SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2001
Walker, Sungy Lead Women's Hoops Past Florida Atlantic, 69-60
Jan. 20, 2001
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior forward Angela Walker (Orlando, Fla.) and sophomore post player Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) posted double-doubles, and five JU players finished with double-digit scoring totals, as the Jacksonville University women's basketball team defeated Trans America Athletic Conference foe Florida Atlantic, 69-60, Saturday afternoon in Swisher Gymnasium.
Sungy had 14 points and a game-high 17 rebounds and Walker chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds to help the Dolphins overcome an 11-point second-half deficit to win their second consecutive game. Freshman forward Amber Hallman (Williamsburg, Va.) tied Sungy for team-high scoring honors with 14 while senior point guard Shannon Wynn (Wasilla, Alaska) and her backup, freshman Ehu Maha'a (Orlando, Fla.), each tallied 13.
With the win, JU matched its win total from a year ago at 6-10 - JU went 6-22 during the inaugural season of women's hoops in 1999-2000 - and climbed to 2-5 in TAAC action. Florida Atlantic, meanwhile, fell to 4-12 overall and 1-6 in league play.
The Dolphins, who held Florida Atlantic to 31.9 percent shooting for the game, shot 48.1 percent from the field in the second half and outscored the Owls 43-27 after the halftime intermission. JU outrebounded FAU 57-39, including 21 offensive boards, and Walker tied her own school record with six steals.
FAU opened the scoring on a jumper by LaToria Matthews just over two minutes into the game, but JU went on a 10-2 run to take a six-point lead with 13:44 to play in the first half. The Owls responded with a 19-8 run over the next nine minutes to take a 25-18 lead with 4:33 to play in the period, and FAU went into the lockerroom with a 33-26 advantage.
The lead swelled to a game-high 11 as FAU went on a 6-0 run early in the second half to lead 39-28 with 18:13 to go. The JU defense then stiffened and the Dolphin offense got on track and rattled off 12 unanswered points to take a 40-39 lead less than six minutes later.
The Owls went on a 6-1 lead to take a four-point lead in the ensuing minute of action, and led 48-46 with 8:15 on the clock. But the home team bounced back with an 11-0 run to take a nine-point lead with the score 57-48 in favor of JU with 3:51 left to go, and the Dolphins led by as many as 14 with a 64-50 advantage with 1:06 to play. FAU tried to scratch its way back into the game, but the Dolphins hit their free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.
FAU's Matthews led all players with 15 points while Chantale Jones and Janka Deckerova shared team-high rebounding honors with five each.
The Dolphins will look to make it three in a row when they return to action on Thursday night in Macon, Ga. Where JU will take on TAAC opponent Mercer at 7 p.m. in Porter Gym.
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