Women's Hoops Notes For Georgia State

Feb. 21, 2001


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Did You Notice: JU senior forward Angela Walker has been on a tear lately as the Dolphins have won nine of their last 10 days. And while Walker has scored her fair share of points, the senior from Orlando, Fla., has contributed to the victories largely with the other parts of her game. In JU's win over Samford on Saturday, Walker had an impressive line with a career-high eight assists to go along with eight rebounds, seven points and six steals. In the last 10 games, Walker is averaging 8.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.6 assist and 3.6 steals per game.

The Revenge Tour: Tonight's game against the Lady Panthers of Samford marks the third of a five-game "revenge tour" the Dolphins have embarked on to end the 2000-01 regular season.

The Dolphins opened the conference season with a rocky start, dropping its first five games to Stetson, Georgia State, Campbell, Samford and Jacksonville State. Since then, however, JU has turned things around and has won nine of its last 10 games, including a six-game winning streak from Jan. 18 through Feb. 7.

Now, as the regular season comes to an end in two weeks, the Dolphins are looking to exact a bit of revenge on the squads they lost to early on. So far, JU is 2-0 in its "revenge tour" with wins over Jacksonville State and Samford.

Close Shaves: Last Saturday afternoon's 60-54 win over Samford marked the 14th time this season that the game was decided by single digits. In fact, 12 of JU's 13 wins during the 2000-01 season have come by less than 10 points. JU is now 12-2 this season in games decided by less than 10 points, including a 6-1 mark when the game is decided by five points or less.

In the 52-game history of JU women's basketball, the Dolphins are 17-14 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       2-3-01         Jacksonville, Fla.
  UCF                     W, 64-57       2-10-01        Orlando, Fla.
  Jacksonville State      W, 58-50       2-15-01        Jacksonville, Fla.
  Samford                 W, 60-54       2-17-01        Jacksonville, Fla. 

The Quest For .500: When JU defeated Jacksonville State last Thursday night, 58-50, in Swisher Gymnasium, the Dolphins did two things they had never done before:

     --beat the Gamecocks after four-straight losses
     --had a record better than .500

Thanks in large part to a six-game winning streak and the fact that the Dolphins have won nine of their last 10 games, JU sits two games above .500 with three regular season games left to play. In order to ensure at least a break-even year, the Dolphins have to win two more games in the rest of the way.

That is no easy task, however, as JU takes on the TAAC's top three teams in its final three regular season games in No. 2 Georgia State tonight, No. 1 Campbell on Saturday and No. 3 Stetson next Saturday. To make things even tougher, all three games will be played on the road where the three teams have played extremely well.

Familiar Territory: JU's Melissa Taketa finds herself in a very familiar position as she is in the midst of her second season coaching the Dolphins.

When comparing the results of 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 have already surpassed Taketa's 1989-90 Tigers' conference finish, JU has the opportunity to finish at least .500.

Through the first 24 games of the season, JU is 13-11 overall -- marking the first time the Dolphins have broken the .500 plateau -- and 9-6 in TAAC play which is already four games better than a year ago. The Dolphins can guarantee themselves at least a break-even season with two more wins in the next three games or at least one win in the next three games an at least one win in the TAAC Tournament.

Spreading The Wealth: In the first 24 games of the season, a different player led the team in scoring in all but 4 occassions.

Only Kat Sungy has led the team or tied for the team lead in scoring two consecutive games, scoring 19 points against College of Charleston and 18 against Georgia State in back-to-back games (Dec. 30 and Jan. 4), and then going off for 15 points to lead the team against Mercer (Feb. 1) and tying Shannon Wynn for game-high scoring honors against Troy State on Feb. 3.

While Sungy is the only Dolphin to average a double-digit scoring total, four players average at least seven points. Angela Walker is next on the list with 9.5 ppg, followed by Lexie Richards (8.9 ppg) and Shannon Wynn (7.8).

Richards led the team in scoring on five occassions while Wynn and Walker held the honor three times.

Waving "Bye": With last Saturday afternoon's 60-54 victory over the Samford Bulldogs, the Dolphins assured themselves of at least a sixth-place finish in the TAAC and thus earned a bye in the first round of the TAAC Tournament which will be held in Orlando at the UCF Arena from March 7-10.

JU, 9-6 in the TAAC, currently ranks fourth in the league and has the possibility to finish as high as third with some key wins and a little help. Stetson is ranked third as of games played through Feb. 18 with an 11-4 record. If the Dolphins could earn at least a split this weekend against conference leaders Campbell and Georgia State and the Hatters drop both games (JU and Stetson are travel partners and play the same teams each weekend), next Saturday's game would for the No. 3 spot.

If the season were to end before tonight's game against Georgia State, JU would be taking on fifth-ranked Troy State in the first-round of the TAAC Tournament and would have to face No. 1 seed Campbell in the quarterfinals.