Women's Basketball Defeats Bethune-Cookman, 65-62

Dec. 11, 2004

Box Score

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Junior guard Sheena Carpenter (Augusta, Ga.) finished with a team-high 14 points while three other Dolphins scored in double-figures to lead the Jacksonville University women's basketball team to a 65-62 win over Bethune-Cookman, Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at Moore Gymnasium. The Dolphins improve to 2-4 on the year while the Lady Wildcats fall to 1-4. JU will return home for its first game in Swisher Gymnasium in the 2004-05 season as the Dolphins host Navy on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m.

Junior forward Talia Johnson (Sardis, Ga.) finished with a season-high 12 points while sophomore guard Nakina Alford (Griffin, Ga.) tallied 12 points and senior forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) added 11 points.

With the Lady Wildcats leading 60-59 with 2:15 remaining, Carpenter made two free throws to give the Dolphins a 61-60 advantage. Bethune-Cookman regained the lead, 62-61, after a pair of free throws by Sarah Johnson with 1:42 remaining. JU took the lead for good when Jackson nailed a 15-footer from the right baseline at the 1:21 mark. After Carpenter made another pair of free throws to make it 65-62 with 27 seconds left, Katie Clark missed a three-pointer from the right wing to end the game.

Senior guard Rebecca Montz (Erath, La.) finished with nine points and a season-high seven assists as the Dolphins finished the contest with 19 assists and only 12 turnovers. Jackson grabbed a team-high eight rebounds while sophomore center Chamara Warrick (Jacksonville/Ribault) added two points, two rebounds and a blocked shot in 10 minutes.

Katie Clark led the Lady Wildcats with 19 points while Cassandra Calcagno (16) and Sarah Johnson (13) each added double-figure points. Bethune-Cookman made 21-of-28 (.750) free throws compared to JU's 12-of-15 (.800) effort but the Dolphins held the advantage from behind the arc with 7-of-20 (.350) compared to 3-of-11 (.273) by the Wildcats.

In the first half, Bethune-Cookman jumped out to a 9-0 advantage at the 16:38 mark after an assist by Calcagno. JU answered with a 12-0 run in the next 4:04 to lead 12-9 with 11:42 remaining in the half. The Dolphins increased the lead to a game-high six points (28-22) after a three-pointer by Alford but the Wildcats ended the period with an 8-2 run to even the game at 30-30 to go into the break.