Women's Basketball battles, but falls late to Central Michigan, 66-54

Dec. 19, 2005

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior guard Sheena Carpenter finished with a game-high 17 points, nine rebounds and two steals but Central Michigan used a late run to pull away from the Dolphins, 66-54, Monday evening at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (2-5) trailed by only eight points with 2:46 remaining but could only manage two points for the remainder of the contest. Central Michigan (8-1) used a 6-2 run in the final stretch to put the contest out of reach.

"I thought we played well for 35 minutes," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "We had some key stretches where we didn't make a defensive stop or get a key rebound and that was the difference in the game. Central Michigan has a very good all around game and they made the right choices at the right time."

Carpenter led the contest in scoring after shooting 7-of-20 from the floor, while sophomore forward Ashley Williams had 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Junior guard Nakina Alford rounded out the Dolphins with double figure scoring with 10 points.

After JU took advantage of a pressing Chippewas' defense in the first half, Central Michigan used a 2-3 zone in the final seven minutes to clog the middle and keep Carpenter and Williams neutralized (JU finished with only nine points during that span). With the Chippewas leading (49-45) with 10:24 remaining, both teams went cold as Central Michigan used a 4-0 run to lead 53-45 with 7:03 left on the clock.

In the first half, Williams led the Dolphins with nine points and two steals while Carpenter added nine points and a team-high five rebounds to keep JU within six points (38-32) at the half. Ann Skufca led the Chippewas with 10 points and two blocks. With the Dolphins trailing 37-27 with 2:42 remaining in the half, JU used a 5-1 run to end the period.

The Dolphins will return to Swisher Gymnasium on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 5 p.m. to face Bethune-Cookman in the first of a scheduled doubleheader with the JU men's squad. The Dolphin men will face Georgia Southern at 7 p.m.