THURSDAY, MARCH 08, 2001
Women's Hoops Falls To Troy State At TAAC Tourney, 69-60
March 8, 2001
ORLANDO, Fla. - Senior forward Angela Walker (Orlando, Fla.) scored a school-record 27 points, but it was not enough as JU fell to Troy State, 69-60, Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Suntrust Trans America Athletic Conference Championships.
Walker connected on 9-of-13 shots from the field and 8-of-12 from the free throw line in the record-breaking performance, breaking the former mark of 23 set by teammate Lexie Richards (Mercer Island, Wash.) last season.
"Angela played one of the best games of her career," head coach Melissa Taketa said. "She was on the inaugural team last season and played like a senior should. But this in no way takes away the strides we made this season. Being just a second-year program and having 13 wins and finishing fourth in the conference is something that we can build on in the years to come."
Sophomore post player Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) also had a solid outing with 13 points and seven rebounds. Walker led all players eight boards.
The game was a hard-fought contest from the beginning to end. Troy State jumped out to a seven-point lead at the 9:53 mark with an 18-11 advantage. JU answered, though, with an 8-0 run to take a one-point lead.
It was a back-and-forth battle for the rest of the half, but Sungy's layup with six seconds in the stanza game the Dolphins a 31-30 advantage going into the break.
Troy State jumped out to a 38-34 lead with 16:25 to play before JU came back with an 8-1 run over the next three and a half minutes to take a three-point advantage.
After a pair of ties, the Lady Trojans went on a 9-3 run to take a six-point lead at the 8:58 mark. JU cut the lead to one at 55-54 in favor of Troy State with 6:01 left to go, but that was as close as the Dolphins could get.
JU held Troy State without a basket from the field in the final four minutes of the game, but the Lady Trojans connected on 10-of-13 shots from the free-throw line to seal the win.
The Dolphins conclude their second season with a 13-15 record, including a 9-9 mark in TAAC play which helped JU finish fourth in the league.
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