WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2001
Women's Hoops Notes For Mercer

Jan. 24, 2001

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

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Welcome Back: JU had a familiar face back on the bench when junior forward Lana Labura dressed out for the first time this season in the Dolphins' 69-60 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday.

Labura had been sitting out since the two exhibition games after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in her foot. She has been working out with the team, attending all team practices and meetings, and has been swimming to stay fit for her return this season. And while she did not see any action Saturday night against the Owls, Labura is expected to get some minutes during the Dolphins' two-game stretch at Mercer and at Troy State.

In the two preseason exhibition games earlier this season, Labura averaged 16.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists a game. Against the Smokey Mountain Swarm, Labura had a double-double with 30 points and 18 rebounds to go along with seven assists.

Last year, Labura saw action in all 28 games during the Dolphins' inaugural season and averaged 5.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest. She is the most experienced player in head coach Melissa Taketa's system as Labura originally signed with Taketa in 1997 when she was still coaching at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.

Sungy Earns Weekly Honor: After posting impressive numbers in JU's wins over UCF and Florida Atlantic last week, sophomore post player Kat Sungy was named TAAC Co-Player of the Week on Monday. For the week, Sungy averaged 15.0 points and 12.5 rebounds.

Against the Golden Knights, Sungy shot a season-high 72.2 percent from the field on 8-of-11 shooting, and shot an impressive 54.2 percent from the field during the week. Against the Owls, she recorded her sixth double-double of the season with a team-high 14 points and a game-best 17 rebounds (one shy of her own school record of 18 set against Bethune-Cookman back on Nov. 22, 2000).

Sungy shared the league's weekly honor with Georgia State's Leslie McElrath who averaged 23.5 points per game to help the Lady Panthers defeat their two opponents by a combined 91 points.

Back To Back...To Back?: While the Dolphins currently ride the wake of a two-game winning streak with victories over UCF (66-62 on Jan. 18) and Florida Atlantic (69-60 on Jan. 20), JU has never won three games in a row. Last week's consecutive victories marked the second time this season and only the third time in team history that the club won back-to-back games.

Earlier this season, the Dolphins won back-to-back games with a 57-52 victory over Winthrop (Dec. 28) and a 75-67 decision over the College of Charleston (Dec. 30). Last season, JU defeated Stetson in DeLand, Fla., 79-63, on Feb. 5, 2000, and followed it up with a 57-53 win over Mercer in Swisher Gymnasium on Feb. 10. In both situations, however, the Dolphins lost the next time they hit the floor against outside competition. This season, JU followed up its two-straight wins with an 89-69 loss to Georgia State (1-4). Last season, the Dolphins fell to Troy State, 63-54, at home on Feb. 12.

Keeping It Tight: In all six of JU's wins during the 2000-01 season, the game was decided by single digits. In fact, JU is 6-2 this season in games decided by less than 10 points, including a 4-1 mark when the game is decided by five points or less. In the 44-game history of JU women's basketball, the Dolphins are 10-14 in games decided by 10 points or less, including a 6-6 mark in games decided by five points or less. Below is a game-by-game breakdown of JU's games during the 2000-01 season that have been decided by 10 points or less.

   Opponent                  Result          Date       Location
   Bethune-Cookman           W, 69-66 ot     11-22-00   Jacksonville, Fla.
   Army                      L, 63-57        11-25-00   Jacksonville, Fla.
   High Point                W, 60-57        12-2-00    High Point, N.C.
   Winthrop                  W, 57-52        12-28-00   Jacksonville, Fla.
   College of Charleston     W, 75-67        12-30-00   Jacksonville, Fla.
   Samford                   L, 52-47        1-11-01    Birmingham, Ala.
   UCF                       W, 66-62        1-18-01    Jacksonville, Fla.
   Florida Atlantic          W, 69-60        1-20-01    Jacksonville, Fla.

Double, Double-Double: In JU's 69-60 win over TAAC foe Florida Atlantic on Saturday, sophomore post player Kat Sungy and senior forward Angela Walker accomplished a rare feat when both player recorded a double-double. Sungy had 14 points and a game-high 17 rebounds while Walker tallied 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Dolphins almost had three players with a double-double against the Owls as freshman forward Amber Hallman fell just one rebound shy of the destinction with 14 points and nine boards.

It marked only the second time in team history that two Dolphins recorded a double-double in the same game. Walker and then-freshman forward Milica Miljkovic became the first duo in school history to accomplish the feat in JU's win over tonight's foe, Mercer, in a 57-53 win in Jacksonville back on Feb. 10, 2000. In that game, Miljkovic scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Walker had 10 points and 11 boards.

Last season, JU players recorded a double-double on 10 occassions. Through the first 16 games of the 2000-01 season, the Dolphins have already recorded eight double-doubles. Sungy leads the way with six while Walker has two. 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
   Kat Sungy      14      17        Florida Atlantic        1-20-01
   Angela Walker  10      12        Florida Atlantic        1-20-01

Record Watch: As the 2000-01 club continues to rewrite the record book in just the second season of women's basketball at JU, several single-season records have already been eclipsed and many more can fall later in the year.

Kat Sungy and Shannon Wynn have already broken the offensive rebound (56) and assist (81) records, respectively, and the team tied its number of wins from last year (6) with Saturday's 69-60 win over Florida Atlantic.

Sungy is currently only 19 rebounds away from teammate Milica Mijkovic's total rebounds record of 169, and just 31 off of Miljkovic's defensive board record of 125. Among several team records that JU can break this season is shooting percentage with a 40.4 clip (the Dolphins shot .386 in 1999-2000.