Women's Basketball drops 75-64 contest to hot-shooting Gardner-Webb

Feb. 1, 2007

Box Score

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - Despite a second-half flurry in which the Dolphins got to within three points, the JU women's basketball team fell to Gardner-Webb, 75-64, Thursday evening at Paul Porter Arena.

JU (12-8, 6-4) had four players score in double figures, including 35 second half points, but the Dolphins could not recover from a five minute scoring drought in the first half.

GWU (8-13, 4-5) shot 50 percent in each half to finish with a 51 percent clip (25-49) for the contest and dispel any comeback attempts by the Dolphins. The Bulldogs also took advantage at the free-throw line by hitting 20-of-26 attempts compared to 10-of-13 by JU.

Trailing 49-34 at the 16:15 mark, JU stepped up its man-to-man pressure to ignite a 21-10 run and cut the Bulldog deficit to 57-53 after a free throw by sophomore guard Regina Omoite with 7:07 left.

GWU answered with a 4-0 run to make it 61-53 at the 5:55 mark before the Dolphins used a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to 61-58 after a three-pointer by Omoite with 3:48 remaining. The Bulldogs answered quickly with a layup by Shameka Smith and JU did not convert on its next four possessions, allowing GWU to extend the lead at the line when the Dolphins were forced to foul.

"We made a good effort in the second half against some tough adversity but we just could not get over the hump," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "Unfortunately, we could not find the basket at the end of the first half and they took advantage. We have shown the ability to come back but we just dug ourselves too big of a hole this time."

Williams led the Dolphins with 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor. Omoite, sophomore guard DaVina Hamilton and freshman forward Danielle Gray each finished with 10 points rounding out the Dolphins in double figures. Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire was held under 10 points for the second time this season after going 2-of-12 from the field.

Candyse Kelly led the Bulldogs with 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor and an 8-for-8 effort at the line. Margaret Roundtree added 14 points, while Brittany Boyce and Brittany Harmon each added 11 points. Shameka Smith had a game-high 13 rebounds and Harmon added 10 to lead the squad.

In the first half, JU was hot out of the gate and rushed out to a 12-4 lead at the 15:23 mark. GWU answered with an 8-1 run to cut the deficit to 13-12 after a jumper by Margaret Roundtree at the 13:05 mark.

The Dolphins pushed the advantage to 17-12 after a lay up by Danielle Gray at the 11:10 mark but the Bulldogs used a 10-2 run to take a 22-19 lead with 9:08 remaining. After each team traded baskets, GWU took advantage of a five minute JU scoring drought to post a 10-0 run and lead 36-23 with 1:52 left.

The Dolphins answered with a quick 6-2 run, capped by a put-back jumper by Williams with two seconds left, to make it 38-29 at the half.

JU continues its road action on Saturday as the Dolphins face Campbell at 1 p.m.