Women's Basketball Overpowers Morris Brown in Opener, 80-54

Nov. 23, 2002

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior forward Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) had 18 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, three blocked shots and three steals, while junior point guard Katie McDonald (Chandler, Ariz.) also posted 18 points, seven assists and four steals to lead the Jacksonville University women's basketball team to an 80-54 victory over Morris Brown Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium. The victory marks the Dolphins' first win in a season-opener in the four-year history of the program.

Sungy and McDonald led five Dolphins in double figures as junior forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) and junior guard Lexie Richards (Mercer Island, Wash.) had 13 each and senior center Veronique McMillian (Los Angeles, Calif.) added 12 off the bench.

JU (1-0) shot a blistering 65 percent from the field for the game, led by McDonald, who set a school-record by going 8-for-8 from the field, and Sungy, who sank 9-of-10 from the floor. The Dolphins outscored the Lady Wolverines, 50-28, in the paint and also hit 57 percent from beyond the arc as Richards nailed 3-of-5.

The Dolphins got off to a fast start and never looked back as they scored the first 11 points of the game. JU pushed the lead to as many as 23 at 40-17 with 5:06 left in the first half before settling for a 45-30 lead at the break. The Dolphins took over inside in the second half as they shot a school-record 72.7 percent in the second half on 16-of-22 shooting. JU extended its lead to 30 at 67-37 with 9:29 left, which would be its largest lead of the game.

Sheena Carpenter scored a game-high 24 points for Morris Brown (0-1) and Kayla Perry added 12, but the Lady Wolverines shot only 36 percent from the floor and were outrebounded, 36-27.

JU returns to action when they hit the road on Thanksgiving weekend for the Hilton Wilmington Riverside Classic on Friday and Saturday in Wilmington, N.C. The Dolphins face host UNC Wilmington on Friday at 7 p.m. and either Furman or Charleston Southern on Saturday.