THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2002
Women's Basketball Stuns Campbell, 72-71
Feb. 14, 2002
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville women had the hot hand and used key defensive stops down the stretch to hold off defending Atlantic Sun Conference champion Campbell, 72-71, in league play Thursday night at Swisher Gymnasium. The win was the Dolphins' first in six tries all-time against the Lady Camels.
Sophomore forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) hit 9-of-12 from the floor, including 3-for-3 from three-point range to score a career-high 24 points to go with five rebounds and five assists. Junior guard Aisha Stewart (Topeka, Kan.) hit 5-of-9 from behind the arc to add 19 points. Junior forward Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting and also grabbed 11 boards. Junior guard Elizabeth Simmons (O'Fallon, Ill.) dished out a career-high eight assists.
JU (3-19, 2-13 A-Sun) hit 59.2 percent (29-of-49) from the field, 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from long range and sank 5-of-9 from the free-throw line. Campbell (11-12, 9-7) shot only 43.3 percent (26-of-60), 7-of-19 from behind the arc and 12-of-14 from the charity stripe. JU outrebounded Campbell, 32-26, the 18th time in 22 games and 12 time in a row the Dolphins have outrebounded their opponent.
JU started out fast and took a 19-9 lead with 12:22 to go in the first half, its largest lead of the night. The Dolphins led 28-20 with 5:57 remaining in the opening frame, but the Lady Camels scored the next 10 points to take a two-point lead. The game was tied three times in the final 4:50, but Campbell took a 40-37 lead into halftime. The Dolphins won for the first time when trailing at the break this season.
Campbell led by as many as six early in the second half. Stewart hit a pair of threes early cutting the Lady Camel lead to 50-49 with 14:22 left. The two teams traded free throws and layups and the score was knotted at 55-55 with 11:53 to go. The Dolphins scored the next five points on a three from Jackson and a long jumper from Stewart, and eventually took a 70-61 lead with 5:01 to go. Kristin Vuckovich hit a pair of threes down the stretch and Vakara Forrest made a layup to cut the JU lead to 72-71 with 1:56 left in the game. The Lady Camels missed four field goals which would have given them the lead, including the final shot by April Cromartie with 0.6 seconds remaining that stuck in between the rim and the glass to end the game.
Kristal Troy scored a career-high 21 points off the bench to lead the Lady Camels, while consensus preseason A-Sun player of the year Cromartie added 14 points, only four in the second half, and four rebounds. Forrest also chipped in 10 points.
The Dolphins return to action when they host Georgia State Saturday at 2 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.
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