SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2008
Women's basketball completes sweep over North Florida with 63-50 win
Feb. 16, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore forward Crystal Grable tallied her first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to help the Dolphins complete the season sweep in the SunTrust River City Rumble as the JU women's basketball team defeated North Florida, 63-50, Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium.
JU (20-5, 10-2), which has now won 20 games in back-to-back seasons, led from start to finish as the Dolphins won the turnover battle (18-24), scored 28 points in the paint and had 14 fast-break points.
UNF (11-13, 6-6), which falls to 5-1 all-time against the Dolphins, had its two-game winning streak snapped with the loss.
"Every game counts but games against your cross-town rival are even more important," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "We watched UNF take our men's team to overtime last night and I expected nothing less than a battle from them today. We got off to a nice start and then had another good run in the second half to help us secure the win."
Trailing by as many as 23 points in the second half, UNF made one last push with a 13-1 run to make it a 58-47 deficit after a pair of free throws by Shandrea Moore with 3:31 remaining. Junior guard Regina Omoite answered with a 3-pointer and a jumper in the deep corner to push the advantage back up to 63-47 with 2:12 left to put the game on ice.
Senior forward Ashley Williams led the Dolphins with 12 points while Omoite chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds. Grable finished 4-of-5 from the field and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe to tally her second double digit scoring effort of the year, while also tallying a career-high four blocks.
Junior guard Virginia Gregoire tallied nine points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals and sophomore forward Desarae Johnson added nine points on 4-of-4 shooting from the floor and four rebounds.
Jennifer Bowen led all scorers with 16 points while leading the Ospreys with seven rebounds. Moore tallied 15 points and a game-high three steals while Juliemay Syquio chipped in with nine points and four assists. In the first half, JU jumped out to an early 12-2 lead to start the contest as Johnson connected on a jumper at the 12:41 mark. The Ospreys stormed back with a 12-0 run to cut the deficit to 15-14 with a jumper by Bowen with 8:15 left.
The Dolphins answered with a 7-0 run, capped by a Gregoire 3-pointer, to make it 22-14 with 6:03 remaining. UNF cut the deficit to 25-22 with a 3-pointer by Bowen with 3:01 left but a jumper by Williams put the Dolphins up 31-25 at the break.
JU will next host Kennesaw State at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. for Senior Day. Senior forward Ashley Williams and team manager Shadana Williams will be honored at halftime of the men's game for their contributions to the program. The contest can be seen live on ASun.TV on JUDolphins.com.
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