TUESDAY, MARCH 04, 2008
Gregoire and Williams named to Atlantic Sun All-Conference Team
March 4, 2008
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Senior forward Ashley Williams and junior guard Virginia Gregoire were each named first team all-Atlantic Sun Conference after helping the JU women's basketball team to back-to-back 20-win seasons and the No. 2 seed in the General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.
Williams was named to the first team for the third consecutive year while Gregoire earned her second consecutive first team all-conference honor. The duo became the first set of Dolphin teammates to receive first team honors in school history last season and each were named to the preseason all-conference team in the fall.
The two-headed monster helped the Dolphins (21-8, 11-5 A- Sun) win a program-record 17 consecutive home games (which ranked second in the nation behind Duke), secure wins over Florida (SEC), Miami (ACC) and UMass (Atlantic 10) and give JU its first votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25 Poll. JU will be making its fifth appearance in the A-Sun Tournament (2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008).
Williams became the first Dolphin to receive three consecutive first team all-conference honors while also establishing program records for points (1,462) and blocks (125). A preseason "Player of the Year" honoree, Williams is also on pace to set career records for field goal percentage and free throws made.
In A-Sun play, Williams ranks second in scoring (15.9 ppg) and third in field goal percentage (.542) and blocks (1.31 bpg). The fourth Dolphin to surpass 1,000 points, she also set a program record with four consecutive 20-point performances on the year.
"Ashley has proven for the third year in a row to be one of the top players in the conference," said Dunn. "Not only has she taken our team to a new level but she has proven to be arguably the best player in the history of our program. Ashley has rewritten the record books at JU and the only thing left for her to accomplish is a conference championship."
Gregoire joins Williams as the only Dolphins to earn multiple first team all-conference accolades. She scored more than 20 points in eight games, including a career-high 24 points against Miami, while also tallying three consecutive 20-point performances. She became the fifth Dolphin to enter the 1,000 career point club and established a new program record with 155 steals.
In A-Sun play, she is tied for fifth in steals (2.21 stp), ranks sixth in points (13.4 ppg) and 3-pointers made (1.59 mpg), seventh in assists-to-turnover ratio (1.11), eighth in offensive rebounds (2.45 rpg) and ninth in assists (3.34 apg) and 3-point field goal percentage (.343).
"Virginia is one of the premier guards in our league," said Dunn. "Her versatility is a big key to our success and we are going to need her if we are going to make a push for the tournament championship."
The Dolphins begin play on Wednesday against No. 7 seed Stetson at 1 p.m. ET at Allen Arena and ever contest can be followed through ASun.TV on JUDolphins.com.
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