Cold first half dooms Women's Basketball in 64-52 loss to Gardner-Webb

Jan. 12, 2006

Box Score

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - Senior guard Sheena Carpenter moved up in the Dolphin career record book with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists, but a 17-point effort by JU in the first half was too much to overcome as the Dolphins fell to Gardner-Webb, 64-52, Thursday evening at Paul Porter Arena.

JU (3-9, 0-5) shot only 17.6 percent (6-34) in the first half as the Dolphins dropped their fourth-consecutive game and sixth straight Atlantic Sun Conference contest. Gardner-Webb (4-9, 3-3) snapped a three-game losing streak by winning the rebounding battle (49-41) and gaining the advantage with second-chance points (20-7).

Trailing by 13 at the half (30-17), JU cut the deficit under 10 points on six occasions before cutting the margin to a game-low five points (49-44) on a lay-up by Williams with 6:39 remaining. GWU answered with a 5-0 run before the Dolphins cut the margin back to five (54-49) with 4:10 left in the contest. The Bulldogs pushed the lead back to nine (58-49) after a pair of free-throws by Smith with 2:55 left before the Dolphins made it 58-52 after a free-throw by freshman forward Kelly Ford with 2:04 remaining. JU would get no closer as the Bulldogs finished the contest with six-consecutive free-throws.

Carpenter surpassed Lexie Richards (1999-04) in the career record book with four assists to give her 193 for her career. She also surpassed Richards for third place on the all-time scoring list with 789 career points. Sophomore forward Ashley Williams finished with 13 points (all in the second half), nine rebounds and three blocks to lead a second-half run by the Dolphins. Freshman guard Virginia Gregoire grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds to go with nine points.

Shameka Smith led GWU with 18 points and 17 rebounds, while Jessica Bryant rounded out the Bulldogs in double-figure points with 14.

In the first half, JU went 0-for-12 to open the contest as GWU jumped out to an early 10-0 lead at the 14:39 mark. The Dolphins shot 17.6 percent (6-34) in the period as the Bulldogs outscored JU 20-6 in the paint. Despite the slow start, JU only trailed 30-17 at the break due to 37.8 percent (14-37) shooting and 11 turnovers by the Bulldogs. Carpenter, who led the Dolphins with eight first half points, was one of only three Dolphins to make a basket in the period.

The Dolphins will continue their road trip through North Carolina as JU faces Campbell on Saturday at 1 p.m.