Dec. 1, 2006
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
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After having their four-game winning streak snapped with heartbreaking loss, the JU women's basketball team will continue Atlantic Sun Conference play against Belmont (4-2, 1-0) at the Curb Event Center on Saturday at 12 p.m. EST.
JU, will play the first game of a scheduled doubleheader with the JU men's team.
The contest can be heard live on www.judolphins.com as part of the JU SportsNetwork. Joel Lamp will handle play-by-play duties and Josh Ellis will provide color commentary for the second consecutive season.
Head coach Jill Dunn
Jill Dunn enters her third season as head coach of the Jacksonville University women's basketball program.
Prior to JU, Dunn spent three years helping Georgia State to three consecutive A-Sun Conference titles from 2001-04. Before joining Georgia State, Dunn was the top assistant coach at Miami University (Ohio), during the 2000-01 season.
Prior to her one-year stint in Miami, Dunn served as the head coach at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., from 1998-00. In her final season with the program, the Lady Catamounts posted 12 wins which was the most in 15 seasons at WCU.
Before being elevated to the head spot at Western Carolina, she was the top assistant coach during the 1997-98 campaign. Dunn's coaching career began at the University of South Carolina, where she was as an assistant coach from 1994-97.
Dunn's success began as a player at Georgia Southern, where she was a three-year starter from 1989-93. She was named to the Georgia Southern Hall of Fame on Nov. 4.
A-Will Plugs Away
Proving last season wasn't a fluke, junior forward Ashley Williams set the program record for points in a game by tallying 32 at Charleston Southern on Nov. 13.
A preseason all-conference selection, Williams made 14-of-16 shots from the floor (.875) and connected on 4-of-4 shots from the free-throw line. She also led the squad with five steals.
Williams followed that effort with a game-high 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field to go along with seven rebounds on Nov. 17 against South Carolina State.
For her efforts, she was named A-Sun "Player of the Week" for the third time in her career on Nov. 20.
On Nov. 21 against UCF, Williams racked up a game-high 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor. Then concluded the weekend with a 19 points, 11 rebound performance against Charleston Southern for her first double-double of the season and the seventh of her career.
Against Lipscomb, Williams kept her double figure streak alive with 13 points but only grabbed two rebounds due to fouls limiting her to only 19 minutes.
Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire possesses the most untapped potential and is beginning to develop into the perfect compliment to junior forward Ashley Williams.
In five games, Gregoire is second on the squad with 12.8 points and leads the team with 6.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. She is also second with eight three pointer.
Against Charleston Southern, Gregoire finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds against for her first career double-double.
Regina Getting O-fensive
Sophomore guard Regina Omoite is starting to find her range in the past week and is becoming another offensive threat for the Dolphins.
Omoite started the week with a season-high 13 points, including a 3-for-6 effort from 3-point territory, against UCF. She followed it up with a 13 point performance, including 3-for-5 from beyond the arc, against Charleston Southern on Nov. 25.
Against Lipscomb, Omoite connected on 2-of-4 from beyond the arc but went 3-for-13 from the floor to finish with nine points.
Sophomore guard DaVina Hamilton was not asked to score a lot in her first season with the program but the times are a changing.
With the graduation of Sheena Carpenter (14.0 ppg), Hamilton has been plugged into the shooting guard spot and has been told to look for her shot.
In her first start at Charleston Southern, she finished with a career-high 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, including a 3-for-3 effort from beyond the arc, in only 20 minutes of action.
Hamilton followed that effort with 12 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals against South Carolina State on Nov. 17.
Despite going without a point against UCF, Hamilton bounced back with 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals against Charleston Southern.
The Dolphins are 1-1 on the season when she does not register at least 10 points in a contest.
Injuries Still Nagging
No matter what the year, it seems that injuries are the center of attention for the JU women's basketball program.
Last season, sophomore guard Crystal Ayers missed the entire season due to surgery on her right knee after transferring from Okaloosa-Walton Junior College.
Ayers has returned for her first season but freshman forward Crystal Grable will be sidelined indefinitely after knee surgery. In two preseason games, Grable averaged 6.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest.
Ford Chooses to Retire
More bad luck has struck the Dolphins this season as sophomore forward Kelly Ford chose to retire after suffering her third concussion in a year, the latest coming in preseason practice.
A local native from University High School, Ford provided the blue collar effort under the basket as JU reached the A-Sun Tournament for the first time since 2001. Ford averaged 3.9 points and 3.6 rebounds after appearing in all 28 games, including 19 starts as a true freshman.
Although her decision ends her playing career, she will stay with the squad as a student assistant on the sidelines.