Women’s basketball downs Belmont, 68-57
Junior guard Ashanti Williams had another career day off the bench and senior forward Taneskei Richardson added a double-double to lead the JU women’s basketball team past Belmont, 68-57, on Thursday night at the Veterans Memorial Arena.

Williams scored 20 points off the bench, including going 3-for-6 beyond the arc, to help the Dolphins (10-11, 5-7 A-Sun) snap a two-game losing streak. Richardson recorded her fifth double-double in the last seven games with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Senior forward Lynsey Paschal also scored double-figures with 12 points to help the Dolphins, who finished shooting 42.4 percent (25-59) from the floor.

“It feels good to be back in the win column,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “We executed the game plan well and I was pleased with the overall effort. Our defense also came up big when we needed it. We have to keep this rolling for Saturday.”

The Bruins (7-16, 4-10) shot 30.2 percent from the floor, including going 8-for-30 in the first half. Tereva Moore scored 16 points and pulled down 12 boards to pace the Belmont offense.

During a 6-0 Belmont run in the second half, senior Lynsey Paschal broke the stretch with a steal and an assist to senior guard GiGi Thomas for a layup to start a 12-4 JU run. Paschal and freshman forward Jade Cargill each added jumpers, while Williams closed the run with a three-pointer to give the Dolphins a 55-34 lead at 9:34.

The Bruins chipped away at the deficit for most of the half before using a 9-0 run, capped on a jumper by Whitney Seals, to trail 64-57 with less than a minute and half remaining. The Dolphins got free throws from junior guard Jessica George, Richardson and Paschal to hang on for the win.

Molly Ernst scored 14 points for the Bruins, while Alyssa Visbeen and Shaunda Strayhorn each finished with six points.

In the first half, Cargill had layups on consecutive trips to give the Dolphins an early 12-7 lead (14:55). Williams extended the JU lead to double-digits with a jumper at 8:14 before George hit a three-pointer for a 25-11 advantage (7:39). The Bruins cut the deficit to eight points on three-pointers from Ernst and Rachel Swisher to make it 29-21 at 1:41. Williams answered with a three-pointer and jumper on two straight trips, while Thomas stole the inbounded pass from the Bruins and converted it to a layup to give JU a 36-23 lead at half time.

Cargill finished with a season-high nine points and Thomas closed out her night with six points for JU.

The Dolphins continue their home stand on Saturday when they host Lipscomb in Swisher Gymnasium at 1 p.m.