MONDAY, JANUARY 03, 2011
Women’s basketball fights late but falls to Campbell, 77-65
The JU women’s basketball team found a way to fight back late, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to Campbell, 77-65, in Atlantic Sun Conference action on Monday night in Buies Creek, N.C.

Monique Spry led the Camels (2-10, 1-2 A-Sun) after tallying 19 points off the bench. Tonisha Baker added 17 points and 10 rebounds to help the Camels who finished shooting 81.5 percent (22-27) from the charity stripe.

The Dolphins (6-6, 1-2), who almost erased a 20-point second half deficit, had four players in double figures – led by senior forward Lynsey Paschal (15 pts) and junior guard Ashanti Williams (14).

“We dug ourselves too big of a hole,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “They were able to get a huge lead on us before we were able to shake our funk. I’m pleased with how we reacted in the final 10 minutes of the game and hopefully we can build on it as we head to Nashville this weekend.”

Sophomore guard Maggie Wilson scored 13 points to go along with JU’s 37 bench points, while senior forward Taneskei Richardson added a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

The Camels were able to finish shooting 38.5 percent from the floor, while adding 30 points in the paint.

Trailing by 20 with less than 11 minutes left in the game, the Dolphins found their rhythm by rattling off an 11-0 run with a fade away jumper from Paschal to close the gap to 68-59 (5:47). The Camels broke the stretch with a layup from Roslyn Preseley, but Wilson answered with a three pointer on the next trip down the floor to cut the JU deficit to eight (70-62, 2:56). Williams missed a three-pointer on the next possession for the Dolphins, while the Camels hit a couple free throws and Baker connected on a layup to secure the win.

Lauren Yesh finished with 10 points and 11 boards to round out the players in double figures for Campbell.

After falling behind big in the first half, the Dolphins bench ignited a 12-4 run, capped by consecutive three-pointers from Wilson, to tie the game at 15 all (11:59). The lead would flip flop over the next few minutes before a free throw by Yesh helped the Camels pull away with an 39-28 advantage (4:07). The Camels would take a 47-33 lead at the half following a layup from Spry in the final two minutes.

Freshman guard Ronisha Mitchell added five points and a game-high four assists for the Dolphins off the bench in the loss.

The Dolphins will hit the road against on Saturday when they face Lipscomb in Nashville, Tenn. at 5 p.m.