Women's Hoops Falls At Florida Atlantic, 82-45

Feb. 8, 2001

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior forward Angela Walker (Orlando, Fla.) had a school-record seven steals and freshman forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) had 13 points, but it was not enough as the Jacksonville University women's basketball team fell at Florida Atlantic, 82-45, Thursday afternoon at the FAU Gym.

The loss snapped the Dolphins' six-game winning streak and dropped JU to 10-11 overall and 6-6 in TAAC play. The Owls, meanwhile, improved to 5-16 on the year and 2-10 in league action.

"We didn't play very well today," head coach Melissa Taketa said. "The things we did well during the winning streak didn't happen in this game. Things started off ugly and just got uglier."

FAU's LaTorria Matthews provided the early knock-out punch for the Owls, scoring all 18 of her points in the first half, including a 5-of-8 performance from 3-point land. Florida Atlantic shot a staggering 47.6 percent from the field as a team, including a .500 clip from beyond the 3-point line on 9-of-18 shooting. JU, meanwhile, converted just 28.3 percent of its shots and sank only 15 field goals in 53 attempts.

Sophomore guard Lexie Richards (Mercer Island, Wash.) had 11 points, including three 3-pointers, and sophomore post player Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) had 12 rebounds in the loss.

After JU scored the first four points of the game, Florida Atlantic exploded offensively with 24 unanswered points as the Owls held a 24-4 lead with 10:15 left to play in the first half. The Dolphins cut the lead to 17 on a pair of free throws by freshman guard Ehu Maha'a to make it 27-10 with 6:34 to play in the opening stanza, but that is as close as JU could get the rest of the contest. The lead swelled to as many as 27 points twice in the first half, and FAU went into the lockerroom leading 44-22.

It was much of the same in the second half as the Owls kept pouring it on. The lead swelled to a game-high 39 points on a 3-pointer by Janka Deckerova with 9:47 to go which gave Florida Atlantic a 68-29 advantage. JU went on a 14-4 run to cut the lead to 29, but that would be as close as the Dolphins would come in the second half.

The Dolphins return to action on Saturday, Feb. 10 when they travel to Orlando, Fla., where they will take on TAAC foe UCF at 3 p.m.