MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2007
Women's Basketball boasts sixth best turnaround in the nation

April 30, 2007


What a difference a year makes, or for the JU women's basketball team, three years under the guidance of head coach Jill Dunn.

After setting a program-record season, that featured a 21-9 overall record, the Dolphins were tied for sixth in the nation for greatest turnaround (10 games) from the previous year. JU went 10-18 in 2005-06 to record only the second double-digit win total in program history (eight seasons). The squad went 6-21 in Dunn's first season with the program, which has seen an average improvement of 6.8 wins per season.

"We are excited about the accomplishments we were able to achieve this season, but we are not satisfied," said Dunn. "We were able to pull off the sixth biggest turnaround in the country, but we still have many other goals that we want to accomplish.

"If our players continue to work hard this summer and improve their individual games, it will be an exciting time to be a part of JU women's basketball."

The Dolphins turnaround was sparked in part by a program-record 13-1 record at home - including a program-best 10-game winning streak which is still in tact.

Another key to JU's turnaround was the play of junior forward Ashley Williams and sophomore guards Virginia Gregoire, Regina Omoite and DaVina Hamilton. Williams and Gregoire became the first Dolphin duo to be named to the first team, in the same season, after ranking in the top three in conference scoring.