Women's Hoops Notes For Mercer

Jan. 31, 2001


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Unfamiliar Territory: During last Saturday afternoon's 63-46 win over Troy State in Troy, Ala., the Dolphins found themselves in unfamiliar territory for two reasons.

First off, JU held a 23-21 lead at halftime, marking only the third time during the 2000-01 season that the Dolphins held the advantage going into the lockerroom. With Saturday's win, JU is now 3-0 when leading at the halftime buzzer.

Secondly, the Dolphins found that they could relax and enjoy the victory during the final eight minutes of the game as it became apparent the JU would come away with a victory as the lead never got down to single digits after the 10:51 mark. It was the first time this season that JU won a game by a double-digit margin, and only the third time in team history that it happened. The game marked the second largest victory in team history as JU defeated Bethune-Cookman by 30 (83-53) on Dec. 28, 1999, and downed Stetson by 16 (79-63) on Feb. 5, 2000.

Close Shaves: In seven of JU's eight wins during the 2000-01 season, the game was decided by single digits. In fact, JU is 7-2 this season in games decided by less than 10 points, including a 5-1 mark when the game is decided by five points or less.

In the 45-game history of JU women's basketball, the Dolphins are 11-14 in games decided by 10 points or less, including a 7-6 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.
    Mercer                    W, 67-64 (ot)  1-25-01    Macon, Ga.

Close Shaves, Part II: With the Dolphins' unprecedented fourth-consecutive victory of the season, women's basketball contact Richie Weaver will be sporting a new hairstyle for a while. As part of a friendly wager made during the team's Christmas party, Weaver agreed to let the team shave his head if the Dolphins could win four straight.

Staying true to his word, Weaver sat on the camera platform in the upper level of Swisher Gymnasium on Monday afternoon as members of the team took turns cutting his hair. Team co-captain Shannon Wynn took the first swipe and fellow co-captain Angela Walker finished the job along with JU assistant coach Ernest Rozier.

It appeared as if Weaver would keep his former haircut during last Thursday night's overtime win over Mercer as the Dolphins trailed by 13 early in the second half and by 10 with 3:17 left to play. But JU stormed back with a 12-2 run to force overtime in the eventual 67-64 win, and the Dolphins followed it up with a convincing 63-46 victory over Troy State to seal Weaver's fate.

Adding Fuel To The Fire: As JU is currently riding the crest of a team-record four-game winning streak, the Dolphins have improved in almost every facet of the game--shooting the ball better, getting higher point totals and playing better defense.

And while the Dolphins won two of those games without her, junior forward Lana Labura has been an added ingredient during JU's run. After missing the first 16 games of the season with a stress fracture in her foot, Labura had made up for lost time in the last two games by averaging 12.0 points and 7.5 rebounds an outing.

In her first game back, Labura led the team with 16 points in the Dolphins' overtime victory over Mercer, including 14 after halftime and a perfect 6-for-6 performance from the free throw line. She followed that game up by finishing two points shy of a double-double at Troy State with eight points and 10 rebounds.

Deja Vu: In the immortal words of Hall of Fame baseball player Yogi Bera, the Dolphins will be experiencing "deja vu all over again" this week when they take on Mercer and Troy State. Last week, JU played Mercer in Macon, Ga., and Troy State in Troy, Ala. With the second half of the conference schedule beginning tonight, the Dolphins will play the nine teams in reverse order of the first half of the season. JU hopes that history will repeat itself as the Dolphins have won four straight games over the next four teams on the schedule -- Mercer, Troy State, UCF and Florida Atlantic.

Double Vision: With 10 points and 14 boards in JU's 63-46 win over TAAC foe Troy State on Saturday, sophomore post player Kat Sungy recorded her seventh double-double of the season.

Last season, JU players recorded a double-double on 10 occassions. Through the first 18 games of the 2000-01 season, the Dolphins have already recorded nine double-doubles. Sungy leads the way with seven 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
    Kat Sungy       10     14      Troy State             1-27-01

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 has already broken the team's offensive rebound record (58) and total rebounding record (172), while Shannon Wynn now holds the assist record (90).

Sungy is currently only nine rebounds off of teammate Milica Miljkovic's defensive board record of 125. She also needs to sink just 13 more free throws to tie Angela Walker's record of 53. Among several team records that JU can break this season is shooting percentage with a 41.0 clip (the Dolphins shot .386 in 1999-2000.

It's A Girl: JU added to it's basketball family on Wednesday, Jan. 10 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 on Thursday, Jan. 11. Atkinson was actually on hand yesterday at practice for the first time since giving birth.

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.