Women's Basketball hosts UNF on Saturday at 2 p.m. for SunTrust RiverCity Rumble

Jan. 12, 2007


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After tallying its third consecutive win on Jan. 6, the JU women's basketball team (8-6, 2-2) will gear up to host cross-town rival North Florida (3-11, 2-2) for the SunTrust River City Rumble on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Paving her own way
Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire possesses the most untapped potential and is beginning to develop into one of the most dynamic players in the A-Sun Conference.
In 14 games, Gregoire is second on the squad with 13.9 points and leads the Dolphins with 4.0 assists per game and 27 steals. She also leads the squad with 29 three pointers and is second with an average of 5.7 rebounds per game.
In the conference, she is third in scoring and assists and fourth in three-pointers made.
Gregoire tallied her first double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) against Charleston Southern on Nov. 25. She came close to the program's first triple- double (17 points, nine rebounds, eight assists) against Campbell on Jan. 6.

A nose for the line
Freshman center Danielle Gray is averaging 6.6 points per contest in her first season. The interesting point to look at from the stats is the fact she has only attempted 75 shots in 14 games and is shooting 39 percent from the floor.
So where is the extra offense coming from? How about the free-throw line, where she leads the squad with 60 attempts and is second with 34 made free throws this season.
Gray set a season-high by going 10-of-14 from the charity stripe against Florida A&M on Dec. 30. She has attempted at least five free throws in five games this season.

Bouncing back
Since being named A-Sun "Player of the Week" on Nov. 20, junior forward Ashley Williams has become a target for opposing defenses.
In her first four games, Williams averaged 22.3 points per contest and was shooting 63.8 percent from the floor (37-58).
In her next eight contests, Williams averaged 12.4 points and shot 42 percent from the field (42-100). She finished below 10 points in two consecutive games for the first time in her career.
In her last two games, the Dolphins are doing a better job of getting her more touches and she apparently found her grove again.
Against Gardner-Webb she finished with a game-high 18 points and 14 rebounds to record the eighth double-double of the her career. She followed up that effort with 15 points against Campbell.

Dolphin Notables
Against Campbell, the Dolphins finished with less than 10 turnovers (nine) for the first time since 2002. The squad also shot 40 percent from the floor in back-to-back games for the first time since Belmont (12/2) and Georgia Tech (12/10). The Dolphins currently hold the longest winning streak (three) in the A-Sun. JU leads the conference in scoring margin (+2.4), field-goal percentage (.390), 3- point field goal percentage (.354), steals (11.29 spg) and turnover margin (+3.86).

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. The previous record of 16 steals was set on two occasions.
Among the culprits were a career-high six steals by sophomore guard Regina Omoite, which ranks second in the single-game record books.
The Dolphins, which has 158 steals, currently leads the A-Sun with an average of 11.29 steals per contest. JU has tallied at least 10 steals in 10 games this season, including its last five contests, and is on pace to break the program record of 262 which was set last season.

Taking care of the ball
One of the staples of a Jill Dunn program is winning the turnover battles. Now in her third season with the program, those numbers are beginning to ring true.
In her first year, JU averaged 17.1 turnovers per contest, compared to 19.0 by its opponents.
In year two, the Dolphin's finished with 18.8 turnovers per contest compared to 19.0 by their opponents.
This year, JU is leading the A-Sun in turnover margin (+3.86) and is second in assist-to- turnover ratio (0.69) with an average of 19.6 turnovers per contest. The Dolphins are also causing havoc on the defensive end by forcing a conference- high 23.4 turnovers per game.

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 6-1 at home 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).