Turnovers haunt Women's Basketball in 62-59 loss to Florida Atlantic

Feb. 16, 2006

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore forward Ashley Williams finished with a game-high 19 points but 27 turnovers led to 24 points for the Owls as the Dolphins fell to Florida Atlantic, 62-59, Thursday evening at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (7-15, 4-11) shot 37 percent (19-51) from the floor and held an 18-2 advantage in fast-break points. FAU (13-9, 12-3) held a 47-39 rebounding advantage and was led by Amanda Bulin's 15 points.

Williams finished 6-of-11 from the floor and 7-of-9 from the free-throw line to go with nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Freshman guard DaVina Hamilton tallied 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including a 2-of-3 effort from beyond the arc. Freshman Virginia Gregoire added nine points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three assists.

In a contest which featured nine ties and 18 lead changes, the Dolphins led by as many as four points (45-41) with 10:02 remaining. FAU answered with a 10-0 run to lead 51-45 with 6:31 left. The Dolphins used a 6-0 run to tie the game (51-51) with 4:46 remaining after a break-away layup by freshman guard Regina Omoite. The Owls pushed the lead back to four (58-54) at the 2:25 mark before JU answered with a 5-0 run to take a 59-58 lead with 1:26 left. After a jump hook by Bulin put the Owls up 60-59 with 1:08 left, Williams attempted a shot against two defenders and the ball was knocked away. In the next possession, Hamilton stole the ball and the Dolphins called timeout with 20 seconds remaining. With 11 seconds left, Gregoire drove the lane and was bumped by two defenders as the ball was grabbed by the Owls. Missy Glazer hit two free throws and senior guard Sheena Carpenter's three-point attempt was blocked with five seconds on the clock.

In the first half, FAU jumped out to an early 9-2 lead at the 16:42 mark of the first half. JU answered with a 9-0 run to take an 11-9 lead with 12:28 remaining. Both teams traded buckets for the next seven minutes until the Owls took a 25-20 lead with 4:45 left. JU answered with a 7-1 run to make it 27-26 after a jumper by Gregoire with 2:49 remaining. JU took a 30-29 lead with 42 seconds left after a jumper by Williams, but a single free-throw by Demina Hamilton with 30 seconds left made it a 30-30 contest at the break.

The Dolphins will return to Swisher Gymnasium to face cross-town rival North Florida on Monday at 7 p.m.