SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2000
Women's Hoops Falls To Stetson In Conference Opener, 79-68
Dec. 16, 2000
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Stetson's Cher Dyson had a double-double with 14 points and a school-record 11 steals, and five Hatters finished with double-digit scoring totals as Stetson defeated host Jacksonville University, 79-68, in the Trans America Athletic Conference opener for both teams Saturday afternoon in Swisher Gymnasium.
JU freshman forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) scored a career-high 20 points to lead three Dolphins in double-digits as senior point guard Shannon Wynn (Wasilla, Alaska) tallied 15 and sophomore post player Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) had 14. The Dolphins shot a season-high 52.9 percent from the field on 27-of-51 shooting from the field, including a 7-for-11 performance from beyond the 3-point arc, but it was not enough to overcome 31 team turnovers.
Dyson and the Hatters' pressure defense tallied 21 steals, while the offense did a good job of getting rebounds on their own side of the court with 17 offensive boards. Stetson's Amy White led all players with 24 points while Audrey Kull had 13 and Kaisa Tuure and Eboni Long each scored 12.
Rebounds were dead-even between the two teams, each gathering 29, as JU's Sungy and Stetson's Long tied for game-high rebounding honors with eight a piece.
The Dolphins took an early six-point advantage, leading 16-10 with 13:20 to play in the first half. Stetson, however, would come back and take a 19-18 lead less than five minutes later. The Hatters' lead would swell to as many as nine at 38-29 with 57 seconds to play in the first half, and Stetson took a 40-33 lead into the lockerroom at halftime.
The beginning of the second half was a back-and-forth battle between the two squads, but the Hatters went on a 14-4 run midway through the half and held a 68-49 lead with 7:54 left to play. JU cut the lead to 10 with 5:08 left to play, and again to seven with 2:28 to go, but that was as close as the Dolphins could get.
JU returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 20 when the Dolphins travel to the Lone Star state to take on the Islanders of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Circle K Court at 8 p.m. EST.
2000-01 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL