THURSDAY, DECEMBER 06, 2007
Women's basketball goes cold in 66-57 loss to Florida A&M
Dec. 6, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Senior forward Ashley Williams scored 20 points and junior guard Regina Omoite added a career-best five three's but the JU women's basketball team went cold in the second half to drop a 66-57 decision to Florida A&M, Thursday evening in a fast-break extravaganza at Gaither Gymnasium.
JU (6-3) held a three-point lead at the break but shot .259 (7-27) in the second frame, including a 1-for-9 effort from beyond the arc after nailing 6-of-14 in the first half.
FAMU (7-0) erased a six-point deficit with 18:55 remaining in the game by shooting .455 (10-22) in the second half while also tallying 12-of-14 shot from the free-throw line.
"This is the first time we have matched up against a team with just as much athleticism and speed as we have," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "We took advantage of our open opportunities in the first half but the shots weren't there in the second and the crowd started to get into the game. In order to be successful, we have to have a balanced offensive attack but that didn't happen in the second half."
Williams, who finished 8-of-13 from the floor, now trails Kat Sungy by 48 points for the top spot on the JU all-time scoring list. Omoite, who previously hit four three's against UNF last season, hit 5-of-11 shots from beyond the arc to go with five rebounds and six assists. Sophomore forward Crystal Grable added seven points and nine rebounds.
Joslyne Jackson finished with a game-high 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor, including a 2-for-2 effort from beyond the arc. Stephanie Foster had 11 points, Denise Tate finished with 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds and Q'Vaunda Curry tallied 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Rattlers.
In the first half, JU took an early 7-4 lead on a jumper by Williams at the 18:10 mark but FAMU tied the contest, 7-7, on a three by Jackson with 17:40 left. The Dolphins used a 7-1 run to take a 19-10 advantage on a three by Omoite at the 11:30 mark but the Lady Rattlers cut the deficit to 31-29 on a basket by Denise Tate with 4:13 remaining but a three by Omoite (3:50) and a layup by freshman guard Shunice Hardy with five seconds remaining but the Dolphins ahead, 36-33, at the break.
The Dolphins will complete their week at Swisher Gymnasium on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Coastal Carolina. The contest can be seen live on www.judolphins.com as part of ASun.TV.
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