TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2010
Women's basketball plays at UNF on Wednesday
After completing a four-game homestand, the JU women’s basketball team will be back on the road for the next four contests starting on Wednesday at 7 p.m. against cross-town rival North Florida at UNF Arena.
The Dolphins (5-13, 4-6 A-Sun) and Ospreys (5-14, 2-8) each fell to USC Upstate in their last games at home.
On Jan. 18, JU picked up the first win in the SunTrust River City Rumble with a 64-58 overtime victory against UNF at Swisher Gymnasium. With the win, the Dolphins have won the last eight games against UNF after falling to the Ospreys in their first meeting in 2006. The Dolphins secured a 61-42 win against the Ospreys on their court last season.
The contest can be seen live through video streaming on A-Sun.TV or heard live online with Barry Milligan calling the action on 1010XL.com by logging on to JUDolphins.com.
JU has tallied 73 rejections (4.1 bpg) to take the top spot in the A-Sun standings. The Dolphins have recorded four or more blocks in 11 contests, including the last four games.
The Dolphins posted a season-high eight blocks vs. UCF (12/2), while recording seven rejections in consecutive games against Mercer (1/2) and Kennesaw State (1/4). JU had six blocked shots, the third highest total this season, against UNF on Jan. 18.
Individually, senior forward Desarae Johnson had four blocks (third highest single-game total all-time) in the loss to UCF, while four different Dolphins have registered three blocks in a game this season. Senior forward Crystal Grable has recorded two blocks in each of the last three games, including at least one rejection in seven of the last eight games.
Williams finds a niche
From Jan. 14-Jan. 18, Williams had led the team in scoring with 14.0 points per game, including three straight double-digit efforts. She has hit 7-of-13 attempts (.538) from beyond the arc, while ranking second in field goal percentage (.452).
Williams began her stretch with 11 points in 24 minutes off the bench against Lipscomb on Jan. 14. She followed the effort up with a career-best 14 points in the Dolphins’ loss to Belmont (Jan. 16) at Veterans Memorial Arena. Two days later, Williams would break her career mark with 17 points in a season-high 29 minutes during the UNF win at Swisher Gymnasium. She would also connect on 5-of-8 shots from beyond the arc, including a three-pointer with less than a minute remaining in overtime to clinch the win.
Against USC Upstate, Williams tallied her second career start and posted double-figures for the fourth consecutive game with 10 points. She also recorded a career-best in steals (6) and minutes (32).
With her recent streak, Williams now ranks third on the team in scoring (6.4 ppg) and first in three-point field goal percentage (.333).