THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2006
Women's Basketball dismantles Lipscomb, 78-46

Feb. 23, 2006

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore forward Ashley Williams set a new program record for single-season points and tallied her sixth double-double of the season, 21 points and 12 rebounds, to lead the JU women's basketball team to a 78-46 win over Lipscomb Thursday evening at Swisher Gymnasium. The Dolphins last 32-point victory was a 76-44 win over Savannah State on Dec. 19, 2001.

JU (9-15, 6-11), which moved into seventh place in the A-Sun standings, shot a blistering 62 percent from the floor (31-50). Lipscomb (6-18, 5-12) was held to only 27.4 percent from the floor (17-62). With another win, the Dolphins will have reached the double digits in the win column for only the second time in program history (13 - 2000-01).

"I am excited about how we performed on each side of the floor tonight," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "This was another step we had to make and we are peaking at the right time of the season."

Williams, who now has 408 points on the year, surpassed Yolisha Jackson (399) with a jumper to open the second half. She finished 9-of-13 from the floor to go along with three blocks and two steals. Senior guard Sheena Carpenter tallied 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting and a 4-of-5 effort from the line. Junior guard Nakina Alford added 11 points, three assists and two steals.

Leading 40-26 at the break, JU never missed a beat in the second frame as they pushed the margin to 56-32 at the 15:11 mark. Lipscomb cut the deficit to 58-38 with 11:27 left as the Dolphins began to run the clock and stick to their half-court offense but JU would never hold a lead lower than 25 points for the remainder of the contest.

In the first half, JU dominated the period in every category as the Dolphins jumped out to an early 12-6 lead at the 13:20 mark. The Dolphins used a 12-2 run to lead by a game-high 16 points (24-8) with 8:45 remaining. Lipscomb cut it to 27-17 with a 9-3 run at the 5:43 mark but JU answered with a 5-0 run to keep the lead above double digits at the half (40-26).

The Dolphins return to Swisher Gymnasium to host Belmont on Saturday at 1 p.m. for Senior Day. The game will be the first of a schedule double-header with the men's squad, who will host Florida Atlantic. Senior guard Sheena Carpenter will be honored for her contributions to the program.