THURSDAY, JANUARY 06, 2005
Women's Basketball Drops 65-54 Contest to Mercer

Jan. 6, 2005

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior forward Ashley Stinson (West Memphis, Ark.) tallied a career-high 20 points, but the Dolphins could not overcome an early injury to senior forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) as the Jacksonville University women's basketball team fell to Mercer, 65-54, in the Dolphins' Atlantic Sun Conference home opener, Thursday evening at Swisher Gymnasium. The Dolphins, who have lost three consecutive games, fall to 3-7 overall and 0-3 in A-Sun play, while the Bears improve to 4-6, 2-1.

With Mercer leading 51-34 at the 8:11 mark, JU used an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 51-42 with 6:13 remaining. The Bears responded with a 6-0 run to increase the lead back to 15 points (57-42) at the 3:39 mark. The Dolphins made their final push with an 11-3 run to make it 60-53 with 1:01 remaining, but Mercer converted on 5-of-6 free throws to seal the contest.

Stinson finished shooting 6-of-10 from the floor, including a 2-for-3 effort from beyond the arc, and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line. Senior guard Rebecca Montz (Erath, La.) recorded nine points and four assists while sophomore forward Talia Johnson (Sardis, Ga.) added seven points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

Jessica Miller led Mercer with 15 points and three steals while Sarah Russell tallied 12 points to round out the Bears in double figures. Mercer finished shooting 51.0 percent from the floor (25-49) compared to 37.0 percent (20-54) by JU.

In the first half, both teams traded baskets for a 4-4 tie until Jackson left the floor with a knee injury at the 17:46 mark. After making a steal, Jackson drove the length of the court to out run a Mercer defender on the break but fell awkwardly after the attempt. Each team continued to battle through seven ties before the Bears outscored the Dolphins, 8-5, to take a 27-24 halftime advantage.

JU will next host Georgia State at Swisher Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. as Dolphin first-year head coach Jill Dunn faces her former team for the first time since serving as an assistant coach for the Panthers from 2001-04.