DELAND, Fla. – The Jacksonville University women's basketball team overcame a 17-point Stetson advantage, and made up all but five points in the fourth quarter before falling, 66-61, Saturday.
Kayla Gordon grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds en route to JU pounding the Hatters on the boards, 51-44.
"Today, my team lacked energy and effort for the first 30 minutes," said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. "I was disappointed in the way we came out. All we can do now is get back in the gym and work on our deficiencies."
The Dolphins forced two consecutive turnovers to start the game, and action slowed down until the final minutes of the quarter.
A corner three-pointer lifted the home side to a three-point edge with 6:22 on the clock, and Jasmyn Brown immediately responded with a baseline jumper. The score remained 7-6 until the younger Brown finished on a fast break layup at the 2:26 mark.
Jacksonville's 16-13 first quarter edge jumped to as much as six in the second frame before two ties and just as many lead changes provided the Hatters a 30-29 lead at halftime.
The Dolphins tabbed one of their lowest offensive productions of the season with six points in the third frame. On the opposite end of the floor, Stetson assembled an 11-0 run. It went on to post a 17-point edge, 61-44, with 4:15 remaining before JU chipped away.
With 6:07 left in regulation, Briona Brown's three-pointer pulled the Dolphins within 10, and in the final minute, the team cut the Hatter's lead to single digits. The Dolphins scored 26 points in the stanza but fell just shy of the complete comeback.
Next Wednesday, Jacksonville puts its home winning streak on the line against the team that snapped its nine-game winning spell. Florida Gulf Coast visits Swisher Gymnasium at 7 p.m.
- Silent from three-point land a game prior, the Dolphins finished Saturday's game with six
- Dolphins went 10-for-25 (40 percent) from the floor in the fourth quarter
- Dolphins recorded 17 second chance points after 23 offensive rebounds