Women's Basketball faces USF on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Dec. 19, 2006

TAMPA, Fla. -

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After a four-game losing streak to end a season-long five-game road trip, the JU women's basketball team will return to the road to face USF at the Sun Dome on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.

Despite the loss to Niagara on Dec. 18, JU set a new standard for steals by tallying a program-record 17 against the Purple Eagles. Among the culprits were a career-high six steals by sophomore guard Regina Omoite, which ranks second in the single-game record books. The previous record of 16 steals was set on two occasions.

Grable is Able
Freshman forward Crystal Grable made her collegiate debut against Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 16 after missing the first eight games of the season. Grable, who sat out to recover from knee surgery, made her presence felt in the middle by tallying three points and six rebounds in only seven minutes of action. In two games, Grable is averaging 3.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. She logged a season-high 16 minutes against Niagara.

A Familiar Face Returns
After sitting out the final few weeks of the 2005-06 season and the first half of this year due to personal reasons, senior guard Nakina Alford has returned to the Dolphin lineup. One of the top outside threats for the Dolphins, Alford finished last season ranked third on the squad with 7.9 points per contest. She also led the squad with 39 three-point baskets and a 33.3 percent clip from beyond the arc. She made her first appearance against Niagara on Dec. 16.

Dolphin Notables
Sophomore Regina Omoite tallied a career-high seven assists and six steals against Niagara. JU leads the Atlantic Sun Conference in scoring (67.6 ppg), scoring margin (+2.6), field-goal percentage (.412), 3-point field goal percentage (.351) and turnover margin (+2.33).

JU started the season off on a good note by winning its first four games of the season. The feat was the best start by the Dolphins in program history and marked the first four-game winning streak since 2001. The Dolphins are also 3-0 at Swisher Gymnasium to start the year, which is also the best start in program history. The longest winning streak at home for JU is six games (2000-01, 2005-06). JU snapped its four-game losing streak on Dec. 16, which was the longest losing streak since a six-game slide in 2005-06. The longest losing streak in the Jill Dunn era was eight during her first season with the program (2004-05).