THURSDAY, JANUARY 08, 2004
Women's Basketball Falls to Belmont, 81-64, in Three-Point Shootout
Jan. 8, 2004
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - JU (2-9, 0-4 A-Sun) and Belmont (5-5, 3-0 A-Sun) combined for 55 shots from behind the arc in a high-scoring three-point affair, but the Bruins won the turnover battle, scoring 32 points off the Dolphins' 20 turnovers in an 81-64 loss in Atlantic Sun play on Thursday night at the Curb Event Center.
JU freshman guard Meagan Wallen (Leesburg, Ind.) had a career-high 20 points, hitting six three-pointers, while junior guard Rebecca Montz (Erath, La.) had 18 points off four threes. Sophomore guard Sheena Carpenter (Augusta, Ga.) had seven points and five rebounds, while freshman center Talia Johnson (Sardis, Ga.) tied a career-high with three blocks. Five Bruins combined for 16 three-pointers as Belmont shot 46 percent from behind the arc. Erica Davenport led Belmont with 20 points, shooting 4-for-6 from behind the three-point arc.
JU shot a season-high 46 percent from behind the arc, hitting 8-of-13 (62 percent) three-pointers in the second half. Wallen's six three-point field goals tied for the third-best performance in JU history, marking the first time a Dolphin made six or more three-pointers since Dec. 28, 2000.
Montz cut the halftime deficit to 55-41 after hitting her first of four second half three-pointers, capping a 16-9 JU run at the 13:39 mark. Belmont replied, outscoring JU 12-3 over the next six minutes to pull ahead 68-44 with 7:29 remaining. Montz and Wallen combined for 20 points down the stretch, but Belmont hit 4-of-5 three-pointers in the final 5:00 for the win.
Wallen hit her first three-pointer at 13:44 of the first half to put the Dolphins up 11-10 but Destri Bockey scored on a putback to spark a four-minute15-2 Belmont run that gave the Bruins the lead, 25-13 with 9:24 remaining. Carpenter had four points in a 7-2 JU run to close the gap to 27-20 at the 6:08 mark but Belmont rebounded with three three-pointers in a 15-2 run to gain a 42-22 advantage with 2:37 remaining. The Bruins hit 8-of-18 three-pointers (44 percent) from behind the arc in the first half with four players hitting two treys. JU's leading scorer this season, junior forward Yolisha Jackson Clarksville, Tenn.), was held to just two points off free throws in the first period.
The Dolphins resume action Saturday when they take on Lipscomb at 2 p.m. in Nashville.
2003-04 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL