MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 2010
Women’s basketball outlasts UNF in overtime, 64-58
Senior guard Courtney Jackson recorded her first double-double of the season, while sophomore guard Ashanti Williams led the Dolphins in scoring to help the JU women’s basketball team down North Florida in overtime, 64-58, on Monday night in front of a sellout crowd at Swisher Gymnasium.
Williams led three Dolphins (5-12, 4-5 Atlantic Sun) in double figures with 17 points, while Jackson added 14 points and 11 rebounds. She also had a team-high three assists and two blocks to help the cause.
With the win, the Dolphins earned their eighth straight victory against the Ospreys (5-13, 2-7) and picked up another point over UNF in the SunTrust River City Rumble standings.
“I’m proud of the way our kids fought today,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “This was a back and forth game, but our team did what they needed to do to get the victory. I’m happy with the way we came out of these three games in five days stretch. We will enjoy this win and then start getting ready for the game on Saturday.”
The Ospreys got a game-high 25 points from sophomore guard Brittany Kirkland, while junior guard Juliemay Syquio added 14 points. Senior forward Arlande Cherizol pulled down a game-high 18 rebounds for UNF.
In the second half, the Ospreys used a 10-2 run in the final 10 minutes take a 51-50 lead (2:14), but senior forward Crystal Grable hit a fade away jumper less than a minter later to put the Dolphins ahead by one. Jackson was fouled in the final 10 seconds and hit only her second free throw to put the Dolphins up by two (53-51). Syquio connected on a layup for the Ospreys with just two ticks remaining to force overtime.
The Dolphins squeezed out a 57-55 lead in overtime on a Grable jumper (2:32), but freshman guard Jadhken Kerr drained a three-pointer on the next trip down the floor to give the Ospreys a one-point advantage. After a miss by sophomore guard Jessica George, the Ospreys drove up the court until Jackson stole the ball away and hit Williams for a go-ahead layup. Jackson came away with a block on the next defensive trip, while Williams connected on a three-pointer with less than 30 seconds remaining to help secure the JU win.
Grable rounded out the Dolphins in double-digits with 13 points, while also adding two blocks. George recorded nine points and three assists on the day.
In the first half, the teams traded leads four times before freshman guard Maggie Wilson nailed a three-pointer to give the Dolphins a 16-13 advantage. The lead would change two more times until Grable hit a layup with four seconds remaining to give the Dolphins a 23-31 advantage at the half.
The Dolphins look to carry the momentum into Saturday when they host USC Upstate at Swisher Gymnasium. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.
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