Dolphins Post Second TAAC Win, Second Straight At Home

January 27, 2000

Jacksonville, Fla. - Jacksonville University (3-14, 2-7) posted their second straight win at home by defeating conference rival Stetson (7-11, 3-6) by the score of 55-49 in women's basketball Thursday night. The home win by the Dolphins was their second in a row over TAAC teams, and second in the last four games after opening the season at 1-10. Stetson has now dropped two straight in league play.

Jacksonville shot 46.2% from the floor and used a 12 rebound advantage in the first half (22-10) to build a 30-22 lead at the break. The Dolphins continued to crash the glass in the second half as the stretched their lead to a game-high 12 points (42-30) with 13:24 to play. However, Stetson would not go quietly as they applied a trapping press that forced JU into turnovers and allowed the Hatters to creep back into the game.

With an 10-0 run from 13:24 to 8:31, Stetson cut the Dolphin margin to just two points (42-40). Stetson missed an opportunity to tie the game at 42 when a Nicole Knappmiller (Sr., Lafayette, Colo.) field goal attempt came off the rim and the rebound was knocked out of bounds off a SU player. Jacksonville took advantage of the miss and a timeout to break the Hatter momentum, scoring the game's next six points to take a 48-40 lead. The Dolphin lead would shrink no smaller than five (52-47) the rest of the way as Jacksonville turned the Hatter press into lay-ups at the offensive end.

The Dolphins were led offensively by junior Angela Walker's career-high tying 21 points and seven rebounds. Walker added six steals and a block on the night as she rebounded from poor shooting in her last two games by knocking down 10-17 from the floor, including 1-3 from three point land. Freshman Lexie Richards (Mercer Island, Wash.) joined Walker in double-digits with 10 points, while handing out a team-high tying, and career-high, six assists. Classmates Milica Miljkovic (Kikinda, Yugoslavia) and Kat Sungy (Arvada , Colo.) controlled the boards for JU, each collecting a game-high 11 boards, as the Dolphins outrebounded the Hatters 41-28 in the game. Sungy's 11 boards set a new career-high, and it marked the first time ever that two JU players has reached double-figures in rebounding. Miljkovic, who swatted away a career-high five shots, and Sungy added eight and five points respectively, while freshman Kelly Stevenson (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) tied a career-high with six assists.

Ginny Bencivenga (So., Eagan, Minn.) led the Hatters with 12 points off the bench, while junior Sally Spooner (West Des Moines, Iowa) added 10. As a team Stetson was held to just 21-59 (35.6%) from the floor. Stetson's two leading scorers, junior Cher Dyson (Germantown, Tenn.) and Knappmiller, were held to six and nine points respectively on a combined 6-24 from the floor. Dyson added four assists and Spooner snared four steals to lead the Hatters.

Jacksonville will take a week off before playing their final non-conference game of the season, Thursday, February 3rd at Swisher Gymnasium. The Dolphins will host Wofford as part of a JU basketball doubleheader with the men, game one start time 5:00 P.M.