Women's Basketball Falls to Samford, 61-46

Nov. 20, 2004

Box Score

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Senior forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) finished with a team-high 16 points while junior guard Sheena Carpenter (Augusta, Ga.) added 10 points but the Jacksonville University women's basketball team dropped a 61-46 contest to Samford, Friday evening at Seibert Hall. The game marked the opening of the 2004-05 season for both schools.

Senior guard Rebecca Montz (Erath, La.) added nine points including 2-of-3 shooting from behind the three-point line while sophomore guard Nakina Alford (Griffin, Ga.) tallied six points, six rebounds and a game-high five steals. JU held the advantage in rebounds (37-34) and steals (12-7) while also forcing the Bulldogs into 17 turnovers compared to only 16 for the Dolphins. JU also connected on .778 (12-15) of its free throws compared to .667 (14-24) for Samford. The Bulldogs did, however, shoot .542 (21-42) from the floor while the Dolphins tallied .290 (15-57).

Alex Munday led the Bulldogs with 14 points while Andrea Ward (11), Sarah Clement (11) and Cora Beth Smith (10) rounded out Samford's double-digit scoring for the evening.

In the first half, Jackson led the Dolphins with seven points while Alford added six points and four rebounds and three steals to make it a 20-18 lead for Samford. The Dolphins trailed by as many as six points before ending the period on a 5-1 run. Munday led the Bulldogs with six points and Tish Pilkerton added four rebounds. Samford outshot the Dolphins .444-.231 in the period but JU made .833 (5-6) of its free throws compared to Samford's .444 (4-9).

In the second half, Samford opened with a 5-0 run to take a 28-18 lead. The Bulldogs increased their advantage to 37-23 at the 13:27 mark after a three-pointer by Ward but JU answered with a 7-0 run to make it 37-33 contest with 9:00 remaining. After a pair of three-pointers by Ward and Smith, Jackson hit a three-point basket to make it 43-36 at the 7:38 mark. The Dolphins would get no closer as the Bulldogs used a 7-0 run to take control of the game.

JU will next face Birmingham-Southern on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. CST at Bill Battle Coliseum.