JU Women Downed By Troy State In A-Sun Opener, 85-67

Dec. 1, 2001

Box Score

TROY, Ala. - Freshman center Kara Donnell (Mattoon, Ill.) scored 24 points, 17 in the second half, and pulled down 11 rebounds, but the Jacksonville women's basketball team dropped its Atlantic Sun Conference opener to Troy State, 85-67, Saturday at Trojan Arena.

Donnell, who came into the contest leading the league in rebounding, hit 11-of-18 shots from the field to record her second-straight double-double. Her 24 points are the third-highest total ever by a Dolphin. Angela Walker scored 28 in the final game last season, and Lexie Richards scored 25 during the 1999-2000 season.

All-conference junior forward Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Sungy, the A-Sun leader in double-doubles last season, recorded her first of the season. With her first bucket of the night, Sungy moved past Richards for second place on the Dolphins' all-time scoring list -- she now trails only Walker by 32 points.

The Dolphins' guards started out hot, but were not a factor down the stretch. Aisha Stewart (Topeka, Kan.) had eight points and Yvette Jackson (Sarasota, Fla.) had seven points in the first half, but both failed to score in the second half.

JU (0-4, 0-1 A-Sun) outshot TSU (1-2, 1-0), .509-.455, and the Dolphins outrebounded the Trojans, 41-36. JU has outrebounded its opponent in every game this season, but the Dolphins allowed the Trojans 17 offensive rebounds.

JU led early in the first half behind the solid play of Jackson, but TSU started to heat up and the Trojans took a 35-31 lead into the break. TSU took over in the second half when Laura Schwendeman hit three-pointers on three-straight possessions and four in the half.

Schwendeman led the Trojans with 18 points, while Jacksonville native Chaquita Alexander added 17 points and Jennifer McInnis had 13, 11 in the second half.

The Dolphins will conclude their road trip against A-Sun foe Mercer on Monday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in Macon, Ga.