Holding Court In The Classroom

Aug. 25, 2000

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - When Jacksonville University's 1999-2000 women's basketball team stepped on the court at Winthrop University for their first regular season game on Nov. 21, 1999, head coach Melissa Taketa began building the foundation that she hoped would become a powerful women's hoops program.

At the same time, several members of the Dolphin squad laid foundations in the classroom that would help them become successful in the professional world.

Seven of Taketa's troops earned Academic All-TAAC honors during the Dolphins' inaugural season, posting grade point averages of over 3.0.

"I'm very proud of what our girls accomplished in the classroom," Taketa said. "We stressed from day one that there is a reason that `student' comes first in the term `student-athlete.' Their hard work paid off with some wins on the court, but more importantly, they succeeded in their academic fields."

Leading the way in the classroom was freshman Milica Miljkovic who sports a perfect 4.0 and a spot on the President's List during her first year at JU.

Also earning academic honors were juniors Jennifer Bergfield (3.19), Angela Walker (3.5) and Shannon Wynn (3.1) and freshmen Lexie Richards (3.71), Kelly Stevenson (3.06) and Kat Sungy (3.7).

Bergfield, Richards and Sungy each received Dean's List honors for the academic achievements as well.