THURSDAY, JANUARY 05, 2006
Women's Basketball falls short in 66-60 loss to Kennesaw State

Jan. 5, 2006

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore forward Ashley Williams tallied a team-high 16 points, but a late rally by the Dolphins fell short as the JU women's basketball team dropped a 66-60 Atlantic Sun Conference contest, Thursday evening at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (3-7, 0-3) out shot the Lady Owls (43.8-34.3) but went 0-for-3 from the foul line compared to 8-of-16 by KSU. Kennesaw State (2-7, 2-2) connected on 10-of-25 three-point field goals and committed only 12 turnovers, compared to 21 by the Dolphins.

Williams extended her double-digit scoring streak to 10 games after connecting on 8-of-13 shots with four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal. Freshman guard Virginia Gregoire finished with 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals in her third consecutive start. Junior guard Nakina Alford tallied 12 points to round out the Dolphins in double figures. Senior guard Sheena Carpenter finished with eight points, 13 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals.

Danielle Bates led all scorers with 17 points, while Shavonder Clarke tallied 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Lady Owls. Dominik Mieszkowska added 11 points to round out the KSU scoring.

Trailing by 10 points with 55 seconds remaining in the contest, freshman guard Regina Omiote and Gregoire hit back-to-back three's to make it 62-58 with 30 seconds left. The Dolphins would get no closer after a pair of free throws by Ashley Johnson and Bates sealed the game.

In the first half, Kennesaw State used a 4-0 run in the final 2:04 to take a 34-30 advantage at the break. The Lady Owls jumped out to an early 7-0 lead to start the contest but the Dolphins would cut the lead to 17-16 at the 10:01 mark on a three pointer by Alford. After an 8-2 run by KSU made it 24-18 (6:24), the Dolphins used an 8-0 run to take their first advantage (26-24) with 4:43 remaining in the half. JU increased the lead to 30-27 (2:30), but a three-point play by Bates evened the contest at 30-30.

The Dolphins will return to Swisher Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. to take on East Tennessee State. The contest is the first of a scheduled doubleheader with the men's squad.