THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2009
Women’s hoops runs past Campbell, 73-51
Senior guard Virginia Gregoire
Senior guard Virginia Gregoire
Five Dolphins scored in double figures while the team forced 28 turnovers defensively to lead the JU women’s basketball team to a 73-51 win over Campbell, Thursday evening at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

JU (14-10, 10-5), which increased its record to 8-2 Downtown, shot 46.3 percent from the field, tallied 15 steals and tallied 18 fast-break points. The Dolphins also defeated the Camels for the sixth consecutive time.

Campbell (10-14, 3-12) shot 36.4 from the floor and won the rebounding battle (41-36) but its game-high 28 turnovers (including 17 in the first half) led to 27 points for the Dolphins.

“We did a nice job of pressuring them defensively,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “By taking them out of their offensive set, we found a lot of opportunities to get easy buckets. Once we got in a rhythm, we were able to build the big lead.”

Leading from start to finish, JU built a lead as big as 24 points and never led by less than 14 points (57-43, 6:00) in the second half.

Senior guard Virginia Gregoire led all scorers with 17 points while tallying five assists and three steals. Junior center Lynsey Paschal put up 16 points (6-of-8 shooting from the floor and a 4-of-4 effort from the line) to go with six rebounds. Senior guard DaVina Hamilton added 12 points and six rebounds.

Senior guard Regina Omoite tallied 10 points and a game-high nine assists while junior forward Desarae Johnson rounded out the JU scoring with 10 points while adding seven rebounds, four steals and three blocks.

Ashley Williamson led the Camels with 16 points, eight rebounds and two steals. Jessica Mack added 10 points and six rebounds while Geami Britt chipped in with 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

In the first half, both teams got out of the gates on the cold side as JU opened up a 4-0 lead on a jumper by Johnson (17:45). CU cut the deficit to 6-4 with a jumper by Britt (14:25) but JU used a 9-0 run to open up a 15-4 advantage with a jumper by Gregoire (12:08).

The Camels chipped away at the lead and pulled to within six points (17-11) with a layup by Amanda O’Neill (9:28) but the Dolphins used another big run (13-2) to make it 30-13 with a layup by Johnson (5:11). JU would increase the mark to 38-15 at the half by ending the period with an 8-2 run.

JU will continue its four-game homestand and join the PinkZone against UNF on Monday at 5 p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The contest can be seen live on ASun.TV and is the second of a scheduled doubleheader with the JU men.