THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2007
Women's Basketball rallies for 71-67 win over Kennesaw State

Jan. 18, 2007

Box Score

KENNESAW, Ga. -

Despite a four-point deficit in a hostile environment, the JU women's basketball team rallied to extend its season-high winning streak to five games with a 71- 67 win over Kennesaw State, Thursday evening at the KSU Convocation Center.

JU (10-6, 4-2) has now won 10 games in back-to- back seasons for the first time in program history (1999-present) and is one win shy of tying the program record for consecutive wins (6 - 2001).

KSU (7-9, 3-3) won the turnover battle (19-20) but shot only 36 percent from the floor (22-60) and were out rebounded by the Dolphins (53-40).

Down 55-51 with 5:42 left, JU answered with a 6-0 run to lead 57-55 after a three pointer by sophomore guard Regina Omoite at the 4:34 mark. The Dolphins would never surrender the lead but both teams went through five ties in the next three minutes until a pair of free throws by junior forward Ashley Williams, with 1:07 remaining, gave JU the lead for good (67-65).

After another free throw by sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire, the Lady Owls cut the deficit to 68-67 after a pair of free throws by Stephanie Scearce with 48 seconds left. JU would put the game away after a pair of free throws by Gregoire and a free throw by Omoite.

"I thought our offensive executive was excellent when it came down to crunch time," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "Our free throw shooting was not good but we made the ones we needed at the end of the game. We found a way to come out of here with a win and I have to give them a lot of credit for that."

Gregoire finished with a career-high 21 points, including 16 in the second half, to with seven rebounds. Williams tallied 15 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. Sophomore guard DaVina Hamilton added eight points, a career-high six assists and five rebounds.

Jade Robinson led KSU with 18 points and five rebounds while Scearce (12) and Rosetta Hollis (10) rounded out the Owls with double-figure scoring. Montinique Nixon also finished with a game-high 13 rebounds.

In the first half, JU jumped out to an early 6-2 lead after a pair of free throws by senior guard Jenarie Davis at the 17:49 mark. It would mark the largest lead of the half for either team as both squads went through nine ties and nine lead changes.

KSU led 31-28 after a three pointer by Robinson with 2:27 left before sophomore guard Regina Omoite stole a pass and went the length of the court to cut the lead to 31-30 at the break.

The Dolphins conclude their road trip against East Tennessee State on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Memorial Center.