JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Before the start of Saturday's nonconference finale against Wofford, Jacksonville's head women's basketball coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin asked her program to make history.
They did just that in the 66-60 decision, surpassing a single-season nonconference win record set in the 2007-08 campaign.
Jacksonville led the entire first half, after opening the contest with a 9-2 run. Brandi Buie – who accounted for almost half of the team's first half points – guided the Dolphins' offense in back-to-back games. She notched 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field while Christin Mercer added 18, Kayla Gordon 14 and Sherranda Reddick 10.
In the decision, the Dolphins also swept the Best Western Osprey New Year Classic, 2-0.
"This is surreal," said McCuin. "I'm just really happy for our players. We have worked so hard and have overcome so much adversity.
"When I took the job, this was what it was all about; the players agreed, and together we made history."
The Dolphins held a 34-30 advantage at halftime before allowing a 7-0 Terrier run in the third.
Wofford maintained its edge for the rest of the quarter, but couldn't quite shake the Dolphins. It was a one-point game, 50-49, at the end of the period, and the scoreboard swung in favor of JU on a spinning lay-in by Mercer with 8:42 left.
It went tit-for-tat from there on with neither side able to gain much separation until Mercer's back-to-back runners down the lane.
In the final minute, Jacksonville saw a 63-60 advantage, and after forcing a turnover on the next Terrier possession, the Dolphins remained firmly in the driver's seat.
"This was a great test for us," continued McCuin. "Wofford came out and really gave it all they had. We're going to rest before Saturday, and prepare to make history once again."
The Dolphins open ASUN Conference action next Saturday at 1 p.m. in a River City Rumble with North Florida. Under McCuin, the Green and White holds a 6-0 record against the Ospreys, highlighted by a 34-point win last season.