Women's basketball handles George Mason, 69-49
Freshman forward Taneskei Richardson
Freshman forward Taneskei Richardson

Senior guard Virginia Gregoire got back to her old tricks with a game-high 22 points while the Dolphins shot a season-high 46 percent from the floor as the JU women's basketball team defeated George Mason, 69-49, Tuesday evening at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (2-2) shot 50 percent from beyond the arc (6-12), including a season-high four by Gregoire, while also coming on top in every statistical category. The Dolphins won battles in rebounding (35-31), turnovers (18-26), points in the paint (32-18), points off turnovers (30-12) and fast break points (21-2).

GMU (0-4), which trailed in the contest from start to finish, shot 36 percent in the game but connected on 15-of-20 free throws.

"This was the kind of performance we need to get us going," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "We did a much better job of working our offensive sets, being patient enough to find the open player and then hitting the shot. Our defense also created some opportunities for us in the open court."

Gregoire led the Dolphins after connecting on 8-of-13 shots from the field and 4-of-5 attempts from the 3- point line while also collecting four assists and three steals. Freshman forward Taneskei Richardson had a season-high eight points after connecting on all four of her attempts from the floor. Sophomore center Lynsey Paschal finished with a game-high seven rebounds and senior guard DaVina Hamilton tied a career high with eight assists.

Whitney Ward led the Patriots with 14 points after connecting on 10-of-11 free throws. Becky Cox had four assists and Eugenia Broadus led the squad with six rebounds.

In the first half, JU jumped out to an early 9-2 lead on a free throw by Gregoire (16:33) and the Dolphins would increase the margin to 16-5 with a jumper by Gray (14:55). After a layup by Gregoire put JU up 19-7 (12:57), the Patriots used a 6-0 run to make it 19-13 on a layup by Rachel Robinson (11:35). The Dolphins answered with a 7-0 run, capped by a pair of free throws by freshman guard Ashanti Williams, to push the advantage to 26-13 (9:05). A 3-pointer by Gregoire with 5:45 remaining would make it 31-16 and the Dolphins made it 42-24 at the break with a jumper by Richardson with 15 seconds left.

In the second half, JU opened the frame with an 11-2 run to make it 53-28 (13:29) on a put back by Richardson. The Dolphins would lead by as many as 26 points on two occasions, the last being 67-47 (4:47), and the Patriots would never be able to pull the deficit below 20 the remainder of the way.

The Dolphins will return to the friendly confines of Swisher Gymnasium as they take on Kansas State on Friday at 7 p.m. The contest can be seen live on www.judolphins.com as part of ASun.TV.