THURSDAY, JANUARY 04, 2001
Women's Hoops Falls To TAAC Foe Georgia State, 89-69
Jan. 4, 2001
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore post player Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) had 18 points and eight rebounds and sophomore guard Lexie Richards (Mercer Island, Wash.) scored 17 points, but it was not enough as the Jacksonville University women's basketball team dropped an 89-69 contest to Trans America Athletic Conference foe Georgia State Thursday night in Swisher Gymnasium.
The loss snapped JU's two-game winning streak and dropped the Dolphins to 4-7 on the year and 0-2 in TAAC play. Georgia State, meanwhile, improved to 8-3 overall and a perfect 3-0 in the TAAC.
The Dolphins scored a season-high 42 points in the first half, connecting on 45.7 percent of their shots from the field on 16-of-35 shooting, and trailed the high-powered Lady Panthers by just six at halftime. But JU could manage just 27 points in the second half on 11-of-31 shooting (35.5 percent).
JU played well early on, and held an 8-4 lead two minutes into the ballgame. It was a back-and-forth struggle for most of the next six minutes as the two clubs tied the score on six occasions. But with the score knotted at 18-18 with 10:32 to play in the half, Rene Hines gave the Lady Panthers the lead with a 3-point basket off an assist from Leslie McElrath. Georgia State began to pull away, and led by as many as nine with the score 32-23 with 6:16 to play before halftime. JU regrouped and cut the lead to two less than a minute later with the score 32-29. The Lady Panthers, however, increased their lead to 10 with 1:13 to go before JU went on a 4-0 run to end the half.
GSU took an eight-point lead early in the second half on a layup by Evita Rogers six seconds into the period, but the Dolphins would not back down. JU went on a 12-3 run over the next four minutes and took the lead at 55-53 with 16:20 to play. It would be the last lead of the day for the Dolphins, however, as the Lady Panthers tied the score on the ensuing possession and took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Angelina Miller with 15:14 to go to give GSU a 58-55 advantage.
The Lady Panther lead swelled to 10 less than six minutes later, and a combination of hurried shots by JU and clutch free throws by GSU helped the visiting club pull away at the end.
GSU's Rogers led all players with 26 points, on 9-of-14 shooting, to lead four Lady Panthers in double-digits. Miller had 16, followed by Hines with 15 and McElrath with 15. Rogers tied Sungy for game-high rebounding honors with eight.
The Dolphins will look to get back on the winning track and claim their first conference victory of the season on Saturday when JU takes on TAAC foe Campbell at 5 p.m. in Swisher Gymnasium. That game will be the first of a double-header as the men's team takes on the Camels at 7:30 p.m.
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