Women's Basketball Loses Close Contest to Troy State, 66-61

Jan. 15, 2004

Box Score

JU had control through most of the game, outshooting Troy State 46 percent to 31 percent in the first half alone, but the Lady Trojans turned 21 Dolphin miscues into 24 points to outlast JU, 66-61, in Atlantic Sun Conference play Thursday night at Trojan Arena.

Sophomore guard Sheena Carpenter (Augusta, Ga.) and junior guard Rebecca Montz (Erath, La.) each scored 14 points, while junior forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) had 13 points and seven rebounds. The win was Troy State's (4-8, 3-2 A-Sun) third conference victory in a row, while JU (2-11, 0-6 A-Sun) dropped its ninth-straight. Sophomore forward Alecia Jones keyed the Lady Trojan attack with a game-high 19 points, including 17 in the second half.

JU's six point halftime lead dwindled early in the second period as Jones led Troy State on a 16-4 run to make it 43-38 Lady Trojans at the 12:52 mark. Freshman center Talia Johnson (Sardis, Ga.)and Carpenter combined for four points in 27 seconds to cut the lead to 43-42, but Jones responded with eight unanswered points, making it 50-42 with 9:09 remaining. The Dolphins remained one step behind due to costly turnovers, but still found themselves within two points after freshman center Meghan Ostendorf (Marietta, Ga.) converted on a three-point play to cut the lead to 61-59 with 1:59 left in the game. Troy State scored on the next possession and JU missed on the other end and was forced to foul late in the game.

JU's stingy defense limited Troy State to just 31 percent from the field, including 22 percent from behind the three-point arc in the first half, while offensively, JU shot 41 percent from the floor and 71 percent (5-for-7) from behind the three-point arc. After six lead changes and five ties, Jackson hit a three-pointer at the 8:59 mark to give the Dolphins a 20-17 advantage. Carpenter followed up by scoring the next two points and JU ended the half with a 20-10 run over the final 9:15 to take a 34-27 lead into the intermission.

JU takes on Georgia State on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 4:30 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.