SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2009
Big second half fuels women’s hoops in 72-57 win over Campbell
Senior guard Regina Omoite
Senior guard Regina Omoite
Second halves are now becoming the Dolphins’ time to shine as a huge 26-6 run in the final 13 minutes fueled the JU women’s basketball team to a 72-57 win over Campbell, Saturday afternoon at Craig Gore Arena.

JU (10-7, 6-2) won its fifth consecutive game after shooting 46.8 percent from the field, tallying 13 steals and a 14-2 margin in fast-break opportunities.

CU (8-8, 1-6) dropped its fifth consecutive contest to the Dolphins after registering a game-high 26 turnovers which converted into 26 points for JU.

With the contest tied (43-43) at the 13:31 mark, JU turned on the defensive pressure to hold the Camels without a basket for the next five minutes and fuel a 26-6 run to make it 69-49 with 3:41 left.

“In the beginning of the year, the second half was when we were at our worst but now we are starting to finish games off,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “Campbell did a great job of hanging around but our defensive pressure in the final 10 minutes gave us opportunities in the open floor. We need to work on our consistency for a full game with a big road trip coming up next week.”

Senior guard Regina Omoite led the Dolphins with a season-high 16 points while dishing out a career-best 11 assists to register her four career double-double. Senior guard DaVina Hamilton added 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and a game-high five steals. Junior forward Desarae Johnson had 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals while junior guard Virginia Gregoire rounded out the JU scoring with 11 points.

Geami Britt led the Camels with a game-high 18 points while Gara Bell and Lauren Arthur each chipped in with 10 points apiece.

In the first half, JU took advantage of five Camel turnovers to take an early 11-2 lead (15:38). CU bounced back with a 13-4 run to cut the deficit to 17-15 with a jumper by Lindsay Smithberger (11:18). The Dolphins used a 7-1 run to make it 24-16 with a jumper by Johnson (7:13) but JU would go scoreless for the next four minutes to allow the Camels to tie the contest (24-24) with an 8-0 run (3:23). Both teams would trade baskets until a free throw by Britt with two seconds remaining gave CU a 29-28 lead at the break.

JU will continue its four-game road swing at Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday at 7 p.m. The contest can be seen live on ASun.TV.