Women's basketball faces North Florida in SunTrust River City Rumble on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Jan. 17, 2008


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After winning its eighth consecutive game, the JU women's basketball team will continue its four-game road trip but won't have to go very far as the squad faces North Florida in the SunTrust River City Rumble.

The Dolphins (14-3, 4-0), off to their best start in program history and conference play, will face the Ospreys (8-8, 3-1) on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the UNF Arena.The contest, which is the first of a scheduled doubleheader with the JU men's team, can be seen live on as part of ASun.TV.

JU leads the all-time series against UNF, 3-1, including a season sweep last season. The Dolphins are 1-1 at UNF Arena.

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. JU is still receiving a vote in the poll for the second straight week after going 2-0 with wins over Mercer and Kennesaw State over the weekend.

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 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 18-1 at home.

The Dolphins' 17-game streak has earned them a spot on the national home winning streak list as JU currently ranks second. The longest home streak is owned by Duke (22) after Texas A&M fell to Baylor on Jan. 11.

Dolphins streaking
Along with its 17-game home winning streak, JU is in the midst of an eight game winning streak. The Dolphins 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 winning 12 consecutive A-Sun games, six consecutive conference road games and five consecutive road games.

Omoite sets JU career assist mark
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 is 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.

Her presence was noticed the most when she missed the first game in her career due to family matters (Florida Gulf Coast) and the Dolphins lost the turnover battle for the first time this season.

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 and now she is the most efficient point guard in JU history after surpassing the career assists mark.

In the midst of her first career double- double (10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds), Omoite dished out seven assists to surpass Sheena Carpenter (232, 2003-06) on the all-time list.

This season, she currently leads the conference in assists (70), assist-to-turnover ration (2.19) and is second in assists per game (4.38). She has also finished without a turnover in five games this season.

Her stats have helped the Dolphins lead the conference in assists (246), assists per game (14.47), turnover margin (+5.29) and assist-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 11th in the conference with 12.1 ppg and leads the A-Sun in three pointers made (33) and three pointers per contest (2.06), while ranking fourth in 3- point field goal percentage (.344) and sixth in free throw percentage (.811).

Along with her effectiveness on the court, Omoite is constantly on the court. With 39 minutes played at Kennesaw State, she moved into fourth on the all-time list with 2,410 minutes played. She also ranks second in the conference with 572 minutes played and 35.75 minutes per contest.

Against Kennesaw State, senior forward Ashley Williams tallied her fourth consecutive 20-point performance. Junior guard Regina Omoite tallied her first career double-double with 10 points, a career- high 10 rebounds and seven assists. Sophomore forward Crystal Grable tied her career-high with seven points and notched a career-best three blocks. The Dolphins lost the turnover battle for only the second time this season (Florida Gulf Coast) and an opponent tallied more steals for only the third time (Florida A&M, Florida Gulf Coast). The squad also went without a 3-point basket (0-10) for the second time this season (South Carolina State). JU is now 3-0 at the KSU Convocation Center. Against Mercer, junior guard Virginia Gregoire tallied a career high tying five steals (which moved her past Williams on the career list). Omoite did not commit a turnover for the second consecutive game and the fifth time this season. Grable tallied a career-high tying three steals. JU's 46 first half points were the most in a period this season, while the squad's .462 shooting percentage was the second highest mark this year.

JU among best in A-Sun
The Dolphins lead the Atlantic Sun Conference with a 14-3 mark, an eight-game winning streak and sit atop several statistical categories as well.

JU leads the conference in scoring margin (+7.8), assists (14.47), turnover margin (+5.29) and assist/turnover ratio (0.89).

The Dolphins also rank second in scoring defense (59.9), field goal percentage (.407), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.284), and steals (10.88) and are third in scoring (67.6) and blocks (3.7).