Women's basketball travels to UCF tonight

Nov. 19, 2007


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After going 2-0 last week, the JU women's basketball team returns to the road for three games. The Dolphins begin the week at UCF tonight at 7 p.m. at the new UCF Arena. JU will conclude the week with the Lady Pirate Invitational this weekend in Greenville, N.C.

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Gregoire comes out firing
Junior guard Virginia Gregoire earned preseason all- conference honors and she is backing up the recognition by establishing herself as one of the top scorers in the conference.

A first team all-conference and all-tournament selection in her break out sophomore campaign, Gregoire is currently second in the A-Sun in scoring with an average of 17.3 points per contest. She tallied a career-high 26 points while also tying her personal best with four three pointers in a 72-64 win over Miami on Nov. 13.

Williams breaking 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 will take aim at beign the top scorer in program history. Williams is 154 points shy of surpassing Sungy (1,183) on the all-time point leader list. After surpassing Carpenter (1,015) for third place, she needs 41 points to move past Jackson (1,070) and make her way up the ladder.

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 needs six more steals to surpass Sungy (115) on the all-time steals list.

New standards 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 12-game home winning streak which continued with a 76-45 win over Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 16.

JU knocks off Miami, 72-64
Three men's basketball teams from the Atlantic Sun Conference have made headlines with wins over big programs, but the Dolphins decided to start things off for the A-Sun women with a 72-64 win over Miami on Nov. 13.

JU 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. The Dolphins had previously faced Florida State (0-2) and Georgia Tech (0-1) and played Miami for the first time in program history.