Women's Basketball's streak ends with 64-61 loss to Lipscomb

Nov. 30, 2006

Box Score

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mistakes and foul trouble finally caught up with the JU women's basketball team as the Dolphins held the lead until the final six minutes of the contest in a 64-61 loss to Lipscomb, Thursday evening in the Atlantic Sun Conference opener at Allen Arena.

JU (4-1, 0-1) had its four-game winning streak snapped as the Dolphins shot 36 percent in the contest (24-66) and could not take full advantage of 30 turnovers and a 16-of-30 shooting effort at the free-throw line by the Lady Bisons.

Lipscomb (3-4, 1-0) erased two double-digit deficits, one coming in each half, as the squad shot 46 percent (22-47) from the floor and dominated the boards by a 46-30 margin.

Trailing by a game-high 11 point deficit (49-38), Lipscomb used a 16-4 run to take its first lead of the game (54-53) after a layup by Mariam McAlister with 5:35 remaining in the contest. JU used a 4-0 run to rapture the lead, 57-55, after a layup by freshman guard Regina Omoite with 3:41 left but a 5-0 run by the Lady Bisons gave them the lead for good (60-57) with 1:48 remaining.

The Dolphins cut the margin to two on two occasions in the final minute but five consecutive points by McAlister and a missed free throw with 18 seconds left by the Dolphins sealed the game for Lipscomb.

"We dodged a lot of mistakes to start the season but they finally caught up with us tonight," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "We could not put them away when we had the opportunity and now we have to get ready for a tough Belmont squad on Saturday."

Freshman forward Danielle Gray had a career night by scoring a game-high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor before fouling out with six minutes left in the contest. Junior forward Ashley Williams, who played only 19 minutes due to foul trouble, finished with 13 points and only two rebounds. Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire tallied 10 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals.

McAlister scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds in her first action of the season after sitting out the first month with a concussion. Rachel Davis finished with 12 points Catie Woods added 11 points to round out the Lady Bison scoring.

In the first half, JU jumped out to an early 7-0 lead at the 17:08 mark after a fast-break layup by Gregoire. The Dolphins held the Lady Bisons without a field goal until the 12:22 mark as JU increased the lead to 14-5 with 9:49 left after a layup by Gray.

After some early foul trouble for Omoite and Williams, Lipscomb cut the deficit to 18-14 at the 7:33 mark after a pair of free throws by McAlister. The Dolphins answered with a 6-0 run to make it a 24-14 advantage with 5:47 left but the Lady Bisons followed that with a 10-0 run to make it 24-24 with 2:48 remaining in the half. JU ended the half with a 5-1 run, with all points coming from Gray, as the Dolphins went into the break with a 29-24 advantage.

The Dolphins will complete their weekend road trip against Belmont at the Curb Event Center on Saturday at 12 p.m. EST. The contest can be heard live on as part of the JU Sports Network.