Women's basketball has streaks snapped with 80-74 loss to ETSU

Jan. 28, 2008

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - All good things must come to an end and that was certainly the case for the Dolphins as Michelle DeVault's hot hand was a key factor in the JU women's basketball team's 80-74 loss to East Tennessee State, Monday afternoon in front of 823 fans for "Pack the House" at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (16-4, 6-1) had several streaks broken with the loss despite finishing with game high's in assists (19), blocks (five), while winning the turnover margin (19-23), points in the paint (36-30), points off turnovers (28-15), second chance points (12-9) and fast break points (14-6).

The Dolphins had their program record streaks snapped after winning 14 consecutive games against A-Sun opponents, 10 consecutive games and 17 consecutive games at home, which was the second longest streak in the nation.

ETSU (10-10, 6-1) moves into a tie first place in the A-Sun standings after shooting a game-high 46.6 percent (27-58) from the field and 56.3 percent from beyond the arc, including a career-best 6-of-7 effort by DeVault.

"If you look at the stat sheet, the game looks like it should have been even, but ETSU's effort and hot shooting was the deciding factor," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "They proved they wanted to win more than we did even though we were playing on our home court. We need to refocus and get back to the kind of play that got us to this point."

Trailing by as many as 13 points at the 12:45 mark (58-45), JU crawled its way back into the contest with a 6-0 run to make it 58-54 on a layup by junior guard Virginia Gregoire with 10:06 left. ETSU answered with a 6-0 run of its own to make it 64-54 on a layup by Siarre Evans at the 8:04 mark.

The Dolphins scratched back again with a 7-0 run, capped by a pair of free throws by senior forward Ashley Williams with 3:59 left, to make it 66-63 with 3:59 left. ETSU got a pair of free throws by Latisha Belcher to push the lead back to five points (68-63) and Williams connected on another pair of free throws to make it 68-65 with 3:13 remaining. The Dolphins could never get over the top as the Bucs answered once again, this time with a 7-0 run, and put the game out of reach with 1:14 left.

Gregoire led the Dolphins with a game-high 21 points, her first back-to-back 20-point performance this season, while tallying seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Williams finished with 16 points, a game-high eight rebounds and four blocks and two steals. Sophomore guard Courtney Jackson finished with 15 points and six rebounds while Regina Omoite chipped in with 10 points, seven assists and three steals.

DeVault led the Bucs' offense with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field while Evans added 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Kelly Turman chipped in with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor.

In the first half, JU held its only lead of the contest (2-0) when Gregoire scored on a layup at the 19:12 mark but DeVault answered with her first three to set the tone for the contest. ETSU took an 11-6 lead on a three-point play by Latisha Belcher at the 15:47 mark. The Bucs increased the margin to 26-14 on a jumper by Evans with 9:37 remaining but JU cut the margin to 34-31 on an open court steal and layup with 3:13 left. ETSU answered with a 5-0 run, capped by a Thurman jumper with 31 seconds remaining, to take a 39-31 lead at the break.

The Dolphins will host Gardner-Webb on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The contest can be seen live on ASunTV as part of the JU Sports Network.