JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Closing out the road portion of the regular season this weekend, Jacksonville University women's basketball hits the road to take on Kennesaw State Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m., then head to Nashville Monday, Feb. 12 for a matchup with Lipscomb at 7:30 pm EST.
JU's Last Outing
For the first time since 2009, the Dolphins left Stetson's Edmunds Center with a win. The Dolphins fought off a fourth-quarter rally from the Hatters and held on for a 61-54 victory Wednesday evening.
"I challenged the team to get back to our identity, which is defending at a high level. The maturity our players showed by accepting the challenge is something that makes me proud," stated Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin.
"The season is long, the season is hard, and we just have to take a look at ourselves because for the past two games, we felt like we weren't playing defense like we knew how. Tonight, we were able to do that and that's why we had success."
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 28 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 | 8 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 – Kennesaw State
The Owls enter Saturday's contest with a 7-13 overall record, and are 3-6 in the ASUN. Jacksonville previously defeated Kennesaw State 84-49 at home on Jan. 15.
Scoring Leader | Kamiyah Street (17.0 PPG) … Street leads two other Owls (Carlotta Gianolla – 10.9 PPG and Alexis Poole – 10.0 PPG) averaging double figures … Street ranks fourth in the league in PPG
Rebounding Leader | Alexis Poole (8.2 RPG) … Poole leads the team and ranks third in the league in RPG
Series History with the Owls
The Dolphins hold a 18-7 advantage in the all-time series, including victories in the last 10 meetings. Jacksonville also holds a 7-4 record at the KSU Convocation Center.
Scouting the Opposition – Lipscomb
With a 9-15 record overall and a 5-3 mark in the ASUN, the Bisons are fourth in the ASUN standings.
Scoring Leader | Loren Cagle (17.5 PPG) … Cagle also leads the ASUN in field goal attempts (364), three-point field goal attempts (175), assists (103), and assists per game (4.3)
Rebounding Leader | Loren Cagle (5.8 RPG)
Series History with the Bisons
Jacksonville is 21-10 in the all-time series against the Bisons. The Dolphins' 70-48 victory in mid-January was the third in a six-game win streak.
The Dolphins close out the regular season with a trio of home games, beginning Saturday, Feb. 17 when USC Upstate treks to Swisher.