Jan. 17, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
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With a second four-game winning streak under its
belt in 2006-07, the JU women's basketball team (9-
6, 3-2) will turn its attention to the road as the
Dolphins face Kennesaw State (7-9, 3-3) on
Thursday at 7 p.m. in the KSU Convocation Center.
Dunn close to first milestone
Head coach Jill Dunn has five years of head
coaching experience under her belt (3 - JU , 2 -
Western Carolina) and is reaching her first coaching
With two more wins, Dunn will reach 50
career victories. She is also on pace to win the most
games in one season, with her highest win total being
12 with the Lady Catamounts in 1999-00.
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
The Dolphins are 7-1 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). The most home wins in a
season is seven, which was compiled last year when
JU went 7-6 on the year.
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 Dolphins' low for
longest losing streak in a season was four games (on
three occasions) in 2000-01.
With the Dolphins' win against UNF on Jan.
13, JU has now recorded two four-game winning
streaks in the same season for the first time in
program history. The longest ovrall winning streak all-
time is six games (2000-01).
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 three 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 and
finished with a game-high 21 points against North
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 15 games, Gregoire is second on the
squad with 13.9 points and leads the Dolphins with
3.9 assists per game. She also leads the squad with
29 three pointers and is second with 28 steals and an
average of 5.9 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.
Against North Florida, the Dolphins shot
over 50 percent for only the second time this season
(at Charleston Southern).
Junior forward Ashley Williams broke the 20-
point barrier for the third time this season. She
accomplished the feat twice in the month of October.
The Dolphins currently hold the longest
winning streak (four) in the A-Sun. JU leads the
conference in field-goal percentage (.397), 3-point
field goal percentage (.355) and turnover margin
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 168 steals,
currently ranks second in the A-Sun with an average
of 11.20 steals per contest. JU has tallied at least 10
steals in 11 games this season, including its last six
contests, and is on pace to break the program record
of 262 which was set last season.
JU leads the conference in turnover margin
(+3.47) and is only one of two teams (ETSU - 0.94)
with a positive margin.