Dec. 18, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
After a four-game losing streak to end a season-long
five-game road trip, the JU women's basketball team
will return to the friendly confines for Swisher
Gymnasium on Monday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. against
A Familiar Face Returns Home
Niagara head coach Bill Angronin is no
stranger to Jacksonville University as he leads his
Purple Eagles to their first showdown with the
Dolphins in program history.
Angronin, who is in his 13th season at
Niagara, was a graduate of JU in 1970 and played on
the Dolphin baseball team as an outfielder from 1968-
Under head coach Barry Myers, Angronin
helped the Dolphins to a 31-8 overall record and the
program's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament
After sitting out the final few weeks of the
2005-06 season and the first half of this year due to
personal reasons, senior guard Nakina Alford has
returned to the Dolphin lineup.
One of the top outside threats for the
Dolphins, Alford finished last season ranked third on
the squad with 7.9 points per contest. She also led
the squad with 39 three-point baskets and a 33.3
percent clip from beyond the arc.
Grable is Able
Freshman forward Crystal Grable made her
collegiate debut against Bethune-Cookman on Dec.
16 after missing the first eight games of the season.
Grable, who sat out to recover from knee
surgery, made her presence felt in the middle by
tallying three points and six rebounds in only seven
minutes of action.
In two preseason games, Grable averaged
6.5 points and 6.5 rebounds before having surgery.
Freshman guard Courtney Jackson grabbed
a season-high seven rebounds at Bethune-Cookman.
Junior forward Ashley Williams tallied a season-high
three blocks against BCC. Sophomore guard Crystal
Ayers logged a season-high 23 minutes in the
contest. JU leads the Atlantic Sun Conference in
scoring (67.6 ppg), scoring margin (+2.6), field-goal
percentage (.412), 3-point field goal percentage
(.351) and turnover margin (+2.33).
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
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).
JU snapped its four-game losing streak on
Dec. 16, which was the longest losing streak since a
six-game slide in 2005-06. The longest losing streak
in the Jill Dunn era was eight during her first season
with the program (2004-05).