Dolphins Fall Just Short In Home Opener

December 2, 1999

Jacksonville, Fla. - Jacksonville University made history Thursday night with the school's first women's basketball game ever in Swisher Gymnasium. The Dolphins (0-4, 0-1) fell just short in the game, dropping a heartbreaking 47-45 decision to conference opponent Georgia State (3-2, 1-0). The loss was the Dolphins fourth straight to open their inaugural season.

The Dolphins put a scare into perennial TAAC favorite Georgia State, holding a second half lead for the first time in their short history. After trailing 25-22 at the half, the Dolphins opened the game's second session by out-scoring the Lady Panthers 8-0 to build their largest lead of the game, and of the season, at 30-25 with 16:43 to play in th e game. Georgia State responded with a 17-8 run of their own to regain control of the game at 42-38 with 6:16 to play.

JU stayed with in four of the Lady Panthers the rest of the way, cutting the GSU lead to one at 46-45 with 16 seconds to play. After a Dolphin timeout, JU ran a solid offensive sequence but was unable to knock down the open 12 footer with two seconds to go. Georgia State made one of two free throws at the other end before a desperation Dolphin pass led to a game-ending turnover.

The Dolphins were led by the outstanding play of junior Angela Walker (Orlando, Fla.). Walker led all scorers with a career-high 17 points on 6-12 shooting from the floor, including 4-5 from beyond the three-point arc. Fellow junior Jennifer Bergfield chipped in with a career -high 10 points and six rebounds fro the Dolphins. Freshman Kat Sungy, made the most of her second start of the season for JU, hauling down a game and career-high 10 rebounds in 28 minutes of play.

Georgia State was led by preseason All-TAAC selection Leslie McElrath's 12 points and 10 boards. McElrath, who was held to 3-16 from the floor, got it done down the stretch for the Lady Panthers, scoring five of the last six points for Georgia State. The double-double by the junior forward was the second of her season, and 16th of her career. Senior Carmelita Layog and sophomore Rene Hines added 10 points apiece for GSU, while senior Lawana Johnson added six points and six rebounds.

Jacksonville will return to action on Saturday, December 4th at 5:00 in the first game of a Dolphin basketball doubleheader. The women will take on preseason TAAC favorite Campbell, while the men will play defending TAAC champions and preseason favorite Samford at 7:30 in Swisher Gymnasium.