Dolphins Claim First TAAC Win Over Defending Champion UCF

January 15, 2000

Jacksonville, Fla. - Just two days after letting a second half lead fade into a loss, the Jacksonville University (2-12, 1-5) women's basketball team responded by posting their first home and TAAC win ever. The Dolphins defeated defending conference champion the University of Central Florida by the score of 57-56 at Swisher Gymnasium.

Jacksonville used a smothering zone defense to hold the Golden Knights to just 18 points in the game's first half as the Dolphins raced to a 10 point lead at the break (28-18). UCF shot just 7-30 (23.3%) from the field in the half, while the Dolphins hit on 10-27 (37.0%), including 6-12 (50.0%) from beyond the three point line. The Dolphins continued to build their lead early in the second session, leading by as many as 15 point at 41-26 with 13:49 to play in the game. The Golden Knights were unable to cut into the Dolphin lead over the next 1:44, JU holding a 45-32 advantage at the 12:05 mark of the second half.

However, the Dolphins' fortunes changed over the next nine minutes of action as Jacksonville was held to just two points while UCF reeled off 18 to take a 50-47 lead with 3:06 to play in the game. JU responded by scoring the game's next seven points to regain the lead at 54-52 with :44 to go. After a UCF basket cut the margin back to two with :28 left, Jacksonville hit three of four at the line to make the score 57-52. The Golden Knights converted one of two at the line to cut the Dolphins' lead to four before hitting a three pointer at the buzzer for the final 57-56 score.

Freshman Lexie Richards led the Dolphins in scoring with 16 points on 5-9 from the floor, including 4-7 from behind the three-point line. Junior Angela Walker also had a big game for JU, scoring 13 points and hauling down a career-high 13 boards. The double-double by Walker was her second straight and fourth in the program's 14 game history. Junior Shannon Wynn added eight points, including 2-5 from beyond the arc as the Dolphins combined to shoot 8-17 (47.1%) from three-point land.

LaToya Graham and Khaliah Guillory scored 15 points apiece for the Golden Knights. UCF shot just 17-55 (30.9%) from the floor in the game, but connected on 21-31 (67.7%) from the line to stay with in striking distance of the Dolphins. The Golden Knights won the rebounding battle 39-35 but recorded only six assists compared to JU's 15 for the game.

JU will return to action on Thursday, January 20th at Troy State, game time 8:05 (EST).