the tourney. In the 76-72 loss to Abilene Christian, she surpassed her career-highs in both scoring and rebounds with 27 points and eight boards. Against FAU, she again exceeded double-digits in scoring with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field including 2-of-3 from beyond the arch. Reddick finished the WVC placing second in scoring with an average of 17.0 PPG.


Backed by freshman guard Deandrea Sawyers’ 22 points which included five three-pointers, Kennesaw State (2-9) concluded the year with an 83-79 win over Alabama A&M. Sawyers went on to earn A-Sun accolades for her performance, which was also her third 20+ point game. While the rookie is playing sound basketball, junior guard Kristina Wells leads the Owls across the board with 13.0 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 2.2 APG and 1.7 SPG.

With the second best record in the Atlantic Sun, the Bears (7-4) are currently on a three-game winning streak and finished non-conference action with a 59-54 win over Alabama State. Four Bears average in double-figures and three of the four are starters. Junior guard Precious Bridges leads the team and also ranks third in the conference in scoring with an average of 17.0 points per game. Averaging 12.5 and 10.9 PPG, senior guard Kendra Grant and junior guard Alicia Williams complete the high-scoring starting trio while junior guard Briona Williams comes off of the bench to add 11.0.