JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University women's basketball seeks sole possession of first place in the ASUN Conference – and battle the only other undefeated team in the league – as the Dolphins head to Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday, Jan. 27 for a 4 p.m. tipoff.
Both teams are currently 5-0 in the ASUN and bring extensive win streaks into Saturday's meeting: the Dolphins are riding a six-game streak, while the Eagles have taken their last nine.
Additionally, Saturday's game marks the first of a four-game home-and-home series with the Eagles and Stetson.
JU's Last Outing
The Dolphins kept rolling with its sixth-straight win and its 11th victory in the past 12 games to remain undefeated in the ASUN Conference last weekend with a 2-0 sweep of NJIT and USC Upstate.
Jacksonville matched its season-high of 88 points last Saturday at NJIT with an 88-58 victory over the Highlanders. Four Dolphins posted double figures, as senior Kayla Gordon recorded a career-high 22 points and 13 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. Jasmyn Brown capitalized on a trio of three-pointers, while handing out five assists, en route to a 19-point performance. Brandi Buie added 14, while Naqaiyyah Teague neared double-double territory with 10 points and 7 boards.
Two days later at USC Upstate, the Dolphins used a big third quarter to rolls past the Spartans, 71-45. Jasmyn Brown's 19 points led all scorers and marks her fourth-straight game in double figures. Brandi Buie posted her second career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Kayla Gordon joined Buie as the pair recorded five steals each. Gordon finished the game with nine points and nine rebounds.
The win marks the Dolphins' fourth 5-0 start in the ASUN Conference in five years under head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. Additionally, Jasmyn Brown was named ASUN Player of the Week after averaging 19 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 48.3 percent from the floor on the weekend.
Senior captains Brandi Buie and Kayla Gordon wrote their names in Dolphin program history after the pair both scored their 1,000th career point Jan. 13 against Lipscomb. Buie and Gordon join just six other Dolphins to reach the 1K milestone.
The last time Jacksonville welcomed two players to the 1K club in a single season was in the 2015-16 campaign (Briona Brown & Sherranda Reddick).
Brown currently ranks fourth all-time in points and is the older sister of captain Jasmyn Brown. Reddick graduated a year ago, and is the Dolphins' all-time leading scorer.
Senior captain Kayla Gordon has 26 career double-doubles to her credit, and earned her first of the 2017-18 season at Nicholls State with 13 rebounds and 11 points.
2014-15 | 5 DD
2015-16 | 7 DD
2016-17 | 8 DD
2017-18 | 6 DD
Ten Non-Conference Wins
After setting the program record for single-season non-conference victories last year, the Dolphins have once again crossed the double-digit win threshold prior to the start of league play. Continuing the trend, four of Jacksonville's victories came against first-time opponents in Iona (Nov. 13), Monmouth (Nov. 24), Webber International (Nov. 25), and Flagler (Dec. 10).
Last season's Dolphins rewrote the program's record books with 11 non-conference victories, and tied the single-season win record – first set in 2007-08 – with an overall record of 23-9.
Scouting the Opposition – Florida Gulf Coast
The Eagles hold a 19-3 overall record on the year, and put their 5-0 ASUN record and nine-game win streak on the line heading into Saturday's matchup. FGCU is also ranked first in the CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25 Poll.
Scoring Leader | Rosemarie Julien (12.9 PPG) … Julien leads three others averaging double figures on the team (Chind Down – 10.4, Taylor Gradinjan – 10.2, and Nasrin Ulel – 10.0)
Rebounding Leader | Tytionia Adderly (8.7 RPG) ... Adderly is second in the league in RPG behind Kayla Gordon's 8.8 RPG
Series History with the Eagles
Jacksonville is 3-20 in the all-time series with the Eagles. Two of the Dolphins' three victories against FGCU have come in the past two seasons under the leadership of Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. Jacksonville also defeated the Eagles in the 2007-08 season. With both teams undefeated in the ASUN, Saturday's matchup is guaranteed to be another exciting meeting between the teams.
No Ceilings Podcast
Be sure to check out this week's #NoCeilings podcast as Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin speaks on why her team has had road success in ASUN play, how big the next two weeks are with two games each vs. FGCU and Stetson, two of her players getting into the "So You Want To Be a Coach" program and more.
The Dolphins continue its home-and-home series next weekend when Stetson and FGCU visit Swisher Gym. Jacksonville welcomes the Hatters on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m., and square up with the Eagles once more on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m.