SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2001
Navy Stops Women's Basketball, 75-65

Nov. 18, 2001

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville women's basketball team shot a scorching 61.5 percent from the field to stage a second-half rally, but Navy held off the Dolphins down the stretch to come away with a 75-65 win in JU's season-opener Sunday at Swisher Gymnasium.

Junior transfer guard Aisha Stewart (Topeka, Kan.), scored 15 of her team-high 18 points in the second half in her Dolphin debut. Freshman point guard Yvette Jackson (Sarasota, Fla.) also made a huge impact in her first game at JU, scoring 16 points and hitting 4-of-8 shots from behind the arc. Sophomore forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) added 16 points and pulled down five rebounds.

All-conference forward Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) was often double- and triple-teamed in the post, leaving the Dolphin guards with good looks. JU knocked down 60 percent of its three-point attempts (9-of-15), however Sungy was held to only six points but pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. For the game, the Dolphins outshot the Midshipmen, 47.2 percent to 43.6 percent, and held the rebound advantage, 34-30, but Navy sank 21-of-24 free throws, while JU hit only 6-of-10.

JU (0-1) came out flat in the first six minutes of the game as Navy (1-1) scored the first 11 points of the game - six by Bryanna Herring. The Midshipmen pushed the lead to as many as 14 at 20-6 with 11:53 left in the half. The Dolphins showed life hitting three consecutive three-pointers to cut the lead to five, but Navy regrouped and took a 31-22 lead into halftime.

The two teams traded buckets in the second half, and Navy held a 12-point lead with 12:35 left, but Yolisha Jackson scored the next five points to spark a 9-0 run for the Dolphins. JU closed to within one with 6:35 left after Stewart hit a running floater from the right side and again at 5:27 after Yvette Jackson hit a jumper. However, the Midshipmen hit 8-of-8 from the free-throw line over the final three minutes to put the game away.

Herring scored a career-high 25 points to lead all scorers and pulled down eight rebounds, while Courtney Davidson added 22 points, hitting 4-of-9 from long range.

The Dolphins will return to action when they hit the road this week to face Davidson on Wednesday at 4 p.m.