SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2007
Women's Basketball holds off Mercer, 58-47

Jan. 27, 2007

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Junior forward Ashley Williams picked up where she left off by tallying her 11th career double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the JU women's basketball team to a 58-47 win over Mercer, Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (12-7, 6-3) ties a program records with its sixth straight home win, which was set in 2000-01. The Dolphins tallied 16 points off of turnovers and got 11 second-chance points to go along with 42 percent shooting (20-47).

Mercer (1-19, 0-9), which had its six-game winning streak against JU snapped, set a program record for consecutive loses with 16.

After a layup by TaShera Lewis cut the JU deficit to 46-41 with 4:15 left in the second half, JU answered with a 5-0 run to lead 51-41 with 3:41 remaining. The Dolphins never looked back as their lead never dipped below eight points for the remainder of the contest.

"You always worry when you play an opponent that is struggling," said head coach Jill Dunn. "They battled the entire game and would not go away. We did a good job of making big shots to come out of here with a win."

To go with her back-to-back double-double performances, Williams also blocked two shots and had two steals. Sophomore guard Regina Omoite tallied 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field, including a 3-for-3 effort from beyond the arc, to go along with four assists. Sophomore guard Crystal Ayers added a career-high nine points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor.

Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire finished with nine points to snap her double-digit scoring streak at 21 games, which dated back to last season.

TaShera Lewis led the Bears with 17 points to represent the only member of the squad in double figures. Chelsea Seabron added a team-high 10 rebounds and Sally Skeldon tallied six assists.

In the first half, each team came out cold in the first five minutes before JU used a 4-0 run to lead 8-4 after a jumper by Williams at the 14:39 mark. The Dolphins pushed the lead to 20-8 with a 12-4 run, which was capped by a fast-break layup by Williams at the 10:27 mark.

Mercer answered with an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 20-16 after a three-pointer by Keller at the 8:19 mark. After a jumper by Ayers made it 22-16, the Bears cut the margin to three (22-19) after another three by Keller with 5:48 remaining.

JU answered with a 7-2 run to make it 28-21 after a free throw by Ayers with 1:58 left. Freshman Courtney Jackson put the Dolphins up, 32-23 at the break when she put back a rebound before the buzzer sounded.

The Dolphins will take their quest to the road as JU faces Gardner-Webb on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 9 p.m. for its only televised contest of the season (CSS).