Women’s Basketball Off to Hottest Start in Six Years

Women’s Basketball Off to Hottest Start in Six Years

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Jacksonville University's women's basketball program is off to its best start in six years. Capturing their fifth victory in a 55-40 decision at Savannah State Tuesday evening, the Dolphins recorded their best November tally since going 4-1 in the 2010-11 season.

The success marks JU's third straight win and first on the road.

Sherranda Reddick posted a game-high 23 points and Brandi Buie chipped in with 16.

"We're just trying to get better every day," said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. "I'm looking for efficiency and for our players to know and understand their roles. It's going to be a process, but that is what nonconference is for."

Defensive efforts limited both sides to six points in the first 7:30 of the contest until Alexis Burns' trip to the free-throw line. Reddick scored each of the Dolphins' points in the early goings, and the visitors concluded the frame with a 13-11 edge.

The Dolphins settled into a rhythm in the second quarter, igniting on a 9-2 run to start the frame, and maintained a comfortable advantage the rest of the way.

By the half, Jacksonville held a 30-17 lead.

"Defense is our identity," McCuin continued. "We want to rebound, run and share the ball. I was definitely pleased with our efforts on the defensive end."

Jacksonville dominated on the glass. Kimberly Dawkins pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds – five were offensive – as the Green and White finished the game with a 54-33 advantage in the category.

Defensively, the visitors held the Lady Tigers to a 26.3 effort (15-for-57) from the floor. Forty points is the fewest JU has allowed all season.

All available Dolphins saw action in Tuesday's contest.

Jacksonville returns to action Saturday for a 2 p.m. tilt at Florida International.