Women's basketball smothers North Florida, 53-38, to continue streak

Jan. 19, 2008

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Know for its offensive swagger, the Dolphin defense continues to make a statement by holding their second straight opponent under .300 percent shooting while also allowing the fewest point in program history as the JU women's basketball team tightened the screws on cross-town rival North Florida, 53-38, Saturday afternoon in SunTrust River City Rumble at UNF Arena.

JU (15-3, 5-0), tied a program record with nine consecutive wins, won the battle of the boards (39-38), turnovers (21-20) and steals (11-8) while tallying 17 points off of turnovers and 15 second chance points. The Dolphins also tied a season-high with eight blocks while breaking the program record for points allowed (40 points where scored on two occasions).

The Dolphins have now won 13 consecutive games against A-Sun opponents, seven consecutive road games against conference opponents and six consecutive games on the road. JU, which earned a vote in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25 Poll, also holds the second longest winning streak in the nation (17).

UNF (8-9, 3-2) scored only 19 points in each half while shooting 29.8 percent from the floor (17-57). The Ospreys also went without a basked for a total of 12:18 which started at the end of the first half and continued into the second period.

"UNF is the top defensive team in the conference and we knew they were going to try and slow the pace down," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "We were able to rely on our defense for the second straight game until our offense could get going. I'm proud of the way that we have been able to adjust to our opponent's style and find a way to win."

Senior forward Ashley Williams finished with a game-high 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor while also tallying game highs with seven rebounds and four blocks. Junior guard Virginia Gregoire registered 12 points, six rebounds and three steals and junior guard Regina Omoite chipped in with five points, five rebounds, seven assists and two steals.

Junior guard DaVina Hamilton tallied a game-high four steals and freshman center Gabby Sermons scored her first collegiate basket with less than 10 seconds left in the contest.

Jennifer Guldager led the Ospreys with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor while dishing out four assists. Antoinette Reames chipped in with eight points while Shennette Sheffield and Shandrea Moore each grabbed seven rebounds.

In the first half, JU made only two field goals in the first 10 minutes of the half as UNF took an 11-4 lead. The Dolphins started to pick up the pace offensively while tightening up the defense to spark an 11-3 run which gave JU a 20-19 lead after a three-point play by sophomore forward Crystal Grable (5:01). The Dolphins would hold the Ospreys scoreless in the final five minutes of the half to take a 22-19 lead at the break.

In the second frame, the Dolphins took advantage of UNF's cold shooting by extending their lead to 34-19 with a 17-0 run. JU would never look back as the Ospreys never got any closer than 13 points.

The Dolphins will conclude their four-game road trip at USC Upstate on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. The contest can be seen live on ASunTV as part of the JU Sports Network.