SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2006
Women's Hoops shakes poor shooting to defeat Charleston Southern, 74-71

Nov. 25, 2006

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Junior forward Ashley Williams and sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire each recorded a double-double to rally the JU women's basketball team from a late six- point deficit en route to a 74-71 win over Charleston Southern, Saturday evening at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The contest marked the first game played by the JU women's team in the Downtown Arena.

JU (4-0) stays undefeated despite blowing a 15-point first half advantage as the Dolphins trailed, 38-34, at the half. The Dolphins shot an abysmal 45 percent from the free-throw line (19-31) but won the rebounding (47-43) and turnover (25-20) battles to go along with a 12-4 advantage in steals.

"I keep saying it, but we just continue to find ways to win," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "We still have a lot of areas where we need to be more focused but we are continuing to make the big plays when we need to.

"We need to start correcting our mistakes as we open conference play next week in Nashville. Our focus right now is to prepare for some tough games against Lipscomb and Belmont."

CSU (0-4) shot 49 percent from the floor (32-65) and dominated the points in the paint (46-32) but could not hold back an opportunistic JU defense, which forced seven turnovers in the final six minutes.

Trailing 61-55 with 6:33 remaining, JU used an 8-0 run to lead 63-61 after a three-point play by Gregoire at the five minute mark. The Lady Bucs answered with a 4-0 run to take a 65-63 advantage after a jumper by Rachel Potts with 3:42 remaining.

After a running jumper by freshman guard Courtney Jackson to tie the game, JU used a 7-2 run to lead 71-67 with 1:20 left in the contest. The Lady Bucs would get no closer than two points for the remainder of the contest as the Dolphins went 3-for- 4 from the line to seal the game.

In the first half, JU cruised early as the Dolphins used a 12-0 run to lead 20-8 after a three-pointer by sophomore guard DaVina Hamilton at the 13:26 mark. JU pushed the lead to a game-high 15 points (30-15) after a jumper by Williams with 7:54 remaining.

The Dolphins would go without a basket for the next 7:33 as CSU used a 20-1 run to lead 35-31 after a jumper by Keena Wicker with 21 seconds left. Hamilton answered with a three-point play to make it 35-34 with 11 seconds left but Tojalynn Atmore connected on a three-pointer at the buzzer to make it 38-34 at the break.

Williams finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds to record her first double-double of the season and the seventh of her career. Gregoire finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and a team-high four assists. Hamilton put up 16 points, five rebounds, three assist and three steals. Sophomore guard Regina Omoite rounded out the JU scoring with 13 points, including a 3-for-5 effort from beyond the arc.

Wicker led CSU with 19 points and 14 rebounds while Amber James posted 19 points and 12 rebounds. Pam Tolbert tallied 11 points and four assists while Atmore finished with 10 points rounding out the Lady Bucs in double figures.

The Dolphins will gear up for their season-long five- game road trip by opening Atlantic Sun Conference play at Lipscomb on Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. The contest can be heard live on www.judolphins.com as part of the JU Sports Network.