MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 2011
Women’s basketball falls at home to Campbell, 65-63
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A back and forth second half had the JU women’s basketball team holding the short end of the stick in a 65-63 loss to Campbell in Atlantic Sun Conference action on Monday night at Swisher Gymnasium.

Courtney Cannon scored 14 points to pace the Camels (9-12, 8-4), while Tonisha Baker and Jazmine Cooper each finished with 13 points.

The Dolphins (9-11, 4-7) had a chance to tie the game twice in the final 19 seconds, but each shot went wide as JU finished shooting 29.7 percent from the floor (22-74). Senior forward Taneskei Richardson scored 17 points and record ed16 points to lead the Dolphins

“We fought for a chance to win or tie it towards the end,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “Once again, I was not pleased with a shot selection, but we were able to climb out of it in the final 10 minutes. We have to go back to the drawing board because we have another tough matchup on Thursday.”

With the score tied at 51 in the second half, sophomore guard Maggie Wilson connected on a three-pointer to give the Dolphins the lead with less than seven minutes remaining. The Camels tied for the 10th time in the game on a layup by Baker to make it 56 all at 4:20.

The Dolphins took a one-point lead on a jumper by Wilson at 2:07, but Cooper and Baker each had buckets on consecutive trips to give Campbell a 62-59 lead with less than two minutes remaining. Richardson cut the lead to one for the second time on a layup to make it a 64-63 deficit with 25 seconds left. After a free throw from Baker, the Dolphins had a chance from Wilson to tie it but she missed. Freshman forward Jane’l Osborne caught the rebound and put up a shot, but she would miss as well.

Lauren Yesh added seven points and six steals to help the Camels, who finished shooting 52.1 percent from the floor (25-58).

In the first half, the Camels raced out to a 7-0 lead following a three-pointer by Amanda O’Neill at 17:23. The Dolphins answered with a 14-6 run, capped by two free throws from freshman guard Ronisha Mitchell, for a 14-13 advantage (9:15). Mitchell would strike again by adding a three-pointer in the final two minutes of the frame to close a 9-2 stretch and give the Dolphins a 29-26 lead at half time.

Seniors Lynsey Pachal and GiGi Thomas each finished with nine points for the Dolphins, while Osborne had eight points off the bench in her second game back from injury. Mitchell added seven points.

The Dolphins play again on Thursday at 5 p.m. against Belmont in the Veterans Memorial Arena. All fans attending that night are admitted free from the game sponsor SeaBest Seafood.