Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (13-2, 1-0 ASUN) looks to win their sixth game in a row, as they face Jacksonville University (7-4, 1-0 ASUN), Thursday night at 7 PM from Alico Arena.
JU averages 71.2 ppg, shoots 43.9% (302/688) from the field, and 31.3% (70/224) from beyond the arc. The Dolphins average 33.7 team rebounds per game. JU dishes out 12.9 assists, 10.9 steals, and 2.1 blocks per game. The Dolphins average 13.8 team turnovers per game.
FGCU averages 74.9 ppg, shoots 45.0% (398/885) from the field, and 34.6% (162/468) from beyond the arc. The Eagles average 32.4 team rebounds per game. FGCU dishes out 15.5 assists, 8.4 steals, and 1.9 blocks per game. The Eagles average 13.4 team turnovers per game.
3 Players To Watch For (JU):
5’8 GR G Seraphine Bastin 13.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg
-Played last four seasons at Wichita State
-Led Wichita State in assists, rebounds, and double-doubles
-Ranked second in steals and third in scoring.
-American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.
-American Athletic Conference Ambassador Award winner
5’10 R-SR G DeShari Graham 12.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg
-Averaged 9.9 ppg last season for Dolphins as a R-JR
-Appeared in 24 games with 17 starts for the Dolphins
-Logged the fifth most minutes on the team with 656 minutes
-Scored in double figures 11 times last season
6’1 R-SO G/F KayKay Hayes 11.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg
-Made 28 appearances with 18 starts for the Dolphins
-Scored the fifth most points on the team with 183 points
3 Players To Watch For (FGCU):
5’3 5th G TK Morehouse 15.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg
5’8 R-JR G Alyza Winston 14.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg
6’0 5th G Sha Carter 10.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg
FGCU and JU square off Thursday night, and both teams won their ASUN Conference openers, with FGCU defeating Liberty University at home, and Jacksonville defeating Bellarmine University at home. Head Coach Darnell Haney is in his fifth season leading the Dolphins. JU is led offensively by Seraphine Bastin, who comes to Jacksonville after spending four seasons at Wichita State, and is averaging 13.0 ppg. The Dolphins wins came against Johnson, FIU, Warner, Bethune Cookman, Presbyterian, Florida A&M, and Bellarmine. Their setbacks came against Kansas, USF, Iowa State, and Ole Miss. FGCU won both games last season vs Jacksonville, defeating the Dolphins on the road (83-64), and at home (78-55).
FGCU comes into this game, winners of their past five games, and coming off the ASUN Conference opener, where they dominated Liberty University. TK Morehouse continues to lead the Eagles offensively, and is averaging 15.1 ppg. Head Coach Karl Smesko has this team playing at a different level right now, so expect the Eagles to continue their domination of Jacksonville University.