Dolphins Sweep Season Series With Defending TAAC Champs

February 17, 2000

Orlando, Fla. - Jacksonville (6-16, 5-8) completed a season sweep of defending TAAC champion UCF (6-16, 3-10) in women's basketball Thursday night with a 61-54 victory on the road. With the victory JU improved to 5-2 on the season versus Florida schools, sweeping Stetson and Central Florida, defeating Bethune-Cookman and falling to FAU and South Florida earlier this season.

JU sprinted out to a 37-19 lead at the half behind 9-17 (52.9%) shooting from behind the three point line, while UCF was held to just 5-25 (20.0%) from the floor. The Dolphins outrebounded UCF 22-20 in the first half, forcing 10 turnovers while committing just eight as a team. Momentum changed rapidly in the game's second session as the Golden Knights opened with an 11-1 run to cut the Dolphin lead to just eight at 38-30 with 14:26 remaining. The JU lead fluctuated between eight to 10 points over the game's next seven minutes before UCF put together a 8-0 run from 7:32 to 2:37 to cut the Dolphin lead to just two points (54-52). JU hung on for the victory by outscoring the Golden Knights 7-2 the rest of the way, hitting 5-6 from the line during the deciding stretch, while forcing UCF to commit three of their 18 turnovers in the game.

Playing without leading scorer Angela Walker, out with a foot injury, Jacksonville freshman Lexie Richards picked up the slack by scoring 24 points, all coming on a school record eight three pointers. Richards was 8-16 from the floor in the game, including an impressive 8-11 from behind the arc. In her last two games on the road, both versus TAAC teams, Richards has hit 15-19 (78.9%) from three point land. Joining Richards in double-figures was sophomore Lana Labura, filling in for Walker, with a career-high 14 points and a team-high six rebounds. Freshman Kelly Stevenson (10) also reached double-digits while handing out a game-high six assists.

JU's defense continued to do the job as the Dolphins held UCF to just 14-53 (26.4%) from the floor, including 1-7 (14.3%) from beyond the arc. Jacksonville, leading the TAAC and among the top 10 in the nation in field goal percentage defense entering the game, shot 40.7% (22-54) from the floor, knocking down 11-26 (42.3%) from three point land. In their last two road games JU has hit 21-41 (51.2%) from beyond the arc. UCF managed to stay in the game by hitting 25-33 attempts from the free throw line, 17-22 in the second half, while JU hit six in just nine trips to the stripe.

UCF was led by Khaliah Guillory and LaToya Graham, each netting 14 points. Erin Paige added eight points, six rebounds and three steals off the bench for the Golden Knights who have now dropped three straight and seven of their last eight games to fall into last place in the TAAC.

Jacksonville will complete their south Florida swing on Saturday evening when they take on FAU in Boca Raton, game time 5:00 PM.