WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2001
Women's Hoops Notes For UCF

Jan. 17, 2001

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

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JU vs. The Sunshine State: Since the Dolphins tipped off their inaugural season, JU has had success against teams from the state of Florida. Last season, the Dolphins had a 5-3 mark against teams from the Sunshine State. And despite a 1-2 record against Florida-based teams so far this season, JU still has a 6-5 all-time record vs. the Sunshine State. Against Florida teams, the Dolphins are now 3-3 in Swisher Gym and 3-2 in games played outside the Jacksonville City limits. Below is a game-by-game breakdown of JU's games against teams from within the state of Florida:

    Opponent           Result   Score     Location             Date
    South Florida        L      61-44     Jacksonville, Fla.   12-15-99
    Bethune-Cookman      W      83-53     Stony Brook, N.Y.    12-28-99
    Florida Atlantic     L      76-68     Jacksonville, Fla.   1-13-00
    UCF                  W      57-56     Jacksonville, Fla.   1-15-00
    Stetson              W      55-49     Jacksonville, Fla.   1-27-00
    Stetson              W      79-63     DeLand, Fla.         2-5-00
    UCF                  W      61-54     Orlando, Fla.        2-17-00
    Florida Atlantic     L      83-71     Boca Raton, Fla.     2-19-00
    Bethune-Cookman      W      69-66 OT  Jacksonville, Fla.   2-19-00
    South Florida        L      64-49     Tampa, Fla.          12-7-00
    Stetson              L      79-68     Jacksonville, Fla.   12-16-00

Seeing Double: During her first season as a collegiate athlete, sophomore post player Kat Sungy played well, but not nearly at the level which she's acheived as a sophomore. After not posting a double-double as a freshman, she's already posted five during the 2000-01 season. Not to be outdone, senior forward Angela Walker had a double-double of her own back on Dec. 2 against High Point University in the Triad Classic.

Sungy could have an additional five double-doubles: 8 points, 13 rebounds vs. Army, 14 points, eight rebounds vs. Stetson, 10 points, seven rebounds vs. Winthrop, 18 points, eight rebounds vs. Georgia State, eight points, nine rebounds vs. Campbell. Walker, meanwhile, could have added four to her total: 11 points, 7 rebounds vs. Bethune-Cookman and at South Florida, 23 points, nine rebounds at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, eight points, eight rebounds at Samford.

Below is a game-by-game breakdown of JU's double-doubles during the Dolphins' second season:

  Name            PTs      RBs       Opponent               Date
  Kat Sungy       10       10        Davidson               11-18-00
  Kat Sungy       13       18        Bethune-Cookman        11-22-00
  Angela Walker   12       12        High Point             12-2-00
  Kat Sungy       10       11        Texas A&M-CC           12-20-00
  Kat Sungy       19       14        College of Charleston  12-30-00
  Kat Sungy       15       13        Samford                1-11-01

Frow Way Down Town...BANG!: When sophomore guard Lexie Richards went to her home town of Merce Island, Wash., for the Christmas break, she found one of the things that had been missing from her arsenal during the early portion of the season -- her 3-point shooting touch.

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 first three games back, she has 16 3-pointers hitting a season-high six treys vs. Winthrop to go along with five in both the College of Charleston and the Georgia State games. She had three in the game at Samford last Thursday night, and four in the Jacksonville State game on Saturday afternoon.

For the year, Richards is now shooting 37.3 percent from the field and 34.0 percent from beyond the arc. Her 3-point field goal percentage ranks seventh in the TAAC and she leads the league in 3-pointers made per game with a 2.57 average.

It's A Girl: JU added to it's basketball family last Wednesday night when assistant coach Melanee Wagener Atkinson gave birth the her first child, McKenzee Anne. McKenzee was born at approximately 3 p.m., weighing eight pounds, three ounces and measuring 21 inches long.

Atkinson has been a mainstay on the staff since the program's inception and will return to duty later this season. Both the newborn and elder Atkinson are doing fine and returned to their Jacksonville home last Thursday.

New Faces: The Dolphins added a new face for the 2001-02 season last Wednesday when head coach Melissa Taketa announced the signing of Providence College transfer Dee Cummings. A native of Huntsville, Ala., Cummings will have to sit out the remainder of the season due to transfer rules, and can begin play for the Dolphins after the Fall 2001 semester.

As a freshman in 1999-2000, Cummings started 11 of the 13 games in which she appeared, averaging 5.85 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 points per game before suffering a season-ending knee injury. She also saw action in four games this season before deciding to transfer. For her career, Cummings averages 5.41 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 points per game while tallying a 1.42 assist-to-turnover ratio.

She had a career-high 15 assists and seven rebounds in her first collegiate start against George Mason on Nov. 20, 1999. She also had 10-assist performances vs. Rhode Island on Dec. 3, 1999, and vs. Central Michigan on Nov. 18, 2000.