First-Place Belmont Slips Past Women's Basketball, 64-57

Jan. 31, 2002

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville women hung in against Belmont, but couldn't put together a final push down the stretch and fell to the Bruins, 64-57, in Atlantic Sun Conference action Thursday night at Swisher Gymnasium. Sophomore forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) led the Dolphins with a game-high 13 points and 11 rebounds.

All seven of the Dolphins contributed to one of their best efforts of the season. Junior center Veronique McMillian (Los Angeles, Calif.) had career highs with 12 points and eight boards, while junior forward Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) had 12 points and six rebounds. Junior guard Aisha Stewart (Topeka, Kan.) added nine points and Elizabeth Simmons (O'Fallon, Ill.), who scored five points and dished out three assists, looked as comfortable at the point as she has all season. Off the bench, senior forward Lana Labura (Zagreb, Croatia) pulled down 10 rebounds and freshman forward Lauren Woodman (Port Moody, B.C.) had a career-high four points.

JU (2-17, 1-11 A-Sun) shot 36.2 percent (17-of-47) from the floor, hit 2-of-7 threes and stayed in the game by hitting 21-of-24 from the free-throw line. Belmont (15-3, 9-2) shot 37.5 percent (24-of-64), 12-of-34 from behind the arc and only 4-of-7 from the charity stripe. The Dolphins outrebounded their opponent for the 15th time in 19 games, 45-28.

Belmont took its largest lead of the first half, 21-13, with 11:37 left to play, but the Dolphins stormed back with an 11-1 run to take the lead, 24-22, with 5:40 remaining. The Bruins fought back and settled for a 31-28 advantage at the break.

In the second half, the Bruins led by as much as nine with 8:37 left in the game, but the Dolphins would not quit and outscored Belmont, 12-3 over the next 5:14, to tie the game at 54 with 3:53 left. Belmont's Candice Mitchell, who scored the 1,000th point of her career during the game, took over from there, hitting a second-chance layup followed by a three on the Bruins' next possession. Belmont scored the final seven points of the game with Erica Davenport layup with 34 seconds left to cap the scoring.

Chasity Campbell led Belmont with 13 points, while Hollie Davis hit 4-of-9 from long range to finish with 12 points and Missy Walker added 11. Mitchell, who scored 33 points against the Dolphins on Saturday, was held to only nine.

JU will get a chance to rest its depleted squad and will not return to action until Saturday, Feb. 9, when they visit Jacksonville State in Jacksonville, Ala., at 5:30 p.m.