TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2007
Women's basketball shocks Miami, 72-64, at the BankUnited Center
Nov. 13, 2007
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Three men's basketball teams from the Atlantic Sun Conference have made headlines with wins over big programs, but the JU women's basketball team decided to start things off for the A-Sun women as the Dolphins shocked Miami, 72-64, Tuesday evening at the BankUnited Center.
JU (2-0) earned its first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference program in four tries to record the biggest win in program history. The Dolphins won the turnover battle by a 22-15 margin and finished with 16 steals compared to only five by the Hurricanes.
UM (1-1) was held to only 36.4 percent shooting from the floor, including an 8:43 scoring drought in the second half, while only shooting 19 percent (4-29) from beyond the arc.
After Miami tied the contest at the 11:12 mark, 47-47, JU held the Hurricanes without a basket for the next 8:43 as the Dolphins used a 13-0 run to lead 60-47 with 2:50 remaining. UM cut the deficit to 63-58 after a three-point play by Maurita Read with 1:29 left but the Dolphins finished the game by going 9-of-12 from the free throw line to seal the win.
"I told the team that other A-Sun teams have come up with big wins so there was no reason why we couldn't do the same thing," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "This was a complete team effort tonight. We did a tremendous job of flying around on defense and then we came up with huge plays on offense. They came back on us towards the end and gave us a scare but we took care of business on the free-throw line and made sure we kept the lead."
Junior guard Virginia Gregoire led all scorers with 26 points after shooting 7-of-17 from the field, including a 4-of-9 effort from beyond the arc, while also hitting 8-of-11 free throws. Junior guard Regina Omoite added 15 points, including a 6-of-8 effort from the charity stripe to go with three steals. Senior forward Ashley Williams tallied 14 points to go along with seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
Read led the Hurricanes with 19 points and a game-high 13 rebounds to go with five assists and three steals. Charmaine Clark (11), Albrey Grimsley (10) and Carla Williams (10) rounded out the scoring for UM. LaToya Cunningham dished out a game-high seven assists.
In the first half, UM jumped out to an early 13-6 lead after a basket by Epiphany Wilson at the 15:15 mark until JU cut the deficit to 15-14 after a jumper by Williams at the 11:11 mark. The Hurricanes pushed the advantage to 22-16 after a layup by Diane Barnes but JU cut the margin to 24-22 after a jumper by Jackson with 5:04 left. The Dolphins took their first lead of the contest with an 8-2 run, capped by a Jackson three pointer, which made it 28-26 with 1:01 left. The Dolphins went into the break with a 30-26 advantage after Omoite stole a dribble at mid-court and raced for a layup with 12 seconds remaining.
In the second half, UM tied the contest at 30-30 on a layup by Grimsley at the 19:06 mark and the Hurricanes took their only lead of the second half, 33-31 on a three by Read at the 18:24 mark. JU answered with a 5-0 run, capped by a three-point play by Gray at the 17:08 mark and JU would never relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game.
The Dolphins will return to the friendly confines of Swisher Gymnasium as they take on Bethune-Cookman on Friday at 7 p.m. The contest can be seen live on www.judolphins.com as part of ASun.TV.
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