Cold Shooting Leads To Dolphin Loss

February 24, 2000

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Dolphins hit just 3-26 (11.5%) from beyond the three point line as they fell to Samford (16-8, 11-40 by the score of 61-53 in women's basketball action Thursday night. With the loss, their second straight, the Dolphins fell to 6-18 overall and 5-10 in the TAAC.

Sophomore Lana Labura, starting in place of an injured Angela Walker, scored a career-high 18 points and freshman Milica Miljkovic posted her second double-double of the season but it was not enough against a deep and talented team from Samford. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 29-23 lead at the half led by the backcourt duo of Aimee Cochran (7) and Clarissa Tomlinson (5) who combined for 12 points. Samford continued to build on their lead in the second session, turning to post player Jodi Morris as the stretched their lead to as many as 12 (56-44) with 4:07 to play. JU made a brief run over the final four minutes of play, but a missed three-point attempt at 58-53 and the ensuing Bulldog free throws ended any chances of a Dolphin comeback.

Miljkovic led JU in scoring with a career-high 20 points to go along with her game-high 10 rebounds and career-high tying five blocks. After Miljkovic and Labura, the rest of the Dolphins accounted for just 15 points, including a nine-game low three points from reigning TAAC Player-of-the-Week Lexie Richards. Freshman Kelly Stevenson led the Dolphins in assists off the bench with five, while classmate Kat Sungy netted six points and garnered five rebounds. Miljkovic, who entered the game as the top shot-blocker in the TAAC, is now averaging 2.0 blocks per game.

Morris led the Bulldogs in scoring with a game-high 22 points, 16 coming in the second half, while Cochran joined her in double-figures with 11. Cochran added a game-high six assists, while Tomlinson scored nine points and recorded five assists. Five Samford players (Morris (5), Cochran (6), Suzette Pittman (7), Tomlinson (7) and Cortney Moore (9)) pulled down five or more rebounds as the Bulldogs outrebounded JU 44-40.

Jacksonville will return to action on Saturday night at Swisher Gymnasium as they close out their home schedule by hosting Jacksonville State in a key TAAC game. The Dolphins will need a win against the Lady Gamecocks in order to keep their hopes of a first round bye in the TAAC Tournament alive. Game time is set for 7:00 PM.