Jacksonville Holds Off UM Women's Basketball, 72-64
Nov. 13, 2007
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – – Jacksonville’s Virginia Gregoire scored a career and game-high 26 points to lead the visiting Dolphins (2-0) past the University of Miami Hurricanes, 72-64, Tuesday night at the BankUnited Center in nonconference women’s basketball action. Senior guard Maurita Reid led Miami with a team-high 19 points and career-best 13 rebounds for her fifth career double-double.
Charmaine Clark scored 11 points while Albrey Grimsley and Carla Williams each scored 10 points for the Hurricanes, who fell to 1-1. Regina Omoite scored 15 points and Ashley Williams poured in 14 points for JU. Gregoire went 4-of-9 from three-point range. Jacksonville shot 44 percent in the second half and finished shooting 40.4 percent for the game. The Dolphins forced UM into 22 turnovers, which resulted in 16 steals for JU. Miami controlled the boards, out-rebounding JU, 45-39.
Miami shot just 36.4 percent and managed just four three-pointers as UM shot 19 percent from long range in the game.
The Dolphins snapped a 47-47 tie with a 13-0 run holding Miami scoreless for an eight-minute and 53 second span to take a 60-47 lead. Charmaine Clark ended UM’s drought when she hit a layup with 2:32 left cutting the JU lead, 60-49. After JU pushed back ahead, 62-49, with 2:15 left, the Hurricanes went on a 9-1 run in 47 seconds to close within 63-58 with 1:28 to go, but that was as close as UM would get. JU made nine free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
Ashley Williams tied the game, 44-44, and Gregoire’s three-pointer put JU back ahead, 47-44, but Reid tied the game, 47-47, with a three-pointer of her own with 11:25 to go.
The Dolphins took a 40-35 lead three minutes into the second half. The Hurricanes went on a 9-2 run to go ahead 44-42 after Reid made a three-pointer following three straight baskets from Carla Williams with 13:20 remaining.
Miami trailed 30-26 at halftime after jumping out to a 13-6 lead with 15:15 remaining in the first half on an Epiphany Woodson lay-up on a fastbreak. JU cut their deficit to 15-14 at the 11:12 mark when Ashley Williams made a layup in the paint.
The Hurricanes used a 7-2 run to go ahead 22-16 on a Reid three-pointer and a short jumper by Diane Barnes with 8:39 to go, but the Dolphins closed the half on a 14-4 run for the four-point halftime lead. Gregoire had nine points and Ashley Williiams Williams added eight points in the half for the Dolphins.
Miami continues its five-game homestand Monday, Nov. 19 when the Hurricanes take part in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge by hosting Michigan at 7 p.m. at the BankUnited Center.