Senior Delia De La Torre and the Eagles open A-Sun Conference with a road game against A-Sun Preseason favorite, Jacksonville.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The FGCU women's basketball team will begin Atlantic Sun Conference play and also try to win their third consecutive game when they take on the Jacksonville Dolphins on Saturday Jan. 5 at 1 p.m.
FGCU is coming off a pair of wins over Texas Pan American and Memphis at the FGCU Holiday Classic. Over their last two games the Eagles are holding their opponents to 33.3 percent (32-of-96) shooting from the field while forcing them into 19.5 turnovers per game. Sophomore Adrianne McNally (Howell, Mich.) has led the Eagles over the last couple contests, averaging 19.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and one steal. She also shot 59.1 percent (13-of-22) from the field, 60 percent (6-of-10) from long-distance and was perfect from the free throw line (7-of-7). Her performances powered the Eagles to the championship trophy at the FGCU Holiday Classic and also earned her MVP and A-Sun Player of the Week honors.
News & Notes on Jacksonville:
- JU and FGCU will be facing each other for the first time
- With a 10-3 record, JU is off to its best start since the program began in 1999-00. The previous best start was a 7-6 mark last season.
- The Dolphins increased their program-best home winning streak to 15 games with a 56-48 win over Coastal Carolina on Dec. 8. The streak is the third longest active streak in the nation.
- JU finished the 2007 calender year undefeated at home (14-0). The Dolphins are also 3-0 at Veterans Memorial Arena since opening with two contests at the venue last season.
- Senior forward Ashley Williams moved into first place on the JU all-time scoring list with 11 points against South Carolina State on Dec. 29. Williams, who is now at 1,186 points in her career, surpassed Kat Sungy (1,183) who played from 1999-03.
Last Game: JU vs. SC State (W, 61-58) - Dec. 29
Senior forward Ashley Williams made history and the Dolphins increased their winning streak to four games as the JU women’s basketball team held off South Carolina State, 61-58, Saturday afternoon at the Smith-Hammond-Middelton Memorial Center.
JU (10-3), which is off to its best start in program history, once again won the turnover battle (17-23) and recorded 10 steals in a game for the 10th time this season. The Dolphins did not hit a three-point basket (0-13) for the fi rst time this season.
Williams finished with 11 points and five rebounds as she battled foul trouble for most of the game. Her basket with 10:55 remaining in the second half placed her first on the JU all-time scoring list with 1,186 points. She surpasses Kat Sungy who scored 1,183 points from 1999-03.