MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2004
Women's Basketball Drops, 64-53, Contest to Gardner-Webb
Nov. 29, 2004
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - Sophomore guard Nakina Alford (Griffin, Ga.) led the Dolphins with a season-high 15 points while senior forward Yolisha Jackson added 13 points but the JU women's basketball team fell to Gardner-Webb, 64-53, Monday evening at the Paul Sorter Arena. JU fell to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the Atlantic Sun while Gardner-Webb improved to 1-2, 1-0. The game marked the first Atlantic Sun Conference games for both squads.
The Runnin' Bulldogs dominated the game at the free-throw line by making 20-of-25 attempts (.857) compared to the Dolphins' 9-of-11 (.818). Alford finished 5-of-12 from the field including a 3-for-7 effort from behind the three-point line while Jackson also shot 5-of-12 from the floor with two blocks and two steals.
Sequenta Blackman led the Runnin' Bulldogs with a game-high 18 points while Shameka Smith (15 points, 10 rebounds), Brittany Harmon (11), and Candyse Kelly (11) rounded out the Gardner-Webb double-digit scoring. GWU outrebounded JU by a 42-24 margin while also recording 14 steals to the Dolphins' seven.
In the first half, JU jumped out to an early 5-0 lead at the 18:40 mark before increasing the lead to 15-9 on a layup by Jackson with 13:51 remaining in the period. The Bulldogs used a 6-0 run to take their first lead of the contest at the 11:30 mark. JU would never trail by more than five as Gardner-Webb went into the break with a 28-24 lead.
In the second half, GWU went on a 13-6 run to make it 41-30 with 14:50 remaining. The Bulldogs increased their lead to 47-30 (11:45) as the Dolphins got into the penalty with 12 minutes remaining in the game. GWU increased the lead to a game-high 19 (8:43) before JU closed the gap to 13 (55-42) after a three-pointer by Alford with 5:59 remaining. JU would get not closer as GWU held on for the win by hitting 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch.
JU will continue A-Sun play this weekend as the Dolphins travel to Campbell on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m.
2004-05 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL