Dolphin Comeback Falls Short at Auburn

Dolphin Comeback Falls Short at Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. – Down by as much as 19, Jacksonville University women's basketball sparked a ferocious rally at Auburn Wednesday night, but fell short of completing the comeback in the 53-41 decision.

"Defensively, we did a great job," said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. "We just couldn't score."

Kayla Gordon finished the night with her third double-double of the season on 13 points and 13 rebounds while Sherranda Reddick added a team-high 14 points.

Missed opportunities at the free throw line found the Dolphins trailing, 9-6, at the end of the first quarter. Reddick guided the visitors to a 6-2 advantage on a fouled attempt from behind the arc, and the side went on to leave five points (4-for-9) at the charity stripe.

Auburn finished the period without a free throw try, but used a three-pointer and a pair of fast breaks to pull ahead.

The score sat at 9-6 for five minutes, unchanged until the 9:28 mark of the second quarter, and an improved shooting effort saw the Tigers enter the locker room with a 26-8 edge.

Christin Mercer recorded both of JU's first-half field goals, and assisted on the first three of the third quarter.

With an awakened offense, the Dolphins pulled within 12 points on three different occasions, twice in the final frame.

Reddick broke the hump with a swished three-pointer with 4:14 left, and it was the first time the Dolphins were within single-digits in the second half. The scoreboard read 44-35.

In the closing minutes, the closest differential was nine points.

Jacksonville (9-4) concludes the nonconference portion of its schedule at the Best Western New Year's Classic. The two-day tournament begins Friday, and will see the Dolphins take on UC Davis and Wofford at North Florida.