Women's Basketball downs Stetson, 60-55

Jan. 25, 2007

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior forward Ashley Williams tallied her 10th career double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the JU women's basketball team to a program-record eight home wins with a 60-55 decision over Stetson, Thursday evening at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (11-7, 5-3) gave head coach Jill Dunn her 50th career win after dominating the boards and generating 21 second-chance points. Stetson (4-15, 4-4) shot 45 percent from the field but connected on only 8-of-15 free throws.

Leading 53-50 at the 4:45 mark, JU used a 5-0 run to take a 58-50 advantage after a three-pointer by sophomore guard Regina Omoite with 3:10 remaining. Stetson answered with a 5-0 run to make it 58-55 after a three by Stacia Shepherd. After a missed shot by the Dolphins, Williams intercepted a pass down low and connected on two free throws to seal the game.

"We did a tremendous job on the boards tonight and those extra opportunities made the difference in the game," said Dunn, who won 23 games at Western Carolina in her first head coaching stint. "Fortunately, we found another way to win and I got to reach No. 50 on our home court in front of the fans."

Williams tallied her second double-double in her last three games while also tying her career high with six steals. Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire added 10 points and six rebounds to round out the Dolphins in double figures.

Ayesha Barkley led the Lady Hatters with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. Janine Maclin added 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Leading 32-27 at the half, JU came out flat to start the second period as Stetson tied the contest (32-32) after a layup by Maclin at the 18:45 mark. The Dolphins answered with a 6-0 run to lead, 38-32, at the 14:09 mark before pushing the advantage to a game-high 10-point margin (47-37) with 10:18 remaining.

In the first half, JU jumped out to an early 7-2 lead before Stetson answered with a 6-0 run to take an 8-7 advantage on a jumper by Ayesha Barkley at the 13:56 mark. Both teams traded baskets until the Dolphins used a 7-2 run to lead 27-20 after a jumper by Desarae Johnson with 3:14 remaining. The Hatters cut the deficit to 32-27 at the break after a layup by Barkley with 23 seconds left.

JU will next host Mercer on Saturday at 2 p.m. to conclude "Think Pink" week. All fans are encouraged to wear pink for the game to help encourage cancer awareness.