FRIDAY, JANUARY 05, 2001
Women's Basketball Notes For Campbell
Jan. 5, 2001
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
Repeat Offender: In each of JU's first 10 games during the 2000-01 season, no one player has led the team or tied for the team lead in scoring in consecutive games. But that changed on Thursday night when Kat Sungy scored a team-high 18 points against Georgia State after leading the team with 19 points against the College of Charleston.
Sungy has now led the club in scoring on three occasions while freshman forward Yolisha Jackson and senior point guard Shannon Wynn each paced the team twice. Sophomore guard Lexie Richards led the club once and tied for the team lead with senior forward Angela Walker once. Walker has led the team in scoring twice and tied for the team lead once.
Things are not the same in rebounding, however, where Sungy has dominated. Sungy has led or tied for the team lead nine times, including a JU-record 18 boards in the Dolphins' 69-66 overtime win over Bethune-Cookman College back on Nov. 22.
Frow Way Down Town...BANG!: No one has been hotter in the last three games than sophomore shooting guard Lexie Richards. In the first eight games of the year, Richards struggled with her shot somewhat, shooting .345 after connecting on 20-of-58 shots from the field and going 12-for-46 from beyond the 3-point arc (.261).
But since the Christmas break, Richards has been sizzling from 3-point land. In the last three games, she has 16 3-pointers and is shooting at a .471 clip. She hit a season-high six treys vs. Winthrop, and had five in both the College of Charleston and the Georgia State games.
For the year, Richards is now shooting 38.1 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from beyond the arc. Her 3-point field goal percentage ranks 10th in the TAAC and she leads the league in 3-pointers made per game with a 2.55 average.
Tough Row To Hoe: The Dolphins have what can arguably be called the toughest early conference schedule of any of the TAAC teams. JU's first three opponents -- Stetson, Georgia State and Campbell -- rank in the top four of the league and among the conference leaders in many statistical categories.
Georiga State, JU's opponent on Thursday, is tied for first-place in the TAAC while leading the league in scoring offense (76.9 ppg), scoring margin (+9.9), field goal percentage (47.7), field goal percentage defense (39.5), 3-point field goal percentage (38.3), assists (18.09 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (0.88). GSU also featured the TAAC's leading scorer, defending TAAC Player of the Year and preseason TAAC POY, Leslie McElrath (20.9 ppg).
Stetson, which JU played back on Dec. 16, is second in the TAAC in scoring offense (75.6 ppg), scoring margin (+7.5) and rebounding offense while featuring the league's second leading scorer and rebounder in Kaisa Tuure (16.8 ppg and 8.6 rpg).
And things don't get any easier for the Dolphins tonight as they take on Campbell. The Camels are tied with GSU for No. 1 in the TAAC at 3-0. Campbell leads the league in scoring defense (63.1 ppg), rebounding defense (42.7 rpg) and rebounding margin (+7.8), while ranking second in 3-point field goals made (6.00 3pg), offensive rebounds (15.90 rpg) and 3-point field goal percentage (44.7). April Cromartie ranks third in the league in scoring (15.0 ppg) while Crystal Clarity is fifth (12.6 ppg).
Just Wynn Baby: While playing a full season at point guard for the first time in career, senior Shannon Wynn has done an admirable job.
In just 11 games this year, Wynn has already surpassed her assist total from a year ago (39) with 57 and ranks second in the TAAC in assists per game with a 5.27 average. Included in that total is a school-record performance against College of Charleston (12-30-00) when she dished out 12 assists. She followed that up with an eight-assist showing against Georgia State on Thursday
Her points are up from last season, averaging 7.9 (87 points) after totalling just 117 (4.9 ppg) in 1999-2000. She ranks fourth in the league in 3-point field goal percentage with a 41.3 clip on 19-of-46 shooting and is sixth in 3-point field goals made per game with a 1.73 average.
On The Prowl: Sophomore post player Kat Sungy has had an unbelievable start to her second year as a collegiate athlete. As a freshman, Sungy averaged 6.2 points and 4.96 rebounds per outing. While these numbers are respectable for a true freshman playing with a first-year program, they are light years away from her performance so far this season.
Through the first 11 games of the 2000-01 season, Sungy leads the team and the TAAC with 9.3 rebounds, including a TAAC-best 5.55 defensive rebounds per game, while pacing the team in scoring with an 11.6 average, which ranks eighth in the TAAC. After never having posted a double-double in her first season, she already has four this season.
She has posted career-highs in points with 19 vs. College of Charleston (12-30-00), rebounds with 18 vs. Bethune-Cookman (11-22-00), steals with 5 vs. C of C, assists with four against Georgia State (1-4-01) and minutes with 42 against BCC (11-22-00).
Sungy has also made plenty of room for herself in the JU record book. Her 18 boards against the Lady Wildcats broke the former mark of 13 set by Angela Walker and Milica Miljkovic last season. She also set the offensive rebounding record with 8 vs. Army, and the defensive rebound record with 14 against the College of Charleston.
Just Say "Yo": Freshman forward Yolisha Jackson hasn't played like the true freshman that she is. In 11 games as a collegiate athlete, Jackson ranks fourth on the team with an 8.3 scoring average. She ranks 12th in the league in rebounding with a 6.0 average, and is also 12th in assist-to-turnover ratio with a 1.06 mark.
She's seen a lot of playing time (21.7 mpg) with most of it coming as a reserve, but she did start two games earlier this season. In her first career start, Jackson scored a career-high 20 points against TAAC foe Stetson (12-6-00). In the Triad Classic against High Point (12-2-00), Jackson earned game MVP honors after scoring 13 points and grabbing a game- and career-high eight rebounds from off the bench.
Yolisha is one of many talented basketball players in the Jackson family, however. Her father, Howard, played collegiately at Austin Peay and was later inducted into the school's Hall of Fame. Her uncle, Norman, also played collegiately for the Governors.
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