SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2007
Women's Basketball pulls together for 63-59 win over Campbell
Feb. 3, 2007
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - With a 12-point deficit staring them in the face with 15 minutes left, the JU women's basketball team came together behind a career-high 23 points by sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire to defeat Campbell, 63-59, Saturday afternoon at Carter Gym.
JU (13-8, 7-5) ties its program record for wins in a season (13 - 2000-01) and kept a strong hold on third place in the A-Sun. The Dolphins stepped up their offense in the second half by shooting a blistering 51 percent (15-29) from the floor.
Campbell (5-15, 3-7) suffered their second-consecutive loss under five points despite shooting 42 percent for the contest (22-52).
"We faced the same situation against Gardner-Webb on Thursday but this time we used a team effort to get us over the hump," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "We picked up our intensity on the defensive end to give us easy baskets and then we hit our free throws in crunch time. I'm proud of the way we stepped up when we needed too, but now we need to do it more consistently."
Trailing 43-31 at the 15:32 mark, JU used a 19-4 run to lead 49-47 at the 8:05 mark after a three pointer and a layup by Gregoire. Campbell tied the contest, 50-50, after a layup by Letitia Dickson with 6:12 left but consecutive jumpers in the lane by freshman guard Courtney Jackson put JU up, 54-50, at the 5:06 mark.
Campbell cut the deficit to 54-53 after a three by Octavia Blackwell but a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Regina Omoite and a layup by sophomore guard DaVina Hamilton increased the lead to 58-53 with 1:53 remaining.
A three-pointer by Blackwell cut the margin to 60-59 with 20 seconds left, but Omoite went 3-for-4 from the line and Gregoire tallied her fourth steal to seal the game for the Dolphins.
Gregoire tallied her second 20-point performance this season after shooting 9-of-18 from field, including a 3-of-6 effort from beyond the arc, while playing every minute of the contest. Junior forward Ashley Williams finished with 12 points while Omoite and Hamilton each tallied eight points.
Blackwell led Campbell with 14 points and four assists while Dickson (13) and Marlena Murphy (12) rounded out the Camels with double-figure points. Murphy also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds while Adrienne Rieley chipped in with 10 boards.
In the first half, JU looked focused as the Dolphins jumped out to an 8-4 lead on a layup by Williams at the 16:15 mark. JU held the Camels to a 1-for-7 effort in the first 10 minutes of the contest as the Dolphins built a 14-6 advantage at the 11:41 mark.
Campbell quickly got back into the contest by finding its shooting touch and capitalizing on another Dolphin cold streak as the Camels used a 10-0 run to lead 16-14 after a jumper by Rieley with 8:48 remaining.
Both teams went through three ties in the next two minutes before Campbell used a 7-1 run to lead 27-21 with 4:29 left in the half. After both teams traded a pair of free throws, the Lady Camels took a 32-23 lead into the break after a three-pointer by Dickson with 1:20 remaining.
The Dolphins will play cross-town rival North Florida for the second installment of the SunTrust River City Rumble on Saturday at 7 p.m. at UNF Arena.
2006-07 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL