JU Women Fall In Exhibition Opener

November 3 , 1999

Jacksonville, Fla. - The JU women's basketball team made history playing its first exhbition game ever, and lost 76-71 to the Smokey Mountain Swarm at Swisher Gymnasium Wednesday night.

The Dolphins showed the nervous energy of a brand new program, falling behind early 12-0. Kat Sungy made JU basketball history scoring the first basket for the women at 15:49 of the first half. From there, JU battled back behind the strong inside play of 6-3 freshman Milica Miljkovic and the perimeter play of junior Camealia Rush. Miljkovic led all Dolphin scorers with 13 points and had a team high 12 rebounds. Rush was the only other Dolphin in double figures with 11.

Jacksonville led at the break 36-31, but cold shooting and turnovers created second half opportunites that the Swarm used to great advantage. Smokey Mountain was led by former Florida Gator Chanda Stebbins who had a game high 24 points and six assists, while teammate Niki Washington chipped in 21 points, 12 rebounds, 7 steals, and 5 blocked shots before fouling out.

An aggressive trapping defense contributed to 28.6% (12-42) shooting from the field for JU in the second half. The Swarm heated up during that time and made half of their second half shots (18-36) after being held to just 37% in the first half. The Dolphins had a commanding 58 to 37 on the boards, but Jacksonville also committed 33 turnovers in the game to just 20 for Smokey Mountain.

JU returns to action November 13 against Slovan Bratislava in the final exhibition game of the season. the Dolphins open the regular season November 21 at Winthrop. The home opener for the JU women is December 2 against Georgia State.