Women's basketball hosts Kennesaw State on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Feb. 22, 2008


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After sweeping the season series against North Florida for the second consecutive year, the JU women's basketball team will continue its quest for an Atlantic Sun Conference title by completing the home portion of its schedule this weekend.

The Dolphins (20-5, 10-2), off to their best start in program history and conference play, will open the weekend against Kennesaw State (14-11, 9-4) on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the final game at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The contest can be seen live on as part of ASun.TV.

JU leads the all-time series against KSU, 4-1, including a 61-53 win on Jan. 14 at the KSU Convocation Center. The Dolphins have won the last four meetings after KSU defeated JU, 66-60, on Jan. 5, 2006 at Swisher Gymnasium.

Grable is more than able
Sophomore Crystal Grable has always had the freakish athletic ability but the JU coaching staff wasn't sure exactly where her position was on the floor.

Since filling the role of the five spot in the starting lineup the last six games, Grable is starting to flourish on both ends of the floor.

After missing the first two games of the season due to a knee injury, Grable has been used at the three, four and five positions on the floor but never found a niche.

Since her insertion into the lineup on Jan. 25, she is averaging 4.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per contest.

Included in that stretch has been a career- high 12 points (at Belmont), her first double-double with 11 points and a career-high 11 rebounds (vs. UNF) and a career-high four blocks (vs. UNF).

Grable is now second on the squad with 22 blocks, which is only 10 behind senior forward Ashley Williams (32), despite only having three in her freshman season. Her average of 0.96 blocks per game also places her seventh in the A-Sun.

Against UNF, 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 over the Ospreys for the second straight season. 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. With the win, JU tallies 20 wins in back-to- back seasons for the first time in program history. Senior forward Ashley Williams led the Dolphins with 12 points while junior guard Regina Omoite chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds. Junior guard Virginia Gregoire tallied nine points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals and sophomore forward Desarae Johnson added as season-high nine points on 4-of-4 shooting from the floor and four rebounds.