Dec. 8, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - With only eight players suited up, the JU women's basketball team didn't have enough fight left in the second half, and the Dolphins fell to Florida State, 97-51, Friday night at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center.
Sophomore forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) scored in double figures for the fifth time in six games and led the Dolphins with 13 points. Junior forward Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) had 11 points and a team-high six rebounds, while freshman center Kara Donnell (Mattoon, Ill.) chipped in 10 points and four boards.
JU shot 40.4 percent (21-of-52) from the field and only 27.8 percent (5-of-18) from behind the arc. FSU shot 61.8 percent (42-of-68) from the field and 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from long range. FSU won the battle on the boards, only the second time JU has been outrebounded all season, 35-26.
The two teams traded buckets to start the game, but JU fell behind quickly as FSU scored the next 24 points to take a 26-2 lead with 11:23 remaining in the first half. The Dolphins, however, regrouped and put together one of their finest stretches of play all season. Trailing 34-12 with 6:46 left in the half, Jackson and Aisha Stewart (Topeka, Kan.) hit back-to-back threes. After an FSU bucket, Veronique McMillian (Los Angeles, Calif.) took the ball hard to the rack for a layup and Yvette Jackson (Sarasota, Fla.) followed with a steal and a breakaway layup to cut the lead to 36-22 with 3:22 left in the half. The Dolphins would get no closer as the Seminoles ended the half with a 12-3 run and took a 48-25 lead into the locker room.
April Traylor led five Seminoles in double figures with 16 points, including 3-of-7 from three-point range, and six assists. Trinetta Moore added 12 points and a game-high seven rebounds, while Lauren Bradley had 11 points and Genesis Choice and Tasheika Morris had 10 points each. FSU's 97 points are the most JU has ever allowed in a game, and the 46-point margin of defeat is the worst loss in JU history. JU falls to 0-6 this season, while Florida State improves to 7-1.
After playing their last five games on the road, the Dolphins return home for their next six games. JU will host Elon on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.