Women’s basketball drops contest to UNF, 58-44
A bad shooting night doomed the JU women’s basketball team in a 58-44 loss to cross-town rival UNF in Atlantic Sun Conference action on Thursday at UNF Arena.

The Ospreys (7-12, 5-5 A-Sun) finished shooting 50 percent from the floor (22-44), lead by a 24-point effort from Brittany Kirkland.

Senior guard GiGi Thomas had 20 points to lead the Dolphins (9-10, 4-6), who finished shooting 34.6 percent (18-52) from the floor. The Dolphins were also held scoreless in the final six minutes of the first half.

“This is not the effort we wanted tonight,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “We started off very well, but we lost our shooting touch and were not able to get it back. Our goal is to correct our mistakes from tonight before we take on Campbell.”

The Ospreys tied the River City Rumble standings at four after posting 34 points in the paint and hitting 12-of-18 free throw attempts. The Dolphins went 1-for-11 beyond the arc, while shooting 50 percent at the free throw line.

In the first half, the Dolphins made their first five attempts, capped on a layup by junior guard Crystal Bell, to take a 10-6 advantage (16:19). The Ospreys used a three-pointer by Kirkland and layup by Juilemay Syquio to take back the lead, 15-13, at 14:09. Thomas later cut the deficit to one point on a jumper, but UNF used the six-minute scoring drought by JU to take a 29-20 lead at half time.

Syquio finished with 10 points for the Ospreys, while Larkira Jones added 15 boards. Jones also finished with eight points along with Taylor Smith.

The Dolphins cut the deficit to nine in the second half, 35-26, for the second time on a three-point play by Thomas at 15:37. The Ospreys extended their advantage to 47-31 on free throws by Smith with nine minutes left. Bell added two layups for JU, while freshman guard Jane’l Osborne another score to cut the deficit to 49-37 (5:41) entering the under eight media timeout. Octavia Langston stole the Dolphins inbound pass after the timeout and converted it for a layup to quash the JU rally to secure the win.

Senior forward Lynsey Paschal finished the night for JU with eight points, while Bell finished with seven points and had three steals.

The Dolphins return to A-Sun action on Monday at Swisher Gymnasium against Campbell at 5 p.m.