MONDAY, MARCH 05, 2007
Gregoire and Williams named to Atlantic Sun All-Conference Team
March 5, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
Junior forward Ashley Williams and sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire were each named first team all-Atlantic Sun Conference after helping the JU women's basketball team to its finest season in program history.
Williams was named to the first team for the second consecutive year while Gregoire earned her first all-conference honor. The duo became the first set of Dolphin teammates to earn first team honors in school history.
The two-headed monster helped the Dolphins (20-8, 14-4 A- Sun) secure the No. 2 seed in the A-Sun Tournament while also setting several program records including wins (20), conference wins (14), consecutive home wins (10), consecutive wins (eight), consecutive road wins (four), points (1,840) and steals (296).
The Dolphins, which earned their highest seed in program history, begin play on Thursday against seventh seeded Stetson at 3:30 p.m. CST, in Dothan, Ala. It will be the fourth appearance for JU in the A-Sun Tournament (2000, 2001, 2006, 2007).
"I couldn't be happier with the way the team has responded down the stretch," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "We won the games we needed to win to put us in a great situation going into the tournament. Now we just need to stay focused on the task at hand; which is winning one game at a time until we win the A-Sun Tournament."
Williams became the first Dolphin to receive consecutive first team all-conference honors and the first player to receive A-Sun "Player of the Week" accolades twice in one season.
In A-Sun play, Williams ranks second in scoring (16.9 ppg), third in field goal percentage (.517), free throw percentage (.803) and blocks (1.11 bpg), fourth in offensive rebounds (3.18 rpg) and sixth in rebounding (7.4 rpg). Williams has tallied over 20-points in eight games and finished with eight double-doubles this season.
Early this season, Williams set a program record with 32 points (14-of-18 from the floor) in a win at Charleston Southern on Nov. 13. She is also 46 points shy of surpassing the 1,000 point mark for her career.
"Ashley has proven for the second year in a row to be one of the top players in the conference," said Dunn. "Not only has her individual game improved, but she has taken our team to a new level."
Gregoire joins Williams and Kat Sungy as the only Dolphins to earn first team all-conference accolades. She scored over 20 points in three games, including a career-high 23 points on two occasions, while also registering her first double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) against Charleston Southern on Nov. 25. She narrowly missed the program's first triple-double with 17 points, nine rebounds and eight assists against Campbell on Jan. 6.
In A-Sun play, she ranks second in points (14.0 ppg), fourth in assists (3.5 apg), fifth in three-pointers made (1.7 tpg) and seventh in assist-to-turnover margin (1.03) and ninth in three-point percentage (.338).
"Virginia worked hard in the off season to improve her game and it has paid off for her and our team," said Dunn. "She is so versatile that it makes it extremely difficult to guard her. She has developed into one of the premier guards in our league."
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