Dolphins Show Youth In Exhibition Loss

November 13, 1999

Jacksonville, Fla. - Jacksonville University was plagued by 37 turnovers as they dropped their final women's basketball exhibition by the score of 74-36 to Slovan Bratislava, a touring Slovakian team, at Swisher Gymnasium Saturday night. With the loss, JU completes their exhibition schedule at 0-2.

The Dolphins struggled with their ball handling throughout the first half as Bratislava forced 22 JU turnovers and shot 13-24 (54%) from the floor to take a 32-14 lead at the break. Bratislava's quick trapping defense continued to force Dolphin turnovers for much of the second half, leading to a number of fast break opportunities for the Slovakians. In addition to the JU turnover problems, the Dolphins were held to just 13-56 (23%) from the floor and 5-16 (31%) from the free-throw line. Meanwhile, Bratislava finished 29-54 (54%) from the floor and 14-18 (78%) from the line.

The play of freshman Center Milica Miljkovic and junior forward Angela Walker were bright spots for the Dolphins as the pair recorded nine and 10 points respectively. Miljkovic added a team high 12 rebounds in 27 minutes of action and Walker finished the game 4-4 at the line. Sophomore Lana Labura added 11 rebounds for JU, but struggled at the free throw line, shooting just 1-8 and scoring five points.

Three Bratislava players reach double-digits, but it was the play of 19 year-old point guard Bronlslava Borovickova that stood out for the Slovakians. Borovickova directed the Slovakian offense while recording three rebounds, steals, and assists to go with her six points in 22 minutes.

JU will open their regular season on Sunday, November 21st at 2:00 when they travel to Winthrop for their historic first game. The Dolphins home-opener will come in the team's fourth game of the season, a December 2nd match-up with conference foe Georgia State at 7:00 P.M.