Women's Basketball Defeats Navy, 63-59, In Home Opener

Dec. 18, 2004

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore guard Nakina Alford (Griffin, Ga.) finished with a career-high 22 points while three other Dolphins scored in double-figures to lead the Jacksonville University women's basketball team to a 63-59 win over Navy, Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at Swisher Gymnasium. The Dolphins, who have won consecutive games for the first time since 2002-03, improve to 3-4 on the year while the Midshipmen fall to 2-5.

After the 10th tie in the contest (55-55) with 2:57 remaining, JU took the lead after a three-point basket by Alford. After a Carpenter jumper gave the Dolphins a 60-55 lead with 1:15 remaining, Navy used a 4-0 run to make it 60-59 with 20 seconds left in regulation. JU sealed the game after free throws by Carpenter and Montz when the Midshipmen were forced to foul.

Alford led all scorers in points after finishing 7-of-13 from the floor, 2-of-3 from the three-point line and 6-for-7 from the free-throw line. Senior forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) added 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds while junior guard Sheena Carpenter (Augusta, Ga.) and senior guard Rebecca Montz (Erath, La.) each tallied 11 points to round out the JU double-figure scorers. Montz also led the squad with five assists and three steals. Sophomore forward Talia Johnson (Sardis, Ga.) added four points, seven rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks in her first start since Nov. 29.

Ashley Pelzed led Navy with 17 points while Nikki Curtis and Lauren Skrel each added 13 points, respectively, to also lead the Mids. Curtis added a team-high seven rebounds and Skrel dished out a team-high three assists.

In the first half, both teams went scoreless to start the game until Alford hit a jumper at the 17:32 mark. After both teams exchanged leads, JU increased its lead to five (12-7) with a pair of free throws by Alford. Navy used a 9-0 run to recapture the lead at the 10:36 mark but the Dolphins answered with a 7-2 run to take a 19-18 advantage with 7:07 remaining. The Midshipmen would lead by as many as six points but went into break with a 34-31 lead.

JU will next travel to Charleston, Ill., to face Eastern Illinois on Monday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.m. EST.