Women's basketball hosts Coastal Carolina on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Dec. 7, 2007


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After dropping a road contest to Florida A&M on Thursday, the JU women's basketball team will return to the friendly confines of Swisher Gymnasium to wrap up the 2007 home schedule.

The Dolphins (6-3), who have the fifth highest active home winning streak in the nation (14), will host Coastal Carolina (7-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m.

JU and Coastal will be facing each other for the first time in program history but the Dolphins are 4-9 all- time against current Big South opponents: Charleston Southern (2-4), High Point (1-1), UNC Asheville (0-2) and Winthrop (1-2).

The contest can be seen live on as part of ASun.TV.

JU ranks among nation's best 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 14-game home winning streak which continued with an 80-60 win over Lehigh on Dec. 2 at Swisher Gymnasium. Included in the winning streak is a 3-0 record at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

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 16-1 at home.

The Dolphins' 14-game streak has earned them a spot on the national home winning streak list as JU currently ranks fifth. The longest home streak is owned by James Madison (30) and is followed by Marist (25), Texas A&M (20) and Duke (17).

Against Florida A&M, junior guard Regina Omoite tied her career high with five three pointers. She accomplished the feat for the first time at UNF on Feb. 10, 2007. Junior guard Virginia Gregoire was held scoreless in a game for the first time in her career. Sophomore forward Crystal Grable tallied a career-high seven points and nine rebounds.

Williams breaking more records
Senior forward Ashley Williams became the first player in program history to be named preseason MVP after surpassing her own single-season record with 509 points last season. She also became the first Dolphin to earn consecutive first team all-conference honors after tying for the conference lead with an average of 17 points per contest.

The records are continuing to fall for the Jacksonville native and she is poised to end her Dolphin career as one of the top players in the history of the program.

After scoring 14 points in a win over Miami on Nov. 13, Williams joined forward Kat Sungy (1999-03), forward Yolisha Jackson (2000-05) and guard Sheena Carpenter (2003-06) as the only Dolphins to score 1,000 points in their careers. Now that she has surpassed 1,000 points, she takes aim at being the top scorer in program history. Williams is 48 points shy of surpassing Sungy (1,183) on the all-time point leader list. Williams is also leading the A-Sun in scoring with 149 points and 16.6 points per contest.

On the defensive side of the ball, Williams set the career record for blocked shots (91) with one against Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 16. She also passed Sungy (115) on the all-time steals list with five against Winthrop on Nov. 24.

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 one of the most efficient point guards in the A-Sun.

She is currently leads the conference in assists(43), assists per game (4.78) and assist-to- turnover ration (1.95). Her stats have also helped the Dolphins lead the conference in assists (142), assists per game (15.78), turnover margin (+5.67) 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 12th in the conference with 12.4 ppg and leads the A-Sun in three pointers made (23) and three pointers per contest (2.56).