Seniors Go Out In Style As Women's Hoops Defeats Samford, 60-54

Feb. 17, 2001

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Dolphin defense held Samford to 30.2 percent shooting from the field as the Jacksonville University women's basketball team won its third-straight game with a 60-54 victory over the TAAC rival Bulldogs, 60-54, Saturday afternoon in Swisher Gymnasium.

Playing their final home game during the 2000-01 season, seniors Camealia Rush (Ft. Smith, Ark.), Jennifer Bergfield (Double Oak, Texas), Angela Walker (Orlando, Fla.) and Shannon Wynn (Wasilla, Alaska) went out in style with the win as JU improved to 13-11 overall and 9-6 in league play. Walker had the best outing of the bunch, finishing with a career-high eight assists to go with eight rebounds, seven points and six steals.

JU connected on 66.7 percent of its shots (12-of-18) in the second half and forced 20 Bulldog turnovers. With the loss, Samford fell to 5-18 on the year and 4-10 in TAAC action.

Sophomore post player Milica Miljkovic (Kikinda, Yugoslavia) and freshman forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) both came off the bench to tie for team-high scoring honors with 10 points each. Miljkovic connected on 5-of-7 shots after coming in for starter Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) who picked up two fouls early in the game.

Samford drew first blood when Giovanni Price hit a layup 57 seconds into the game to give the Bulldogs the early lead, but JU responded with a 9-2 run to take a five-point lead less than five minutes into the game. The Bulldogs tied the game two possessions later and jumped out to a nine-point lead at the 6:58 mark with the score at 20-11 in favor of the visiting team.

But JU rattled off a 14-2 run to take a 25-22 lead with 2:54 left to play in the first half. It was a back-and-forth battle the rest of the period, and the two clubs went into the lockerroom at halftime deadlocked at 27-27.

The Bulldogs opened the scoring in the second half on a jumper by Wendi Wilcox 2:58 into the stanza, but once again, the Dolphins responded with a 10-3 run to take a five-point advantage less than five minutes later. Samford cut the lead to a single point on two occasions, but the Dolphins would not back down. Leading 39-38 at the 7:53 mark, JU went on a 11-2 run to all but wrap up the game.

Samford cut the lead to two on a 3-poiner by Sara Clement with 27 seconds to go to make the score 56-54, but Wynn and Jackson both sunk a pair of free throws to ice the game for the Dolphins.

Price led Samford with a game-high 13 points and Wilcox tallied 11.Reserve Natalie McLendon led the club and tied Walker for game-high rebounding honors with eight.

The Dolphins return to action when they travel to Atlanta, Ga., on Thursday, Feb. 22 when they take on TAAC foe Georgia State at 6 p.m. at the GSU Sports Arena.