Women's basketball hosts Lehigh on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Nov. 30, 2007


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After earning its first win over an SEC program (Florida), the JU women's basketball team wraps up its two-game homestand at Swisher Gymnasium this weekend.

The Dolphins (5-2), who are off to its best start in program history, will host Lehigh (1-2) on Sunday at 1 p.m. The contest can be seen live on as part of ASun.TV.

JU and Lehigh will be facing each other for the first time but the Dolphins enter the game with a 3-1 record against the Patriot League. The Dolphins had previously faced Army (1-0) and Navy (2-1).

JU slays more giants
In ringing in the new regime of women's basketball at JU, the Dolphins have registered wins against bigger conferences in 2007-08.

The squad started things off with a 72-64 win over Miami on Nov. 13 to earn its first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference program in four tries. The Dolphins had previously faced Florida State (0-2) and Georgia Tech (0-1) and played Miami for the first time in program history.

JU continued the trend with a 72-68 win over UMass on Nov. 23 in the first round of the Lady Pirate Invitational. It was the program's first win over the Atlantic 10 Conference in three tries. The squad had previously faced Fordham (0-2) in a home-and-home series, the last of which occurring in 2003.

The Dolphins recently included the Southeastern Conference into the mix with a 75-64 win over Florida on Nov. 28 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. It was JU's first win over SEC in two opportunities. The squad had previously squared off against South Carolina (0-1).

New standards at home
The Dolphins have raised the bar when it comes to playing at home by setting a new program record in 2006-07 with 13 wins. JU surpassed the previous mark of seven victories, which was set by the squad in 2005-06.

JU is currently in the midst of an 13-game home winning streak which continued with a 75-64 win over Florida on Nov. 28 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Included in the winning streak is a 3-0 record at the Downtown venue.

JU's last loss was a 73-69 decision against Niagara at Swisher Gymnasium on Dec. 18, 2006. Since the beginning of the 2006-07 campaign, the Dolphins are 15-1 at home.

Eye of the storm
With the up-tempo style of play exhibited by the Dolphins, the ball seems like it moves up and down the court at the pace of a hurricane while causing the same destruction.

At the center of the madness has been the maturity and calming presence of junior point guard Regina Omoite. The Dolphins' floor general has shown tremendous poise to pull in the reins on the squad's periods of helter skelter play.

Not only has her leadership transcended into the win column, but Omoite has emerged as the most efficient point guard in the A-Sun.

She currently leads the conference in assists(34), assists per game (4.86) and is second in assist-to-turnover ration (2.13). Her stats have also helped the Dolphins lead the conference in assists (112), assists per game (16), turnover margin (+6.43) and assists-to-turnover ratio (0.89).

Not only is Omoite one of the most consistent point guards in running an efficient offense but she is arguably the most well-rounded floor leader in the A-Sun with her scoring ability. Offensively, she ranks 10th in the conference with 13 ppg and is second in three pointers made (16) and three pointers per contest (2.29).

Freshman forward Lynsey Paschal had her best game as a Dolphin by tallying 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field...the Dolphins' 31-30 deficit at the half against the Gators was the first time JU has trailed at the break this season...the even turnover margin by JU and UF was the first time this season in which the Dolphins did not win the turnover battle this season.

Williams named A-Sun "POW"
Senior forward Ashley Williams was named Atlantic Sun Conference "Player of the Week" after earning Lady Pirate Invitational All-Tournament honors last weekend in Greenville, N.C.

Williams, who moved into second place on the JU all-time scoring list (1,097) and set the program record for career steals (116), averaged 23 points, 7.5 rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two assists while shooting .679 (19-28) from the floor.

Against UMass, she tallied a game-high 28 points and 10 rebounds to notch her first double-double of the year. She shot 10-of-15 from the floor while also hitting 8-of-10 free throws to lead the squad to a 72-68 win over the Minutewomen. The win gave JU its first victory over an Atlantic-10 opponent in three tries (0-2 - Fordham).

Against Winthrop, she tallied a game-high 18 points to go with five rebounds, five steals and three blocks while shooting 9-of-13 from the floor.