THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2001
Women's Hoops Defeats Jacksonville State, 58-50
Feb. 15, 2001
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore guard Lexie Richards scored 17 points, connecting on 5-of-7 3-pointers, to lead the Dolphins past TAAC foe Jacksonville State, 58-50, Thursday night at Swisher Gymnasium. The win moved JU (12-11, 8-6 TAAC) over the .500 mark in wins for the first time in school history.
The Dolphins' tough defense and sharp shooting was too much for the Lady Gamecocks, who fall to 7-15 on the year and 4-9 in the TAAC. JU held the Lady Gamecocks to shooting only 27.5 percent from the floor (19-69), while the Dolphins' offense shot 52.4 percent in the game (22-42), including making 50 percent of their shots from behind the 3-point arc (7-14).
Richards came out hot, nailing her first trey at the 17:42 mark in the first half to give JU a 5-4 lead. JSU would play the remainder of the game trailing the Dolphins. Richards went on to hit three more 3-pointers as the Dolphins saw their first half lead grow to as much as 14 points. Going to the locker room at the half, JU led 27-18.
The Dolphins kept their offense in high gear at the start of the second half, again seeing their lead grow as high as 14 points. At the mid-point of the half, the Lady Gamecocks picked up the defensive pressure with a full court press, and junior forward Laura Baswell scored 10 of JSU's next 13 points to bring the Lady Gamecocks within five, at 52-47, with 3:38 to go in the game.
Good shooting from the charity stripe allowed the Dolphins to stay in the lead, as JSU began fouling on every JU possession. Baswell connected on another trey with 43 seconds left on the clock to narrow the lead at six, but senior guard Shannon Wynn nailed two free-throws to give the Dolphins the victory.
For the game, JU shot 87.5 percent from the foul line (7-8), all in the second half. Richards, Wynn, and freshman forward Amber Hallman were perfect from the line for JU, each going 2-2 on the night. Hallman went on to score 10 points, and recorded a career-high in blocks with three. Wynn also finished the game with 10 points.
Senior forward Angela Walker led the Dolphins in assists (6) and rebounds (8), and sophomore post player Kat Sungy pulled down seven boards and scored six points. Junior Lana Labura (Zagreb, Croatia) contributed eight points coming off the Dolphin bench.
Baswell led the Lady Gamecocks with 15 points, and Eysha Ambler chipped in with 11 points off the bench.
The Dolphins return to action on Saturday, Feb. 17 when they take on TAAC foe Samford at 2:00 p.m. in the friendly confines of Swisher Gymnasium for their last home game of the season.
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