Women's Basketball's Rally Falls Short Against Florida Atlantic, 58-55

Jan. 11, 2003

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University women's basketball team went on a 23-8 run over the last 12:41 of the game to pull within three with 0.7 seconds left, but freshman guard Tara Eddy (Vienna, Va.) missed long off the rim on a three-point attempt at the buzzer as Florida Atlantic held off the Dolphins, 58-55, in Atlantic Sun Conference action Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium. Junior point guard Katie McDonald (Chandler, Ariz.) led the Dolphins with 15 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and five assists.

Senior forward Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) added 11 points and 13 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. Sungy, JU's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, now has 993 career points and needs just seven more to become the first JU player to score 1,000 for her career. She also topped the 800-rebound mark for her career on Saturday, finishing the day with 810.

Eddy ignited the Dolphins off the bench scoring a career-high 10 points, all in the second half. Her three-pointer with 7:28 left brought JU within seven, and she hit another with 3:18 to go to cut the FAU lead to four. Sophomore center Kara Donnell (Mattoon, Ill.) chipped in eight points and nine rebounds, while sophomore forward Lauren Woodman (Port Moody, Canada) had five assists.

Tamica Pierce led FAU with a game-high 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Angie Rodgers added 14 points and six boards. The Lady Owls shot 33 percent from the field for the game, but hit 5-of-12 from three-point range.

FAU (4-9, 2-0 A-Sun) held a 36-22 advantage at the break and led by as many as 18 at 50-32 with 12:41 to play, but JU (2-10, 0-2) shot 45 percent from the floor in the second half and ended up outrebounding the Lady Owls, 44-42.

The Dolphins return to action when they hit the road to face Savannah State on Monday at 6 p.m. at Tiger Arena in Savannah, Ga.