The Dolphins (7-15, 3-8) open the trip against Kennesaw State Saturday at noon. They will travel south a day later to play Mercer in Macon, Ga. Monday at 7 p.m.
“We have been working hard to get our confidence back,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “We showed glimpses of it Monday so I know we are on the right track. I am confident good things are heading our way real soon.”
Last time out, the Dolphins opened with a 12-point lead Monday against Stetson, but the Hatters ended the first half on a 21-7 run to set up a 71-52 victory and hand JU’s its first straight loss.
Freshman Queen Alford led the Dolphins in scoring for the second straight game with 18 points. She also matched freshman Briona Brown with eight boards. Senior Maggie Wilson added 10 points for JU.
Despite the loss, Alford is the highest scoring freshman in the A-Sun with a 10.0 average. She has scored in double-figures in three of the last four games, including posting her second-highest total of the season (18) against Florid Gulf Coast Feb. 2.
Fellow newcomer Briona Brown (9.1 ppg) is the fourth-highest freshman scorer in the league, while also ranking fourth overall in blocks with 26.
The Owls (5-17, 1-9) are the last team JU has beat when they picked up a 64-52 victory in Swisher Jan. 14. Kennesaw State snapped a nine-game losing streak with a win against Lipscomb (Jan. 28), but dropped a 57-36 decision to the Bears (14-7, 8-2) in Macon Feb. 2.
Kristina Wells leads the Owls in scoring with a 11.6 average, while Sametria Gideon is second at 11.2 points a game. Ashley Holliday, older sister of JU’s Britney Holliday, is third in scoring with a 10.5 average.
In the first meeting, junior Jade Cargill recorded 16 points and nine boards for JU in the win, while Brown had 12 points and nine rebounds.
Mercer extended its winning streak to eight games with the Kennesaw State victory last weekend.
Precious Bridges leads the Bears and A-Sun in scoring with a 17.9 average. She is also second on the team in steals (33) and assists (34). Sharnea Boykin paces the squad with 150 assists, while Kendra Grant in second in scoring at 12.9 points.
On Jan. 12, the Bears used a 15-5 second-half run in the final five minutes to steal a 72-68 win over the Dolphins in Jacksonville. Ry’van Buchanan scored 32 points off the bench, while Bridges had 22 points.
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