Feb. 14, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
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After setting a program record for wins last weekend,
the JU women's basketball team (14-8, 8-4 A-Sun) will
look to make a move for second place in the Atlantic
Sun Conference standings when the Dolphins host
East Tennessee State (14-9, 10-3 A-Sun) on Thursday
at 7 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.
Dolphins set a program record...
In the midst of their best season in
program history, JU set a program record for wins in a
seson (14) with a 67-52 victory over North Florida on
The previous record of 13-15 was set by
the 2000-01 squad which was the second year of
competition for the Dolphins.
JU has also posted at least 10 wins in
back-to-back season for the first time in the history of
the program (1999-present).
...Now they are looking for one more
Along with setting the bar for wins in a
season, the Dolphins are now two conference wins
shy of surpassing the program record for A-Sun wins
in a season.
The current record of 9-9 was also set by
the 2000-01 squad.
Dunn sets sights on her own record
JU head coach Jill Dunn earned her 50th
career win with the Dolphins' 60-55 decision over
Stetson on Jan. 25 at Swisher Gymnasium and is
currently sitting at 30 wins since taking over the
Dunn, who won 23 games in her first head
coaching stint at Western Carolina, is three games
shy of setting the program record for most wins by a
Dolphin coach (32).
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 two "A-Sun Player of the Week"
awards this season, junior forward Ashley Williams is
starting to peak at the right time for the Dolphins.
In her first four games, Williams averaged
22.3 points per contest and was shooting 63.8 percent
from the floor (37-58). During that span, she set a
program-record with 32 points against Charleston
In her next eight contests, Williams taliled
off averaged 12.4 points and shot 42 percent from the
field (42-100). She also finished below 10 points in
two consecutive games for the first time in her career.
In her last 10 games, Willams has not only
stepped up her game offensively but her all-round play
and competativeness is starting to show.
During that time, she is averaging 17.1
points, 9.2 rebounds, two steals and 1.7 blocks while
also shooting 51 percent from the field (63-123) and
85 percent from the line (44-52). She has also posted
five double-doubles, including a career-best three in a
row against ETSU (1/20), Stetson (1/25) and Mercer
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 22 games, Gregoire is second on the
squad with 14.0 points, leads the Dolphins with 42
steals, 41 three pointers and is second with an
average of 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. In
the conference, she ranks third in scoring behind her
teammate Ashley Williams.
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.
A threat to become the first Dolphin to tally
a triple double, Gregoire has tallied at least 10 points,
six rebounds and five assists in four games this
Against Campbell, Gregoire scored a
career-high 23 points after shooting 9-of-18 from the
field, including a 3-of-6 effort from beyond the arc.
Where there's a RO, there's a way
Another player who is coming into their
own at the right time for JU is sophomore point guard
Although she is only ranks third on the squad in
assists, her direction of the offense and her three-
point shooting has allowed Ashley Williams and
Virginia Gregoire room to manuver.
Comparing her assist to turover ratio at the
point, Omoite had 32 assists and 37 turnovers for a -5
ratio in her first 10 games. In her next six games, she
had 12 assists and 20 turnovers for a -8 ratio. In her
last six games, she has improved to 19 assists and
only eight turnovers for a +11 ratio.
From the perimeter, she is second on the
squad with 39 three-pointers, but she leads the team
with a 40 percent average (39-97), which ranks her
third in the conference.
JU leads the conference in turnover
margin (+2.77)...sophomore guard Crystal Ayers is out
indefinately after injuring her knee at Campbell on
Feb. 3...sophomore guard DaVina Hamilton dished
out a career-high eight assists at North Florida.
Despite the loss to Niagara on Dec. 18, JU
set a new standard for steals by tallying a program-
record 17 against the Purple Eagles. The previous
record of 16 steals was set on two occasions.
Among the culprits were a career-high six
steals by sophomore guard Regina Omoite, which
ranks second in the single-game record books.
The Dolphins, which has 232 steals,
currently ranks second in the A-Sun with an average of
9.77 steals per contest. JU has tallied at least 10
steals in 14 games this season and is on pace to
break the program record of 262 which was set last
JU leads the conference in turnover
margin (+2.77) and is only one of two teams (ETSU -
+1.87) with a positive margin.