Starters Pace Dolphins in Comeback Win over KSU

Starters Pace Dolphins in Comeback Win over KSU

KENNESAW, Ga. – Jacksonville University women's basketball (21-7, 10-2 ASUN) was one starter shy of all five scoring in double-figures in its 74-62 victory at Kennesaw State Monday night.

The Dolphins defeated KSU on a second-half comeback effort, highlighted by a career-high 26 points by Jasmyn Brown. She shot 10-for-13 from floor with a 5-for-6 mark from beyond the arc.

Christin Mercer finished the night with 14 points, Sherranda Reddick 13 and Brandi Buie 10 while Kayla Gordon added nine points and a team-high seven rebounds.

"I'm excited about my starters right now," said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. "They are experienced. They've been through this. They've won a championship, so of course we expect them to carry us through. Right now, we just want to finish out with wins, and have more good moments than bad. We did that tonight."

Jacksonville committed nine turnovers in the first quarter, and the Owls took advantage of the extra possessions to score eight points. After a 7-all stalemate, the home team worked an 8-0 run en route to an 18-13 lead at the end of the period.

The Owls held a double-digit lead, 32-22, with 2:31 left before the half, but saw it dwindle to three at the one-minute mark.

Capped by a Brown three-pointer, three different Dolphins assisted the side to a 7-0 run. The unanswered stretch concluded with a Deandrea Sawyer trey as KSU entered the locker room up, 35-29.

Back-to-back lay-ups by Gordon and a perfect effort at the free throw line from Reddick tied the game at 35-all in the first two minutes of the third quarter. The rally quickly snowballed into a 14-2 Jacksonville run -- Brown swished back-to-back corner threes during the stretch -- and the Dolphins took their first lead since the early goings.

Mercer capped the stanza on a beautiful up-and-under lay-up between a pair of Owl defenders, and the scoreboard read 53-44 in favor of JU.

Buie earned the Dolphins their first double-digit lead on an and-1 opportunity with 9:05 left and the visitors cruised from there.  

The Dolphins conclude their regular season Saturday in a River City Rumble at North Florida. Jacksonville has swept the regular season series in each of the last three seasons, highlighted by a 34-point victory in last year's conference opener (73-39).

Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m.