Women's Basketball falls to Belmont, 72-56

Jan. 26, 2006

Box Score

NASHVILLE - Sophomore forward Ashley Williams finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks and a steal, but the JU women's basketball team fell to Belmont, 72-56, Thursday evening at Curb Event Center.

JU (4-11, 1-7) trailed by only eight at the half but a slow start to second period but the Dolphins in an insurmountable hole. Belmont (10-5, 4-2) was lead by Alysha Clark's 14 points, 17 rebounds and four assists.

Williams finished 5-for-13 from the floor (including her first collegiate three-pointer) and 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Senior guard Sheena Carpenter had 14 points, four assists and three steals. Junior guard Nakina Alford also chipped in with 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc. Last season at Belmont, Alford tied a program record with 27 points, including a 6-of-8 effort from behind the three-point line.

After trailing 36-28 at the half, JU went cold to start the second (scoreless in 5:59) as Belmont increased their lead to 44-28 (10-0 run) at the 15:48 mark. The Bruins increased the lead to 58-38 after a basket by Jessica Bobbitt at the 7:45 mark. JU would get no closer as Belmont kept their lead above 20 points for the majority of the contest.

In the first half, JU jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after consecutive layups by Carpenter on two Bruin turnovers. Belmont answered with a 7-0 run to lead 7-4 at the 14:55 mark. The Bruins increased their lead to, 17-6, at the 11:50 mark after a 10-0 run. JU cut the deficit to 18-17 with an 11-1 run, including three three-pointers by Alford. JU tied the contest, 24-24, on a three-point basket by freshman guard Regina Omoite with 4:18 remaining. Belmont answered with a 6-0 to take a 30-24 advantage at the 2:47 mark. The Dolphins were out rebounded, 26-16, in the first frame.

The Dolphins complete their two-game Nashville road trip against Lipscomb on Saturday at 3 p.m. EST.