THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009
Women’s hoops has streak snapped with 64-56 loss to Florida Gulf Coast
Senior guard Virginia Gregoire
Senior guard Virginia Gregoire
Senior guard Virginia Gregoire tallied a season-high 23 points but a Dolphin cold spell in the final three minutes proved to be the difference as the JU women’s basketball team fell to Florida Gulf Coast, 64-56, Thursday evening at Alico Arena.

JU (10-8, 6-3) had its five-game winning streak snapped after shooting 31.9 percent from the floor, including an icy 26.8 percent (11-41) in the second half. The Dolphins won the rebounding battle (50-34) but committed a game-high 22 turnovers.

FGCU (13-4, 6-3) shot 41.5 percent in the contest and finished with a game-high nine steals. The Eagles converted 23 points off of JU turnovers and outscored the Dolphins 26-20 in the paint.

After a 3-pointer by Gregoire pulled the Dolphins to within one (57-56) with 3:18 remaining, JU went 0-for-6 and committed two turnovers the rest of the way. The Eagles took advantage by ending the contest with a 7-0 run to seal the game.

“FGCU is a tough opponent and we both went at each other tonight,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “We did a great job of recovering from their big run to open the game and we kept them frustrated through most of the game. Unfortunately, we missed a lot of easy opportunities and it came back to haunt us. Now we have to put it behind us and focus on a tough game at Stetson on Saturday.”

Gregoire led the Dolphins offensively after connecting on 9-of-17 shots, including 4-of-9 from beyond the arc. Senior guard DaVina Hamilton added 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Junior center Lynsey Paschal finished with a game-high nine rebounds and six points.

Chelsey Lyles led the Eagles with 19 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Adrianne McNally added 11 points and five assists while Kelsey Jacobsen chipped in with 11 points.

In the first half, FGCU come out firing as the Eagles opened a 12-2 with a jumper by Lyles (16:23). JU answered right back with an 11-0 run to take a 13-12 lead on a 3-pointer by Gregoire (11:49). Both teams would trade punches the rest of the way with three ties and two lead changes but a late 6-0 run gave the Eagles a 30-27 lead at the break.

JU will conclude its four-game road swing at Stetson on Saturday at 7 p.m. The contest can be seen live on ASun.TV.