SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2006
Women's Hoops makes it three straight at home with 65-53 win over Gardner-Webb

Feb. 4, 2006

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore forward Ashley Williams tallied a game-high 22 points, including 14 in the second half, to lead the JU women's basketball team to a 65-53 win over Gardner-Webb, Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium. The win gave the Dolphins their first three-game winning streak at home since 2002-03 and gave JU sole possession of the eighth and final spot in the Atlantic Sun Tournament.

JU (6-13, 3-9) committed only 15 turnovers and scored 27 points off Gardner-Webb's 29 turnovers. Gardner-Webb (8-12, 7-6) was led by Shameka Smith's 15 points and 11 rebounds.

"This was another great win for us, and once again, it was due to our defense," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "It's nice to win back to back games for the first time in a while and now we just need to keep things rolling."

Williams tallied more than 20 points for the seventh time this season after shooting 7-of-10 from the field and an 8-of-8 effort from the free-throw line. Freshman guard DaVina Hamilton tallied a season-high 11 points and two steals. Freshman guard Virginia Gregoire grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds to go with seven points. Freshman guard Regina Omoite finished with nine points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals, while junior guard Nakina Alford added five points, four assists and three steals.

With the game tied at the half, JU opened the second frame with a 5-0 run to lead 34-29 at the 17:29 mark. The Dolphins would never relinquish the lead as the Bulldogs cut the deficit to one on two occasions, the last being at 36-35 with 15:48 remaining. The Dolphins answered with a 12-2 run to lead 48-37 at the 10:05 mark. The Dolphins would lead by as many as 18, 61-43, after a pair of free-throws by Williams with 4:52 remaining.

In the first half, both team changed leads 13 times as JU held a three point advantage on two occasions. Trailing by two with 55 seconds left, Hamilton hit a pair of free throws to even the contest at 29 at the break

JU will return to Atlantic Sun Conference action on Thursday as the Dolphins travel to East Tennessee State on Thursday at 4:45 p.m. EST.