Dolphins Record Highest Point Total vs. FSU; Drop Contest 77-60

Photo from Syracuse Media Relations
Photo from Syracuse Media Relations

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University women's basketball team met No. 15/13 Florida State Monday night and recorded its highest point total against the in-state competitor. In the teams' fifth all-time meeting, Jacksonville dropped the contest, 77-60.

The Dolphins' previous best against Florida State was 51 points scored in the 2002-03 season.

Christin Mercer paced Jacksonville with a career-high 18 points. Sherranda Reddick recorded 15 points and Jasmyn Brown added 11. Briona Brown finished the evening with seven points and a team-high six rebounds.

After yielding a 10-0 run to start the game, Jacksonville held the Seminoles scoreless and pieced together a run of its own to kick off the second quarter. Capped by a jumper from Keanua Williams, the Dolphins pulled within five, 20-15, by way of an 8-0 scoring stretch.  The three-ball allowed Florida State to gain separation late in the frame and it walked into the locker room with a 41-26 advantage.

Despite the five-minute scoring drought in the second stanza -- Leticia Romero recorded the Noles' first points on a fast break layup with 5:17 on the clock -- the team shot 61.5 percent (16-for-25) from the floor in the opening half.

Jacksonville was on the brink of cutting its deficit to single digits twice in the third quarter. Trailing 52-40 at the 3:01 mark, the Dolphins missed a three-pointer and didn't convert another shot until the closing seconds of the frame.

The visitors limited FSU to 16 points in the final quarter for its lowest offensive output of the game, but couldn't overcome the deficit.  

"I'm just proud of the team," said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. "We were not happy with how we played Syracuse and we wanted to get back to playing JU basketball.

"We still have work to do. We didn't show up in the first quarter and that's been our Achilles heel in the last two games. If you look at the second and third quarters [tonight] we played them close and beat them in the fourth.

"There are a lot of positives we can take from this. I'm not a moral victory type of person but Florida State is an Elite Eight team so I was pleased by the effort we displayed." 

Jacksonville (6-7) returns to Swisher Gymnasium Wednesday for a 7 p.m. matchup with South Carolina State.