Women's Hoops hosts Gardner-Webb on Thursday at the Downtown Arena

Jan. 3, 2007


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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 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.

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 Charleston Southern.
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- rounded player.
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.

Dolphin Notables
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 two occasions.
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 ring true.
In her first year, JU averaged 17.1 turnovers per contest, compared to 19.0 by its opponents.
In year two, the Dolphin's 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 (+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 year.