WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 07, 2001
Game Notes For Florida Atlantic

Feb. 7, 2001

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

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Close Shaves: Last Saturday afternoon's 63-58 win over Troy State marked the 10th time this season that the game was decided by single digits. In fact, nine of JU's 10 wins during the 2000-01 season have come by less than 10 points. JU is now 9-2 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 47-game history of JU women's basketball, the Dolphins are 13-14 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.
  Troy State              W, 63-58          2-13-01     Jacksonville, Fla.

Close Shaves, Part II: With the Dolphins' unprecedented fourth-consecutive victory of the season two weeks ago at Troy State, 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 the Jan. 25 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.

Sungy Earns Weekly Honor: After averaging 14.0 points and 14.0 rebounds during last week's two-game sweep of Mercer and Troy State, Kat Sungy earned TAAC Co-Player of the Week honors on Monday.

Sungy was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field against Mercer, and shot an impressive .611 for the week. Against the Bears, she had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and followed that up with a record-setting performance against Troy State on Saturday. Against the Lady Trojans, Sungy tied her own school record with 18 rebounds, including a school-record nine off the offensive glass, and scored 13 points to go along with two assists and two steals.

Sungy shared the weekly honor with Stetson's Kaisa Tuure who averaged 16.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in the Hatters' two wins last week.

Winning Streaks: Before its current six-game winning streak, JU had never won three consecutive contests. And while the Dolphins' run now requires more than one hand to count the wins during the streak, 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. JU's six-game winning streak stands as the second-longest of Teketa's career as she had four five-game winning streaks with the Tigers.

JU's six-game streak is tied for the second longest in the TAAC right now. The Dolphins are tied with Gerogia State while conference front-runner Campbell leads the way with a 10-game streak. Fellow Florida squad Stetson is the only other TAAC club with a significant winning streak at three.

Seeing Double: With 13 points and 18 rebounds in the Dolphins' 63-58 win over Troy State last Saturday, sophomore post player Kat Sungy recorded her third double-double in a row and ninth for the year.

Last season, JU players recorded a double-double on 10 occassions. Through the first 20 games of the 2000-01 season, the Dolphins have already eclipsed that mark, and will look to shatter the mark with seven regular-season games and at least one TAAC Tournament game remaining. Sungy leads the way with nine 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
  Kat Sungy     13      18      Troy State              2-3-01

History Repeating Itself: Three weeks ago, things looked bleak for the Dolphins. JU sat in the conference basement with an 0-5 league mark. Since then, however, the Dolphins have come together and assembled a six-game winning streak to claim sole possession of fourth place in the league.

That streak started against this week's opponents -- UCF and Florida Atlantic. After defeating the Golden Knights 66-63 (Jan. 18) and FAU 69-60 (Jan. 20), JU took road wins over Mercer and Troy State with a 67-64 decision over the Bears in overtime (Jan. 25) and a suprising 63-46 victory at Trojan Arena (Jan. 27).

As the second round of the TAAC schedule began last week with league schools playing the same conference schools in reverse order of the first round, JU made it a repeat performance with wins over Mercer and Troy State last week at home. JU defeated Mercer 47-40 on Thursday night and downed the Lady Trojans 63-58 on Saturday afternoon.

The Dolphins are hoping to keep history repeating itself this week with road games at Florida Atlantic on Thursday and UCF on Saturday.

History Repeating Itselt, Part II: When comparing the results of head coach Melissa Taketa's teams at JU and at her previous school, the University of the Pacific in Stocton, Calif., there are striking similarities.

In her first season at both institutions, Taketa's clubs went 6-22. In her second season at Pacific, the Tigers finished 15-15 overall and 7-11 in conference play. While the Dolphins look to have a better conference mark than Taketa's 1989-90 Tigers, JU is well on its way to at least a .500 season.

Through the first 20 games of the season, JU is 10-10 overall -- the latest in the season JU has ever been .500 -- and 6-5 in TAAC play which is already one game better than a year ago. The Dolphins can guarantee themselves at least a break-even season with four more wins in the next seven games.

Welcome Back: A familiar face was back on the sideline in the Dolphins' 47-40 win over Mercer last Thursday night 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 last past Wednesday and plans on returning to the team on a part-time basis from now on. She will not be in Boca Raton when JU takes on Florida Atlantic this afternoon, but will be on hand when the Dolphins battle UCF on Saturday in Orlando.