Women's basketball hosts Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Jan. 4, 2008


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After increasing its season-high winning streak to four games, the JU women's basketball team will enter Atlantic Sun Conference play at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday.

The Dolphins (10-3), who are off to their best start in program history, will face conference newcomer Florida Gulf Coast (5-5) on Saturday at 1 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the Dolphins men's team at the Downtown Arena.

JU and FGCU will be facing each other for the first time as the Eagles made the jump to Division I and began play as a member of the A-Sun this season (along with USC Upstate).

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 a 15-game home winning streak which continued with an 56-48 win over Coastal Carolina on Dec. 8 at Swisher Gymnasium. Included in the winning streak is a 3-0 record at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. JU also finished the 2007 calender year undefeated at home (14-0).

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' 15-game streak has earned them a spot on the national home winning streak list as JU is currently tied for third with Hartford. The longest home streak is owned by Texas A&M (24) and is followed by Duke (22).

Wiliams 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 finally became the top scorer in program history in only two and half seasons.

Williams' basket with 10:55 remaining in the second half against South Carolina State moved her past Sungy (1,183) as the all-time point leader in school history. Sungy accomplished the feat in four seasons (1999-03) while Williams has been with the Dolphins since transferring to the program from FCCJ as a sophomore in 2005.

Along with leading all JU players, Williams is also leading the A-Sun in scoring with 15.3 points per contest while ranking second in the conference with a .535 field-goal percentage.

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

Against South Carolina State, senior forward Ashley Williams' basket at the 10:55 mark of the second half moved her past Kat Sungy (1,183) on the JU all-time scoring list. JU went 0-13 from beyond the 3-point line and marked the first time the Dolphins had not hit a trey in a contest since a 66-63 win at Kennesaw State on Feb. 11, 2006 in which JU went 0- for-4. Junior guard Regina Omoite finished with a team-high 14 points, five assists and four steals while also grabbing five boards. Junior guard Virginia Gregoire grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds.

JU among best in A-Sun
The Dolphins currently lead the Atlantic Sun Conference with a 10-3 mark in the nonconference schedule and sit atop several statistical categories as well.

JU leads the conference in scoring margin (+6.8 - which is the only program to have a positive margin), assists (14.2), turnover margin (+5.9) and assist/turnover ratio (0.83).

The Dolphins also rank second in scoring (67.4), scoring defense (60.5), field goal percentage (.402), 3-point field goal percentage (.304), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.274), and steals (12) and are third in blocks (3.4).