MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2006
Women's Basketball gets crucial win, 56-51, over North Florida

Feb. 20, 2006

Final Stats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Freshman Regina Omoite tallied a game-high 15 points, including four free throws in the final 22 seconds, to lead the Dolphins to a 56-51 win over cross-town rival North Florida, Monday evening at Swisher Gymnasium. The contest also marked the first televised women's basketball game in Swisher Gymnasium history.

JU (8-15, 5-11) moves into a tie for seventh place with Stetson and Lipscomb in the A-Sun Tournament standings with four games remaining. UNF (9-14, 7-9) held the lead on only one occasion (33-32) in the contest.

"This game was important for us for a lot of reasons," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "Not only did we get a huge conference win but we defeated our cross-town rival in a televised game. Our players stepped up when the spotlight was on them and now we need to carry this momentum into our final four games."

Senior guard Sheena Carpenter finished with 12 points, five rebounds and two steals to go along with a season-low zero turnovers. Sophomore forward Ashley Williams finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and two steals, while junior guard Nakina Alford and freshman forward Kelly Ford each added eight points.

Trailing 30-24 at the half, UNF opened with a 9-2 run to take its only lead of the contest, 33-32, at the 15:56 mark. Both teams went scoreless for the next two minutes until Carpenter hit a jumper to put the Dolphins up for good at the 12:55 mark. The Dolphins went on an 11-3 run to make it 45-36 with 9:05 left but the Lady Ospreys answered with a 13-7 run to cut the deficit to 52-49 with 2:16 remaining. Both teams went scoreless for another two minutes until Omoite hit a pair of free-throws with 22 seconds left to make it 54-49. After a pair of free-throws by Tamara Hubbard, Omoite hit two more free throws to seal the game with five seconds left.

In the first half, JU jumped out to an early 9-2 lead at the 14:54 mark and led by as many as nine points (10:51) before North Florida cut the deficit to 14-12 with a 7-0 run with 9:00 remaining. The Dolphins pushed the lead back up to 23-14 at the 6:07 mark after a 9-0 run, capped by three-pointer by Alford. JU made it 28-18 after a layup by junior center Talia Johnson, forcing the Lady Ospreys to call timeout with 2:52 remaining. UNF answered with a 6-0 run to make it 28-24 with 1:13 remaining but a jumper by Carpenter with two seconds left ended the half at 30-24.

The Dolphins return to Swisher Gymnasium on Thursday at 7 p.m. to take on Lipscomb in key game to determine the final two spots in the A-Sun Tournament.