Jan. 3, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
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After snapping a two-game slide with a win on Dec.
30, the JU women's basketball team will play its final
game at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
when the Dolphins host Gardner-Webb on Thursday
at 5 p.m. The game will be the first of a scheduled
doubleheader with the JU men's team.
Head coach Jill Dunn
Jill Dunn is in her third season as head
coach of the Jacksonville University women's
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
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.
A bump in the road
Since being named A-Sun Player of the
Week on Nov. 20, junior forward Ashley Williams has
become a target for opposing defenses and the
numbers are starting to reflect the extra attention.
In her first four games, Williams averaged
22.3 points per contest and was shooting 63.8
percent from the floor (37-58). She started off the
year with a career and program-high 32 points at
In her last eight contests, Williams is
averaging 12.4 points and is shooting 42 percent from
the field (42-100). She finished below 10 points in her
last two games for the first time in her career.
Paving her own way
Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire
possesses the most untapped potential and is
beginning to develop into the Dolphins most well-
In 12 games, Gregoire is second on the
squad with 13.6 points and leads the Dolphins with
3.8 assists per game and 24 steals. She also leads
the squad with 25 three pointers and is third with an
average of 5.5 rebounds per game.
Against Charleston Southern on Nov. 25,
Gregoire finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds for
her first career double-double.
Freshman center Danielle Gray connected
on a season-high 10-of-14 free throws against
Florida A&M. Sophomore guard Regina Omoite tallied
five steals vs. the Lady Rattlers. JU leads the Atlantic
Sun Conference in scoring (66.2 ppg), scoring margin
(+0.9), field-goal percentage (.389), 3-point field
goal percentage (.349), steals (11.00 spg) and
turnover margin (+3.00).
Despite the loss to Niagara on Dec. 18, JU
set a new standard for steals by tallying a program-
record 17 against the Purple Eagles.
Among the culprits were a career-high six
steals by sophomore guard Regina Omoite, which
ranks second in the single-game record books.
The previous record of 16 steals was set on
The Dolphins currently lead the A-Sun with
an average of 11.0 steals per contest.
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 four games, Grable is averaging 2.0
points and 3.3 rebounds. She logged a season-high
16 minutes against Niagara.
A Familiar Face Returns
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.
She made her first appearance against
Niagara on Dec. 18.
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
In her first year, JU averaged 17.1
turnovers per contest, compared to 19.0 by its
In year two, the Dolphin's finished with 18.8
turnovers per contest compared to 19.0 by their
This year, JU is leading the A-Sun in
turnover margin (+3.00) and is second in assist-to-
turnover ratio (0.68) with an average of 20.4
turnovers per contest. The Dolphins are also causing
havoc on the defensive end by forcing a conference-
high 23.4 turnovers per game. No other team in the
conference is forcing more than 20 turnovers on the