Women's Basketball holds off Valdosta State, 52-46, in exhibition finale

Nov. 8, 2006


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Sophomore guard DaVina Hamilton finished with a game-high 14 points, two blocks and two steals to lead the JU women's basketball team to 52-46 win over Valdosta State, Wednesday evening in JU's exhibition finale at Swisher Gymnasium.

Hamilton shot 5-of-11 from the field, including a 2-for-2 effort from beyond the arc, to lead the Dolphins offense. Junior forward Ashley Williams tallied 12 points but sat out most of the game with early foul trouble. Freshman forward Desarea Johnson added seven points on 3-of-5 shooting from the floor in just 10 minutes of play. JU shot 34 percent from the floor (18-53) but held the Lady Blazers to only 32 percent (18-55) and won the rebounding margin, 42-33.

"We made an emphasis on defense and rebounding when we came into this game and that is what pulled us through tonight," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "I'd like to see us shoot the ball better and cut down on the turnovers but we wanted to focus on those two areas and we did a good job of improving from last week. We just need to come together as a team and work out the rest of it."

JU jumped out to a early 6-0 lead in the first three minutes before VSU answered with a 10-0 run, which was capped by a Carly Collins jumper at the 13:06 mark. The Dolphins trailed by no more than four points for the next six minutes until Hamilton nailed her first 3-pointer to give JU a 16-14 lead with 7:55 left in the half. VSU recaptured the lead, 20-18 on a jumper by Tamika Booker but JU took the lead for good when Hamilton hit her second 3-point basket to give the Dolphins a 22-20 lead with 2:50 left.

Leading 26-23 at the half, the Dolphins opened the second frame with a 5-0 run to lead 30-23 at the 18:24 mark. The Lady Blazers cut the margin to 32-20 after a 3-pointer by Julie Kongeskov but JU answered with a 12-4 run, capped by a jumper by Johnson at the 9:23 mark. VSU would get as close as three points (46-43) after a jumper by Vanna Cure with 2:29 left in the game, but a pair of free throws and a jumper by sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire in consecutive possessions and a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Regina Omoite sealed the game.

The Dolphins will open the 2006-07 regular-season at Charleston Southern on Monday at 5 p.m.