Women's Basketball Falls to Saint Leo in Exhibition, 62-56

Nov. 15, 2002

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore center Kara Donnell (Mattoon, Ill.) led the Jacksonville women's basketball team with 15 points, nine rebounds, six blocked shots and three steals off the bench, but JU fell to Saint Leo, 62-56, in exhibition action Friday evening at Swisher Gymnasium. Junior forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) added 14 points and four rebounds in 33 minutes before fouling out.

Senior center Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) scored nine points and had eight rebounds in 26 minutes before fouling out, while senior center Veronique McMillian (Los Angeles, Calif.), who was also in foul trouble, had four points and six minutes in only 14 minutes. Junior point guard Katie McDonald (Chandler, Ariz.) added five points and six assists in her Dolphin debut. The Dolphins shot 45.5 percent (20-of-44) from the floor for the game, while hitting just 4-of-14 shots from 3-point range and committing 32 turnovers. JU hit 10-of-22 shots in both halves and had 16 turnovers in each frame. JU outrebounded Saint Leo, 34-32, but the Lions had 17 offensive boards.

JU led by as many as six, 19-13, with 5:37 left in the first half, but Saint Leo came back to tie the game, 20-20, with 1:36 remaining in the half. Jackson set up a fast break with a steal and made a layup on the other end before time ran out to give the Dolphins a 25-23 lead going into the locker room.

The Lions led by as many as eight with 12:30 left in the game, but JU put together an 8-0 run over the next 1:30 behind a free throw and a pair of baskets from Jackson and a 3-pointer from junior guard Lexie Richards (Mercer Island, Wash.) to tie the game, 40-40. The Dolphins trailed by three, 59-56, with 22 seconds left, but McDonald tried to find Richards in the corner and threw a pass wide out of bounds. The Lions then made a free throw and a layup to seal the win.

Saint Leo was led by September Harrison, who had 17 points and seven rebounds, and Ebony Winn, who added 16 points and five boards.

The Dolphins open the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 23, against Morris Brown at 2 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.