MONDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2008
Women's basketball takes care of Campbell, 70-57

Feb. 4, 2008

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Riding a hot hand in the first half, the Dolphins built an insurmountable lead at the break while senior forward Ashley Williams tallied a game-high 22 points to lead the JU women's basketball team to a 70-57 win over Campbell, Monday evening at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (18-4, 8-1),which is off to its best overall and conference start in program history, shot 54.5 percent in the first half to build a 45-23 lead at the break. JU won the turnover battle (16-22), scored 21 points off turnovers, held a 14-0 advantage on fast-break points, dished out a season-high 22 assists and tallied seven blocks.

Campbell (9-13, 4-5), which has lost four consecutive games to the Dolphins, cut the margin into single digits with 3:36 remaining (62-53) but did not have the next gear to get any closer. The Camels finished with rebounding advantage (41-32) and scored 13 second chance points.

"We were clicking on all cylinders in the first half but we didn't bring the same intensity when we came out of the locker room at halftime," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "We need to learn to put teams away and not let up because every team in this conference does not stop fighting. "

Trailing by as many as 22 (49-27) in the second half, Campbell put the ball inside to senior center Marlena Murphy on a consistent basis in an effort to slow down the Dolphins' up-tempo play. The slow play led to cold shooting by JU (29.6 percent in the second frame), sparking a 15-6 run in which the Camels cut the margin to 55-42 on a layup by Murphy with 10:03 remaining. After a 3-pointer by Lauren Arthur but the deficit to 62-51 with 4:57 left, a pair of free throws by Murphy put the deficit in single digits (62-53) for the first time since the 15:54 mark in the first half.

Both teams went scoreless for the next 2:30 minutes as each team stepped up its defensive intensity. The Camels were forced to foul with a minute remaining, which allowed the Dolphins to go 6-for-6 from the charity stripe to finish the game off.

Williams finished 10-of-18 from the field to go with six rebounds and three steals. Junior guard Regina Omoite tallied 12 points, a game-high seven assists and three steals while sophomore guard Courtney Jackson chipped in with 10 points.

Junior guard Virginia Gregoire had her 20-point streak snapped at three games as she finished with nine points, five assists, and three steals. Junior guard DaVina Hamilton also added seven points, five assists and three steals.

Murphy led the Camels with 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the floor and eight rebounds. Jessica Mack finished with 12 points and eight rebounds while Arthur rounded out the Campbell scoring with 11 points.

In the first half, JU used a 14-0 run to catapult to a 16-2 lead at the 14:47 mark. The Dolphins increased the margin to 29-13 on a jumper by freshman guard Shunice Hardy with 6:10 left before JU used a 15-4 run to increase the margin to 44-17 on a jumper by Hamilton. Campbell closed the half with a 6-1 run to pull within 45-23 at the break.

JU will embark on a two-game road swing through Nashville, Tenn. as the Dolphins face Lipscomb on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. ET. The contest, which is the first of a scheduled doubleheader with the JU men's team, can be seen live on ASun.TV on www.judolphins.com.