Women's Hoops Downs Mercer In Overtime, 67-64

Jan. 25, 2001

Box Score

MACON, Ga. - Junior forward Lana Labura (Zagreb, Croatia) had 16 points off the bench and sophomore guard Lexie Richards (Mercer Island, Wash.) tallied 15 as the Jacksonville University women's basketball team defeated TAAC rival Mercer, 67-64, in overtime at Porter Gym.

The win was the third-straight for JU as the Dolphins improved to 7-10 overall and 3-5 in TAAC play. Prior to tonight's victory, JU had never won three consecutive games. Mercer, meanwhile, fell to 4-13 on the year and 1-7 in league action.

The game also marked the return of Labura to the JU lineup as she missed the first 16 games of the season with a stress fracture in her foot. She made up for lost time, however, connecting on five-of-six shots from the field and hitting all six of her free throw opportunities. Labura scored 13 of her points after halftime, including four in overtime.

Senior forward Angela Walker (Orlando, Fla.) led all players with nine rebounds while sophomore post player Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) Had eight.

JU trailed by as many as 13 points as Mercer held a 33-20 lead with 16:16 to play in regulation. But the Dolphins went on an 11-1 run to cut the lead to three at 34-31 less than four minutes later.

Mercer went back up by 10 on two occasions, and led 52-42 with 5:03 to play. But once again, the Dolphins went on a 12-2 run to end the game and force overtime. JU was down by six, 56-50 with 1:18 to play, but Richards drilled a 3-pointer and converted a three-point play to force the extra period.

In overtime, Mercer drew first blood with a basket by JoJo Carter, but back-to-back jumpers by freshman guard Ehu Maha'a (Orlando, Fla.) and senior forward Angela Walker (Orlando, Fla.) put the Dolphins ahead 60-58. After the Bears tied the game, Richards drilled a 3-pointer to give JU the lead for good. Mercer cut the lead to one on two occasions, but JU hit its free throws down the stretch to hang on for the win.

The Dolphins return to action and look to make it four in a row when they travel to Troy, Ala., to take on the Lady Trojans of Troy State on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m.