FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2007
Women's basketball hosts Lehigh on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Nov. 30, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
After earning its first win over an SEC program (Florida), the JU women's basketball team wraps up its two-game homestand at Swisher Gymnasium this weekend.
The Dolphins (5-2), who are off to its best start in program history, will host Lehigh (1-2) on Sunday at 1 p.m. The contest can be seen live on www.judolphins.com as part of ASun.TV.
JU and Lehigh will be facing each other for the first time but the Dolphins enter the game with a 3-1 record against the Patriot League. The Dolphins had previously faced Army (1-0) and Navy (2-1).
JU slays more giants
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).
New standards at home
JU is currently in the midst of an 13-game home winning streak which continued with a 75-64 win over Florida on Nov. 28 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Included in the winning streak is a 3-0 record at the Downtown venue.
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 15-1 at home.
Eye of the storm
At the center of the madness has been the maturity and calming presence of junior point guard Regina Omoite. The Dolphins' floor general has shown tremendous poise to pull in the reins on the squad's periods of helter skelter play.
Not only has her leadership transcended into the win column, but Omoite has emerged as the most efficient point guard in the A-Sun.
She currently leads the conference in assists(34), assists per game (4.86) and is second in assist-to-turnover ration (2.13). Her stats have also helped the Dolphins lead the conference in assists (112), assists per game (16), turnover margin (+6.43) and assists-to-turnover ratio (0.89).
Not only is Omoite one of the most consistent point guards in running an efficient offense but she is arguably the most well-rounded floor leader in the A-Sun with her scoring ability. Offensively, she ranks 10th in the conference with 13 ppg and is second in three pointers made (16) and three pointers per contest (2.29).
Williams named A-Sun "POW"
Williams, who moved into second place on the JU all-time scoring list (1,097) and set the program record for career steals (116), averaged 23 points, 7.5 rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two assists while shooting .679 (19-28) from the floor.
Against UMass, she tallied a game-high 28 points and 10 rebounds to notch her first double-double of the year. She shot 10-of-15 from the floor while also hitting 8-of-10 free throws to lead the squad to a 72-68 win over the Minutewomen. The win gave JU its first victory over an Atlantic-10 opponent in three tries (0-2 - Fordham).
Against Winthrop, she tallied a game-high 18 points to go with five rebounds, five steals and three blocks while shooting 9-of-13 from the floor.
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