Dolphins Win Third Straight TAAC Game

February 10, 2000

Jacksonville, Fla. - Jacksonville University (5-15, 4-7) won their second straight game and third in a row in the Trans America Athletic Conference as they defeated Mercer (9-11, 4-7) by the score of 57-53 in women's basketball action Thursday night. With the victory, JU has now won four of their last six in the TAAC and three of their last four overall while Mercer has dropped four straight.

Both teams struggled to find their shooting touch in the first half as Jacksonville took a 24-19 lead at the break. The Dolphins shot 9-31 (29.0%) from the floor in the first half, while the Bears hit on just 7-28 (25.0%). JU continued to struggle in the second half, hitting 6-23 (26.1%) from the floor, but strong rebounding and a 20-29 (69.0%) performance from the line in the game's second session proved to be the difference. Jacksonville outrebounded Mercer 52-38 in the game, including 20-11 at the offensive end.

Leading the way for Jacksonville was freshman Milica Miljkovic with a career-high 12 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, her second double-double of the season. Junior Angela Walker and freshman Kelly Stevenson added 10 point apiece for JU, Walker matching Miljkovic's double-double with 11 rebounds of her own. Seven of Stevenson's 10 points and eight of Walker's 10 points came at the free throw line, Stevenson hitting 7-8 and Walker 8-14 for the game. Coming into the game Stevenson had hit 14 in a row at the line, a mark she extended to 17 before finally missing a free throw attempt. She is now 35-42 (83.3%) at the line this season.

Jo Shaw led the Bears with 14 points on 5-15 from the floor, while Mia Washington, April Dyer and Tracy Henry added 12, 11 and 10 points respectively. Henry recorded 12 rebounds to give her a double-double in the game. Only three of Mercer's five starters scored in the game, accounting for just 28 of Mercer's 53 points.

Jacksonville will look to run their streak to three straight on Saturday when they take on Troy State at Swisher Gymnasium at 7:00 PM. With a victory, Jacksonville will have the opportunity to move into sole possession of fifth place in the TAAC, the top six teams receive a bye in the first round of the conference tournament.