Women's Basketball handles Flagler College, 76-47, in exhibition opener

Nov. 2, 2006


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Junior forward Ashley Williams picked up where she left off last season by tallying a game-high 30 points and 10 rebounds to lead the JU women's basketball team to an easy 76-47 win over Flagler College, Thursday evening in JU's exhibition opener at Swisher Gymnasium.

Williams, who earned Preseason all-Atlantic Sun Conference honors, shot 13-of-16 from the floor while also tallying four steals and three blocked shots in 29 minutes of work. Sophomore guard DaVina Hamilton rounded out the Dolphins with double-figures by finishing with 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field (2-of-4 from beyond the arc). Freshman forward Crystal Grable added nine points and seven rebounds in her collegiate debut while sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire finished with eight points, eight assists and seven rebounds. The Dolphins won the rebounding battle by a small margin (43-41) but forced the Saints into 28 turnovers while tallying 14 steals.

"I'm glad to start things off with a win, but we still have a lot of work to do," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "We need to do a better job on the boards and try to get consistent scoring throughout the course of the game. There is always going to be mistakes made in the first game but we need to make sure we improve each time we come out."

JU held a 9-7 advantage at the 16:42 mark of the first half before using a 17-4 run to take a 26-11 lead with 11:48 remaining. Williams' jumper in the paint capped off a 10-0 run for the Dolphins to make it 36-14 with 6:33 left in the half. Freshman guard Courtney Jackson's lay-up with 4:42 left topped off an 8-3 run to give the Dolphins their biggest lead of the period, 44-17, before going into the half with a 50-27 advantage.

The Dolphins shot 67.7 percent from the floor in the first period (21-31) and held a 15-5 advantage in assists over the Saints. Flagler managed to shoot only 37.9 percent (11-29) and lost the turnover battle by a 15-9 margin.

In the second frame, the Dolphins opened with a 7-1 run in the first five minutes to lead 57-28 after another jumper in the paint by Williams. The Saints answered with a 14-4 run, capped by a three-pointer by Elizabeth Tuzzolo, to make it 61-42 with 8:21 remaining in the game. JU made its last run (15-0) to lead by a game-high 34 points (76-42) with 2:09 left in the contest. The Dolphins shot only 29.3 percent from the field in the second half (12-41) while dishing out only five assists and finishing with 11 turnovers.

Jamie Allenbaugh finished with 14 points and nine rebounds to represent the only Saint with double-figure scoring. Brittany Garmon added a game-high 10 rebounds, nine points and a game-high six steals.

The Dolphins will conclude their exhibition season at Swisher Gymnasium against Valdosta State on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.