Nov. 28, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
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After starting the season 4-0 for the first
time in program history, the JU women's basketball
team will open Atlantic Sun Conference play against
Lipscomb (2-4) at Allen Arena on Thursday at 7 p.m.
JU, which earned its first four-game winning
streak since 2000-01, will play the first game of a
scheduled doubleheader with the JU men's team.
The contest can be heard live on
www.judolphins.com as part of the JU SportsNetwork.
Joel Lamp will handle play-by-play duties and Josh
Ellis will provide color commentary for the second
Head coach Jill Dunn
Jill Dunn enters her third season as head
coach of the Jacksonville University women's
Prior to JU, Dunn spent three years helping
Georgia State to three consecutive A-Sun
Conference titles from 2001-04. Before joining
Georgia State, Dunn was the top assistant coach at
Miami University (Ohio), during the 2000-01 season.
Prior to her one-year stint in Miami, Dunn
served as the head coach at Western Carolina
University in Cullowhee, N.C., from 1998-00. In her
final season with the program, the Lady Catamounts
posted 12 wins which was the most in 15 seasons at
Before being elevated to the head spot at
Western Carolina, she was the top assistant coach
during the 1997-98 campaign. Dunn's coaching career
began at the University of South Carolina, where she
was as an assistant coach from 1994-97.
Dunn's success began as a player at
Georgia Southern, where she was a three-year
starter from 1989-93. She was named to the Georgia
Southern Hall of Fame on Nov. 4.
A-Will Plugs Away
Proving last season wasn't a fluke, junior
forward Ashley Williams set the program record for
points in a game by tallying 32 at Charleston
Southern on Nov. 13.
A preseason all-conference selection,
Williams made 14-of-16 shots from the floor (.875)
and connected on 4-of-4 shots from the free-throw
line. She also led the squad with five steals.
Williams followed that effort with a
game-high 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the
field to go along with seven rebounds on Nov. 17
against South Carolina State.
For her efforts, she was named A-
Sun "Player of the Week" for the third time in her
career on Nov. 20.
On Nov. 21 against UCF, Williams racked up
a game-high 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the
floor. Then concluded the weekend with a 19 points,
11 rebound performance against Charleston Southern
for her first double-double of the season and the
seventh of her career.
Williams currently leads the conference with
an average of 22.2 points and a .638 field-goal
Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire
possesses the most untapped potential and is
beginning to develop into the perfect compliment to
junior forward Ashley Williams.
In four games, Gregoire is second on the
squad with 13.5 points and seven rebounds per
contest and leads the team with 5.8 assists per
game. She is also second with a 7-for-15 effort
(.420) from beyond the arc.
She capped off the week with 12 points, 11
rebounds against Charleston Southern for her first
Gregoire is currently second in assists and
assist-to-turnover ratio (1.28) and seventh in scoring.
Regina Getting O-fensive
Sophomore guard Regina Omoite is starting
to find her range in the past week and is becoming
another offensive threat for the Dolphins.
Omoite started the week with a season-
high 13 points, including a 3-for-6 effort from 3-point
territory, against UCF. She followed it up with a 13
point performance, including 3-for-5 from beyond the
arc, against Charleston Southern on Nov. 25.
Omoite is currently second in the
conference with 2.25 three's per game, sixth in three-
point percentage (.474) and leads the A-Sun in free-
throw -percentage (10-for-10).
Sophomore guard DaVina Hamilton was not
asked to score a lot in her first season with the
program but the times are a changing.
With the graduation of Sheena Carpenter
(14.0 ppg), Hamilton has been plugged into the
shooting guard spot and has been told to look for her
In her first start at Charleston Southern,
she finished with a career-high 17 points on 6-of-10
shooting from the field, including a 3-for-3 effort from
beyond the arc, in only 20 minutes of action.
Hamilton followed that effort with 12 points,
six rebounds, six assists and four steals against
South Carolina State on Nov. 17.
Despite going without a point against UCF,
Hamilton bounced back with 16 points, five rebounds,
three assists and three steals against Charleston
Injuries Still Nagging
No matter what the year, it seems that
injuries are the center of attention for the JU
women's basketball program.
Last season, sophomore guard Crystal Ayers
missed the entire season due to surgery on her right
knee after transferring from Okaloosa-Walton Junior
Ayers has returned for her first season but
freshman forward Crystal Grable will be sidelined
indefinitely after knee surgery. In two preseason
games, Grable averaged 6.5 points and 6.5 rebounds
Ford Chooses to Retire
More bad luck has struck the Dolphins this
season as sophomore forward Kelly Ford chose to
retire after suffering her third concussion in a year,
the latest coming in preseason practice.
A local native from University High School,
Ford provided the blue collar effort under the basket
as JU reached the A-Sun Tournament for the first
time since 2001. Ford averaged 3.9 points and 3.6
rebounds after appearing in all 28 games, including 19
starts as a true freshman.
Although her decision ends her playing
career, she will stay with the squad as a student
assistant on the sidelines.