Women's basketball readies for A-Sun Tournament on Thursday

March 7, 2007


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A Brief Preview

After setting a program record for consecutive wins and wins in a season, the JU women's basketball team (20-8, 14-4 A-Sun) will look to begin its run in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament when the No. 2 Dolphins face No. 7 Stetson (5-24, 5-13 A-Sun) on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. CST at the Dothan Arena.

A list of program records

-In the midst of the best season in program history, JU is setting the standard for program wins in a season (20). The Dolphins set the record with a 67-52 victory over North Florida on Feb. 10. The previous-best record was 13-15 was and set by the 2000-01 squad, which was only the second year of competition for the Dolphins.

- With a 74-57 win over Kennesaw State on Feb. 17, the Dolphins surpassed the best conference record (9-9), which was also set by the 2000-01 squad.

-The Dolphins' win 83-79 win over ETSU on Feb. 15 set a new record for consecutive home wins (10). The previous mark of six was set by the 2000-01 squad.

-Against Belmont on March 1, JU set program records with seven-consecutive home wins and seven straight wins with a 65-58 decision over the Bruins. The previous marks of six were set during the 2000-01 season.

-The Dolphins also set new standards on the road with a 66-59 win over Stetson on Feb. 24, increasing the road streak to four games.

-Finally, JU set new marks for points and steals in a season. The mark (262), which was set last season, was surpassed with 15 steals against Stetson on Feb. 24.

Head coach Jill Dunn

Jill Dunn is in her third season as head coach of the Jacksonville University women's basketball program.

Prior to JU, Dunn spent three years helping Georgia State to three consecutive A-Sun Conference titles from 2001-04. Before joining Georgia State, Dunn was the top assistant coach at Miami University (Ohio), during the 2000-01 season.

Prior to her one-year stint in Ohio, Dunn served as the head coach at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., from 1998-00. In her final season with the program, the Lady Catamounts posted 12 wins which was the most in 15 seasons at WCU.

Before being elevated to the head spot at Western Carolina, she was the top assistant coach during the 1997-98 campaign. Dunn's coaching career began at the University of South Carolina, where she was as an assistant coach from 1994-97.

Dunn's success began as a player at Georgia Southern, where she was a three-year starter from 1989-93. She was named to the Georgia Southern Hall of Fame on Nov. 4.

New standards at home

The Dolphins have raised the bar when it comes to playing at home by setting a new program record with 13 wins. JU surpassed the previous mark of seven victories, which was set by the squad last season.

Included in the accomplishment is a 2-0 record at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

Williams and Gregoire earn 1st team honors

Junior forward Ashley Williams and sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire were each named first team all-Atlantic Sun Conference after helping JU to its finest season in program history.

Williams was named to the first team for the second consecutive year while Gregoire earned her first all-conference honor. The duo became the first set of Dolphin teammates to earn first team honors in school history.

The Dolphins, which earned their highest seed in program history, will be the fourth appearance for JU in the A-Sun Tournament (2000, 2001, 2006, 2007).

Williams became the first Dolphin to receive consecutive first team all-conference honors and the first player to receive A-Sun "Player of the Week" accolades three times in one season.

"Ashley has proven for the second year in a row to be one of the top players in the conference," said Dunn. "Not only has her individual game improved, but she has taken our team to a new level."

Gregoire joins Williams and Kat Sungy as the only Dolphins to earn first team all-conference accolades.

"Virginia worked hard in the off season to improve her game and it has paid off for her and our team," said Dunn. "She is so versatile that it makes it extremely difficult to guard her. She has developed into one of the premier guards in our league."

Regina O-Mighty

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, Virginia Gregoire and DaVina Hamilton room to maneuver.

Comparing her assist to turnover ratio at the point, Omoite had 32 assists and 37 turnovers for a -5 ratio in her first 10 games. In her next seven games, she had 15 assists and 21 turnovers for a -6 ratio. In her last 11 games, she has improved to 44 assists and 26 turnovers for a +18 ratio.

From the perimeter, she is second on the squad with 47 three-pointers, but she leads the team with a 38 percent average (47-124), which ranks her third in the conference.