Women's Hoops play at Gardner-Webb on Thursday at 9 p.m.

Jan. 31, 2007


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After sweeping two Atlantic Sun Conference games at home last week, the JU women's basketball team (12-7, 6-3 A-Sun) travels to face Gardner-Webb (7- 13, 4-5 A-Sun) in Boiling Springs, N.C. on Thursday at 9 p.m. Fans can watch the game live on Comcast Sports Southeast-local channel 54.

Head coach Jill Dunn
Jill Dunn is in her third season as head coach of the Jacksonville University women's basketball program.
Prior to JU, Dunn spent three years helping Georgia State to three consecutive A-Sun Conference titles from 2001-04. Before joining Georgia State, Dunn was the top assistant coach at Miami University (Ohio), during the 2000-01 season.
Prior to her one-year stint in Miami, Dunn served as the head coach at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., from 1998-00. In her final season with the program, the Lady Catamounts posted 12 wins which was the most in 15 seasons at WCU.
Before being elevated to the head spot at Western Carolina, she was the top assistant coach during the 1997-98 campaign. Dunn's coaching career began at the University of South Carolina, where she was as an assistant coach from 1994-97.
Dunn's success began as a player at Georgia Southern, where she was a three-year starter from 1989-93. She was named to the Georgia Southern Hall of Fame on Nov. 4.

Dunn wins her 50th career game
JU head coach Jill Dunn earned her 50th career win with the Dolphins' 60-55 decision over Stetson on Jan. 25 at Swisher Gymnasium. Dunn, who won 23 games in her first head coaching stint at Western Carolina, is six games shy of setting the program record for most wins by a Dolphin coach (32).

Dolphins double up again
In the midst of the program's best season, the 2006-07 Dolphins have set a new standard.
For the first time in program history (1999- present), JU has won at least 10 games in back-to- back seasons.

New standards at home
The Dolphins have raised the bar when it comes to playing at home by setting a new program record with nine home wins, with a 58-47 decision over Mercer on Jan. 27. JU surpassed the previous mark of seven games, which was set by the squad last season.

After defeating Kennesaw State on Jan. 18, the Dolphins tallied a season-high five-game winning streak, which is the second longest in program history. The longest overall winning streak all time is six games (2000-01).
With the Dolphins' win against UNF on Jan. 13, JU recorded two four-game winning streaks in the same season for the first time in program history.
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 9-1 at home to start the year, which is program record. 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 Dolphins' low for longest losing streak in a season was four games (on three occasions) in 2000-01.

A steady force
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 four games, the Dolphins are doing a better job of getting her more touches and she is getting back into a grove again.
During that span, she is averaging 17.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, two steals and 1.8 blocks while shooting 57 percent from the floor (30-54) and 85 percent from the line (29-34). She has also tallied a career-high three double-doubles in her last three games.
Williams also earned her fourth A- Sun "Player of the Week" honors on Jan. 29.

Game changer
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 19 games, Gregoire is second on the squad with 13.8 points, leads the Dolphins with 35 three pointers and is second with an average of 5.8 rebounds, 3.5. assists per game and is third with 34 steals. In the conference, she ranks fourth in scoring.
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 Kennesaw State, Gregoire scored a career-high 21 points, including 15 points in the second half alone, to lead the Dolphins to a season- high five-game winning streak.

Dolphin Notables
Against Mercer, sophomore guard Regina Omoite tallied 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field, including a 3-for-3 effort from beyond the arc, to go along with four assists. Sophomore guard Crystal Ayers added a career-high nine points on 4- of-5 shooting from the floor.
Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire finished with nine points to snap her double-digit scoring streak at 21 games, which dated back to last season.
JU leads the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (.347) and turnover margin (+2.84).