Women's Basketball Defeats A-Sun Leader UCF, 67-59

Jan. 29, 2005

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior guard Sheena Carpenter (Augusta, Ga.) scored a game-high 21 points to go with a career-high 11 rebounds as the Jacksonville University women's basketball team defeated Atlantic Sun Conference leader UCF, 67-59, Saturday evening at Swisher Gymnasium. Sophomore guard Nakina Alford (Griffin, Ga.) and senior guard Rebecca Montz (Erath, La.) each added 19 points to round out the JU double-figure scorers. The Dolphins (4-12, 1-8 A-Sun) snapped a 12-game losing streak in conference play, including an eight-game streak overall. UCF (10-7, 8-2 A-Sun) had its seven-game winning streak come to an end after shooting 13.8 percent from the floor in the first half.

After trailing by as many as 22 (45-23) at the 12:26 mark of the second half, UCF slowly chipped away at the lead. The Golden Knights used a 12-2 run to cut the deficit to 12 (47-35) with 9:15 remaining before junior forward Ashley Stinson (West Memphis, Ark.) hit a free throw to end the run. The lead never dipped below 10 until a jumper by Francine Houston made it 56-48 at the 3:53 mark. UCF cut the lead to three (62-59) after a layup by Shelby Weber with 38 seconds remaining, but JU converted on 5-of-6 free throws to seal the game.

JU never trailed in the contest as the Dolphins jumped out to an early 7-0 lead at the 16:48 mark. After UCF made its first basket (16:09), JU went on a 9-0 run to make it 16-3 with 12:18 remaining. The Dolphins made it 29-8 at the 5:58 mark after a jumper by Montz before taking a 33-12 lead into the break. It marked the largest lead and the fewest points allowed by the Dolphins this season.

Carpenter, who also dished out six assists, led all scorers after going 7-for-12 from the floor and 7-for-9 from the free-throw line. Alford finished 7-for-14 from the floor, including a 4-for-7 effort from beyond the arc. Montz went 6-for-13 from the field, including 3-for-7 from long range, and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. Stinson added career-high 13 rebounds. The Dolphins shot 47.1 percent (8-17) from beyond the arc and also held a 41-39 rebounding advantage in the contest.

Lashaunda Slade and Francine Houston each finished with 13 points to lead the Golden Knights while Ali Roberts added 10 points. Shelby Weber grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.

JU will next travel to Stetson to face the Lady Hatters on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m.