Dolphins Drop Program Debut 56-49 On The Road

November 21, 1999

Rock Hill, S.C. - The Jacksonville University women's basketball team made history here Sunday afternoon, playing the program's first game ever, a 56-49 decision in favor of host Winthrop (1-1). Dolphin junior Angela Walker (Kissimmee, Fla.) will go down in the JU record books as the team's first scorer, connecting on a jumper with 17:29 remaining in the first half.

Despite out rebounding the Lady Eagles 44-28, JU was unable to overcome 31 turnovers and 24 Lady eagle points at the line in the seven point loss. After the teams traded leads throughout most of the game's first 20 minutes, Winthrop surged to a 33-23 lead at the break. JU came out strong in the second half to cut the margin to five at 35-30 with 16:11 to play. After a Winthrop time out, the Lady Eagles and Dolphins stayed with in eight points of each other until a 7-0 Winthrop run stretched their lead to 12 at 50-38 with 4:42 to play.

Down by their largest margin of the game (12), the Dolphins would not go away, outscoring the Lady Eagles 11-5 over the next three minutes to cut Winthrop's lead to seven at 56-49 with :56 to play. A missed Dolphin free-throw and three-point attempt kept the Dolphins from cutting into the lead any further, and the game ended 56-49 in favor of the lady Eagles.

JU was led by freshman Lexie Richards' (Mercer Island, Wash.)14 points, including 4-6 from beyond the three-point arc. Richards' first three of the game, and first in Dolphin history, came with 16:53 to play in the first half. The three by Richards also gave the Dolphins their first lead in the program's history. Walker added 13 points for the Dolphins, while freshman Milica Miljkovic (Kikinda, Yugoslavia) led all Dolphin players with 12 rebounds.

The Dolphins out shot the Lady Eagles 37.7% (20-53) to 26.8% (15-56) from the floor, including 29.4% to 16.7% from beyond the arc, but the free-throw line was the difference in the contest. Winthrop benefited from 27 Jacksonville fouls, Winthrop was whistled for 14, finishing the game 24-34 (70.6%) from the line. JU attempted just seven free-throws, making four (57.1%).

Jacksonville will continue their season opening road swing at the College of Charleston Thanksgiving Tournament November 26th and 27th. JU will play the host Cougars on Friday afternoon at 3:00 P.M., and will play either Ball State or Charleston Southern on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 or 3:00 P.M.