FAU Comeback Stalls Dolphins Upset Bid

January 13, 2000

Jacksonville, Fla. - Florida Atlantic (6-7, 4-0) outscored Jacksonville (1-12, 0-5) by the score of 35-21 in the second half to post a 76-68 come-from-behind victory over the Dolphins in Trans America Athletic Conference women's basketball action at Swisher Gymnasium Thursday night. With the victory FAU remained undefeated in the TAAC, while JU lost for just the second time this season when leading at the half.

Jacksonville jumped out to a 47-41 lead at the half by hitting on 18-30 (60%) from the floor, including 4-8 (50%) from beyond the three point line, and 7-10 (70%) at the free-throw line. The 47 first half points and the outstanding first half shooting percentage for Jacksonville were both season highs. The freshman duo of Lexie Richards (8) and Kat Sungy (9) combined for 17 first half points for JU, but things would change for the young Dolphins in the second half.

Florida Atlantic tightened its defense in the second stanza as Jacksonville shot just 7-26 (26.9%) from the floor and was held to 1-5 (20%) from beyond the arc. Richards and Sungy were limited to a combined three points in the second half, coming on a Richards three-pointer late in the game. Rebounding and free-throws proved to be the difference in the second half as the Lady Owls out-rebounded the Dolphins 25-17, after being out-rebounded by five in the first half, and outscored JU at the line 18-6. For the game, FAU hit on 23-31 (74.2%) from the line while Jacksonville was 13-19 (68.4%).

Leading the way for the Dolphins with her first career double-double was junior Angela Walker, scoring 11 points and pulling down 10 boards. Richards checked in with 11 points as well, while Sungy added nine and classmate Milica Miljkovic netted nine before fouling out. Freshman point guard Kelly Stevenson, playing in just her third game after preseason foot surgery, scored a career-high seven points by hitting her only shot of the night, a three, and knocking down 4-5 from the line in 17 minutes for Jacksonville.

The Lady Owls were led by Sheridan Andrews' 27 points, while Kristy Halvorsen (14), Chantale Jones (14) and LaTorria Matthews (12) also reached double-figures for FAU. Halvorsen, the only player to score off the Lady Owl bench in the game, was a big reason why Florida Atlantic was able to complete their comeback. The Lady Owl reserve hit 11-12 at the line and collected six rebounds in the second half alone. For the game Halvorsen posted a team-high eight rebounds in 23 minutes of action.

Jacksonville will return to action on Saturday, January 15 at 5:00 PM against UCF as part of a Dolphin basketball doubleheader. The men will tip off at approximately 7:30 versus Stetson.