THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 09, 2006
Women's Basketball goes cold on the road again in, 74-53, loss to East Tennessee State

Feb. 9, 2006

Box Score

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Sophomore forward Ashley Williams tallied a team-high 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocks, but the JU women's basketball team could not overcome another poor shooting performance on the road as the Dolphins fell to East Tennessee State, 74-53, Thursday afternoon at Memorial Arena.

JU (6-14, 3-10) shot only 26.5 percent (9-34) in the first half and went scoreless for 9:02 at the end of the first and into the second frame. ETST (13-7, 9-4) use a 21-0 run during that span to take control of the contest. The Lady Bucs out shot the Dolphins, 45-32 percent and held the advantage in rebounds (47-30) and assists (16-6).

Williams, who was the only Dolphin to finish in double-figures, finished only 4-of-14 from the floor but connected on 7-of-8 free throws. Freshman forward Kelly Ford finished with nine points, six rebounds and two steals, while freshman guard Regina Omiote added nine points. Junior center Talia Johnson made her first appearance since Nov. 19, 2005, after recovering from a knee injury.

B.J. Banjo led ETSU with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor, including a 4-for-4 effort from beyond the arc. Candice Gibson added 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Jenny Norman (13) and Michelle DeVault (12) rounded out the Lady Bucs' scoring.

Trailing 40-23 at the half, JU went scoreless for 4:10 as ETSU went on an 8-0 run to open the second half (51-23). The Lady Bucs kept the lead above 20 points for a majority of the half. JU did cut the deficit to within 16 points, 65-49, with 2:32 remaining but ETSU answered with an 11-4 run to end the game.

In the first half, JU jumped out to an early 4-2 lead after a layup by Williams before ETSU answered with an 8-0 run to lead 10-4 at the 15:34 mark. The Dolphins cut the advantage to 14-12, after a three by Omoite, but the Bucs answered with a 13-4 run to lead 27-16 at the 7:51 mark. The Dolphins used a 7-0 run to make it 27-23 (4:52), but the Bucs used a 13-0 run to end the half with a 40-23 advantage. Williams led the Dolphins with 10 points and five rebounds, while Omoite added six points on two three-pointers. Banjo (15) and Gibson (10) paced ETSU as the Bucs shot 50 percent (13-26) from the floor and 44.4 percent (4-9) from beyond the arc in the first frame.

The Dolphins continue their road swing as they travel to Kennesaw State on Saturday at 2 p.m