Dolphins Visit UCF in WNIT First Round

Coach Yo talking to the team at a timeout

Jacksonville (24-8) vs. Central Florida (21-10) 
WNIT - First Round
DATE: Wednesday, March 14
6:00 pm
CFE Arena - Orlando, Fla.

(Scott Bacon)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – For the second consecutive season, Jacksonville University women's basketball will visit the University of Central Florida for the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament this Wednesday, March 14. Tipoff at CFE Arena is set for 6 p.m.

JU's Last Outing
In its second ASUN Conference Tournament Final in three years – and its winningest season to date in program history – the #2 Jacksonville University women's basketball team battled but fell just short in a 68-58 decision to #1 Florida Gulf Coast, Sunday afternoon at Alico Arena.

Following the game, senior Naqaiyyah Teague and junior Jasmyn Brown were named to the ASUN All-Tournament Team. Teague finished the game with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Brown posted seven points, two rebounds, two blocks, and an assist.

Conference Honors
Kayla Gordon
 was named ASUN Defensive Player of the Year, while she and Jasmyn Brown earned a spot on the All-ASUN First and Second Teams, respectively, at the league's virtual banquet last Thursday afternoon.

Gordon leads the ASUN with 9.7 rebounds per game and 292 total rebounds, and ranks second in the league shooting 52.3 percent from the floor (138-264). She is also averaging 12.2 points per game, 1.4 steals per game, and 0.8 blocks per game.

Named to the All-ASUN Second Team, Brown ranks in the top five in the league in several categories, including third in free throw percentage (76.6) and fifth in both three-point field goals made (57) and points per game (13.7). The Haines City, Fla. native is also averaging 3.8 rebounds per game, 2.0 assists per game, and 1.4 steals per game.

Making History, 250, and More …
Jacksonville once again made history this season as its 73-53 victory over NJIT on Feb. 19 at Swisher Gym marked the 250th all-time win in the program's 18-year history.

To put it into perspective, 91 of those 250 wins have occurred in the five-year tenure that head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin has led the Dolphins.

Additionally, the Dolphins set a new single season program record with 24 wins. Last season, the Dolphins tied the previous record of 23 – set back in the 2007-08 season. Both years, JU finished 23-9 overall.

1,000-Point Club
Senior captains Brandi Buie and Kayla Gordon etched 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 eight 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.

Double Down

Senior captain Kayla Gordon has 31 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 | 11 DD

1,000 & 1,000
You could say Kayla Gordon is having a great year. On March 2, Gordon became the only Dolphin in program history to reach both 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career. Her 10 rebounds pushed her over the 1,000-career rebound threshold to continue her historic season.

Earlier in the year, Gordon became Jacksonville's all-time leading rebounder as her 14 boards at Lipscomb on Feb. 12 lifted her over former Dolphin Kat Sungy (956) with 961 rebounds.

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 – Central Florida
With a 21-10 overall record, UCF received the American Athletic Conference's automatic bid to the WNIT.

Scoring Leader | Zakiya Saunders (15.5 PPG) … Saunders and Korneila Wright (10.9 PPG) are both averaging double figures on the year
Rebounding Leader | Nyala Shuler (7.1 RPG) … Shuler, Masseny Kaba (6.3 RPG) and Saunders (6.0 RPG) are all pulling down six or more rebounds per game

Series History with the Knights
UCF holds a 12-6 lead in the all-time series, and have won the last five meetings between the teams.

Jacksonville won the first four matchups of the series, and last defeated UCF on Nov. 21, 2006 – a 61-50 decision at Swisher Gym. The last time the Dolphins left Orlando victorious was on Feb. 10, 2001 when JU defeated the Knights, 64-57.

Next Up
The winner of Wednesday's game will play the winner of the Alabama-Southern game in the second round, held March 17-20.