JU Closes Out Century With Home Loss

December 31, 1999

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Dolphins closed out their first century of women's basketball with a home loss to the University of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 81-65 on Friday, December 31st. The loss came on the heals of JU's first ever victory over Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday, December 28th in the Holiday Inn Express Invitational hosted by SUNY-Stony Brook.

After getting behind by as many as nine (22-13) with 7:27 to play in the first half, the Dolphins battled back to take a 24-23 lead with 3:58 to play in the first session. A&M responded to the JU 11-1 run with a 6-0 run of their own to regain control of the game at 29-24 with 1:14 left in the half. The teams played even from their as as the Islanders held a five point halftime lead at 34-29.

JU and A&M played to a stand-off for much of the second-half's first ten minutes before the Islanders opened up a 12 point lead (50-38) with 14:08 to play. The Dolphins cut the Islander lead to six just three minutes later at 52-46, but ran out of gas as A&M outscored the Dolphins 29-19 the rest of the way. The win by the Islanders was their third over a TAAC school this season, their first ever for women's basketball.

Leading the way for the Dolphins was junior Angela Walker with a team-high 18 points and eight rebounds. Walker's scoring outburst included the Dolphins' first ever four-point play when she converted a three-point shot after being fouled and convereted the ensuing free-throw. The free-throw was one of seven for Walker who set a team-record by hitting 7-7 at the line. Freshman Kat Sungy checked in with 10 points and six rebounds in 37 minutes, while junior Shannon Wynn notched a career-high 10 points.

For the first time all season, a team figured out the Jacksonville trapping zone defense, lighting up the Dolphins for a season-high 81 points on 48.6% (35-72) shooting from the floor. The Islanders shooting percentage was the best ever by a Dolphin opponent, coming a game after the Dolphins' best ever defensive effort held Bethune-Cookman to just 20% from the floor. Despite their hot shooting from the floor, A&M was unable to connect from three-point land, becoming the first Dolphin opponent to go without a three this year.