Women's Basketball wins big in home opener, 70-55, over Savannah State

Dec. 12, 2005

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore forward Ashley Williams finished with 24 points, 19 rebounds, six steals and five blocks, while sophomore guard Nakina Alford added a season-high 22 points to lead the Dolphins to a 70-55 win over Savannah State, Monday evening to open the 2005-06 home season at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (2-4, 0-1) defeated the Lady Tigers for the second time this season after recording a season-high 13 blocks and 11 steals. Savannah State (1-8) lost its eighth consecutive contest after shooting only 29.9 percent from the floor.

"Our goal was to jump on them early and be consistent for 40 minutes and I think we accomplished that tonight," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "We still have areas to work on, but I think we are improving with each game. If we continue to grow with each contest we will be in good shape for conference play."

Williams led all players in scoring after shooting 8-of-15 from the floor. Alford posted her first 20-point performance of the year after hitting 8-of-16 shots (2-of-7 from beyond the arc) with four rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Freshman guard Virginia Gregoire added 11 points to round out the Dolphins with double-figure scoring.

JU kept at least a 12-point advantage in the second half as the Dolphins took their first 20 point lead (57-37) when Alford nailed a jumper at the 10:03 mark. The Dolphins biggest lead in the contest (68-43) came with 3:37 remaining in the contest.

In the first half, JU trailed 2-0 before using a 12-0 run to spark a 37-23 halftime advantage. Alford led the Dolphins with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field. Williams added 12 points (including an 8-for-8 effort from the free-throw line), nine rebounds, four blocks and three steals.

The Dolphins will return to Swisher Gymnasium next Monday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. to take on Central Michigan.