Women's Basketball Slips Past Mercer, 60-59

Feb. 22, 2003

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU junior guard Katie McDonald (Chandler, Ariz.) hit three free throws in the final 10 seconds and scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out three assists to lead the Dolphins to a 60-59 victory over Mercer in Atlantic Sun Conference play Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium. Sophomore center Kara Donnell (Mattoon, Ill.) had 16 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots, while senior center Veronique McMillian (Los Angeles, Calif) added 11 points and seven boards off the bench and senior forward Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) posted seven points and a season-high 17 rebounds.

Mercer's Jo Shaw hit two three-pointers in the final two minutes to tie the score, 57-57, with 1:25 remaining. The Bears then missed a three-pointer with 30 seconds left and the Dolphins held for the final shot. With 10 seconds left McDonald drove past Jo Jo Carter at the top of the key, but Carter tripped her and to send her to the line for a pair of free throws. After making the first, McDonald missed the second, but Donnell grabbed the rebound and dished it to McDonald, who was fouled again. McDonald knocked down both to give the Dolphins a 60-57 lead. With three seconds left Mercer's Karen Hickman drove down court and put up and missed a shot with her feet across the three-point line, but she grabbed the rebound and put in a short jumper as time expired.

Jessica Miller came off the bench and scored all 12 of her points in an eight-minute span in the first half, while April Dyer also added 12 points to lead the Bears (10-14, 8-5 A-Sun).

JU (6-18, 4-9) shot 49 percent from the field and hit 17-of-22 from the free-throw line, while Mercer shot only 37 percent from the field and only 3-of-12 from the line. The Dolphins outrebounded the Bears, 43-27, while Mercer had 17 steals to JU's 28 turnovers.

The Dolphins return to action in their final home game on Saturday, March 1, when they host Stetson on Senior Day at 2 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium. It will be the final home game for JU's pair of seniors, Sungy and McMillian.