WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2007
Women's basketball slays Florida, 75-64, in Downtown season opener
Nov. 28, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - GALLERY
The SEC joined the Atlantic-10 and ACC as conferences to fall to the JU women's basketball team in 2007-08 as the Dolphins defeated Florida, 75-64, Wednesday evening in front of 929 fans at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
JU (5-2), which increased its program record home winning streak to 13 games, outscored the Gators in the second half (45-33) while registering 37 points and 16 fast-break points off of 28 Florida turnovers. Along with Florida and the SEC, the Dolphins have tallied their first wins over the ACC (Miami) and the Atlantic-10 (UMass) this season. JU is also off to its best start in program history (1999-present).
UF (4-3) led 31-30 at the break but did not connect on any shots from beyond the arc (0-11), were out rebounded, 33-30, and finished a game-low .696 (16-23) from the free-throw line.
Trailing 55-53 with 6:25 remaining, JU used a 10-0 run to take a 63-55 advantage (4:04) and break the contest open. UF would get as close as five points (63-58) with 3:45 left, but the Dolphins answered with a 12-4 run to put the game away. Prior to the Dolphins' first run, the two squads battled through 14 ties and 22 lead changes.
"This is a great win for our program and it was even more special to do it in front of a big crowd at the Arena," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "We were hyped up early on, and we tried to do too much at times during the game, but we settled down when it counted."
Junior guard Regina Omoite led the Dolphins with 17 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals while also connecting on 7-of-9 free throw attempts. Junior guard Virginia Gregiore tallied 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Freshman forward Lynsey Paschal had her best game as a Dolphins after registering a season-high 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the floor.
Marshee Dotson led the Gators with a game-high 18 points while leading the squad with six rebounds and three steals. Sha Brooks finished with 12 points while Depree Bowden (10) and Aneika Henry (10) rounded out the Gators with double-figure points.
In the first half, each team went back and forth until JU took a 10-6 lead on a layup by Gregoire at the 12:34 mark. The Gators answered with a 5-0 run to take an 11-10 advantage on a layup by Henry with 11:37 remaining. The Dolphins answered with a run of their own, 7-0, to take a 17-11 lead after a jumper by sophomore guard Courtney Jackson at the 9:44 mark.
JU increased the lead to 23-15 on a pair of free throws by Omoite with 7:32 left but UF used a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to 23-21 on a layup by Bowden with 6:42 remaining. The Gators recaptured the lead, 27-26, on a layup by Dotson (4:00) and both teams traded buckets until a pair of free throws by Dotson gave UF a 31-30 lead at the break.
In the second half, both teams battled back and forth until JU took a 42-39 lead after a three-point play by Omoite at the 13:51 mark. UF answered with an 8-1 run to take a game-high three-point advantage (47-44) on a layup by Dotson with 10:31 left. Both teams would trade baskets for the next four minutes until JU made its run.
The Dolphins will end their two-game homestand against Lehigh on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium. The contest can be seen live on www.judolphins.com as part of ASun.TV.
2007-08 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL