Women's basketball hosts Gardner-Webb on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Feb. 1, 2008


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After having three streaks snapped with a loss to ETSU, the JU women's basketball team will get back on the horse and set its sights on another long ride.

The Dolphins (16-4, 6-1), off to their best start in program history and conference play, will face Gardner-Webb (8-12, 4-3) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The contest can be seen live on as part of ASun.TV.

JU trails the all-time series against GWU, 5-4, but the last six games between the two schools have been won by the home team.

Versatile VG
Considered one of the most potent scorers in the A-Sun, junior guard Virginia Gregoire has proven her versatility once again by becoming a terror in several categories.

Gregoire made a leap amongst leaders in rebounding and now had jumped to the forefront in scoring as well.

The 5-foot-8 guard was tied with senior forward Ashley Williams with an average of 5.3 rebounds per contest as of Dec. 20. Since that time, she rattled off 33 rebounds in three games, including a career-high 15 against Stetson to raise her average to 6.4 per game.

Due to her increased effort on the glass, she now tied for ninth in the conference with 6.4 rebounds per game and is seventh with an average of 2.75 offensive rebounds per contest and 11th with 3.65 defensive rebounds per game.

Amongst conference scorers, she ranked fourth with an average of 13.4 points per contest on Jan. 22. After tallying back-to-back 20-point performances for the second time in her career, she is now second with an average of 14.1 points per game.

In other categories, she is currently third in steals (2.35 stp), fifth in 3-pointers made (1.63 mpg) and seventh in 3-point field-goal percentage (.337) and assist/turnover ratio (0.92) and tied for 10th in assists (3.0 apg).

In the JU career record book, she surpassed senior forward Ashley Williams for first in steals (138) by tying her career-best with five at Mercer on Jan. 12.

She also surpassed Rebecca Montz (2004-06) for third place in 3-pointers made (103) with two against East Tennessee State on Jan. 28.

Next in her sights will be the 1,000 point plateau as she is 62 points shy of becoming the fifth Dolphin to accomplish the feat.

Dolphins still streaking
Despite the home loss, JU is in the midst of a program record eight consecutive conference road games and seven consecutive road games.

Against USC Upstate, senior forward Ashley Williams (24) and junior guard Virginia Gregoire (20) became the first duo to each score 20 points in a contest since Williams and guard Sheena Carpenter accomplished the feat on two occasions in 2005-06. Sophomore forward Crystal Grable tied her career high with two blocked shots. The contest was the first one-point victory for the Dolphins since a 60- 59 decision over Mercer on Feb. 22, 2003. One JU"s three losses this season was a one-point loss to Winthrop on Nov. 24, 2007 (50-49). Against ETSU, Gregoire tallied back-to-back 20-point performances for the first time this season (21) while finishing with seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Sophomore guard Courtney Jackson finished with 15 points and six rebounds while junior guard Regina Omoite chipped in with 10 points, seven assists and three steals.

JU among best in A-Sun
The Dolphins lead the Atlantic Sun Conference with a 16-4 mark and sit atop several statistical categories as well.

JU leads the conference in scoring margin (+7.1), and turnover margin (+4.80).

The Dolphins also rank second in scoring defense (60.0), assists (14.35 apg), assist/turnover ratio (0.86), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.292) and are third in field goal percentage (.410), blocks (3.90 bpg), steals (10.80) and scoring (67.2) and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (.306) and fifth in field goal percentage defense (.397).