SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 09, 2008
Women's basketball ends curse in Nashville with 61-48 win over Lipscomb

Feb. 9, 2008

Box Score

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Dolphins heard sweet music for the first time in Nashville as senior forward Ashley Williams tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the JU women's basketball team to a 61-48 win over Lipscomb, Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena.

JU (19-4, 9-1), which is off to its best start and conference start in program history, shot .483 from the floor while scoring 26 points off of 26 Lipscomb turnovers. The Dolphins dominated the paint with a 42-10 scoring advantage while also tallying 18 assists and 10 steals.

The Dolphins increased their conference road winning streak to nine games while increasing their road streak to eight. JU also earned its first win at Allen Arena after going 0-4 since the Bisons joined the A-Sun in 2003.

Lipscomb (6-18, 4-6) stayed in the contest with a 22-of-30 effort from the charity stripe while the Dolphins shot 3-of-5 from the line and did not attempt a free throw until 1:55 was remaining in the contest. The Bisons were held to .273 (12-44) shooting from the floor but held a 39-30 advantage on the boards.

"It's nice to finally get a win during a Nashville road trip," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "This is not an easy place to play and Lipscomb is a very tough team on their home floor. We were able to withstand a few of their runs and our defense set the tone for our running game."

After trailing 43-32 due to a 7:26 scoring drought, Lipscomb held JU without a basket for the next 5:42 to cut the margin to 45-42 on a jumper by Rachel Davis. The Dolphins answered with a 9-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Courtney Jackson, to put the contest out of reach.

Williams finished 9-of-17 from the floor to tally her first double-double since a 28 point, 10 rebound performance against UMass on Nov. 23, 2007. Jackson rounded out the Dolphin scoring with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor.

Katie Rollins led the Bisons with 11 points and Kaleigh Gossman rounded out the scoring for Lipscomb with 10 points, while Jilian Parin tallied a game-high 12 rebounds.

In the first half, JU took a 12-7 lead on a basket by Williams at the 13:30 mark and then increased the lead to 15-8 on a 3-pointer by junior guard Virginia Gregoire (11:33). After a lay up by freshman guard Shunice Hardy made it 17-8 with 11:05 remaining, the Bisons used a 9-4 run to cut the deficit to 21-17 on a break away layup by Catie Woods (7:45). JU answered with an 8-2 run to take a 29-19 advantage on a steal and layup by Jackson with 3:24 left. The Dolphins took a 33-23 lead going into the break after shooting .552 (16-29) from the floor.

The Dolphins will conclude their trip through Nashville on Monday at 8 p.m. ET against Belmont. The contest can be seen live on ASun.TV on www.judolphins.com.