THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009
Women’s basketball cruises past Stetson, 67-51
Senior Regina Omoite became the new progame leader in minutes played after logging 36 minutes in Thursday's 67-51 win
Senior Regina Omoite became the new progame leader in minutes played after logging 36 minutes in Thursday's 67-51 win
Three Dolphins recorded double figures to lead the JU women’s basketball team past Stetson, 67-51, on Thursday night in Atlantic Sun action at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (16-10, 12-5 A-Sun) tied a season best with its fifth straight win after shooting a game-high 41.5 percent from the floor and a staggering 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The Dolphins also scored 22 points off 18 turnovers, while seeing the bench players add 30 points to help get the victory.

Stetson (8-19, 5-13) went exactly 10-for-28 (35.7 percent) from the floor each half, while shooting 40 percent behind the arc.

“This was a good team win for us tonight,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “I thought we did well in almost every facet of the game. I was pleased with the way everyone contributed to the win and we hope to keep this momentum rolling as we enter these final two weeks of the schedule before heading off to the conference tournament.”

The Dolphins only trailed on three occasions in the first half, while building lead as high as 18 (67-49, 1:29) in the second half to secure their ninth win in the last 10 meetings over the Hatters.

Senior Virginia Gregoire tallied a game-best 18 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists, while juniors Crystal Grable (13 points) and Courtney Jackson (10 points) rounded out the Dolphins in double figures. Grable also recorded a team-high eight rebounds.

Senior Regina Omoite added nine points and had a game-high seven assists in 36 minutes, which put her as the new program leader in minutes played. Omoite now has 3,725 career minutes to slide past Kat Sungy (3,712) for the top spot.

Sharnesha Smith finished with 13 points and a team-high five assists to lead the Hatters. Ayesha Barkley added 11 points to the cause, while Tierra Brown tied a game-best with eight rebounds.

In the first half, the Hatters broke it open with an early lead 4-0 (19:09) on a jumper by Barkley. The lead changed twice before Brown put the Hatters ahead on a three-pointer to make it 14-11 (12:30). After the bucket, the Dolphins went on a 19-2 run to take a 30-19 lead on a layup by junior Danielle Gray (2:01). JU took a 30-23 lead in the locker room after Smith (1:28) and Jessica Conner (00:57) made a pair of buckets to finish the half for Stetson.

Stetson closed the gap in the second half to a six-point deficit on a jumper from Smith (16:39) to make it 34-28 game. The Dolphins produced points on their next four trips down the floor, including consecutive three pointers made by Omoite (13:22) and Gregoire (12:48) to take a 46-32 advantage. The Hatters trailed by six again with a layup up by Smith (7:26) to make it 53-47, but the Dolphins put the clamps down by holding Stetson to just two free throws on 9-2 run in the final five minutes to close out the contest.

The Dolphins head downtown to play at Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday for their home finale against Florida Gulf Coast starting at 2 p.m. The game will also be televised on Comcast Sports Southeast and can be viewed locally on Comcast Channel 54. Fan can also log onto JUDolphins.com for the A-Sun.TV broadcast.