SATURDAY, MARCH 03, 2007
Women's hoops claims 20th win with 69-59 victory over Lipscomb
March 3, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville women's basketball team claimed its eighth straight win on Saturday, knocking off Lipscomb 69-59 to earn the No. 2 seed in next week's Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.
The Dolphins (20-8, 14-4 A-Sun) picked up their 20th win of the season - the first time in the program's brief history to reach the 20-win plateau. JU has been red hot of late, winning 15 of its last 17 games.
Ashley Williams led four Dolphins in double figures with 25 points and rebounds, going 11-of-17 from the floor.
"This was a good win for us to end the regular season on," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "Getting to 20 wins is amazing, but we can't rest on our laurels. We've still got a lot of work left to do to accomplish our goal of winning a conference championship."
Joining Williams in double figures was Regina Omoite with 14 points and seven assists. The bench played a big role in the win for JU, with Courtney Jackson getting 14 points while DaVina Hamilton had 10.
"This was a team win as everyone contributed for us today," Dunn said. "We're going an effort like this, with everyone firing together at the same time."
The first half was a back-and-forth affair with four ties and nine lead changes. Trailing by eight with four minutes left in the opening stanza, the Dolphins were able to retake the lead on four straight points by Omoite.
But Lipscomb answered back as Rachel Viemann's 15-foot rainbow fell through the basket at the buzzer to give the Bisons a 35-34 lead at the intermission.
Lipscomb kept the momentum going early in the second half, pushing the lead back to six in the opening minute.
It wasn't until then that the Dolphins started clicking. JU went on a 13-3 run to take a 47-43 lead with just over 14 minutes remaining. The run was keyed to a strong defensive effort as well as six points from Williams and four from Jackson.
After Lipscomb cut the lead to one, 47-46, on a 3-pointer by Julie Martin, the Dolphins turned the tempo up again by scoring seven unanswered points - capping the run off with a 3-pointer by Virginia Gregoire with 11:57 remaining in the game.
The Bisons cut the deficit to four a few minutes later, but the Dolphins were not to be denied their 20th win - pulling away in the final minutes for the 69-59 victory.
The Bisons (8-20, 6-12 A-Sun) got 12 points and four assists from Dana Carrigan, with Penny Jones getting 11 and Catie Woods with 10.
The Dolphins await the outcome of the rest of the day's action before finding out their opponent for Thursday's quarterfinal matchup.
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