South Florida Slips Past JU Women, 77-72

Dec. 30, 2001

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - For the second straight game, junior forward Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) and freshman center Kara Donnell (Mattoon, Ill.) put up huge numbers inside, but the Dolphins were unable to hang on to a late lead and fell to South Florida, 77-72, Sunday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium.

Sungy, Donnell and freshman guard Yvette Jackson (Sarasota, Fla.) each scored 14 points to lead the Dolphins, while sophomore forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) added 13. The Dolphins pulled down 68 rebounds, eclipsing the old mark of 64 they set in their last game against Savannah State on Dec. 19. Sungy had 17 rebounds for her third double-double of the season and Donnell had 15 to record her fifth double-double. The pair posted double-doubles for the second-straight game as Sungy poured in 17 points and pulled down 19 rebounds and Donnell added 14 points and 16 rebounds in the win over Savannah State.

Even though it was misfiring, USF (10-3) was not afraid to pull the trigger throughout the game. The Bulls only shot 29.8 percent (25-for-89) and 14-for-51 (27.5 percent) from three-point range, but took advantage of a school-record tying 41 turnovers from JU (1-8). The Dolphins took fewer total field goal attempts than the Bulls took from behind the arc and shot 42.0 percent (21-for-50) from the floor. JU also made 6-of-13 from behind the arc and held the lead for most of the game by getting to the free-throw line, where it made 24-of-31 shots.

The Dolphins held a 66-62 lead after a pair of free throws from Yvette Jackson with 2:02 left, but the Bulls scored the next 10 points in a 62-second span to take control. After the free throws, USF's Allison AuBuchon hit an off-balanced three-pointer to pull the Bulls to within one. Sungy had a layup rattle in-and-out and the Bulls' Dione Smith converted a three-point play at the other end to give USF a 68-66 lead. Back-to-back turnovers by the Dolphins resulted in fast break layups for the Bulls to give them a 72-66 lead. A three-pointer by Yvette Jackson with 15 seconds left cut the USF lead to 73-70 and gave the Dolphins hope, but the Bulls hit four free-throws to seal the win.

JU held the lead for the entire first half and built as much as a 13-point advantage with the score, 25-12, with 6:47 left. USF made five three-pointers during a 19-7 run to cut the Dolphins' lead to one with seven seconds left, but Aisha Stewart (Topeka, Kan.) hit a shot from just inside the half-court line to give the Dolphins a 35-31 lead at the break. Alana Tanksley scored a game-high 21 points for USF, including 6-of-14 from three-point range, while Sonia Cotton had 15 points and 15 rebounds. AuBuchon hit 4-of-8 from behind the arc to finish with 12 points.

The Dolphins return to action and resume Atlantic Sun Conference play when they host Florida Atlantic Thursday at 7 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.