Women's Basketball hosts ETSU on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Feb. 14, 2007


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After setting a program record for wins last weekend, the JU women's basketball team (14-8, 8-4 A-Sun) will look to make a move for second place in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings when the Dolphins host East Tennessee State (14-9, 10-3 A-Sun) on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.

Dolphins set a program record...
In the midst of their best season in program history, JU set a program record for wins in a seson (14) with a 67-52 victory over North Florida on Feb. 10.
The previous record of 13-15 was set by the 2000-01 squad which was the second year of competition for the Dolphins.
JU has also posted at least 10 wins in back-to-back season for the first time in the history of the program (1999-present).

...Now they are looking for one more
Along with setting the bar for wins in a season, the Dolphins are now two conference wins shy of surpassing the program record for A-Sun wins in a season.
The current record of 9-9 was also set by the 2000-01 squad.

Dunn sets sights on her own record
JU head coach Jill Dunn earned her 50th career win with the Dolphins' 60-55 decision over Stetson on Jan. 25 at Swisher Gymnasium and is currently sitting at 30 wins since taking over the Dolphins' program.
Dunn, who won 23 games in her first head coaching stint at Western Carolina, is three games shy of setting the program record for most wins by a Dolphin coach (32).

New standards at home
The Dolphins have raised the bar when it comes to playing at home by setting a new program record with nine home wins, with a 58-47 decision over Mercer on Jan. 27. JU surpassed the previous mark of seven games, which was set by the squad last season.

Double dipping
After two "A-Sun Player of the Week" awards this season, junior forward Ashley Williams is starting to peak at the right time for the Dolphins.
In her first four games, Williams averaged 22.3 points per contest and was shooting 63.8 percent from the floor (37-58). During that span, she set a program-record with 32 points against Charleston Southern.
In her next eight contests, Williams taliled off averaged 12.4 points and shot 42 percent from the field (42-100). She also finished below 10 points in two consecutive games for the first time in her career.
In her last 10 games, Willams has not only stepped up her game offensively but her all-round play and competativeness is starting to show.
During that time, she is averaging 17.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, two steals and 1.7 blocks while also shooting 51 percent from the field (63-123) and 85 percent from the line (44-52). She has also posted five double-doubles, including a career-best three in a row against ETSU (1/20), Stetson (1/25) and Mercer (1/27).

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 22 games, Gregoire is second on the squad with 14.0 points, leads the Dolphins with 42 steals, 41 three pointers and is second with an average of 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. In the conference, she ranks third in scoring behind her teammate Ashley Williams.
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 threat to become the first Dolphin to tally a triple double, Gregoire has tallied at least 10 points, six rebounds and five assists in four games this season.
Against Campbell, Gregoire scored a career-high 23 points after shooting 9-of-18 from the field, including a 3-of-6 effort from beyond the arc.

Where there's a RO, there's a way
Another player who is coming into their own at the right time for JU is sophomore point guard Regina Omoite.
Although she is only ranks third on the squad in assists, her direction of the offense and her three- point shooting has allowed Ashley Williams and Virginia Gregoire room to manuver.
Comparing her assist to turover ratio at the point, Omoite had 32 assists and 37 turnovers for a -5 ratio in her first 10 games. In her next six games, she had 12 assists and 20 turnovers for a -8 ratio. In her last six games, she has improved to 19 assists and only eight turnovers for a +11 ratio.
From the perimeter, she is second on the squad with 39 three-pointers, but she leads the team with a 40 percent average (39-97), which ranks her third in the conference.

Dolphin notables
JU leads the conference in turnover margin (+2.77)...sophomore guard Crystal Ayers is out indefinately after injuring her knee at Campbell on Feb. 3...sophomore guard DaVina Hamilton dished out a career-high eight assists at North Florida.

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 232 steals, currently ranks second in the A-Sun with an average of 9.77 steals per contest. JU has tallied at least 10 steals in 14 games this season and is on pace to break the program record of 262 which was set last season.
JU leads the conference in turnover margin (+2.77) and is only one of two teams (ETSU - +1.87) with a positive margin.