Women's Basketball falls just short in 76-69 loss to Georgia Southern

Dec. 13, 2006

Box Score

STATESBORO, Ga. - A late push with less than a minute remaining and four Dolphins scoring in double figures was not enough to overcome a nine-point halftime deficit as the JU women's basketball team fell to Georgia Southern, 76-69, Wednesday evening at the Hanner Fieldhouse.

JU (4-4) shot 39 percent from the field (26-66) and scored only 22 points off of 21 Eagles' turnovers to drop its fourth consecutive contest. Georgia Southern (5-5) finished 55 percent from the floor (32-58), outscored the Dolphins 40-30 in the paint and tallied a 10-2 advantage in fast break points.

With the Eagles leading 71-64 with 2:26 remaining, sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire nailed a three-pointer to cap a 5-0 run to make it 71-69 with 44 seconds left in the contest.

The Dolphins applied full-court pressure, but Ashley Rivens made a layup to put the Eagles up 73-69 with 34 seconds remaining. The Dolphins were forced to foul and GSU connected on 3-of-4 free throws to seal the game.

"We came out sluggish in the first half and we dug too deep of a hole to overcome," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "We battled back a couple of times in the second half but we couldn't make the big stop to get ourselves over the hump."

Gregoire finished with a game-high 16 points, seven rebounds and four steals to lead the Dolphins. Junior forward Ashley Williams tallied 15 points and six rebounds, while connecting on 7-of-8 free throws. Freshman guard Courtney Jackson tallied a season-high 13 points on 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Freshman center Danielle Gray finished with 11 points rounding out the Dolphins scoring.

Tiffany Brown led the Lady Eagles with 15 points and six rebounds. Ashley Rivens also added 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor. Carolyn Whitney (11) and Shawnda Atwood (10) rounded out the double-figure scoring for GSU.

Leading 44-35 at the half, the Eagles pushed the lead to 51-39 when Tiffany Brown hit a jumper at the 16:32 mark. JU answered with a 5-0 run to make it 51-44 after a three-pointer by Jackson at the 15:51 mark.

The Dolphins made it 55-50 after a three-pointer by Gregoire with 14:29 left but GSU pushed the lead to 60-52 on a layup by Concella Henry at the 12:20 mark. The Dolphins used a 6-0 run to make it 60-58 after a pair of free-throws by Williams with 8:47 remaining. The Eagles pushed the lead back to 66-60 after a pair of free throws by Carolyn Whitney with 5:54 left, but a layup by Williams made it 66-63 at the 4:09 mark.

In the first half, each team traded baskets through the first three minutes until the Lady Eagles used an 8-2 run to take a 15-8 advantage at the 15:08 mark. JU answered with an 8-0 run, capped by a jumper by sophomore guard Regina Omoite, to cut the deficit to 15-14 with 11:34 left.

After trading baskets, GSU used an 8-0 run to lead 25-16 after a layup by Atwood at the 9:10 mark. JU answered with a 5-0 run to make it 25-21 at the 8:12 mark after a layup by Gregoire.

Both teams continued to trade baskets until a jumper by Gregoire but the lead to 31-29 with 5:16 left. GSU answered with a 13-4 run to end the half with a 44-35 advantage.

The Dolphins will complete their season-high five game road trip against Bethune-Cookman on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.