Women's Hoops carries late lead but falls to East Tennessee State, 84-72

Jan. 7, 2006

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior guard Sheena Carpenter scored a team-high 24 points and freshman center Precious Robinson tallied a career-high 17 points, but the JU women's basketball team could not hold a first half lead as the Dolphins fell to East Tennessee State, 84-72, Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (3-8, 0-4) out shot the Buccaneers (47.4-45.3) and won the rebounding battle (38-31), but the Dolphins shot only 34.6 percent (9-26) in the second half. East Tennessee State (9-3, 5-0) capitalized with 25 points on 27 Dolphin turnovers and also shot 46.7 percent in the second frame.

Carpenter finished 8-of-9 from the floor with three rebounds and an assist. Robinson, who played in her third contest since sitting out five games with an ankle injury, finished 7-of-13 from the field with nine rebounds, a block and a steal. Freshman guard Regina Omoite also added nine points and three assists. Freshman guard DaVina Hamilton tallied a season-high seven points. Sophomore forward Ashley Williams' double-digit scoring streak was snapped at 10 games after finishing with only six points in 22 minutes.

B.J. Banjo led ETSU with a game-high 25 points, including 21 points in the second half. Kelly Turmon added 20 points and Nichelle Ackers finished with 16 points to round out the Buccaneers in double figures.

Clinging to a one-point halftime lead, the Dolphins held the advantage until a jumper by Kelly Turmon gave the Buccaneers their first lead (49-48) at the 16:10 mark. ETSU would then use a 17-3 run to push the advantage to 66-51 with 9:23 left. The lead would never dip below double digits as ETSU led by as many as 20 points (84-64) with 1:45 remaining. JU finished the game with an 8-0 run, including seven points from Hamilton, to tally their season-high total.

In the first half, JU led from the start as the Dolphins jumped out to an early 8-4 lead at the 17:00 mark. After ETSU cut the margin to 10-9 (15:16), JU used to 9-0 run to take its largest advantage of the half, 19-9, with 13:01 remaining. Both teams traded baskets for the next four minutes until the Buccaneers used an 8-0 run to even the contest (34-34) with 3:31 left in the half. JU jumped back out to a 40-34 lead with a 6-0 run, but ETSU answered with a pair of three pointers and a layup before the buzzer to cut the Dolphins lead to 43-42 at the break.

Carpenter led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including a career-best 2-of-2 effort from beyond the arc. Robinson had 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor. Ackers led the Buccaneers with 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting. JU shot 58.1 percent as a team, while ETSU chipped in with 44.1 percent shooting.

The Dolphins will return to Swisher Gymnasium on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 5 p.m. to take on Mercer. The contest is the first of a scheduled doubleheader with the men's squad.