SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2009
Women’s hoops cruises past Kennesaw State, 70-56
Junior forward Desarae Johnson
Junior forward Desarae Johnson
Junior forward Desarae Johnson tallied a career-high 19 points and five blocks to go with 11 rebounds to notch her first career double-double and lead the JU women’s basketball team to a 70-56 win over Kennesaw State, Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (8-7, 4-2) scored 70 points for the fourth-consecutive game after shooting a game-high 37.5 percent from the floor while also connecting on 17-of-21 free throws. The Dolphins won the rebounding battle (45-42) and finished with 20 assists on 24 made baskets.

KSU (6-7, 3-2) shot only 32.8 percent from the field and were forced into a game-high 26 turnovers.

Trailing by 11 (33-22) at the 19:16 mark, KSU pulled to within five points on four occasions – the last being 40-35 with 13:07 remaining. JU would answer with a 14-6 run to make it 54-41 on a layup by Johnson (7:52). The Owls would pull to within six (57-51) with 4:40 left but the Dolphins answered back with 10-1 run to make it 67-52 (2:18) and put the game out of reach.

“It was a sloppy game but we found a way to put things together when we needed to,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “Kennesaw State plays the same aggressive style that we do, so it was definitely a challenge for us. We need to work on a few things this week as we get prepared for some big road games.”

Johnson led all scorers after connecting on 9-of-15 shots from the floor while also tallying two steals. Junior guard Courtney Jackson finished with 11 points and five rebounds while senior guard Virginia Gregoire rounded out the Dolphin scoring with 11 points and added six rebounds and four assists. Senior guard Regina Omoite notched game highs with seven assists and three steals.

Britteny Henderson led the Owls with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field while also tallying team highs with nine boards and two blocks. Jennifer Baker added 14 points and five rebounds while Gia Lockett chipped in with 10 points and five boards. In the first half, JU took an early 7-4 lead after a 3-pointer by Omoite (16:07) but KSU rallied to take a 13-12 advantage with a trey by Greteya Kelley (10:04). The Owls would build a four-point lead (18-14) with a 3-pointer by Jennifer Baker (8:35) but JU used a 17-4 run to end the half and take a 31-22 at the break.

JU will travel to cross-town rival UNF on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for another installment of the SunTrust River City Rumble. The contest can be seen live on ASun.TV.