Women's Hoops rallies for 57-53 win over Florida A&M

Dec. 30, 2006

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU women's basketball team took advantage of free throw opportunities in the second half as the Dolphins erased a seven-point deficit to defeat Florida A&M, 57-53, Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (6-6), which is off to a program best start at home (4-1), ended its non-conference schedule with a win after connecting on 13-of-19 free throws in the second half. Florida A&M (5-6) held the Dolphins to 29 percent shooting from the floor (17-58) but allowed 31 JU points off of 29 turnovers.

Trailing 49-46 with 5:10 left, JU took the lead for good (50-49) at the 4:05 mark after a jumper by sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire. The Dolphins pushed the lead to 55-49 with 2:54 remaining after a pair of free throws by freshman center Danielle Gray and a three-pointer by Gregoire.

The Lady Rattlers would but the contest to 55-53 following a jumper by Taniyah Dawson but sophomore guard DaVina Hamilton hit two more free throws to ice the game.

"Our hustle and aggressiveness gave us the opportunity to get a win today," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "Danielle did a tremendous job a getting to the line and making her free throws. We also created turnovers with our pressure defense and it gave us a chance to get to the basket."

Gregoire led the Dolphins with a game-high 16 points. Gray tallied 12 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the free-throw line to go along with five rebounds. Sophomore guard Regina Omoite added nine points, four assists and five steals. Junior forward Ashley Williams, who finished with seven points on 3-of-9 shooting from the field, did not score at least 10 points in back-to-back games for the first time in her career.

Deidra Jones led the Lady Rattlers with 11 points and eight rebounds. Joslyene Jackson added 10 points to round out the FAMU's double digit scorers.

Trailing 30-25 at the half, JU took a 36-35 lead at the 15:14 mark after a layup by Gregoire. FAMU answered with an 8-0 run to take a 43-36 advantage with 12:22 remaining. The Dolphins bounced back with a 7-0 run to tie contest (43-43) at the 11:03 mark.

Both teams would trade baskets for the next two minutes until the Lady Rattlers led 49-46 after a free throw by Marke Freeman at the 5:10 mark.

In the first half, JU jumped out to an early 6-2 lead (all by Gregoire) at the 16:19 mark before FAMU took a 9-8 advantage on a jumper by Taniyah Dawson at the 13:27 mark. The Dolphins used an 8-0 run, capped by a three-pointer by Gregoire, to take a 21- 15 lead with 8:27 remaining.

The Lady Rattlers answered with a 13-0 run to take a 28-21 advantage with 1:43 remaining in the half. JU cut the margin to 28-25 after back-to-back jumpers by Hamilton but Marke Freeman hit a pair of free throws to give FAMU a 30-25 lead at the half.

JU will return to Atlantic Sun Conference play on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. as the Dolphins host Gardner- Webb at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The contest will be the first of a scheduled doubleheader with the JU men's team.