Women's basketball applies pressure in 56-48 win over Coastal Carolina

Dec. 8, 2007

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior guard DaVina Hamilton had a career day by scoring a game-high 21 points and grabbling nine rebounds to lead the JU women's basketball team to its 15th consecutive home win with a 56-48 decision over Coastal Carolina, Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium in the final home contest of 2007.

JU (7-3), which is off to its best start in program history, erased an early 17-4 deficit with an 18-3 run and held the Chanticleers to only 17 points in the second half. The Dolphins own the fifth longest active home winning streak in the nation and end the 2007 calendar year with a 14-0 record at home.

Coastal Carolina (7-2), which has now lost two consecutive games, shot over 70 percent in the first 10 minutes of the contest but JU outscored the Chanticleers, 14-0, on fast-break points and tallied 25 point off of 21 CCU turnovers as the Dolphins incorporated a full-court press. Coastal Carolina was also unable to take advantage of 10 missed free throws by JU (12-22).

"We got off to a slow start and Coastal did an excellent job of executing their half court offense, which forced us to change things up," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "Once we started pressing, it threw them out of rhythm and we were able to get back into the game. I'm disappointed in our free throw shooting effort today. Fortunately it didn't hurt us in this game but it's something we need to focus on as we prepare to enter conference play."

With Coastal Carolina leading, 37-36, at the 14:55 mark of the second half, JU used a 4-0 run to take a 42-39 advantage with a jumper by Omoite with 10:43 remaining. After a basket by Sydnei Moss, the Dolphins went on a 7-0 run to lead, 46-39, on a layup by Gregoire with 5:56 left. The Dolphins increased the lead to 54-43 with a jumper by sophomore forward Deserae Johnson (1:44) as the Chanticleers would get no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Hamilton, who had her first 21-point performance against Kennesaw State on Feb. 17, 2007, shot 8-of-10 from the floor while also connecting on 5-of-7 free throw attempts. Junior guard Regina Omoite tallied 10 points and a game-high four assists while sophomore forward Crystal Grable chipped in with six points and five rebounds in her first start of the year. Junior guard Virginia Gregoire, who went scoreless for the first time in her career on Thursday night, tallied eight points, five rebounds and a game-high three steals.

Lacey Lyons (12) and Devin Rivers (12) each lead the Chanticleers in scoring while Rivers and Amanda Stull each tallied five rebounds. Katie White chipped in with eight points and a game-high three blocks.

In the first half, Coastal Carolina opened an early 8-4 lead on a jumper by Stull at the 16:23 mark before using a 9-0 run, capped by a Lyons' three-pointer, to push its advantage to 17-4 with 12:53 remaining. After a timeout, JU changed to full-court pressure which sparked an 18-3 run and gave the Dolphins a 22-20 lead after a free throw by senior forward Ashley Williams at the 6:36 mark. The Chanticleers took a 29-24 lead on a jumper by White with 3:07 left in the half but JU answered with a 7-2 run to make it a 31-31 contest at the break.

JU will end the 2007 calendar year with a two-game road trip to the northeast, beginning with Buffalo on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.