Women's Hoops travels to East Tennessee State on Thursday

Feb. 8, 2006


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After winning two games at home, including their first three-game home winning streak since 2002-03, the Dolphins women's basketball team (6-13, 3-9 A-Sun) returns to the road this week to face East Tennessee Sate (12-7, 8-4) and Kennesaw State. The Dolphins begin the week against ETSU on Thursday at 4:45 p.m. EST before concluding the weekend at Kennesaw State on Saturday at 2 p.m. JU will be in search of its first three-game winning streak since 2000-01.

Head coach Jill Dunn

Jill Dunn enters her second season as head coach of the Jacksonville University women's basketball program after leading JU to its most overall and conference wins in three seasons, despite the loss of their top two post players. No stranger to the Atlantic Sun Conference, Dunn spent the previous three years helping Georgia State to three consecutive A-Sun Conference titles from 2001-04. Before joining Georgia State, Dunn was the top assistant coach at Miami University (Ohio), during the 2000-01 season.

Prior to her one-year stint in Miami, Dunn served as the head coach at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., from 1998-00. In her final season with the program, the Lady Catamounts posted 12 wins which was the most in 15 seasons at WCU and the most ever by a second-year head coach in the Southern Conference.

Before being elevated to the head spot at Western Carolina, she was the top assistant coach during the 1997-98 campaign. Dunn's coaching career began at the University of South Carolina, where she was as an assistant coach from 1994-97.

Dunn's success began as a player at Georgia Southern, where she was a three-year starter from 1989-93. She earned Second-Team All-Southern Conference honors and led the Lady Eagles to the SoCon Tournament championship game and a berth in the NCAA Tournament as a senior.

A look at the latest action

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, on Feb. 4 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 committed only 15 turnovers and scored 27 points off Gardner-Webb's 29 turnovers. Gardner-Webb was led by Shameka Smith's 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Dolphin notables

Against Campbell, JU had four players score in double-figures for the first time this season sophomore forward Ashley Williams finished 6-of-15 from the floor and recorded two steals. Senior guard Sheena Carpenter added 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a career-high four steals. Junior guard Nakina Alford racked up 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor, including a 2-of-3 effort from beyond the arc. Freshman forward Virginia Gregoire tallied 10 points and eight rebounds and freshman guard DaVina Hamilton also added six points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Against Gardner-Webb, the Dolphins connected on a program-record 29 free-throws and forced 29 Bulldog turnovers. 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. Hamilton tallied a season-high 11 points and two steals. 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 Alford added five points, four assists and three steals.

A-Sun recognition

Sophomore forward Ashley Williams was named Atlantic Sun Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week after leading the Dolphins to a pair of wins last week and the program's first three-game home winning streak since 2002-03. Williams becomes the first Dolphin to receive the A-Sun weekly honor since forward Yolisha Jackson on Feb. 22, 2002.

Against Campbell, Williams finished with a team-high 15 points and tied the program record with six blocked shots to lead the Dolphins to a 63-55 win over the Camels. She shot 6-of-15 from the field and also tallied three rebounds and two steals in 38 minutes.

Against Gardner-Webb, she continued her stellar play with a game-high 22 points, four rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots to lead the squad to a 65-53 win over the Bulldogs. With the contest tied at the half, Williams scored 14 points in the second frame to seal the win. She finished 7-of-10 from the floor and also a perfect 8-of-8 effort from the free-throw line.

For the week, Williams averaged 18.5 points, 4.0 blocks, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals, while also shooting 52 percent from the floor (13-25) and a perfect 11-of-11 from the free-throw line. She has now scored 20 points or more on seven occasions this year and also leads the squad with five double-doubles.

In the A-Sun standings, Williams ranks fifth in scoring (17.1 ppg), second in blocked shots (2.42) and free-throw percentage (.875) and third in field-goal percentage (.531).

Williams tied a program record with 27 points (12-of-14 from the floor), nine rebounds, four steals and blocked shot in a 98-60 loss to USF on Nov. 23. Williams accounted for nearly half of the Dolphins' offense as she continually scored in the low post against taller defenders, including a game-high 13 points at the half.

Williams also tied the program record with 19 rebounds (Kat Sungy) against Savannah State on Dec. 12.

Sheena's back

Senior guard Sheena Carpenter has come alive in 2005-06 after adjusting to a new squad and a different offensive strategy. She has began to heat up at the end of the season by finishing with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a career-high four steals against Campbell on Thursday.

She followed that effort up with nine points, six rebounds and two steals in a win against Gardner-Webb on Saturday.

In the A-Sun, Capenter ranks seventh in points (17.3 ppg). In the JU career record books, she recently moved into second place with 188 assists. She needs three more to surpass Lexie Richards (1999-04) as the all-time leader. She is also third in rebounds (367) and freethrowsmade (191) and fourth in points (775) and steals (70). Carpenter also needs eight points to surpass Richards for third on the all-time list.