SATURDAY, DECEMBER 06, 2008
Women’s basketball stays steady in the second half to down Lipscomb, 63-57
Senior guard Regina Omoite posts double-double to lead the Dolphins over Lipscomb on Saturday
Senior guard Regina Omoite posts double-double to lead the Dolphins over Lipscomb on Saturday
After seeing two second half leads fall through their grasps in the last two games, the Dolphins used effort and hustle to create more opportunities as the JU women’s basketball team defeated Lipscomb, 63-57, on Saturday afternoon in Atlantic Sun Conference action at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (3-4, 1-1) earned the win by dominating the box score in second chance points (18-3), bench points (28-15) and rebounding (57-32).

LU (2-6, 0-2) only trailed the Dolphins by 10 at the half (31-21) despite shooting .240 (7-29). The Bisons were more efficient from the floor in the second half, but were not able to overcome the deficit. Lipscomb also finished the game perfect from the charity stripe by going 15-for-15.

Leading 51-50 at 4:44, JU got aggressive and earned consecutive trips to the foul line to increase its lead to 54-50 with less than three minutes remaining. Lipscomb cut the deficit to 55-52 on a pair of made free throws by Cree Nix (1:36), but jumpers by senior guard DaVina Hamilton (1:23) and junior guard Courtney Jackson (0:14) helped put the game out of reach for the Dolphins to secure the win.

“It was nice for us to finally settle down in the second half,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “We were able to take advantage of our second-chance points from a great rebounding effort. I was also pleased with the way our bench players contributed. It was a good win and a nice positive heading into finals week.

Senior guard Regina Omoite finished with team-highs in points (13), assists (6) and rebounds (12) to pace the Dolphins. Jackson had 12 points to round out the Dolphins in double figures, while junior forwards Crystal Grable and Desarae Johnson each tallied eight points. Grable also finished the game with nine rebounds.

Jilian Partin went a flawless 7-for-7 at the free-throw line to finish with a game-high 18 points and six rebounds for the Bisons. Jenna Bartsokas and Valerie Bronson each posted 12-point efforts, while Cree Nix added 10 points.

In the first half, JU jumped out to an early 13-5 lead with a jumper by senior guard Virginia Gregoire (15:21) but the Bisons used a 7-3 run to cut the deficit to 15-12 with a 3-pointer by Bronson (10:58). The Bisons would go scoreless in the next six minutes to fuel a 10-0 JU run and give the Dolphins a 25-12 lead with 4:24 left in the half. A 3-pointer by junior forward Jasmine Coleman gave JU its largest lead (28-14) with 3:20 left but the Bison would end the period on a 7-3 run to cut the margin to 31-21 at the break.

In the second half, the Dolphins kept their halftime lead as high as 11-points on four different occasions for the first 10 minutes. The Bisons went on a 8-2 run capped off by a Miaca Brown jumper, to trim the Dolphins lead to 49-43 with less than eight minutes remaining.

After an Omoite jump shot gave JU a 51-43 advantage (6:47), Lipscomb used a 7-0 stretch to cut the lead to one (51-50) following two free throws by Partin.

The Dolphins will take a week off for finals before complete its five-game home stand against UCF on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. The contest can be seen live on www.judolphins.com as part of ASun.TV.