SATURDAY, MARCH 06, 2004
Women's Basketball Loses First Half Lead and Slips Against Florida Atlantic, 78-66

March 6, 2004

Box Score

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Junior forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) led three Dolphins in double-digits with 14 points, while junior guard Rebecca Montz (Erath, La.) had 13 points and sophomore guard Sheena Carpenter (Augusta, Ga.) scored 12, but Florida Atlantic outscored the Dolphins 38-27 in the second half in a 78-66 win Saturday night at the FAU Gymnasium.

JU ends the regular season at 3-24 overall and 1-19 in the Atlantic Sun, while FAU improves to 12-15 and 11-9 in conference with the victory.

JU led by two points, 42-40 at 19:00 of the second half when Jackson hit a three-pointer out of the intermission, but the Lady Owls scored the next four points to take a 44-42 lead. Senior guard Katie McDonald (Chandler, Ariz.) converted on a Jackson steal to tie the game, but Florida Atlantic used a strong inside game to build a 15 point lead, pulling ahead 74-59 with 3:21 remaining.

The Dolphins held the lead for 15:42 seconds of the first half thanks to 12 points from Jackson and five from freshman center Meghan Ostendorf (Marietta, Ga.) and freshman guard Brooke Brafford (Mansfield, Ohio).

The Dolphins conclude the season with a number of team and individual highs. JU's 331 converted free throws set a new program record, shattering the previous team-best of 294, while the team's free throw accuracy (71 percent) surpassed the previous high of 68 percent.

Individually, Jackson finished her junior campaign with the fourth-best single-season scoring (312 points) and rebounding (211) totals. Montz established herself with the fourth-best single-season three-point field goals made (44) and attempted (134) in her first season with the Dolphins, hitting a three-pointer in 23-of-27 games. Freshman center Talia Johnson (Sardis, Ga.) had a standout debut campaign, recording the third-most blocks in a single-season with 39 rejections.

McDonald finishes her two-year career with the Dolphins third in career assists (162) and fourth in career steals (83).