Dolphin Comeback Falls Short Versus Troy State

January 24, 2000

Troy, Ala. - Jacksonville (2-13, 1-6) staged a 17 point comeback in the second half to tie the game at 50-50 before falling to Troy State (5-9, 2-4) by the score of 74-62 Thursday night in women's basketball at Trojan Arena. The win by the Lady Trojans snapped a four-game losing streak, while JU was coming off their second win of the season.

The Lady Trojans led by as many as 17 points early in the second half, only to see the Dolphins charge back behind stifling defensive pressure and a penchant for grabbing every loose ball. Junior forward Angela Walker (Orlando, Fla.) keyed the Dolphin rally by hitting 11-of-12 from the free throw line in the final 20 minutes, including her final 10 in a row. A layup by Jacksonville freshman Milica Miljkovic's with 5:48 remaining tied the game at 50, but her subsequent free throw rimmed out and the Dolphins were unable to claim the lead.

Troy State responded by knocking down a three pointer on their next trip before getting a steal and a two point basket to extend their lead to five (55-50) with 5:06 to play. Two free throws by Walker kept the Dolphins close, but the Lady Trojans responded with a three pointer and a three-point play to pull ahead by nine (61-52). TSU completed their 17-5 run at the 3:48 mark, taking a 67-55 lead that they would not relinquish.

Jacksonville outrebounded the Lady Trojans 55-32, including collecting 23 offensive rebounds to the Lady Trojans 11, but it was not enough. The Dolphins committed 25 turnovers to TSU's 12 and were held to just 30.4% (17-56) from the floor. Troy shot 38.8% (26-67) for the game, including 10-29 (34.5%) from beyond the three point line to counter the Dolphins' 24-33 at the line.

Jacksonville was led by junior Pam Evans' 15 points and 11 rebounds, her second double-double of the season. Walker added 13 points and eight boards despite shooting 1-13 from the floor. The Lady Trojans were led by Abby Boone's 24 points and eight rebounds. Chandra Bradford chipped in with 12 points, while Chaquita Alexander added 10 points for Troy State.