Women's Basketball makes it three in a row with 63-55 win over Campbell

Jan. 6, 2007

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU women's basketball team is hitting its stride in the New Year as the Dolphins won their third consecutive game with a 63-55 win over Campbell, Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (8-6, 2-2), which is now a program-best 5-1 at home, finished with less than 10 turnovers (nine) for the first time since 2002. The Dolphins also tallied 10 steals while forcing 20 Lady Camels' turnovers.

Campbell (3-10, 1-2) held a 48-31 rebounding advantage and kept the Dolphins without a basket for the last nine minutes in the second half, but shot 35 percent from the floor (21-59).

Leading 33-30 at the half, JU opened the second period with a 19-6 run to lead 52-36 at the 14:04 mark. After a layup by junior forward Ashley Williams gave the Dolphins a 56-44 lead with 8:54 remaining, JU would not score a basket for the remainder of the contest.

During that span, in which the Dolphins went 0-6 from the field and 0-5 from the line, Campbell slowly cut the deficit to 56-51 after a free throw by Adrienne Riley with 2:16 remaining.

Williams connected on a free throw with 1:12 left to end the Lady Camels' 7-0 run and give the Dolphins a 57-51 advantage. JU then finished the contest connecting on 6-of-8 free throws to hold onto the victory.

"Other than our poor free-throw shooting, I thought this was one of the most well rounded games that we have played," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "We did a terrific job of taking care of the ball and we played with a sense of urgency today."

Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire led the Dolphins with 17 points, a career-high eight assists and nine rebounds. Williams also tallied 15 points, five rebounds and three steals to round out the Dolphins in double figures.

Marlena Murphy led Campbell with a game-high 19 points and 11 rebounds, while shooting 8-of-14 from the floor. Adrienne Riley finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.

In the first half, JU jumped out to an early 11-5 lead at the 14:29 mark before pushing the lead to 19-9 at the 11:02 mark after a layup by Gregoire.

Trailing by as many as 11 points, Campbell cut the deficit to 30-28 after three three-pointers in four possessions. Sophomore guard Regina Omoite answered with a three with 35 seconds remaining but Leitita Dickson hit a running jumper in the lane to make it at 33-30 deficit at the half.

JU will next host cross-town rival North Florida for the SunTrust River City Rumble at Swisher Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m.