Women's Basketball Falls to Georgia State, 67-50

Feb. 16, 2002

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville women played tough, but the already shorthanded Dolphins were dealt another injury blow and foul trouble helped Georgia State to a 67-50 victory in Atlantic Sun Conference action Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium.

Junior forward Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) led JU with 15 points and 13 rebounds, her ninth double-double of the season. Sophomore forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) and junior guard Aisha Stewart (Topeka, Kan.) had 10 points each, and Stewart also had seven rebounds and five assists.

JU (3-20, 2-14 A-Sun) shot 52.9 percent (18-for-34) from the field, 0-for-2 from three-point range and 14-for-21 from the free-throw line. Georgia State (14-9, 10-6) shot only 39.3 percent (24-for-61) from the floor, 7-of-18 from behind the arc and 12-of-15 from the line. The Dolphins outrebounded the Lady Panthers, 31-28, the 19th time in 23 games JU has outrebounded its opponent, but the Dolphins committed 24 turnovers, which led to 26 Georgia State points.

The lead changed hands twice and the two teams were tied four times during the early going and the score was tied 13-13 with 11:02 remaining. After Jackson made a steal for JU, she pushed the ball ahead to Elizabeth Simmons (O'Fallon, Ill.) who went in for the layup on the fast break. After planting on a jump stop, Simmons came down awkwardly on her left leg and suffered an apparent injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. The injury left the Dolphins with only six players, and Georgia State went on a 16-4 run to take the lead for good.

Jackson, the Dolphins' leading scorer who has been hot of late scoring 20 or more points in each of the last two games, picked up four fouls in the first half and did not return until the halfway point of the second half. Veronique McMillian (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Stewart also picked up their fourth fouls near the midpoint of the second half, allowing the Lady Panthers to attack the Dolphin defense. None of the players fouled out.

Sophomore forward Hanni Wenzel (Camano Island, Wash.), who plays on the JU soccer team but joined the basketball team due to the Dolphins' prior injuries, was not expected to see much action but was forced into the game when Simmons was injured and Jackson sat down. Wenzel responded by hitting a pair of 17-foot jumpers from the baseline, a short baseline jumper and a jumper from the top of the circle just inside the arc to finish with eight points and two rebounds for the game.

Evita Rogers led Georgia State with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Kara Edwards added 11 points and 11 boards. Lina Noufena hit 4-of-10 from behind the arc and finished with 16 points, and Angelina Miller pitched in 12.

The Dolphins hope to have freshman center Kara Donnell (Mattoon, Ill.) back as they make their final road trip of the season next week. JU will face UCF on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Orlando and Florida Atlantic on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Boca Raton before returning for their final homestand of the season.