Feb. 21, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
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After setting a program record for consecutive home
wins and conference wins, the JU women's
basketball team (16-8, 10-4 A-Sun) will look to make a
move for second place in the Atlantic Sun Conference
standings when the Dolphins travel to Mercer (4-21, 3-
11 A-Sun) on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the University
Dolphins set a program record...
In the midst of the best season in program
history, JU is currently setting the standards for
program wins in a season (16). The Dolphins set the
record with a 67-52 victory over North Florida on Feb.
The previous record of 13-15 was set by
the 2000-01 squad which was only 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).
...and two more on top of that
Along with setting the bar for wins in a
season, the Dolphins have also set new standards for
conference wins in a season.
WIth a 74-57 win over Kennesaw State, the
Dolphins surpassed the previous record of 9-9, which
was also set by the 2000-01 squad.
And to top things off, the Dolphins's win
over the Owls also rewrote the books for consecutive
home wins (eight). The previous mark of six was 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 32 wins since taking over the
Dunn, who won 23 games in her first head
coaching stint at Western Carolina, is one 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 11 wins. JU surpassed the previous mark
of seven victories, which was set by the squad last
Included in the accomplishment is a 2-0
record at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
Hamilton earns A-Sun accolades
Sophomore guard DaVina Hamilton was
named Atlantic Sun Conference "Co-Player of the
Week" after leading the Dolphins to a pair of crucial
conference wins over East Tennessee State and
Kennesaw State last week.
Hamilton, who earned the weekly honor for
the first time in her career, averaged 17 points, three
assists, three steals and two rebounds while shooting
57 percent from the floor (12-21) and 60 percent from
the three-point line (3-5) in victories
Against ETSU, Hamilton finished with 13
points, three assists, no turnovers and a game-high
four steals, including the game-sealing steal in the
final possession by the Lady Bucs, to lead the
Dolphins to an 83-79 win.
Against Kennesaw State, Hamilton scored
a career-high 21 points (including 17 in the second
half) on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor and a career-
best 3-of-4 from the three-point line to lead the squad
to a 74-57 victory.
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 five games, Williams averaged
20.4 points per contest and was shooting 64.2 percent
from the floor (43-67). During that span, she set a
program-record with 32 points against Charleston
Southern and the Dolphins went 4-1.
In her next 10 contests, Williams tallied off
by averaging 14 points and shooting 41 percent from
the field (58-140). She also finished below 10 points
in two consecutive games for the first time in her
career and JU went 5-5.
In her last nine games, Williams has not
only stepped up her game offensively but her all-round
play and competitiveness is starting to show.
During that time, she is averaging 17.6
points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks while
also shooting 52 percent from the field (59-113) and
81 percent from the line (40-49). She has also posted
six double-doubles, including a career-best three in a
row against ETSU (1/20), Stetson (1/25) and Mercer
(1/27). The Dolphins are also 7-2 during that span.
Lightning in a bottle
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 24 games, Gregoire is second on the
squad with 14.2 points, a .400 shooting percentage,
44 steals, 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
She also leads the squad with 43 three pointers. 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.
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, Virginia
Gregoire and DaVina Hamilton room to maneuver.
Comparing her assist to turnover ratio at
the point, Omoite had 32 assists and 37 turnovers for
a -5 ratio in her first 10 games. In her next seven
games, she had 15 assists and 21 turnovers for a -6
ratio. In her last seven games, she has improved to 32
assists and 19 turnovers for a +13 ratio.
From the perimeter, she is second on the
squad with 42 three-pointers, but she leads the team
with a 39 percent average (42-108), which ranks her
third in the conference.
JU leads the conference in turnover
margin (+3.50) and is second in scoring margin
(+3.7), field-goal percentage (.402), three-point field-
goal percentage (.338), assists (13.54), steals (10.5),
assist-turnover ratio (0.71)...sophomore guard Crystal
Ayers is out indefinitely after injuring her knee at
Campbell on Feb. 3.
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 was a career-high six
steals by sophomore guard Regina Omoite, which
ranks second in the single-game record books.
The Dolphins, which have 252 steals, currently
ranks second in the A-Sun with an average of 10.5
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 season.
JU leads the conference in turnover
margin (+2.50) and is only one of two teams (ETSU -
+1.87) with a positive margin.