Women's basketball runs away from Lehigh, 80-60

Dec. 2, 2007

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior guard Virginia Gregoire tallied a game-high 21 points while also connecting on a career-best five three-pointers to lead the JU women's basketball team to an 80-60 win over Lehigh, Sunday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (6-2), which increased its home winning streak to a program-best 14 games, shot a game-high .429 from the field, .368 (7-19) from beyond the arc and connected on .826 (19-23) from the free throw line.

Lehigh (2-3) were out rebounded, 44-31, and lost the turnover batter (19-15) while shooting .373 from the floor.

"We had a complete team effort today and we were able to use that to pull away in the second half," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "Lehigh uses a lot of ball movement and everyone can shoot from beyond the arc but our defense did a good job of communicating and flying to the ball."

Gregoire connected on 8-of-13 shots from the field, including a 5-for-8 effort from beyond the arc, to go with five rebounds. Senior forward Ashley Williams tallied 16 points to make her magic number 68 for the top spot on the JU all-time scoring list. Freshman guard Shunice Hardy added a game-high nine bounds for the Dolphins.

Alex Ross led the Mountain Hawks with 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc. Melissa Rich (11) and Tricia Smith (11) rounded out the Lehigh scoring while Smith added a game-high three steals to the mix. Haly Crites led the squad with seven rebounds.

In the first half, JU jumped out to an early 7-2 lead after a jumper by Gregoire at the 17:31 mark but Lehigh used an 8-3 run to even the contest, 10-10, on a jumper by Melissa Rich at the 14 minute mark. The Dolphins answered with a 10-0 run, capped by jumper by freshman guard Shunice Hardy (9:48), to make it 20-10. JU increased the lead to 35-24 on a three-pointer by Gregoire with 3:38 left but the Hawks finished on an 8-4 run to make it a 39-32 deficit at the break.

In the second half, JU increased the lead to 45-32 after a jumper by Williams at the 18:24 mark. Lehigh used four-consecutive three-pointers to cut the margin to 52-44 with 16 minutes left but the Dolphins answered with a 10-3 run to make it 62-47 at the 12:30 mark. JU would never look back as Lehigh never got the deficit under double-digits and the Dolphins would lead by as many as 22 points.

The Dolphins will return to the road to face Florida A&M on Thursday at 7 p.m.