Women's Basketball Steals Victory Over Gardner-Webb, 62-59

Jan. 30, 2003

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Trailing 59-58, Jacksonville University junior point guard Katie McDonald (Chandler, Ariz.) made a steal on an inbounds pass from mid-court and raced to the basket for a reverse layup with 13 seconds left as the Dolphins downed Gardner-Webb, 62-59, in Atlantic Sun Conference action Thursday evening at Swisher Gymnasium. McDonald, who finished with 14 points, six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals, then made a pair of free throws after a Gardner-Webb miss to seal the Dolphins' first conference victory of the season and snap an 11-game losing streak.

Senior forward Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) led the Dolphins with 17 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, four steals and a blocked shot for her eighth double-double of the season and 30th of her career. Sungy, who has never missed a game in her four-year career, played in her 100th game on Thursday. Junior guard Lexie Richards (Mercer Island, Wash.) made 5-of-13 three-pointers, which set a new record for three-point attempts, to finish with 15 points, while freshman guard Tara Eddy (Vienna, Va.) had eight points, including a pair of crucial threes down the stretch. Sophomore center Kara Donnell (Mattoon, Ill.) added eight rebounds and five blocks.

Gardner-Webb's Casey Collins scored a game-high 20 points, including 9-of-10 from the free-throw line, while Katie Gravel hit 4-of-8 from behind the arc for 14 points. Shameka Smith had nine points and 14 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs.

The Dolphins held the lead until the 12:24 mark of the second half when Gravel hit a trey to put the Lady Bulldogs up by one. The lead changed hands and there were two ties down the stretch. With the score tied, 51-51, with 6:16 left, Eddy hit back-to-back three-pointers to put the Dolphins up by six, but Smith answered by scoring the Lady Bulldogs' next seven points to cut the lead to one. After a missed three by Eddy, Collins hit a pair of free throws with 2:18 left to give Gardner-Webb a 59-58 advantage. The Dolphins then missed three shots before McDonald came up with the big play.

JU initially took the lead by breaking open a 9-9 tie with a 12-0 run to lead, 21-9, with 11:58 left; however, Gardner-Webb outscored the Dolphins, 12-5, to cut the lead to 26-21 going into the locker room.

The Dolphins (3-14, 1-5 A-Sun) hit nine threes and outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs, 41-34. JU held Gardner-Webb (3-14, 2-4) to only 32 percent shooting from the field, but the Lady Bulldogs hit eight threes to stay in the game. The Dolphins return to action on Saturday when they host Campbell at 2 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.