Dolphins Fall In Overtime At Jacksonville State

January 6, 2000

Jacksonville, Ala. - The Dolphins played the first overtime game in their women's basketball history, falling to Jacksonville State (4-7, 1-2) by the score of 70-58 in a TAAC match-up. The loss was the second straight for Jacksonville (1-10, 0-3) following their first ever victory, an 83-53 decision over Bethune-Cookman on December 28th in the Holiday Inn Express Invitational hosted by SUNY-Stony Brook.

After falling behind by 10 at the half (31-21), Jacksonville opened the second session with a 12-0 run to take their first lead since 4-3 with 14:17 to play in the game. The Lady Gamecocks responded with a 10-0 run of their own to take an eight point lead (41-33) with 12:57 to play. The game of runs continued to swing as the Dolphins outscored JSU 10-0 over the next 2:35 to take a two point lead at 45-43 with 10:12 to play. Jacksonville's three-point lead (58-55) was the largest for either team over the final 10 minutes, however the Dolphins were unable to score in the final 1:57 as Jacksonville State tied the ballgame and sent it to overtime.

In overtime the Dolphins scored first, but the Lady Gamecocks respondedby scoring the next seven points to take a 65-60 lead with 1:58 to go in overtime. A JU layup cut the Lady Gamecocks lead to three, but the Dolphins could not overcome two JSU threes and a pair of free throws as Jacksonville State claimed their first TAAC win of the season.

Junior Shannon Wynn set a career-high with 17 points on 6-8 from the floor and a school and TAAC record 5-5 from three-point land. Sophomore Lana Labura also posted career-highs in points and rebounds for the Dolphins with 13 and seven respectively. Junior Pam Evans chipped in with 10 points for JU despite shooting just 5-13 from the floor.

As a team, the Dolphins continued to shoot well from the floor, hitting 26-58 (44.8%) overall, including 8-19 (42.1%) from beyond the arc. However, free throws played a major role in the Dolphin loss as JU hit just 5-13 (38.5%) from the line compared to the Lady Gamecocks' 15-23 (65.2%). Another key to the game was rebounding as JSU pulled done 20 offensive boards, giving the Lady Gamecocks 16 more shots than the Dolphins. The extra shots for Jax State were key as the Dolphins held JSU to just 23-74 (31.1%) from the floor.