FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2000
Women's Hoops Looks To End 2000 With A Win Over College of Charleston

Dec. 29, 2000

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

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The Jacksonville University women's basketball team looks to end the year 2000 on a positive note and give head coach Melissa Taketa Division I career win No. 150 when the Dolphins take on the Cougars of the College of Charleston Saturday evening at 5 p.m. in Swisher Gymnasium.

Taketa, the Dolphins' head coach since the inception of the program prior to the 1999-2000 season, has 149 career Division I wins after 10 years at the University of The Pacific in Stockton, Calif., and one-plus year at JU. The game will be the second half of a JU basketball double-header as the men's team takes on Lehigh at 2 p.m.

The Dolphins, 3-6 on the season, will be looking to ride the momentum of Thursday night's come-from-behind 57-52 win over Winthrop and win two in a row in the friendly confines of Swisher Gymnasium. JU will also look to avenge last season's 56-27 loss to the Cougars in the College of Charleston Thanksgiving Tournament back on Nov. 28, 1999.

The Dolphins enter the game averaging 55.8 points per game and 40.3 rebounds an outing. Senior forward Angela Walker (Orlando, Fla.) leads the Dolphins in scoring with a 10.6 points-per-game average, while sophomore post player Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) paces JU and the Trans America Athletic Conference with 8.8 rebounds per contest. Sungy and senior point guard Shannon Wynn (Wasilla, Alaska) rank No. 2 and No. 3 with scoring averages of 10.1 and 8.8, respectively.

The JU defense has played well all season, allowing opponents 64.1 points a game and a .401 shooting percentage (.281 from beyond the 3-point arc).

The College of Charleston comes into the game 6-4 on the year, including a two-game winning streak and wins in six of its last eight games.

Wilma Simpson leads College of Charleston with 13.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Becky Wollenberg is second on the club in scoring with a 13.0 average while Amber Stegelin is No. 2 on the team in rebounds with 5.3 per game.

The Cougars average 69.5 points per game and shoot at a .417 clip while allowing opponents to score an average of 66.3 points per game on 41.9 percent shooting from the field.

After Saturday's game against the Cougars, JU remains at home where the Dolphins will jump back into TAAC play when they take on Georgia State at 7 p.m. on Jan. 4.