FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2008
Women's basketball opens two-game swing through Georgia with Mercer on Saturday
Jan. 11, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
After pushing its program record home winning streak to 17 games, the JU women's basketball team will begin a four-game road trip this weekend in Georgia. The Dolphins (12-3, 2-0), who are off to their best start in program history, will face Mercer (3-11, 0-1) on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the University Center.The contest can be seen live on www.judolphins.com as part of ASun.TV.
JU trails Mercer 9-7 in the all-time series but the Dolphins have won the last two meetings.
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At a school that has enjoyed many years of national recognition and success with its men's basketball program (nine postseason appearances, including a trip to the national title game in 1970), the Dolphin women's program is beginning to enjoy its own success in only three and a half years under the guidance of head coach Jill Dunn.
JU ranks among nation's best at home
JU is currently in the midst of a 17-game home winning streak which continued with a 74-60 win over Stetson on Jan. 7 at Swisher Gymnasium. Included in the winning streak is a 4-0 record at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. JU also finished the 2007 calender year undefeated at home (14-0).
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 17-1 at home.
The Dolphins' 17-game streak has earned them a spot on the national home winning streak list as JU currently ranks third. The longest home streak is owned by Texas A&M (26) and then Duke (22).
Cleaning the boards
Currently ranked sixth in the conference with an average of 13.4 points per contest, Gregoire is also tied for fourth in 3-pointers made (1.67 mpg), sixth in steals (2.2 stp) eighth in assist-to-turnover ration (0.9) and 10th in assists (3.13 apg).
Rebounding, however, has become a whole new monster as the 5-foot-8 guard in 2008. With the Dolphins sitting at 9-3 on the year, Gregoire was tied with senior forward Ashley Williams with an average of 5.3 rebounds per contest. Since that time, she rattled off 33 rebounds in three games, including a career-high 15 against Stetson to raise her average to 6.5 per game.
Due to her increased effort on the glass, she now ranks eighth in the conference in boards per game and is fourth with an average of 2.93 offensive rebounds per contest.
JU among best in A-Sun
JU leads the conference in scoring margin (+7.3), assists (14.4), turnover margin (+5.3), assist/turnover ratio (0.88) and 3-point field goal percentage (.310).
The Dolphins also rank second in scoring (67.4), scoring defense (60.3), field goal percentage (.403), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.284), and steals (11.1) and are third in blocks (3.7).
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