SATURDAY, DECEMBER 02, 2006
Women's Basketball suffers through cold spurts in 72-58 loss to Belmont

Dec. 2, 2006

Box Score

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

In a game of runs, the Dolphins went cold to start the second half which led to an insurmountable deficit as the JU women's basketball team fell to Belmont, 72-58, Saturday afternoon at the Curb Event Center.

JU (4-2, 0-2) had three players finish with double figure points but could not overcome a 2-for-11 effort to start the second half. Belmont (6-2, 2-0) shot 52 percent in the second half (13-25), won the rebounding battle (42-35) and connected on 15-of- 21 free throw attempts compared to 6-of-6 attempts by JU.

With Belmont leading 33-25 at the half, the Bruins used a 15-3 run to open a 48-29 lead after a layup by Brooke Sunday at the 13:39 mark. Trailing by a game-high 20 points with 10:51 remaining, JU staged a comeback by using a 10-1 run to make it 57-46 with seven minutes remaining in the contest. Each team traded baskets for the next six possessions until a put-back layup by Jessica Bobbitt gave the Bruins a 70-54 advantage with 1:55 left.

"We have to put together a consistent performance if we are going to beat a team like Belmont on their home court," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "I liked how we battled back with each run they made, but we dug ourselves too big of a whole to start the second half."

Junior forward Ashley Williams led the Dolphins with 18 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor. Sophomore guard DaVina Hamilton added 12 points, a career-high eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals. Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire tallied 10 points, six rebounds and three assists to round out the double figure scoring. Sophomore guard Crystal Ayers also finished with a season-high four points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal in nine minutes of play.

Alysha Clark finished with a game-high 19 points on only 5-of-10 shooting from the floor, but connected on 9-of-11 from the line, to go along with a game- high 10 rebounds. Shaunda Strayhorn also added 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

In the first half, both teams went back and forth in the early goings until Belmont used a 10-0 run to lead 18-9 after a three-pointer by Amber Rockwell at the 12:30 mark. JU answered with an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 20-17 with 8:14 left after a layup by Williams. The Bruins countered with an 11-0 run to take a 31-17 advantage at the 3:12 mark after a layup by Clark. The Dolphins ended the half with a run of their own (8-2) to make it 33-25 at the break.

The Dolphins will continue their season-high five game road trip against Georgia Tech on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m.