TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2006
Women's Basketball plays at Georgia Southern on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Dec. 12, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

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After dropping three straight games, the JU women's basketball team will continue its season-high five- game road trip against Georgia Southern (4-5) at the Hanner Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.

Head coach Jill Dunn
Jill Dunn enters her third season as head coach of the Jacksonville University women's basketball program.
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 WCU.
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.

Taking care of the ball
One of the staples of a Jill Dunn program is winning the turnover battles. Now in her third season with the program, those numbers are beginning to ring true.
In her first year, JU averaged 17.1 turnovers per contest, compared to 19.0 by its opponents. The Dolphins' turnover margin (+1.89) ranked second in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Florida Atlantic (+2.14) and Troy (+1.07) were the only other members to post a positive turnover margin on the year.
In year two, the Dolphin's inexperience showed up early as JU averaged 20.3 turnovers compared to 18.1 by its opponents in the first 14 games of the season. In the last 14 games, JU averaged 17.3 compared to 19.9 by its opponents. The Dolphins finished with 18.8 turnovers per contest compared to 19.0 by their opponents.
This year, JU is leading the A-Sun in turnover margin (+2.34) and assist-to-turnover ratio (0.76) with an average of 20.1 turnovers per contest. The Dolphins are also causing havoc on the defensive end by forcing 23.4 turnovers per game.

A-Will to Score
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.
Against Lipscomb, Williams kept her double figure streak alive with 13 points but only grabbed two rebounds due to fouls limiting her to only 19 minutes.
She completed the road trip by leading the squad with 18 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field against Belmont.

Triple Threat
Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire possesses the most untapped potential and is beginning to develop into the perfect compliment to junior forward Ashley Williams.
In seven games, Gregoire is second on the squad with 12.6 points and leads the team with 6.1 rebounds and five assists per game. She also leads the squad with 14 three pointers after going a career- best 4-for-8 at Georgia Tech on Dec. 10.
Against Charleston Southern on Nov. 25, Gregoire finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double-double.

D-Vine intervention
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 shot.
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 Southern on Nov. 25.
Hamilton had another let down with only four points against Lipscomb but she bounced back with 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals at Belmont.
The Dolphins are 1-2 on the season when she does not register at least 10 points in a contest.

Dolphin Notables
Freshman guard Teneshia Ruff tallied her first career points after going 1-for-2 from the floor in six minutes at Georgia Tech. Sophomore guard Regina Omoite tied her career-high with eight rebounds against Georgia Tech. Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire went a career-best 4-for-8 from beyond the arc at Georgia Tech. With their loss to Georgia Tech, the Dolphins snapped a five-game winning streak in non-conference action. JU leads the Atlantic Sun Conference in scoring (68.9 ppg), field-goal percentage (.423), 3-point field goal percentage (.364) and assists (15.9 apg).

Streaking

JU started the season off on a good note by winning its first four games of the season. The feat was the best start by the Dolphins in program history and marked the first four-game winning streak since 2001.
The Dolphins are also 3-0 at Swisher Gymnasium to start the year, which is also the best start in program history. The longest winning streak at home for JU is six games (2000-01, 2005-06).

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 College.
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 per contest.

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.

JU Inks Three During Early Signing Period
JU announced the signing of guard Janelle Grayson of North Atlanta High School, forward/center Lynsey Paschal of Sandy Creek High School and center Gabrielle Sermons of Open Bible Christian High School to National Letters of Intent, head coach Jill Dunn announced on Nov. 20.
Grayson, a 5-foot-6 senior, was named team offensive MVP after averaging 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals as a junior. She was teammates with current Dolphin freshman Courtney Jackson.
Paschal, a 6-foot senior, has been a three- year starter in the post to help the Patriots post a 75-21 record during that span.
Sermons, a 6-foot-3 senior, has led the Warriors to back-to-back state championships and an overall record off 47-2 during that span.

Williams Earns Preseason Honors
Junior forward Ashley Williams became only the third Dolphin in program history to be named to the preseason All-Atlantic Sun Conference team. She joins forward Kat Sungy (2001-02) and guard Sheena Carpenter (2005-06).
Last season, Williams became the first Dolphin to receive first team all-conference honors since Kat Sungy (2000-01) and the first player to receive A- Sun "Player of the Week" accolades twice in one season.

Dolphins ranked fifth in A-Sun poll
The Dolphins were voted to finish fifth in the Atlantic Sun Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.
Belmont, who received seven first-place votes, was selected to finish first with 97 points. Gardner-Webb, received three first- place votes and is tabbed as the tournament champions, was predicted to finish second with 90 points. East Tennessee State (72), Campbell (65) and JU (55) rounded out the top five while Mercer (54), Stetson (39), Lipscomb (36), North Florida (27) and Kennesaw State (15) made up the rest of the poll.

New face on the sidelines
Along with five new members of the squad, Nitasha Brown will join the Dolphin coaching staff as a graduate assistant.
Brown comes the First Coast after completing a stellar four-year career as a point guard at Auburn (2003-06), including two years under Hall of Fame coach Joe Ciampi.
As a senior with the Tigers, Brown was named team captain and co-MVP after averaging 11 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists while shooting 35.2 percent (50-of-142) from beyond the arc. She helped lead the squad to the NCAA Tournament appearance that same season.
As a junior, she started 13 games and averaged 3.9 points and 1.8 assists to lead the Tigers to an NIT title.