Women’s basketball soars past Georgia Southern, 72-56
The JU women’s basketball team played both ends of the court well to knock off Georgia Southern, 72-56, in non-conference action on Sunday afternoon in Swisher Gymnasium.

The Dolphins (2-1) finished shooting 49.1 percent (26-53) from the floor, led by a 15-point effort from senior guard GiGi Thomas.

JU also shot 71.4 percent (15-21) from the free throw line and limited the Lady Eagles (1-3) to a 33.3 field goal percentage (17-51), including a 27.6 average in the second half.

“This was a good overall team win,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn, who celebrated her birthday today against her alma mater. “We shot the ball well and forced a lot of turnovers on defense for points. I was also happy see three players hit double figures. Overall, I’m pleased with the effort so hopefully we can keep it up.”

Junior guards Crystal Bell (14) and Ashanti Williams (11) also hit double figures as the Dolphins finished with a game-high 29 points off 22 Georgia Southern turnovers. They also recorded a 36-29 rebounds advantage.

Despite the low field goal percentage, the Lady Eagles were near perfect from the free throw line after going 19-for-21 (90.5) in the contest.

In the second half, the Lady Eagles pulled within nine for the second time in the frame, 52-43, on a layup by Mimi Dubose with less than 10 minutes remaining. Georgia Southern went cold over the next six minutes as JU put the game out of reach with a 13-4 run closed with a free throw by senior forward Taneskei Richardson for an 65-47 advantage (3:55).

Meredyth Frye and Logan Youngblood added scores on the two trips for the Lady Eagles to cut the deficit to 14 (68-51), but Williams nailed a three-pointer with less than three minutes remaining to seal the win.

Jamie Navarro recorded a game-best 17 points for the Lady Eagles, while Krista Tate tallied 11 points by going 9-of-10 from the charity stripe.

In the first half, Navarro’s consecutive free throws gave the Lady Eagles a 9-6 lead at 15:57. The Dolphins regained the lead and build a 19-11 advantage on a breakaway layup from Bell (11:13). The Lady Eagles got a three-pointer by Frye and free throw by Tate to cut the lead to four, but Paschal added a jumper and a three-point play to give JU a 24-15 advantage at 8:25. A free throw by freshman forward Jane’l Osborne helped the Dolphins take a 41-31 lead at the half.

Paschal finished with eight points, five rebounds and two steals, while Richardson added a game-best seven rebounds to go along with six points. Osborne would also finish with six points for JU.

The Dolphins return to the court on Tuesday to host Howard in Swisher Gymnasium at 7 p.m.