MONDAY, JANUARY 07, 2008
Women's basketball hosts Stetson on Monday at 7 p.m. in Swisher Gymnasium

Jan. 7, 2008

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

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After opening the A-Sun season with a win, the JU women's basketball team will close out the opening week on Monday before embarking on a four-game road trip.

The Dolphins (11-3, 1-0), who are off to its best start in program history, will face Stetson (2-11, 0-1) on Monday at 7 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.The contest can be seen live on www.judolphins.com as part of ASun.TV.

JU trails Stetson 10-6 in the all-time series but the Dolphins have won the last five meetings, including a 74-61 win over the Lady Hatters to earn their first conference tournament win.

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 16-game home winning streak which continued with a 62-58 win over Florida Gulf Coast on Jan. 5 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Included in the winning streak is a 4-0 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 17-1 at home.

The Dolphins' 16-game streak has earned them a spot on the national home winning streak list as JU currently ranks third. The longest home streak is owned by Texas A&M (26) and then Duke (22).

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 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 15.6 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.

Notables
Against FGCU, JU lost the turnover battle and did not tally more steals than its opponent for the first time this season. Junior guard Regina Omoite missed the first game in her career due to family matters. Freshman guard Shunice Hardy started her first collegiate game in her place and finished with a season-high 26 minutes played. Sophomore forward Desarae Johnson grabbed a season-high six rebounds and played a season-best 27 minutes. Sophomore center Danielle Gray tallied a career-high two blocks. The Dolphins are currently in the midst of a five-game winning streak.

JU among best in A-Sun
The Dolphins 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 (+6.6), assists (14.1), turnover margin (+5.2) and assist/turnover ratio (0.83).

The Dolphins also rank second in scoring (67), scoring defense (60.4), field goal percentage (.401), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.282), and steals (11.3) and are third in blocks (3.7) and 3- point field goal percentage (.304).