SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2006
Women's Basketball gets first A-Sun win, 71-59, over Stetson
Jan. 21, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU (4-11, 1-7) snapped an eight-game conference losing skid after three Dolphins scored in double figures, while also holding Stetson to only 33.9 (21-62) shooting from the field. Stetson (3-12, 1-7) fell into a tie with the Dolphins for the final spot in the A-Sun tournament. The top eight teams make it to the postseason, but North Florida and Kennesaw State are not eligible due to moving up to Division I status this season, thus making it a nine-team race for the top eight spots.
"This was a great team win for us," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "It was nice to see us play to our potential and now we need to focus on continuing this momentum next week."
Williams finished with her fifth 20-point performance of the year, including her second in consecutive games, after shooting 9-of-15 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line. Senior guard Sheena Carpenter finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, while junior guard Nakina Alford rounded out JU's scoring with 12 points. Freshman forward Virginia Gregoire added nine points to help balance the Dolphin attack. Freshman guard Regina Omoite also contributed with six points, four assists and no turnovers.
Nefertiti Walker led Stetson with 22 points, five rebounds, two blocks and steal. Janene Maclin added 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
With JU leading 31-29 at the half, both squads traded leads in the early goings of the second until Stetson used a 6-0 run to take a 41-35 lead at the 14:55 mark. JU answered with an 11-5 run to tie the game, 46-46, with 11:21 remaining. The Hatters regained the lead, 54-48, with 8:24 remaining before the Dolphins made their move. JU took the lead for good after a layup by Alford gave the Dolphins a 57-56 advantage with 5:45 left. The Dolphins dominated the remainder of the contest by outscoring Stetson, 14-3, including five points by Williams.
In the first half, neither team led by more than two points in the first five minutes until JU used a 5-0 run to lead, 13-7, at the 13:33 mark. The Dolphins led by as many as seven (22-15) with 6:17 left, but Stetson clawed their way back to within 31-29 at the break.
JU will look to win back-to-back conference games for the first time since 2002-03 as the Dolphins face Belmont on Thursday, at 6:30 p.m. EST at the Curb Event Center.
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