Late charge helps Women's Basketball hold off Kennesaw State, 66-63

Feb. 11, 2006

Box Score

KENNESAW, Ga. - Senior guard Sheena Carpenter (22) and sophomore forward Ashley Williams (20) combined for 42 points and freshman guard Regina Omoite drew a crucial charge with 11 seconds left to lead the JU women's basketball team to a 66-63 win over Kennesaw State, Saturday afternoon at the KSU Convocation Center.

JU (7-14, 4-10) has now won the second most games in program history and equaled its second-highest win total in A-Sun play since 2002-03. KSU (3-18, 2-10) was led by Shavonder Clarke, who tallied a game-high 30 points and 15 rebounds.

"It wasn't the prettiest win, but we made the big plays on offense and defense when we needed to," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "Ashley and Sheena also did a great job of pacing the offense, which allowed us to keep the lead throughout the entire second half."

Carpenter, who did not start for the first time this season, shot 9-of-12 from the floor to go with three steals. Williams tallied her eighth 20-point performance of the year after connecting on 9-of-13 shots to go with six rebounds. Freshman guard Virginia Gregoire added nine points and four rebounds, while freshman forward Kelly Ford chipped in with seven points, five rebounds and two blocked shots. JU shot 50 percent from the floor (25-50) and connected on 16-of-23 free-throws, compared to 38 percent and 13-of-20 by the Owls.

Leading 37-32 at the half, JU had its lead cut to one (37-36) after KSU opened the second frame with a 4-0 run. The Dolphins never relinquished the lead despite the Owls cutting the deficit to two on seven occasions, including four times in the final five minutes of play. With JU leading 65-63 with 25 seconds remaining, Jennifer Baker stole a crossing pass by Omoite and started a two-on-two break. Omoite recovered defensively and drew on charge on Baker to negate a layup and give JU possession with 11 seconds left. On the inbound, Omoite was fouled and hit one of two free throws to make it 66-63 with nine seconds remaining. Clarke's three-pointer fell short with three seconds left and the clock ran out to give JU the win.

In the first half, Kennesaw State jumped out to an early 10-4 lead before the Dolphins used 6-2 run, capped by a Williams jumper, to cut the deficit to 12-10 at the 13:59 mark. After both teams traded baskets, Carpenter tied the contest, 18-18, at the 11:35 mark. With KSU leading 19-18, JU took control of the lead for good in the first half after an 11-0 gave the Dolphins a 29-19 advantage with 5:35 remaining. Both teams continued to trade baskets until the Owls cut the lead to 37-32 after finishing the final 2:18 on a 7-2 run. Carpenter finished with 15 points and Williams added 13 points to lead the Dolphins. Clarke led the Owls with 13 points and seven rebounds.

The Dolphins return to the friendly confines of Swisher Gymnasium as they host cross-town rival North Florida on Monday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m.