SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2007
Women's Basketball defeats UNF, 56-42, in SunTrust River City Rumble
Jan. 13, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
Three Dolphins scored in double figures and the squad shot 52 percent from the floor as the JU women's basketball team won its fourth consecutive game with a 56-42 victory over North Florida in the SunTrust River City Rumble, Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium.
JU (9-6, 3-2), which is now a program-best 7-1 at home, has now tallied a pair of four-game winning streaks in the same season for the first time in program history. The Dolphins also shot over 50 percent for only the second time this season (at Charleston Southern - Nov. 13).
North Florida (3-12, 2-3) won the turnover battle (21- 23), but shot 33 percent from the floor (15-46) and was out rebounded by a 30-25 margin.
Leading 30-25 at the half, JU put the contest out of reach with a 10-0 run to lead 40-27 after a pair of free-throws by junior forward Ashley Williams at the 15:06 mark. The Dolphins would never have their lead fall below the double digits and led by as many as 19 points (56-37) with 1:46 left.
"North Florida may not score many points but their defense has the ability to slow you down and take away your strengths," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "We lost the turnover battle, but we made our shots and we hit the boards hard. It took us a while to get things going but eventually we hit our stride and took care of business."
Williams finished with a game-high 21 points on 7-of- 9 shooting from the floor, including a 7-for-8 effort from the free-throw line. Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire added 14 points, on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, and a game-high eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Regina Omoite also tallied 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor, including a 3-for-4 effort from beyond the arc.
Shandrea Moore and Tamara Hubbard each finished with 10 points to lead the Lady Osprey offense. Jennifer Guldager also added a team-high seven rebounds and four steals.
In the first half, UNF jumped out to an early 10-4 lead at the 14:32 mark after JU started off the contest shooting 2-for-6 from the floor to go along with five Dolphin turnovers. The Ospreys increased the lead to 14-6 at the 11:09 mark after a jumper by Denisia Andrews but JU would answer quickly.
After a pair of free throws by Williams with 7:50 remaining, JU 9-0 run to take its first lead of the contest (15-14). UNF retook the lead after a jumper by Moore but JU answered with a 7-0 run to lead 22- 16 after a fast break layup by Gregoire with 4:58 left.
The Dolphins never trailed for the remainder of the contest as JU went into the break with 30-25 advantage.
JU will look to continue its climb up the A-Sun standings as the Dolphins face Kennesaw State on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Kennesaw, Ga.
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