This Week in Jacksonville University Athletics

Jan. 8, 2007


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In this edition, we recap both basketball team's perfect home record last week, while looking ahead at the SunTrust River City Rumble battles with North Florida. We will also preview the women's track team as they open the 2007 season at the Florida Intercollegiate.


Men's Basketball

The Dolphins have won six consecutive games at the Jacksonville Veterans Arena this season after dowing Gardner-Webb and Campbell in Atlantic Sun play last week.

JU (6-8, 2-2 A-Sun) began the week by rallying in the final four minutes to knock off Gardner-Webb, 73-64, on Jan. 2.

Jesse Kimbrough led the Dolphins with an all-around effort of 14 points, five assists and six rebounds. Sophomore Marcus Allen finished with 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Corey Claitt and Evan Jefferson both finished in double figures with 10 points apiece.

The Dolphins had a season-high 53 points in the second half en route to a 90-71 win over Campbell on Jan. 4.

They got career nights from several players, namely freshman Tyrone Curnell, who scored 20 points, a new career high. Allen also had a big night for the Dolphins, getting his second double-double of the season with 15 points and a career-high 18 rebounds.

This week, the Dolphins go down the road to face crosstown rival North Florida in the SunTrust River City Rumble on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Fans can catch the game on Comcast Sports Southeast-local channel 54. They will finish the week at Kennesaw State on Saturday with tipoff set of 7:30 p.m.

Women's Basketball

The JU women's basketball team continue their hot streak at home by defeating Gardner-Webb and Campbell last week.

The Dolphins (8-6, 2-2 A-Sun) used a 12-0 run to start the second half against Gardner-Webb to secure a 62-47 victory at the Arena on Jan. 2.

Ashley Williams, who finished with a game-high 18 points, 14 rebounds and four steals, tallied her eighth-career double-double and scored in double figures for the first time in two games. Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire added 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Freshman center Danielle Gray tallied 13 points, six rebounds and three steals.

Two days later, JU finished the week with a 63-55 win over Campbell at Swisher Gynamisum.

Gregoire led the Dolphins with 17 points, a career-high eight assists and nine rebounds. Williams also tallied 15 points, five rebounds and three steals to round out the Dolphins in double figures.

The Dolphins host crosstown rival North Florida on Saturday as JU hopes to gain another point in the second annual SunTrust River City Rumble battle. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.

Women's Track & Field

The Dolphins open the 2007 indoor track season at the Florida Intercollegiate on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.

JU returns 10 athletes from last season's squad that won the A-Sun Indoor and Outdoor Track titles.

Last time out, sophomore Natasha Harvey and freshman Tiffany Bromfield represented the JU track team at the Yale Season Opener on Dec. 9.

Harvey posted a 7.69 to place first in the preliminaries of the 60-meter dash before running a time of 7.72 in the finals to take the event. She also took second in the 200-meter dash (25.52) and recorded a personal best in the shot put with a 10.96m to finish eighth.

Bromfield, who joined JU after a successful career at Hill House High School, ran a time of 9.18 in the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles. She took first in the finals with a mark of 9.24.