WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2001
JU Women Outmuscle Savannah State, 76-44
Dec. 19, 2001
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville junior forward Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) had a career night, scoring 17 points and setting a new JU single-game record with 19 rebounds as the Dolphins powered their way to their first victory of the season over Savannah State, 76-44, Wednesday night at Swisher Gymnasium.
With her first basket just two minutes into the game, Sungy, already JU's all-time leading rebounder, passed Angela Walker to become JU's all-time leading scorer. Sungy surpassed her old record of 18 rebounds in a game set twice last season against Bethune-Cookman and Troy State and also broke another of her own marks with 16 defensive boards. The old record was 14 set last season against College of Charleston.
The entire JU frontcourt recorded double-doubles as freshman center Kara Donnell (Mattoon, Ill.) pitched in 14 points and a career-high 16 boards, while sophomore forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Donnell earned the fourth double-double of her rookie season, and Jackson has now scored in double-figures in seven of the Dolphins' eight contests. Sungy, Donnell and Jackson also combined for seven blocked shots, one shy of the JU record. All five JU starters scored in double figures as Yvette Jackson (Sarasota, Fla.) had 12 points and five steals, and Elizabeth Simmons (O'Fallon, Ill.) played a solid all-around game with 10 points, six boards and a game-high four assists. The Dolphins dominated the game in the paint, where they outscored the Lady Tigers, 42-8.
JU (1-7) held SSU (1-10) to the lowest field goal percentage ever by a Dolphin opponent - holding the Lady Tigers to just 21.1 percent (16-of-76) shooting from the floor. JU shot 47.4 percent (27-of-57) from the field for the game but missed all 10 of its three-point attempts. The Dolphins also set a new JU record with 64 rebounds and held SSU to just 37 boards. The Dolphins shot 22-of-34 from the free-throw line, while the Lady Tigers hit only 9-of-16.
With the score tied 6-6 with 16:51 left in the first half, the Dolphins used a 9-0 run to take the lead and never looked back. Leading 28-18 with 6:10 left, JU scored the next 10 points and took a 44-20 lead into the break. The Dolphins' final margin of victory (32) was their largest lead of the night and the largest margin of victory in school history. The previous record was a 30-point win over Bethune-Cookman during the inaugural campaign.
Taaja Hightower was the only Lady Tiger to score in double figures with 11 points. Jacksonville native Sharmonique McDaniel added nine points and seven rebounds.
The Dolphins will take a break for the holidays before returning to action when they host South Florida on Sunday, Dec. 30, at 2 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.
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