Women's Basketball Falls, 80-61, in First Road Test at Charleston Southern

Nov. 29, 2003

CHARLESTON, S.C. - In JU's first road game sophomore guard Sheena Carpenter (Augusta, Ga.) scored a team-high 16 points, including 14 in the second half and junior guard Rebecca Montz (Erath, La.) added 12 points in an 80-61 loss to Charleston Southern on Saturday afternoon in the CSU Field House. Jacksonville (1-2) shot 42 percent in the game but couldn't overcome a tough CSU (2-1) defense that forced the Dolphins into 26 turnovers.

JU trailed 46-27 at the half, as the Lady Buccaneers defense dictated the pace, forcing 14 second half turnovers and making 16 steals. Junior forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.), who led the team with six rebounds, picked up her fourth foul at 16:25, and CSU took control of the boards. Carpenter proved to be one of the lone bright spots for Jacksonville in the second half, executing a series of slashing drives to the basket and hitting pull-up jumpers to score 14 second half points.

After the opening tip, JU jumped to a 9-3 lead thanks to six of Jackson's eight points in the game, but the Lady Buccaneer defense dug in, holding the Dolphins to six points over the next 10 minutes while embarking on a 33-6 run to lead 36-15 with 6:00 remaining. The Dolphins offense picked up near the end of the half with senior Lexie Richards (Mercer Island, Wash.) and Montz combining for 11 points.

JU hosts Eastern Illinois on Sunday Dec. 7 at 2:00 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.