HU can further increase its national recognition by how it fares in this week’s Paradise Jam, a round-robin event that runs for three days at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas.
The Lady Pirates, off to their best start as a Division I team, will play South Carolina on Thursday, DePaul on Friday and Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday. All three games are at 1:15 p.m. in the Reef Division.
HU senior forward Keiara Avant, coming off a 24-point, 11-rebound game in Sunday’s 87-35 romp past Chicago State, has recorded a double-double in every game this season.
South Carolina (4-0), coached by Virginia Cavaliers and Olympic great Dawn Staley, and DePaul are receiving votes below the USA Today Top 25. Florida Gulf Coast (2-1) is ranked No. 7 in CollegeInsider.com’s Mid-Major Top 25 — one step above HU.