Jan. 12, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
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After tallying its third consecutive win on Jan. 6, the
JU women's basketball team (8-6, 2-2) will gear up to
host cross-town rival North Florida (3-11, 2-2) for
the SunTrust River City Rumble on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Paving her own way
Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire
possesses the most untapped potential and is
beginning to develop into one of the most dynamic
players in the A-Sun Conference.
In 14 games, Gregoire is second on the
squad with 13.9 points and leads the Dolphins with
4.0 assists per game and 27 steals. She also leads
the squad with 29 three pointers and is second with
an average of 5.7 rebounds per game.
In the conference, she is third in scoring
and assists and fourth in three-pointers made.
Gregoire tallied her first double-double (12
points, 11 rebounds) against Charleston Southern on
Nov. 25. She came close to the program's first triple-
double (17 points, nine rebounds, eight assists)
against Campbell on Jan. 6.
A nose for the line
Freshman center Danielle Gray is averaging
6.6 points per contest in her first season. The
interesting point to look at from the stats is the fact
she has only attempted 75 shots in 14 games and is
shooting 39 percent from the floor.
So where is the extra offense coming from?
How about the free-throw line, where she leads the
squad with 60 attempts and is second with 34 made
free throws this season.
Gray set a season-high by going 10-of-14
from the charity stripe against Florida A&M on Dec.
30. She has attempted at least five free throws in
five games this season.
Since being named A-Sun "Player of the
Week" on Nov. 20, junior forward Ashley Williams has
become a target for opposing defenses.
In her first four games, Williams averaged
22.3 points per contest and was shooting 63.8
percent from the floor (37-58).
In her next eight contests, Williams
averaged 12.4 points and shot 42 percent from the
field (42-100). She finished below 10 points in two
consecutive games for the first time in her career.
In her last two games, the Dolphins are
doing a better job of getting her more touches and
she apparently found her grove again.
Against Gardner-Webb she finished with a
game-high 18 points and 14 rebounds to record the
eighth double-double of the her career. She followed
up that effort with 15 points against Campbell.
Against Campbell, the Dolphins finished with
less than 10 turnovers (nine) for the first time since
2002. The squad also shot 40 percent from the floor
in back-to-back games for the first time since
Belmont (12/2) and Georgia Tech (12/10). The
Dolphins currently hold the longest winning streak
(three) in the A-Sun. JU leads the conference in
scoring margin (+2.4), field-goal percentage (.390), 3-
point field goal percentage (.354), steals (11.29 spg)
and turnover margin (+3.86).
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. The previous
record of 16 steals was set on two occasions.
Among the culprits were a career-high six
steals by sophomore guard Regina Omoite, which
ranks second in the single-game record books.
The Dolphins, which has 158 steals,
currently leads the A-Sun with an average of 11.29
steals per contest. JU has tallied at least 10 steals in
10 games this season, including its last five contests,
and is on pace to break the program record of 262
which was set last season.
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 (+3.86) and is second in assist-to-
turnover ratio (0.69) with an average of 19.6
turnovers per contest. The Dolphins are also causing
havoc on the defensive end by forcing a conference-
high 23.4 turnovers per game.
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 6-1 at home 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).