Women's Hoops Notes For Troy State

Feb. 2, 2001


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Simply Perfect: During Thursday night's 47-40 win over TAAC foe Mercer, sophomore post player Kat Sungy was perfect--literally. Besides posting her eighth double-double of the year, Sungy hit every shot she took during the Dolphins' historic fifth-consecutive win.

Sungy went 7-for-7 from the field and hit her only free throw attempt of the night. Her performance from the floor matched her own school record of field goal percentage of 1.000, tying a perfect 5-for-5 showing she had last season against the Lady Panthers of Georgia State (3-5-00).

Sungy's shooting touch is nothing new to the team as she has shot above 50 percent for her career. Last season, she led the club with a 52.9 shooting percentage. This season, Sungy has connected shots at a 54.4 percent clip, including a 57.5 mark in conference play.

Getting It Done With The `D': One constant for the Dolphins since they started playing basketball at the beginning of last season has been solid defensive play. But few could have imagined the JU defense's performance in the past two games.

In wins over Troy State (63-47 on Jan. 27) and Mercer (47-40 on Feb. 1), the Dolphins held both opponents to under 30.0 percent shooting from the field. Against the Lady Trojans, JU held TSU to a season-low 26.5 percent from the field on 18-of-68 shooting. The Dolphins followed that up with another stunning performance against Mercer, holding the Bears to a 28.8 mark on 17-of-59 shooting.

The 40 points allowed against Mercer was the lowest ammount surrended by the Dolphins in team history, and marks just the third time ever that they held an opponent to under 50 points.

Close Shaves: Thursday night's 47-40 win over Mercer marked the 10th time this season that the game was decided by single digits. In fact, eight of JU's nine wins during the 2000-01 season have come by less than 10 points. JU is now 8-2 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 46-game history of JU women's basketball, the Dolphins are 12-14 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.
     Mercer                  W, 47-40       2-1-01      Jacksonville, Fla.

Close Shaves, Part II: With the Dolphins' unprecedented fourth-consecutive victory of the season last Saturday, 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.

Seeing Double: With 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Dolphins' 47-40 win over Mercer on Thursday, sophomore post player Kat Sungy recorded her eighth double-double of the season.

Last season, JU players recorded a double-double on 10 occassions. Through the first 19 games of the 2000-01 season, the Dolphins have already tied that mark, and will look to shatter the mark with eigth regular-season games and at least one TAAC Tournament game remaining. Sungy leads the way with eight while senior forward Angela 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
       Kat Sungy        15      10      Mercer                 2-1-01

Repeat Performance?: With the "mirror week" of the TAAC schedule upon the Dolphins, JU looks to make history repeat itself through the next week.

Two weeks ago, JU earned home victories over UCF (66-62 on Jan. 18) and Florida Atlantic (69-60 on Jan. 20). Last week, the Dolphins picked up road wins at Mercer (67-64 in overtime on Jan. 25) and at Troy State (63-47 on Jan. 27).

The way the TAAC schedule is set up, each league school plays the other nine conference squads. After facing each once, the teams begin a second round of league play where each club takes on the same league schedule in reverse order. This week, JU is facing a pair of familiar foes in Mercer and Troy State. After defeating Mercer, 47-40, on Thursday night in Swisher Gymnasium, the Dolphins are hoping that history will repeat itself again tonight against the Lady Trojans of Troy.

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).

With nine defensive boards against Mercer on Thursday Sungy has already tied teammate Milica Miljkovic's defensive board record of 125. She also needs to sink just 12 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.

Welcome Back: When the Dolphins won their fifth-consecutive game on Thursday night, a familiar face was back on the sideline as assistant coach Melanee Wagener Atkinson made her first appearance on the JU bench after giving birth to her first child three weeks ago.

Atkinson, and her husband Kevin, added another member to the JU women's basketball family on Wednesday, Jan. 10 when Melanee gave birth to McKenzee Anne. At birth, McKenzee weighed in at eight pounds, three ounces and measured 21 inches long. Both Atkinsons were released on Thursday, Jan. 11 and are doing fine. The elder Atkinson, who has been a mainstay on the JU staff since its inception, returned to practice this past Wednesday and plans on returning to the team on a full-time basis from now on.

Winning Streaks: Before its current five-game winning streak, JU had never won three consecutive contests. While the Dolphins' run now requires an entire hand to account for the wins, head coach Melissa Taketa has done even better during her career. While head coach at Pacific, Taketa's team once had a nine-game streak in 1992-93 en route to a 19-8 season.