On Saturday, March 8th at 1 p.m., the Jacksonville University women’s basketball team plays Mercer. The game has double significance. Tomorrow marks the last regular season home contest and possibly the last time fans will see seniors Jade Cargill, Stephanie Edwards, Ciara McLee, and Madison Scott play in Swisher Gymnasium. With the 4th seed on the line, both Mercer and JU are tied in standings and the winner of Saturday’s game will determine who will secure the spot and a home quarterfinal game in the upcoming Atlantic Sun tournament.
Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin and the Dolphin squad ask for all fans to show up and support them. Following the contest, all are invited to join the team in the main lobby for a reception for the seniors.
JU’S LAST OUTING
The Dolphins trailed Kennesaw State at the half but pieced together a great second frame to take the 65-46 victory. JU registered three players in double figures and were led by sophomore guard Queen Alford’s 15 points.
• JU’s second win of the season when trailing at halftime
• The lowest field goal percentage the Fins have held an opponent to (29.8 percent, 14-for-47)
• The second best shooting effort on the season for JU (50 percent, 26-52)
• Freshman guard Sherranda Reddick posted a career-high in rebounds (8) and assists (7)
• Junior guard April Carson recorded a career-high three steals
In the team’s last meeting, Jacksonville ended the Bears’ four-game winning streak in the final ten seconds of the contest on a runner down the middle from Edwards. The Bears are currently on a four-game winning streak and the Fins hope for the same results.
Backed by a season-high 22 points from Kendra Grant, Mercer (16-12, 9-8) defeated North Florida by a score of 71-65 on Thursday evening.
Precious Bridges paces the team with 15.9 points per game while Briana Williams and Grant each average around 12.
Regardless of the decision, Jacksonville will face Mercer in the first round of the conference tournament on Tuesday.