SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2002
Women's Basketball Explodes Past Samford for First A-Sun Win, 91-65

Jan. 19, 2002

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville women had the best night offensively in school history as the Dolphins blew past Samford, 91-65, for their first Atlantic Sun Conference victory this season Saturday night at Swisher Gymnasium.

Junior forward Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.), sophomore forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) and junior guard Aisha Stewart (Topeka, Kan.) all topped 20 points for career highs, and it was the first time in history more than one Dolphin scored 20 in a single game. Sungy, JU's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, had a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Jackson nearly recorded a triple-double with 21 points, eight boards and a career-high eight assists. Jackson has scored in double figures in all but one game this season, including the last 11 in a row. Stewart, making her first start since the second game of the season, responded with 23 points, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc, and also collected five boards and three assists.

On their way to a school-record 91 points, the Dolphins (2-13, 1-7 A-Sun) shot a record 66.0 percent (33-of-50) from the field, including 7-of-11 from three-point range. JU also scored 50 points in the second half, the most the Dolphins had ever scored in any half. Samford (1-12, 0-6 A-Sun) shot only 30.8 percent (24-of-78) from the field,10-of-40 from long range and 18-of-24 from the line. The Dolphins outrebounded their opponent for the 11th time in 15 games this season and outscored the Bulldogs, 38-16, in the paint.

In the first half, the contest was tied, 9-9, with 15:44 left before the Dolphins took the lead for good with a 21-5 run over the next seven minutes behind seven points from Sungy during the spurt. Samford quickly got back into game with a run of their own during the last three minutes of the frame. With the Dolphins leading, 37-22, the Bulldogs hit three-pointers on three-straight possessions, while Noot Pittman followed with a layup to cap an 11-0 run to bring the Bulldogs within six. JU took a 41-35 lead into the locker room.

After the break, Samford came out firing and cut the lead to one twice, the final time at the 17:26 mark. From that point, leading 44-43, JU used a 16-2 run to bury the Bulldogs' chances for a comeback. The Dolphins also used a 13-0 run midway through the period to push the lead to 22 with 8:37 left. JU's largest lead of the night (26) was the final margin of victory.

Morgan Vickery led the Bulldogs with 17 points, including 5-of-12 from behind the arc.

The Dolphins return to action when they host Jacksonville State in A-Sun play Monday at 7 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.