Fresh off a conference-opening two-game road trip sweep, the Stetson women's basketball team will put their overall and home court winning streaks on the line as they host North Florida Saturday and Jacksonville Monday at the Edmunds Center.
Stetson (9-4, 2-0 A-Sun) closed out 2012 with a convincing 74-41 win at Mercer on Monday. The storyline was much different on Wednesday as the Hatters had to rally from 12 points down in the final 11 minutes to defeat Kennesaw State 57-52.
Senior Victoria McGowan scored a career-high 33 points against the Owls, tying for the highest point-total by a Hatter in a road game in school history.
Prior to Wednesday, the Hatters had not been accustomed to playing tight games down the stretch this season. None of Stetson's previous eight wins had come by fewer than 12 points, and no game since the season opener vs. Hofstra featured a lead-change of any sort in the final 10 minutes.
A cold shooting night against the Owls, however, meant the Hatters had to rely on other areas of their game to come away with the victory.
"We’ve been harping on our rebounding and harping on our defense," head coach Lynn Bria said after the game. "When you don’t shoot the ball well, you have to play defense and you have to rebound. We need to be more consistent in those two areas. I think it’s good to have a game like this, where our shooting went away and to have some adversity. I think it makes you tougher; it makes you better as a team."
UNF and Jacksonville both enter the weekend 2-0 in the conference after posting home victories over Lipscomb and Northern Kentucky earlier in the week. The Ospreys (6-7 overall) have won three straight and four of their last five overall. They are led by senior Jadhken Kerr (8.3 ppg/6.1 rpg). Saturday's tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The Dolphins (6-7) will travel to FGCU on Saturday before heading back to DeLand for Monday's 3 p.m. matinee. Last year in DeLand the two teams played a thrilling double overtime game that Stetson won 93-86. JU is led by senior Tracie Sneed (11.8 ppg/5.8 rpg).
The Hatters, meanwhile, will be looking to extend their five game overall winning streak and their 10-game home court winning streak. Dating back to 2011 Stetson is 22-1 in its last 23 games played at the Edmunds Center.
The Hatters continue to lead the Atlantic Sun in scoring (68.5 ppg), field goal percentage (.436), three-point field percentage (.352), and free throw percentage (.762). McGowan leads the league in scoring (18.4 ppg) and field goal percentage (.528).
Video broadcasts for both games can be seen for free on HatterVision. Bill Topping and Dee Romine will have the call. Audio broadcasts for both games can be heard on WSBB 1490 AM DeLand, 1230 AM New Smyrna Beach, and on the web at myam1230.com.
Fans can also get live in-game updates via live stats at GoHatters.com, the Stetson women's basketball twitter account (@StetsonWBB), or by subscribing to the Hat-Alerts text messaging service.
Tickets are available at the door or by calling the ticket office at (386) 822-8110.