FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 09, 2007
Women's basketball opens 2007-08 season with 72-58 win over Georgia Southern
Nov. 9, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior guard DaVina Hamilton finished with a game-high 19 points while three other Dolphins finished in double figures to lead the JU women's basketball team to a 72-58 win over Georgia Southern, Friday evening in the 2007-08 season opener at Swisher Gymnasium.
JU (1-0) increased its program record home winning streak to 11 games after riding a first half shooting effort of 53.8 percent while converting 32 points on 24 turnovers by the GSU (0-1). The Dolphins finished with a game-high 15 steals and outrebounded the Eagles, 36-33.
"We did a great job of setting the tempo in the first half and that allowed us to get out to the early lead," said JU head coach Jill Dunn, who was inducted into the Georgia Southern Hall of Fame last season after a stellar four-year career from 1989-93. "We were also able to answer their challenges in the second half by making some big shots and hitting our free throws. I had a great career at Georgia Southern as a player, so it's special to be able to come back as a coach and beat your alma mater."
Hamilton shot 8-of-11 from the floor, grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists while tying a career high with five steals. Sophomore guard Courtney Jackson finished with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, including a career-best 4-of-7 effort from beyond the arc.
Shawnda Atwood led the Eagles with 14 points while Jessica Geiger added nine points and a team-high five rebounds. J'Lisia Ogburn also chipped in with eight points to round out the Eagle offense.
In the first half, JU jumped out to an early 7-0 lead at the 17:44 mark on a layup by Gregoire and then increased the margin to 18-8 on a layup by Williams with 11:05 remaining. The Dolphins would lead by as many as 17 points (29-12) at the 5:20 mark and would go into the break with a 37-23 lead at the break after shooting 53.8 percent from the floor, including a 46.2 percent clip (6-13) from beyond the arc.
In the second half, the Dolphins pushed the advantage to 49-32 after a three-pointer by Jackson at the 14:35 mark. GSU cut the deficit to seven (53-46) with a 14-4 run, capped by a jumper by Ogburn with 7:21 remaining, but JU answered with a 5-0 run to make it 58-46 with 5:43 remaining. The Eagles would cut the margin back to eight (61-53) after a three by Geiger with 3:57 left but JU answered with a 5-0 run to make it 65-53 with 3:02 remaining. GSU would never close the gap under 10 points for the rest of the contest as JU connected on 7-of-8 free throws to close out the game.
The Dolphins will next compete at Miami on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.
2007-08 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL