Jan. 19, 2007
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -
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With a season-high five-game winning streak under its belt, the JU women's basketball team (10-6, 4-2) will turn its attention to East Tennessee State (10-7, 6-1) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Center.
Dunn close to first milestone
Head coach Jill Dunn has five years of head coaching experience under her belt (3 - JU , 2 - Western Carolina) and is reaching her first coaching milestone.
With one more wins, Dunn will reach 50 career victories. She is also on pace to win the most games in one season, with her highest win total being 12 with the Lady Catamounts in 1999-00.
Along those same lines, she is also on pace to set the JU program record for wins in a season (13) which was set by the 2000-01 squad.
Dolphins double up again
In the midst of the program's best season, the 2006-07 Dolphins have set a new standard.
For the first time in program history (1999-present), JU has won at least 10 games in back-to-back seasons.
After defeating Kennesaw State on Jan. 18, the Dolphins have tallied a season-high five-game winning streak, which is the second longest in program history. The longest overall winning streak all-time is six games (2000-01).
With the Dolphins' win against UNF on Jan. 13, JU recorded two four-game winning streaks in the same season for the first time in program history.
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 since 2001.
The Dolphins are 7-1 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). The most home wins in a season is seven, which was compiled last year when JU went 7-6 on the year.
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 Dolphins' low for longest losing streak in a season was four games (on three occasions) in 2000-01.
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 16 games, Gregoire is second on the squad with 14.3 points and leads the Dolphins with 3.8 assists per game. She also leads the squad with 31 three pointers and is second with 29 steals and an average of 5.9 rebounds per game.
In the conference, she is third in scoring, fourth in assists and tied for fifth 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.
Against Kennesaw State, Gregoire scored a career-high 21 points, including 15 points in the second half alone, to lead the Dolphins to a season-high five-game winning streak.
A steady force
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 four games, the Dolphins are doing a better job of getting her more touches and she is getting back into a 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, a game-high 21 points against North Florida and 15 points at Kennesaw State.
Against Kennesaw State, the Dolphins out rebounded an opponent (53-40) for the second consecutive game.
Senior guard Jenarie Davis tallied a season-high six points in nine minutes of play.
Sophomore guard DaVina Hamilton dished out a career-high six assists.
The Dolphins currently hold the longest winning streak (five) in the A-Sun. JU leads the conference in field-goal percentage (.397), 3-point field goal percentage (.349) and turnover margin (+3.19).