Women's Basketball Takes Down Virgin Islands, 78-68

Nov. 13, 2001

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior guard Aisha Stewart (Topeka, Kan.) scored 20 points in her Dolphin debut, and junior forward Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) added 19 points and a game-high 13 rebounds as the Jacksonville women's basketball team put away the University Virgin Islands All-Stars, 78-68, in exhibition action Tuesday night at Swisher Gymnasium.

Stewart, a transfer from Independence Community College, got off to a fast start hitting 4-of-6 three-point attempts in the first half for a team-leading 14 points at the break. Sungy, a preseason Atlantic Sun All-Conference selection and the league's top rebounder last year, hit 4-of-5 from the floor and all 5-of-5 from the line in the first half to finish with 13 points and six rebounds.

Sophomore Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) had a solid all-around night with seven points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals. Paced by the outstanding performances of Stewart and Sungy, the Dolphins shot 50 percent (30-of-60) from the floor, 54 percent (8-of-14) from behind the arc and sank 10-of-11 free throw attempts. JU also handed out 22 assists on its 30 field goals and out-rebounded UVI, 41-32.

The Dolphins jumped out to a 10-3 lead at the 15:00 mark after Sungy converted a three-point play. JU then led by as many as 16, at 31-15 with 8:15 left before UVI made a run to get back into the game. UVI went on a 16-0 spurt over the next five minutes to tie the game at 31. Tombi Bell had six points, three rebounds, a steal and a block during the stretch. Freshman Kara Donnell (Mattoon, Ill.) made a pair of free throws to end the drought, and Veronique McMillan (Los Angeles, Calif.), a transfer from Garden City CC, had four points in the final minute to give JU a 39-37 edge heading into halftime.

JU started again quickly in the second half with a 20-4 run over the first 7:13 to jump out to a 61-41 lead, the Dolphins' largest of the night. Freshman guard Yvette Jackson (Sarasota, Fla.) scored eight of her 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers and handed out two of her team-high seven assists during the run.

UVI cut the lead to as little as five with 3:24 left, but Stewart hit a jumper and, after a missed free throw by Bell, Sungy drove the lane and found Donnell with a bounce pass down low for the easy lay-in to boost the Dolphin lead to 74-66. With four seconds left, Sungy made a steal and Yvette Jackson put the icing on a great debut for many of the Dolphins with a layup and the 10-point final margin of victory.

Brandi Barnes led UVI with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Bell and Natasha Lettsome chipped in 14 points each and Nadine Domond dished out a game-high eight assists.

The Dolphins return to action when they host Navy in their season-opener Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.