Samford Rallies Past JU Women, 55-54

Feb. 11, 2002

Box Score

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - For the second straight game, the injury-depleted Jacksonville women's basketball team came out with a strong first half but couldn't hold on down the stretch as Samford slipped past the Dolphins, 55-54, in Atlantic Sun Conference action Monday night at Seibert Hall.

Sophomore forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out six assists to lead JU. Jackson shot 8-of-18 from the field, 3-of-6 from behind the arc, but scored 18 in the first half and shot only 1-of-8 in the second half. Junior center Veronique McMillian (Los Angeles, Calif.) added her first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Junior forward Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.), who was double- and triple-teamed most of the game, was held to seven points but grabbed 10 boards and handed out four assists.

The Dolphins (2-19, 1-13 A-Sun) shot 41.8 percent (23-of-55) from the floor for the game and 48.3 in the first half. JU hit 5-of-17 from three-point range and only 3-of-9 from the free-throw line. Samford (3-18, 2-12) shot only 34.9 percent (22-of-63) from the field and hit 5-of-21 from behind the arc and sank 6-of-9 from the line. JU outrebounded its opponent for the 17th time in 21 games, 45-34. The Bulldogs scored 16 points off 25 Dolphin turnovers.

JU, which suited only six players for the second-straight game, led most of the way, taking a 34-27 lead into the half, their largest lead of the night. Samford slowly chipped away and tied the game, 47-47, with 5:31 left to play. The Bulldogs quickly scored the next six points to give themselves enough cushion. Giovanni Price paced Samford with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Morgan Vickery scored 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting from long range.

JU returns to action when it hosts Campbell Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.