JU Women Fall to Elon, 57-47

Dec. 16, 2001

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Freshman center Kara Donnell (Mattoon, Ill.) posted her third double-double of the season to lead three Dolphins in double figures, but a late surge by Elon boosted the Phoenix to a 57-47 decision over the JU women Sunday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium.

Donnell had a team-high 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, six on the offensive end. Junior forward Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) nearly matched the double-double by Donnell with 11 points and nine rebounds and now trails Angela Walker by a single point for first on JU's all-time scoring list. Sophomore forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.), JU's leading scorer for the season, added 10 points and grabbed six boards.

The Dolphins (0-7) hit 44.2 percent (19-of-43) of their shots from the floor, while the Phoenix (3-5) hit only 35.5 percent (22-of-62), however, JU turned the ball over 30 times to just 17 for Elon. The Phoenix scored 10 more points than JU off turnovers. Elon also hit 5-of-17 (29.4 percent) from behind the arc, while JU hit only 2-of-5 (40 percent).

The two teams played a close game during the first half with six lead changes and four ties. With the score tied at 12 with 12:41 left, the Dolphins took their largest lead of the game on a layup by Donnell and a three-point play by Sungy. JU held a one-point advantage (25-24) late, but a three-pointer by Elon's Holly Andrews with 5:05 left and a jumper by Ivey Ghee with 3:22 remaining were the only points scored during the final 6:40 to give the Phoenix a 29-25 lead going into the locker room.

The first 12 minutes of the second half were just as tight as the first with six lead changes and four ties as well. The two teams traded buckets for much of the period, but JU took its final lead of the game at 42-40 with 8:04 left in the game. Andrews then hit back-to-back threes to ignite Elon on a 12-0 run over the next 5:46 to put the game away. The Phoenix took an 11-point lead, their largest of the game, at 56-45 with 1:08 left.

Andrews led Elon with a game-high 19 points, including 3-of-6 from three-point range. Anestha Blakeney had seven points, eight rebounds and four steals, while Elon's 6-5 center Courtney Nyborg played a huge defensive role blocking four JU shots and altering others in the paint. JU will continue its search for its first victory of the season as they host Savannah State Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.