FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2008
Women's basketball opens two-game swing through Georgia with Mercer on Saturday

Jan. 11, 2008

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

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After pushing its program record home winning streak to 17 games, the JU women's basketball team will begin a four-game road trip this weekend in Georgia. The Dolphins (12-3, 2-0), who are off to their best start in program history, will face Mercer (3-11, 0-1) on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the University Center.The contest can be seen live on www.judolphins.com as part of ASun.TV.

JU trails Mercer 9-7 in the all-time series but the Dolphins have won the last two meetings.

JU earns vote in USA Today/ESPN Poll
Off to the best start in school history, the Dolphins are gaining notice nationally, earning its first vote in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 poll released on Jan. 8.

At a school that has enjoyed many years of national recognition and success with its men's basketball program (nine postseason appearances, including a trip to the national title game in 1970), the Dolphin women's program is beginning to enjoy its own success in only three and a half years under the guidance of head coach Jill Dunn.

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 17-game home winning streak which continued with a 74-60 win over Stetson on Jan. 7 at Swisher Gymnasium. 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' 17-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).

Dolphins streaking
Along with its 17-game home winning streak, JU is in the midst of a six game winning streak. The Dolphins are are also 18-1 at home since the beginning of the 2006-07 season (including 11 consecutive home wins against A-Sun opponents), while also wining 10 consecutive A-Sun games.

Cleaning the boards
Considered one of the most potent scorers in the A-Sun, junior guard Virginia Gregoire has proven her versatility once again by becoming a terror on the boards.

Currently ranked sixth in the conference with an average of 13.4 points per contest, Gregoire is also tied for fourth in 3-pointers made (1.67 mpg), sixth in steals (2.2 stp) eighth in assist-to-turnover ration (0.9) and 10th in assists (3.13 apg).

Rebounding, however, has become a whole new monster as the 5-foot-8 guard in 2008. With the Dolphins sitting at 9-3 on the year, Gregoire was tied with senior forward Ashley Williams with an average of 5.3 rebounds per contest. Since that time, she rattled off 33 rebounds in three games, including a career-high 15 against Stetson to raise her average to 6.5 per game.

Due to her increased effort on the glass, she now ranks eighth in the conference in boards per game and is fourth with an average of 2.93 offensive rebounds per contest.

Notables
Against Stetson, junior guard Virginia Gregoire tallied her second double-double of her career with 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, to go along with four assists. Senior forward Ashley Williams connecting on a career-high nine free throws. Junior guard Regina Omoite, who leads the conference in turnover margin, dished out six assists while not committing a turnover for the fourth time this season. Junior guard DaVina Hamilton chipped in with a career-high tying eight assists. Sophomore forward Crystal Grable also added tied her career high with seven points in eight minutes of action.

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 (+7.3), assists (14.4), turnover margin (+5.3), assist/turnover ratio (0.88) and 3-point field goal percentage (.310).

The Dolphins also rank second in scoring (67.4), scoring defense (60.3), field goal percentage (.403), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.284), and steals (11.1) and are third in blocks (3.7).