Jan. 31, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
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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
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
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
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-
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
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
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-
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
Williams also earned her fourth A-
Sun "Player of the Week" honors on Jan. 29.
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.
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).