SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2006
Women's Basketball ends skid with 57-51 win over Bethune-Cookman

Dec. 16, 2006

Box Score

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -

A 7-0 run by the Dolphins with 10:58 remaining in the game proved to be the deciding factor as the JU women's basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 57-51 win over Bethune-Cookman, Saturday afternoon at Moore Gymnasium.

JU (5-4) shot only 35 percent from the floor (22-62); including a 1-for-14 mark to start the game, but scored 12 second-chance points off of a 46-35 rebounding advantage. Bethune-Cookman (2-6) shot 38 percent (21-54) and finished with 12 steals but connected on only 9-of-18 free-throws and did not hit a three-point basket (0-5).

With the Dolphins leading (43-38) with 10:58 remaining, JU used a 7-0 run to take a game-high 12- point advantage with 8:24 left. Trailing 57-45 with 3:37 remaining, the Lady Wildcats used a 6-0 run to make it 57-51 with 1:06 left. The Dolphins held BCC scoreless to seal the game.

"I'm glad we put an end to this recent slide," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "Rebounding was the biggest factor for us, especially 21 offensive boards, and we made the shots when we needed to late in the game."

Junior forward Ashley Williams led the squad with 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire added 15 points, including 3- of-5 from three-point land, five rebounds and three steals. Freshman Crystal Grable finished with three points and six rebounds in seven minutes after missing the first eight games with knee surgery.

Natasha Ferguson led the Lady Wildcats with 16 points and four steals. Tristan McCray tallied 10 points, nine rebounds, four steals and two blocks.

In the first half, BCC opened an 8-2 lead at the 14:37 mark after JU opened the game with a 1-for- 14 effort from the floor. JU took its first lead, 12-11, after a jumper by Williams at the 9:36 mark to cap a 10-3 run.

The Wildcats answered with a 5-0 run to lead 16-12 after a jumper by Sierra McKnight but an 8-2 run by JU gave the Dolphins the lead for good, 20-18, with 5:51 left. The Dolphins outscored the Wildcats, 10-7, to end the half with a 30-25 advantage.

The Dolphins will return to Swisher Gymnasium to face Niagara on Monday at 7 p.m.