Jacksonville University (3-5) finishes its December schedule in Lubbock, Texas in Texas Tech’s World Vision Challenge. Tournament action begins on Friday, Dec. 20 when the Fins face the host, TTU, at 7 p.m. The Dolphins will also play Abilene Christian and instate rival, Florida Atlantic.
JU will be meeting Texas Tech and Abilene Christian for the first time but have a well-documented history with FAU. Currently in Conference USA, the Owls called the Atlantic Sun home from 1998-99 to 2005-06 and hold a 14-3 all-time series lead over the Fins.
JU’S LAST OUTING: IN NEED OF STOPS
Defensive stops were the name of the game in the 75-62 loss against Alabama. After playing a successful first half which saw eight ties and nine lead changes, the Fins could not slow down the Crimson Tide in the second frame. The contest marked the first time all season JU had allowed an opponent to shoot over 50 percent from the field as the Tide converted on 28-of-51 (54.9 percent).
Sophomore Queen Alford has kicked off a successful sophomore campaign, dropping 19 points with eight boards at Alabama, the guard has silently turned into the Dolphins offensive leader.
A-SUN ACTION AROUND THE CORNER
At the conclusion of the World Vision Challenge, the Dolphins will have wrapped their non-conference slate.
THE OPPONENTS: MINI SCOUTING REPORT
Texas Tech enters the tournament on a 65-56 loss to Arizona last Sunday. Currently sitting at 4-4 on the season, home court advantage may prove beneficial to the Red Raiders as they boast a 4-1 record at the United Spirit Arena. Averaging 66.8 points per game, junior guard Amber Battle and redshirt-freshman guard Minta Spears account for nearly half the team’s points.
Of all the opponents in the tourney, Abilene Christian posts the most wins with a 7-4 record. However, like the Red Raiders most of the Wildcats victories have occurred at home with all four of their losses taking place on the road. ACU drives a high scoring offense, averaging 79.0 points per game, which is 13 points more than what its opposition scores. Four Wildcats average in double-figures, led by sophomore guard Whitney West and senior forward Reneta Marquez who pour in around 13 points per game.
The Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team crafted a 21-2 run over the final seven minutes of overtime to down UCF 82-69 in double overtime last Friday night. In the win, the Owls (6-2) have extended their winning streak to six games. FAU also has four players averaging in double-digits and are led by senior forward Chenise Miller who knocks in 13.3 points per game. She also leads the team in rebounding with 7.6 boards per game.
JACKSONVILLE’S WORLD VISION TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY, DEC. 20
Jacksonville at Texas Tech, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, DEC. 21
Jacksonville at Abilene Christian, 12 p.m.
SUNDAY, DEC. 22
Jacksonville at Florida Atlantic, 1 p.m.