Women's Basketball Can't Hold Off Jacksonville St., 67-62

Feb. 9, 2002

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. - The Jacksonville women's basketball team jumped on top of Jacksonville State in the first half but couldn't hold up under the full-court press in the second half as the Dolphins fell to the Gamecocks, 67-62, in Atlantic Sun Conference action Saturday at Pete Mathews Coliseum.

Junior forward Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season, but was held to only four points in the second half. Sophomore forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) added 17 points and a career-high tying 11 rebounds for her third double-double this year. Elizabeth Simmons (O'Fallon, Ill.) tied her career-high with 10 points, while Veronique McMillian (Los Angeles, Calif.) added eight points and 10 boards.

The Dolphins (2-18, 1-12 A-Sun) were hot in the first half, hitting 48.1 percent (13-of-27) from the floor, but made only 5-of-20 in the second half to finish at 38.3 percent. JSU (5-16, 4-10) never found their touch from the field hitting only 32.4 percent (23-of-71) from the field, but came up with timely three-pointers (7-for-22) and free throws (14-of-23) down the stretch. JU made 23-of-34 from the line for the game, but only 12-of-21 in the second half. The Dolphins won the rebounding battle for the 16th time in 20 games this season, 47-38. Turnovers were key in the second half as the Gamecocks put on the full-court press and forced 18 second-half turnovers by the Dolphins, who finished with 29 for the game.

JU took a nine-point lead into the half by outscoring JSU, 18-4, over the final 7:15 of the half. Sungy scored 16 points on 7-of-10 from the floor.

The Dolphins, who suited up only six players, played the final 8:34 with five players after Aisha Stewart fouled out, which is when the game began to turn. JU held its largest lead of the game at 56-43 with 11:30 left, but JSU went on a 13-1 run over eight minutes to cut the lead to one. The Gamecocks then tied the game with 4:39 left and took a 61-58 lead on a three-pointer by Heather Shepard and held on from the free throw line during the final two minutes. McMillian fouled out with 39 seconds left, leaving the Dolphins with only four players for the remainder of the game. After McMillian picked up her fourth foul with over five minutes left, JSU's Shanika Freeman was allowed to go into the paint uncontested.

Freeman and Kelly Nye led JSU with 10 points each, while Shepard, Laura Baswell, Freddricka Embry and Tiara Eady each added nine.

The Dolphins continue their road trip when they travel up the road to Birmingham, Ala., to take on Samford Monday at 7 p.m. CST.