JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Basketball season is finally upon us, and the Jacksonville University women's team will open its 2017-18 campaign with a pair of competitions. The Dolphins begin their slate on the road at NC State Friday at 5 p.m. before returning home to Historic Swisher Gymnasium to face Iona on Monday.
See Ya at Swish!
The first 200 fans through the door Monday will receive a free 'Phin Squad jersey.
Game time versus Iona is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at JUTickets.com and at the door for $5. Students will receive free admission with a valid JU ID.
JU's Last Outing
Jacksonville's latest campaign ended with an at-large bid to the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) – the first at-large ever given to the ASUN – where it fell to the title contender Georgia Tech. The WNIT marked back-to-back postseason appearances for the Dolphins as they received an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament in 2016 after claiming their first ASUN championship.
- The Dolphins went 23-9 last year which included an 11-3 mark in the ASUN Conference and a 14-1 record at home
- Jacksonville returns three of its five starters in Brandi Buie (Tampa, Fla. / Randolph-Clay), Kayla Gordon (Meridian, Miss. / Meridian) and Jasmyn Brown(Haines City, Fla. / Haines City)
- Mississippi State transfers Shakayla Nevitt (Houston, Texas / Andy Dekaney) and La'Karis Salter (Tallahassee, Fla. / Florida A&M Developmental Research School) will make their Dolphin debuts after sitting out the 2016-17 slate due to NCAA rules
- Alexis Pierce (Savannah, Ga. / Sol C. Johnson) will be the only true freshman on this year's roster
- McCuin added three transfers with plenty of experience in Trudy Walker (Port St. Lucie, Fla. / Fort Pierce Westwood (Eastern Florida State College)), Naqaiyyah Teague (Newark, N.J. / Malcolm X. Shabazz (UNCW)), and Lindsay John (Cholet, France / Lycee Victor Hugo (Tallahassee Community College))
- Overall, Jacksonville's 2017-18 roster features three seniors, six juniors, four sophomores and one freshmen … position breakdown: eight guards, three forwards, one center, and two forward/center combos
Scouting the Opposition – NC State
The Wolfpack enter their 44th season on the heels of a 2016-17 campaign where they went 23-9 with a 12-4 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
The team lost four of its five starters to graduation including First Team All-ACC selections Miah Spencer and Dominique Wilson.
In just one meeting, the Wolfpack leads the all-time series after defeating Jacksonville, 80-42, at Reynolds Coliseum during the 2011-12 season.
Scouting the Opposition - Iona
Iona will open its season at Arizona before visiting the First Coast. The Gaels concluded their 2016-17 campaign in the semifinal round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament.
On the MAAC preseason list, Alexis Lewis was named preseason first team after averaging a team-high 15.9 and 8.3 rebounds per game a year ago.
Monday's game will mark the first meeting between JU and Iona.