Women's basketball travels to Florida A&M on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Dec. 5, 2007


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After pushing its program record home winning streak to 14 games, the JU women's basketball team will return to the road for one game this week before completing the weeked at home.

The Dolphins (6-2), who are off to its best start in program history, will travel to Florida A&M (6-0) to play the Lady Rattlers on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Gaither Gymnasium.

JU and FAMU will be facing each other for the second time after the Dolphins won the first meeting, 57-53, on Dec. 30, 2006 at Swisher Gymnasium. The Dolphins are 7-3 all-time against the MEAC: Bethune- Cookman (5-1), Florida A&M (1-0), South Carolina State (1-0) and Norfolk State (0-2).

The Dolphins will end the week against Coastal Carolina on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium. The contest can be seen live on as part of ASun.TV.

JU ranks among nation's best at home
The Dolphins have raised the bar when it comes to playing at home by setting a new program record in 2006-07 with 13 wins. JU surpassed the previous mark of seven victories, which was set by the squad in 2005-06.

JU is currently in the midst of an 14-game home winning streak which continued with an 80-60 win over Lehigh on Dec. 2 at Swisher Gymnasium. Included in the winning streak is a 3-0 record at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

JU's last loss was a 73-69 decision against Niagara at Swisher Gymnasium on Dec. 18, 2006. Since the beginning of the 2006-07 campaign, the Dolphins are 16-1 at home.

The Dolphins' 14-game streak has earned them a spot on the national home winning streak list as JU currently ranks fifth. The longest home streak is owned by James Madison (30) and is followed by Marist (25), Texas A&M (20) and Duke (17).

JU slays more giants
In ringing in the new regime of women's basketball at JU, the Dolphins have registered wins against bigger conferences in 2007-08.

The squad started things off with a 72-64 win over Miami on Nov. 13 to earn its first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference program in four tries. The Dolphins had previously faced Florida State (0-2) and Georgia Tech (0-1) and played Miami for the first time in program history.

JU continued the trend with a 72-68 win over UMass on Nov. 23 in the first round of the Lady Pirate Invitational. It was the program's first win over the Atlantic 10 Conference in three tries. The squad had previously faced Fordham (0-2) in a home-and- home series, the last of which occurring in 2003.

The Dolphins recently included the Southeastern Conference into the mix with a 75-64 win over Florida on Nov. 28 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. It was JU's first win over SEC in two opportunities. The squad had previously squared off against South Carolina (0-1).

Freshman guards Shunice Hardy (5 points, 9 rebounds) and Cameo Kent (5 points, 4 rebounds) and sophomore forwards Crystal Grable (6 points, 5 rebounds) and Deserae Johnson (4 points, five rebounds) each had their best games of the season vs. Lehigh. Freshman forward Lynsey Paschal had her best game as a Dolphin by tallying 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field against Florida. The Dolphins' 31-30 deficit at the half against the Gators was the first time JU has trailed at the break this season. The even turnover margin by JU and UF was the first time this season in which the Dolphins did not win the turnover battle this season.

Williams breaking more records
Senior forward Ashley Williams became the first player in program history to be named preseason MVP after surpassing her own single-season record with 509 points last season. She also became the first Dolphin to earn consecutive first team all-conference honors after tying for the conference lead with an average of 17 points per contest.

The records are continuing to fall for the Jacksonville native and she is poised to end her Dolphin career as one of the top players in the history of the program.

After scoring 14 points in a win over Miami on Nov. 13, Williams joined forward Kat Sungy (1999-03), forward Yolisha Jackson (2000-05) and guard Sheena Carpenter (2003-06) as the only Dolphins to score 1,000 points in their careers. Now that she has surpassed 1,000 points, she takes aim at being the top scorer in program history. Williams is 68 points shy of surpassing Sungy (1,183) on the all-time point leader list.

On the defensive side of the ball, Williams set the career record for blocked shots (91) with one against Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 16. She also passed Sungy (115) on the all-time steals list with five against Winthrop on Nov. 24.