Women's Basketball Defeats Birmingham-Southern, 61-52

Nov. 21, 2004

Box Score

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Senior guard Rebecca Montz (Erath, La.) finished with a game-high 17 points while senior forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) added 14 points and three steals to lead the Jacksonville University women's basketball team to a 61-52 win over Birmingham-Southern (0-1), Sunday afternoon at Bill Battle Coliseum.

With the win, JU (1-1) earned its first victory under first-year head coach Jill Dunn and the program's first road win since defeating Navy (75-73) on Dec. 8, 2002. It also marked the Dolphins' first victory since a 56-52 win over Troy on Feb. 19, 2004.

Montz finished the contest shooting 7-of-11 from the floor including 3-for-4 from behind the three-point line. Junior guard Nakina Alford (Griffin, Ga.) also finished with 10 points to lead the Dolphin offense. Junior guard Sheena Carpenter (Augusta, Ga.) added nine points, eight rebounds and three steals. BSC outshot JU .423-.405 and held a 43-42 advantage on the boards but the Dolphins forced the Panthers into 21 turnovers compared to only 17 for the Dolphins. JU also connected on .667 (8-12) of its free throws compared to .400 (6-15) for BSC.

Stacey Anthony led the Panthers with 16 points while Pam Thornborrow (10) rounded out Birmingham-Southern's double-digit scoring for the evening. In the first half, JU took an early 7-3 lead until Jackson recorded her second foul at the 13:37 mark. Birmingham-Southern recaptured the advantage for the remainder of the period until JU used a 7-0 run in the final two minutes, capped by a rebound put-back by junior forward Randa Blenden (Waco, Texas), to take a 24-23 halftime lead. Montz led the Dolphins with seven points and three assists while Carpenter and Jackson each added five points. Anthony led the Panthers with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field. JU outshot BSC .333-.290 in the period and JU made .800 (4-5) of its free throws compared to Birmingham Southern's .500 (2-4).

In the second half, BSC opened with a 9-0 run to take its largest lead of the contest (32-24) at the 15:00 mark. JU answered with an 8-0 run, capped with a jumper by sophomore forward Talia Johnson (Sardis, Ga.), to tie the contest (32-32) with 12:50 remaining. After JU evened the game for a second time (34-34) on a layup by Alford, the Dolphins jumped out to a 42-34 lead after a jumper by Carpenter and a pair three's by Alford and Montz. JU increased its lead to a game-high 11 points (51-40) after a jumper by Johnson with 5:10 remaining. The Panthers cut the deficit to 53-48 after a three-pointer by Anthony but the Dolphins ended the game with an 8-4 run by converting on 4-of-6 free throws down the stretch.

JU will next face South Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m.