SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2009
Women’s hoops smothers Stetson, 66-43
Senior guard DaVina Hamilton
Senior guard DaVina Hamilton
Senior guard DaVina Hamilton had a career nigh with 24 points and the Dolphins held their third opponent under 50 points this season as the JU women’s basketball team defeated Stetson, 66-43, Saturday evening at the Edmunds Center.

JU (11-8, 7-3) shot only 36.5 percent in the game but committed a season-low 10 turnovers and dominated the boards (45-33), which led to 11 second chance and 10 fast break points.

Stetson (7-12, 4-6) dropped its third straight game after committing 23 turnovers which contributed to 26 points for the Dolphins.

After going scoreless in the first five minutes of the second half, JU used a 13-6 run to open up a 51-30 lead (8:12) on a three-point play by freshman forward Teneskei Richardson. The Dolphins used another 9-0 run, to make it 62-38 (2:11) after a layup by junior center Danielle Gray, to put the game away.

“We got off to a great start to put them on their heels but our defense did a good job of keeping them out of sync,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “DaVina had a tremendous game for us and it was another example of how anyone can be our leading scorer on any given day.”

Hamilton led the Dolphins by shooting a career-best 10-of-16 from the floor while also collecting seven rebounds and dishing out four assists. Senior guard Virginia Gregoire added nine points, a game-high five assists and four rebounds. Senior guard Regina Omoite and junior forward Desarae Johnson each chipped in with eight points and five rebounds.

Tierra Brown led the Hatters with 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. Ashli Jackson added nine points and Jessica Conner tallied a game-high 13 rebounds.

In the first half, JU got out of the gates running by opening with a 10-0 run (17:08) and holding the Hatters without a basket until Brown’s jumper (15:12) made it 12-3. The Dolphins used a 9-0 run to increase the margin to 26-7 (7:56) with a 3-pointer by junior guard Courtney Jackson. JU pushed the advantage to 36-16 with a jumper by Hamilton (53 seconds) but a jumper by Smith with 28 seconds left made it 36-18 at the break.

JU will return to the friendly confines of Swisher Gymnasium beginning with ETSU on Thursday at 7 p.m. The contest can be seen live ons ASun.TV.