THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2008
Women's hoops uses stingy defense to beat FIU, 51-43
The return home was sweet on Thursday for the JU women’s basketball team as used a stingy defensive effort to beat Florida International, 51-43.

In game between stifling defenses, DaVina Hamilton led JU (1-1) with 14 points, hitting 7-of-12 from the floor.

The Dolphins defense forced 29 turnovers and held the Panthers (0-2) to just 1-of-13 from behind the arc.

“Our defense really stepped up for us tonight,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “We weren’t hitting a lot of shots early, but we stepped up and made some stops on defense until we got going.

“Everyone on the team contributed to this one as we played great team defense throughout.”

After watching the Panthers cut at 12 point lead to eight, 38-30, with just under seven minutes left in regulation, the Dolphins scored six straight points to take a 44-30 lead in just over 60 seconds.

The Panthers never were able to closer than eight the rest of the way, hitting their only 3-pointer of the night with two seconds left to set the final margin.

FIU (0-2) was led by 16 points by Monika Bosilj, the only Panther to finish in double figures.

A 9-4 JU run over the last eight minutes gave the Dolphins a 25-18 lead at the half, with Hamilton responsible for 12 of those points to lead JU.

Virginia Gregoire added 10 points for JU, with three assists and two steals, while hitting 4-of-12 from the floor.

The Dolphins hit the road again to face Coastal Carolina on Saturday at Noon.