The JU Womens Basketball team tipped-off against USC-Aiken in an exhibition game this past Saturday at the Swisher Gym. In the first half of the game, JU jumped out on the Pacers fast going on an early 8-1 run. The Lady Fins had to fend off a late push before half to take a 32-20 lead into halftime. The Dolphins, who were led by three players who scored 10 points apiece, played strong early in the second half. The problem occurred within the last 4 minutes of the game when the Pacers took their first lead of the game with a score of 58-55. JU, who lead for most of the game, could not hold off the surging Pacers at the end of the game.
The Dolphins wound up losing 67-64 to the #17 ranked Pacers out of Division II. Once Aiken took a serious grasp of the lead with 1:21 left on the clock, they didn’t look back. USC Aiken held off JU late to hold on for a victory.
“We did show some good signs today,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “We controlled the game for 37 minutes, but I didn’t particularly like how we handled things in the end. I did like how we were able to attack some weaknesses of a very good team. The point of exhibitions is to improve and we will work on doing that before our opener next week.”
Despite the tough loss this season bodes to be pretty promising for the Lady Fins. They return 10 players from last seasons team that logged 15 wins, and reached the Atlantic Sun title game. The guard position is expected to be loaded this year for the Dolphins. Seniors Crystal bell, who hit double digits 13 times last year and Jessica George who had a breakout game in tournament play last season are expected to lead the way in the backcourt.
Junior Maggie Wilson and sophomore Ronisha Mitchell are also expected to carry a major load come the start of regular season play. The Lady Fins seem fired up about getting this season underway.
“Our attitude for this season is to be positive and take small steps to achieve our main goal for the season which is to win a ring,” said Wilson.
JU opens the regular season and their quest for a championship on Friday November 11 at 6 p.m. in Miami, Florida vs Florida International University.