TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014
Women’s Basketball Plays 4 Kay

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THE GAME

Since her hiring, Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin has stated that the goal of the Jacksonville University women’s basketball team is to win an Atlantic Sun championship. With six games left in the regular season, the race to the postseason is now.

The Dolphins hosts FGCU and Stetson this week and look to build off their 6-1 record at home. On its home court, JU averages 74.9 points per game, while the Eagles average 67.4 points per game on the road and the Hatters average 76.6 points in road contests.

The Eagles head into town on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. and will be the first to compete against JU in the newly-renovated Swisher Gymnasium. The contest also holds special significance because it will be the Fin’s Play 4 Kay game. In honor of breast cancer awareness month, Jacksonville will sport pink sneakers and jerseys. Fans in attendance are encouraged to wear pink as well.

The Eagles command the all-time series, 12-1. In the last meeting between the two, nearly 20 minutes of no scoring plagued the Fins as they fell 56-49. Freshman guard Sherranda Reddick led the team in scoring with 14 points to go alongside seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.

JU’S LAST OUTING: WE NEED A STOP

Last week, the Dolphins rallied but were unsuccessful in recording defensive stops as they fell on the road to Northern Kentucky, 69-61.

Though they trailed the entire contest, JU was only two or three scores out of the loop for a majority of the second half.  A 6-0 run closed the gap to five, 56-51, with 3:59 to go and senior forward Jade Cargill later knocked down a layin to bump the score to 63-59 with 1:47 left but the squad couldn’t get a stop.

Averaging 18.5 points, sophomore guard Queen Alford directed JU’s offense last weekend. In the loss to Lipscomb she recorded 20 points with seven rebounds and two steals. At NKU, she achieved her third double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 boards.

THE OPPONENT

The Eagles knocked off Kennesaw State last Saturday, 76-42, to improve their record to 18-7 on the season and 12-1 in the conference. Senior captain Sarah Hansen currently leads the team with 13.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. She is trailed closely by redshirt-sophomore guard Whitney Knight who is averaging 13.2 points and sophomore guard Stephanie Haas who averages 11.2.

UP NEXT

The Dolphins host Stetson on Saturday, Feb. 22 in a 1 p.m. tipoff.