Alford Ties Record in Women's Basketball's 88-73 Loss to Belmont

Jan. 22, 2005

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Sophomore guard Nakina Alford (Griffin, Ga.) tied a program record with 27 points to lead the Dolphins to a season-high 73 points but the Jacksonville University women's basketball team fell to Belmont, 88-73, Saturday afternoon in an Atlantic Sun Conference contest at the Curb Event Center. Alford tied Angela Walker, who set the Dolphin program record for points in a contest with 27 against Troy on March 8, 2001. Junior guard Sheena Carpenter (Augusta, Ga.) tied her career high with 21 points while junior forward Ashley Stinson (West Memphis, Ark.) added 16 points. The Dolphins fall to 3-11 on the year and 0-7 in A-Sun play, while the Bruins improve to 9-7, 4-5.

With the score tied (40-40) at the half, JU held a 43-40 lead after a three-pointer by Alford at the 19:05 mark but Belmont responded with a 7-2 run to take a 49-47 advantage (16:33). The Bruins would never relinquish the lead as Belmont held leads as high as 20 points in the second frame.

Alford finished shooting 10-of-13 from the field, including a career-high 6-of-8 shooting from behind the three-point line. Carpenter shot 10-for-14 from the floor as the two combined for 48 points and 20-of 27 shooting for the Dolphins (.741). JU finished the contest shooting 50.9 percent from the field including a 9-for-19 effort from the three-point line. The Dolphins also finished with more turnovers (16-13) than their opponent for only the second time this season, breaking a 10 game streak.

Tonisha Jones led Belmont with 23 points while Brandi Miller (19), Destri Bockey (14), Hollie Davis (12) and Jenny Cockle (12) rounded out the Bruins with double-figure scoring. Belmont shot 61.8 percent from the floor and 13-of-20 from the charity stripe.

In the first half, JU scored 40 points in a period for the first time this season and shot 50.0 percent from the floor, including a 5-for-11 effort from beyond the arc. Alford (19) and Carpenter (14) combined for 33 of the Dolphins points in the period with each shooting 7-of-9 from the floor (.780). Belmont shot 57.1 percent from the field, including a 4-for-10 total from the three-point line.

JU will return to Swisher Gymnasium next weekend beginning with Florida Atlantic on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. before hosting UCF on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m.