Fast start gives Women's Basketball an easy win over Bethune-Cookman, 69-40

Dec. 29, 2005

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore forward Ashley Williams (18), freshman guard Virginia Gregoire (18) and junior guard Nakina Alford (13) each scored in double-figures to lead the Dolphins to their second largest margin of victory in program history, 69-40, over Bethune-Cookman Thursday evening at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (3-5) led from start to finish as the Dolphins shot 47.0 percent from the floor (27-57), including 41.0 percent (7-17) from beyond the arc. Bethune-Cookman (2-6) dropped its fifth consecutive contest after shooting only 21.0 percent (11-52) from the field.

Williams increased her double-digit scoring streak to eight consecutive games after finishing 6-of-12 from the floor and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line, including 11 rebounds, three blocks and a steal. Gregoire finished with a season high 18 points in her first collegiate start after hitting 9-of-12 shots from the field. Alford finished with 13 points after connecting on 3-of-10 shots from beyond the arc.

JU opened the second frame with an 11-1 run to make it 46-23 with 15:03 remaining. The Dolphins backed that up with a 13-6 run to increase the lead to 56-30 with 8:56 remaining in the game.

In the first half, JU took a 35-22 halftime lead after jumping out to an early 10-0 run to open the contest. Williams led the Dolphins with 10 points while Alford added nine points on three three-pointers. Despite going 6-of-23 from the floor (.260), Bethune-Cookman remained in the contest by finishing 10-of-16 from the foul line.

JU will return to Atlantic Sun Conference action on Monday as the Dolphins face cross-town rival North Florida at UNF Arena at 7 p.m.