Slow Start For Women's Basketball Hampers Dolphins Against Mercer in 66-53 Loss

Feb. 12, 2004

Box Score

MACON, Ga. - Freshman guard Beth Richards (Mercer Island, Wash.) had a career-night with a team-high 12 points, but Mercer opened the game on a 32-8 run and handed the Dolphins a 66-53 loss at the University Center Thursday night.

Juniors Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) and Rebecca Montz (Erath, La.) had nine points.

The loss is JU's (2-19, 0-14 A-Sun) 17th in a row, while Mercer (8-11, 6-6 -Sun) claims the series sweep.

The Bears increased their 17-point halftime lead to 22 points to go up 64-42 with 4:57 to go in the second half. Richards hit the first three-pointer of her career at 4:34 to ignite a 10-0 JU run that ended when Richards scored in the lane with 12 seconds on the clock, making it 66-53 Mercer.

JU trailed by 23 points, 35-12, at 2:35 when Richards hit for two, followed by a pair of threes from freshman guard Meagan Wallen (Leesburg, Ind.) which keyed an 8-0 run and cut the deficit to 35-20 with 59 seconds remaining.

JU travels to Atlanta to face Georgia State on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. The game with the Lady Panthers will be broadcast live on Comcast Sports Southeast. JU played to a 62-57 overtime thriller against Stetson in its last televised game.