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The North Carolina Central University women’s basketball team will play Jacksonville University for the first time in program history when the Eagles make the trip to Florida to play the Dolphins on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
GAME NOTES: NCCU vs. Jacksonville (PDF)
Monday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m.
NC Central at Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Fla. (Swisher Gymnasium)
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The Eagles are still searching for their first road win of the season after slipping to Campbell University, 74-61, on Tuesday. NC Central (3-5 Overall) will be playing its fourth consecutive road game on Monday as part of a season-long, nine-game road swing that includes only road contests in the month of December.
A trio of Eagles are averaging over 10 points per game. Senior guard Kimeira Burks paces the group with 14.5 points per game, including a team-best 22 made 3-pointers in eight contests (2.8 3PT/GM). Freshman guard Kyla Bryant has scored in double digits a team-best five times for an average of 12.5 points per game. Junior forward Morgan Callahan is nearly averaging a double-double with 11.1 points per game and a team-best 9.1 rebounds per tilt.
Eight players are averaging at least one steal per game for an NCCU squad that ranks third nationally with 25.38 forced turnovers per game and sixth nationally with 13.1 steals per game. Bryant and junior Janiah Jones headline that group as they each average over two thefts per contest.
The Eagles average 67.4 points per game, which leads the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, including a league-leading 19 free throw attempts per game. However, NCCU has the second worst free throw shooting percentage in the nation at 56.6 percent.
The Dolphins are coming off a 99-73 road loss to 20th-ranked Florida State University on Thursday. Jacksonville (3-5 Overall) has the exact same record as NCCU, including matching a 3-0 record at home and 0-5 ledger on the road.
Junior guard Edyn Battle, a transfer from Miami (Ohio) University, leads the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN) and ranks 27th nationally with 20.2 points per game. Battle also averages 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 45.9 percent from the field and making a team-best 29 free throws in eight games.
Freshman Saniyah Craig (12.4 PPG) is the only other player averaging over 10 points per game for the Dolphins, while leading JU with averages of 7.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game.