Women's Basketball's Comeback Falls Short Against Mercer, 64-59

Feb. 28, 2002

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Even though it only suited up six players, the Jacksonville women's basketball team would not give up after falling behind. The Dolphins made a furious second-half comeback, but Mercer held on, 64-59, in Atlantic Sun Conference action Thursday night at Swisher Gymnasium.

A-Sun Player of the Week Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) led all scorers with 21 points, the fifth time in six games she has topped the 20-point mark, pulled down six rebounds and tied her career high with three blocked shots. The sophomore forward also passed former Dolphin Angela Walker for second place on JU's all-time scoring list behind Kat Sungy. Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) recorded her A-Sun leading 11th double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the junior forward topped 800 points for her career. Junior center Veronique McMillian (Los Angeles, Calif.) posted her second double-double of the season, adding 12 points and 11 boards.

JU (4-22, 3-16 A-Sun) shot 53.2 percent (25-for-47) from the field for the game, 0-of-6 from three points range and 9-of-12 from the free-throw line. However, the Dolphins hurt themselves on key possessions by committing 33 turnovers. Mercer (15-11, 12-7) shot only 34.9 percent (22-for-63) from the field, but made 8-of-27 from behind the arc and 12-of-15 from the line. The Dolphins, who lead the A-Sun in rebounding margin, won the battle on the boards, 44-23, the 21st time in 26 games JU has outrebounded its opponent.

The Dolphins jumped out to a 10-2 lead during the first five minutes of the first half, but the Bears came back to tie the game at 14 with 8:43 left. There were two more ties and five lead changes before Mercer took the lead for good, 27-25, with 2:29 remaining. The Bears settled into a 36-28 lead at the break.

Mercer took advantage of turnovers on six straight JU possessions early in the second half to complete an 11-2 run which began with 45 seconds left in the opening frame and take a 45-30 lead with 16:46 remaining. However, the Bears let up on their press and took ill-advised three-pointers to let the Dolphins back into the game. Sungy scored six points and Jackson scored five points as part of a 15-5 run to cut the lead to 50-45 with 10:37 left. The Bears pushed the lead back to nine and began missing three-pointers once again. The Dolphins held Mercer scoreless over a five-minute stretch late in the game and cut the lead to 58-57 with 4:26 remaining. Mercer then scored on a fast break after another Dolphin turnover at the 2:48 mark, its first points since there was 7:17 left in the game.

Sungy made a layup with 57 seconds left to cut the lead to 62-59, but the Dolphins had four fouls to give with 25 seconds to go and Jwanda Roberson knocked down both free throws with 10 seconds left to put the game away.

Mia Washington led Mercer with 11 points. Roberson, Tracy Henry and Jo Jo Carter each scored nine as all 10 Bears made it into the scoring column.

The Dolphins will conclude their season when they host Troy State Saturday at 2 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.