Women's Basketball defeats Gardner-Webb, 62-47

Jan. 4, 2007

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU women's basketball team got their first Atlantic Sun Conference win thanks to a 12-0 run to start the second half which propelled the Dolphins to a 62-47 win over Gardner-Webb, Thursday evening at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

JU (7-6, 1-2), which scored 24 points off of 27 Bulldogs' turnovers, increased its home record to a program-best 4-1 mark (including a 2-0 record at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena).

Gardner-Webb (3-10, 0-2) held a 41-33 rebounding advantage (17 offensive boards) but could not capitalize after shooting 32 percent from the floor (17-53), including a 25 percent effort in the second half (7-28).

Leading 32-26 at the break, JU jumped out to a game-high 18-point lead (44-26) after opening the second half on a 12-0 run. GWU finally ended the drought with a jumper by Shameka Smith at the 16:34 mark.

The Dolphins would cool off, scoring only seven points in the next nine minutes, as the Bulldogs cut the lead to 51-40 after a jumper by Brittany Harmon with 7:40 remaining. The damage proved to be too much to overcome for GWU as both teams went scoreless over the next three minutes.

The Bulldogs made it 54-44 after a jumper by Margaret Roundtree with 2:11 left but JU would outscore GWU, 8-3, to end the contest.

"It was not a pretty start but we put everything together when we came out in the second half and we got out first conference win," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "It was good to see us hitting on all cylinders again and we showed flashes of what we are capable of doing. We need to work on our consistency and take better care of the ball as we head full on into our A-Sun schedule."

Williams, who finished with a game-high 18 points, 14 rebounds and four steals, tallied her eighth-career double-double and scored in double figures for the first time in two games. Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire added 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Freshman center Danielle Gray tallied 13 points, six rebounds and three steals.

Brittany Boyce led the Bulldogs with 10 points while Harmon led GWU with 10 rebounds in the contest.

In the first half, both teams went back and forth through the first nine minutes until a 4-0 run gave the Dolphins a 15-12 lead at the 10:35 mark. JU pushed the lead to 26-17 with 5:23 left after a 6-0 run, which was capped by a fast break layup by Gregoire.

GWU crept back to a 27-24 margin with a 7-1 run but a buzzer beating three-pointer by sophomore Regina Omoite and a low-post jumper by Williams gave the Dolphins a 32-26 lead at the break.

The Dolphins will return to Swisher Gymnasium to face Campbell on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m.