MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2008
Women's hoops begins five-game homestand on Tuesday against George Mason
Senior guard Virginia Gregoire
Senior guard Virginia Gregoire
After splitting its games last week, the JU women’s basketball team will host its next five games at home beginning with George Mason on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium. This will be the first meeting between the two schools but the Dolphins are 0-1 all time against the Colonial Athletic Association after suffering a 71-41 loss at UNC Wilmington on Nov. 29. JU is also 0-11 against current CAA member Georgia State when the Panthers were a member of the A-Sun. The Dolphins will finish the week against Kansas State at Swisher Gymnasium on Friday at 7 p.m. Both contests can be seen live ASun.TV on JUDolphins.com.

Dolphin notables
Against Coastal Carolina, junior forward Desarea Johnson led the Dolphins with a career-high 13 points after connecting on 5-of-9 shots from the field and 3-of-3 attempts from the free-throw line…she also collected four rebounds, two steals and a block…freshman guard Ashanti Williams had six points and two steals while junior center Danielle Gray added six points and five rebounds…senior guard Virginia Gregoire tallied a game-high three steals to go with five rebounds...against FIU, JU used a defensive effort for a 51-43 win…the Dolphins have now won its home opener in the last five seasons…in a game between stifling defenses, senior guard DaVina Hamilton led JU 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.

Head coach Jill Dunn
Jill Dunn is entering her fifth season as head coach of the JU women’s basketball program and has built the squad into a powerhouse in the Atlantic Sun Conference. In her fourth season, she directed the Dolphins to a program-best 23-9 overall record and led the squad to the finals of the A-Sun Tournament for the first time in program history. JU was selected as the preseason champion for the first time in program history and posted back-to-back 20-win seasons. In four years with the program, she has compiled a 60-57 mark. Prior to JU, Dunn spent three years helping Georgia State to three consecutive A-Sun Conference titles from 2001-04. Before joining Georgia State, Dunn was the top assistant coach at Miami University (Ohio), during the 2000-01 season. Prior to her one-year stint in Ohio, Dunn served as the head coach at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., from 1998-00. In her final season with the program, the Lady Catamounts posted 12 wins which was the most in 15 seasons at WCU. Before being elevated to the head spot at Western Carolina, she was the top assistant coach during the 1997-98 campaign. Dunn’s coaching career began at the University of South Carolina, where she was as an assistant coach from 1994-97. Dunn’s success began as a player at Georgia Southern, where she was a three-year starter from 1989-93. She was named to the Georgia Southern Hall of Fame on Nov. 4, 2007.

Dolphins sign two players to NLI
JU women’s basketballannounced the signing of a pair of guards from the state of Georgia, Drameeka Griggs of Jonesboro High School and Abril Peeples of Americus-Sumter High School, to National Letters of Intent as the Dolphins begin construction of their 2009 recruiting class. Griggs, a 5-foot-5 senior point guard, has led the Cardinals to three consecutive regional appearances and the state playoffs as a junior. Along with her court success, Griggs is a member of the National Honors Society and has been named to the honor roll all three years. In AAU play, she has been a member of the Georgia Dream Team. Peeples, a 5-foot-7 senior guard, has led the Panthers to a combined 61-20 overall record including a 25-3 mark and a Sweet 16 appearance in the state playoffs as a junior. During that season, she averaged 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals. As a sophomore, she averaged 14 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. As freshman, she earned team “Rookie of the Year” honors after averaging 15 points, five assists, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals.