Women's Basketball Defeats Gardner-Webb, 60-55

March 3, 2005

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior guard Sheena Carpenter (Augusta, Ga.) scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds as JU women's basketball held on to defeat Gardner-Webb Thursday evening at Swisher Gymnasium. Sophomore guard Nakina Alford (Griffin, Ga.) added 14 points as the Dolphins ended Gardner-Webb's Atlantic Sun Tournament hopes. JU moves to 6-20 overall and 3-16 in the A-Sun, while the Bulldogs falls to 9-17, 7-12 in conference play.

The Dolphins led by 14 at the half and had a 17-point lead with 12:44 left in the game but saw the lead evaporate, as Gardner-Webb went on a 19-0 run, led by Sequenta Blackman's eight points in the stretch, to take a one-point lead with 4:45 to go. JU responded, with Carpenter putting the Dolphins ahead for good with a jumper and later two free throws for a 55-52 lead with 2:31 to go. The Bulldogs would stay within three till the closing seconds. After a missed free throw by Rebecca Montz (Erath, La.), Gardner-Webb came down the court with a chance to tie, but Sarah Coffman mishandled a pass in the corner to give JU back the ball with 3.3 seconds left. Alford sunk two free throws to seal JU's sixth victory of the year.

Sophomore center Talia Johnson (Sardis, Ga.) added nine points and three blocks for the Dolphins, while Montz had six points and four assists on the evening. JU took advantage of their opportunites at the line, going 17-of-21 from the charity stripe including 9-of-11 during the last five minutes. The Bulldogs went only 8-of-23 from the line in the game.

The first half was all JU, as Carpenter and Alford both score 10 in the opening stanza to put JU on top at the break, 33-19. Sophomore forward Ashley Stinson (West Memphis, Ark.) grabbed all five of her rebounds and had five of her nine points in the first half, as the Dolphins shot 41.9 percent from the field, compared to Gardner-Webb's 22.6 percent.

Blackman led the Bulldogs with 26 points, including 13 of Gardner-Webb's 19 in the first half. Blackman had all of the Bulldog points until the 4:05 mark in the first half and had made all of their field goals with 3:04 remaining.

JU hosts Campbell on Senior Appreciation Day Saturday at Swisher Gymnasium. Tip is set for 2 p.m. All fans will receive free admission and a complimentary women's basketball game program for Saturday's final home game.