Women's Basketball makes it five in a row with 64-57 win over Mercer

Feb. 22, 2007

Box Score

MACON, Ga. - Junior forward Ashley Williams tallied 24 points and 11 rebounds for her 13th career double-double to lead the Dolphins to their five consecutive win as the JU women's basketball team defeated Mercer, 64-57, Thursday evening at the University Center.

JU (17-8, 11-3) kept pace with East Tennessee State for the second seed in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament and head coach Jill Dunn set a program record with her 33rd win with the Dolphins.

Mercer (4-22, 3-12) shot 48 percent in the contest but could not recover from a 16 points first half.

Williams finished 9-of-15 from the floor and 8-for-8 from the foul line, while also tallying a game-high four steals. Sophomore guard DaVina Hamilton tallied 13 points, five rebounds and four assists while sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire had 10 points five assists and four rebounds.

"We did a good job on the boards which gave us extra opportunities to score," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "Although we could have taken better care of the basketball, it's good to get a win on the road in conference."

TaShera Lewis led Mercer with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor and a 7-of-10 effort from the free-throw line. Nicole Leonard tallied 11 points and Megan Lewis added 10 points to round out the Bears in double figures.

Leading 50-44 with 5:45 remaining, JU used a 6-0 run to make it 56-44 after a layup by Williams with 3:42 left. Mercer would cut the deficit to 63-57 after a pair of free throws by Sally Skeldon with 30 seconds remaining but a free throw by sophomore guard Regina Omoite and a steal by Williams sealed the game.

In the first half, JU never trailed as the Dolphins took their first double-digit lead after a layup by Williams at the 8:44 mark. Mercer cut the deficit to 22-16 after a layup by Chelsea Sebron but the Dolphins finished the half on a 7-0 run to lead 29-16 at the break.

The Dolphins will next travel to Stetson on Saturday at 1 p.m.