Women’s hoops tops Lipscomb, 71-42
Senior guards Regino Omoite (back) and DaVina Hamilton
Senior guards Regino Omoite (back) and DaVina Hamilton
The JU women’s basketball team got back track, winning for the seventh time in its last eight games with a 71-42 win over Lipscomb at Allen Arena on Thursday night.

DaVina Hamilton led all scorers with a game-high 21 points, leading four Dolphins in double figures. She hit 9-of-12 from the floor and had five rebounds in 25 minutes..

With the win, the Dolphins (17-11, 13-6 A-Sun) have wrapped up the No. 2 seed for the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament and will play their first round game on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

JU’s win was all about defense. The Dolphins held Lipscomb (5-23, 3-16 A-Sun) scoreless for more than 10 minutes in the second half, going on a 24-3 run to put the game away. The Bisons hit just X-of-X from the floor in the second half, scoring just 17 points.

“We got off to a slow start, but we stepped up late in the first half,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “DaVina really got hot at the end of half and sparked our run to start the second half, but we have everyone contribute tonight, which is important at this point in the season.”

Sporting a 10-point halftime lead, the Dolphins opened the second half on a 13-4 run as Hamilton had seven points in the spurt to open up a 19-point lead in the first six minutes and never looked back.

The Dolphins got 12 points from Ashanti Williams, 10 from Courtney Jackson and 10 more from Desarae Johnson, who finished with a double-double as she pulled down 10 rebounds. Regina Omoite had six assists and eight rebounds.

Despite falling behind 7-0 in the opening three minutes, the Dolphins rallied to take a 35-25 lead into the locker room at halftime. Hamilton led the run with eight points in the final six minutes of the half.

Lipscomb was led by Jillian Partin’s 10 points.

The win also marked a milestone for JU head coach Jill Dunn, who won her 100th career game.

The Dolphins wrap up their regular season on the road as they face Belmont. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (EST).