Women's Hoops Wins Fifth Straight; Defeat Mercer, 47-40

Feb. 1, 2001

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore post player Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) recorded her eighth double-double of the year and the Dolphins won their fifth consecutive game Thursday night as the Jacksonville University women's basketball team defeated TAAC foe Mercer, 47-40, in Swisher Gymnasium.

Sungy tallied 15 points on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting and snared 10 rebounds as the Dolphins held the lead from buzzer to buzzer for the first time this season. With the win, JU improves to 9-10 overall and 5-5 in TAAC action. Mercer, meanwhile, drops to 4-15 on the season and 1-9 in league play.

The Dolphin defense was dominant from the opening tip as JU held the Bears to a 28.8 percent shooting clip from the field, including a 17.2 mark in the first half on 5-of-29 shooting. The Bears' 40 points were the fewest allowed by the Dolphins in team history as JU held an opponent to less than 30 percent shooting for the second consecutive game.

Senior forward Angela Walker (Orlando, Fla.) and freshman forward Amber Hallman (Williamsburg, Va.) each grabbed eight rebounds and junior reserve Lana Labura (Zagreb, Croatia) had seven boards as JU outrebounded Mercer 41-36.

JU drew first blood on a basket by Sungy just 1:08 into the game as the Dolphins controlled the tempo from the jump. The Dolphins ran out to an early 8-0 lead, and led by as many as nine on two occasions in the first half.

The Dolphins went into the lockerroom at halftime up 18-11, but sophomore guard Lexie Richards (Mercer Island, Wash.) helped jump start the JU offense by nailing a 3-pointer eight seconds into the second half to give the home team a 10-point lead. JU led by 11 at 23-12 with 17:53 to play on a layup by Walker, but Mercer would not go away quietly.

The Bears cut the lead to six at the 14:37 mark on a jumper by Britt Stewart to make the score 25-19 before JU went on a 4-0 run to retake a 10-point advantage. The Dolphins held a 31-21 lead with less than nine minutes to go, but Mercer went on an impressive 10-2 run to cut the lead to just two with 4:43 showing on the game clock.

As they did all night, however, JU responded with a 10-1 run over the next 2:30 to retake an 11-point lead. The Bears cut the lead to seven on baskets by Jo Jo Carter and Stewart, but the Dolphins would hit their free throws down the stretch to hang on for the win.

Carter led Mercer with 14 points while Tracy Henry had a double-double with 11 points and a game-best 14 boards.

The Dolphins return to action on Saturday, Feb. 3 when they take on TAAC rival Troy State at 2 p.m. in Swisher Gymnasium.