Women’s basketball falls to UNF, 55-49
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The JU women’s basketball team fought valiantly to the end, but they couldn’t escape a bad first half en route to a 55-49 loss to cross-town rival UNF in Atlantic Sun Conference action on Tuesday night.

The Ospreys had three players in double-figures, led by Juliemay Syquio with 12 points. Brittany Kirkland added 11 points, while Jade Gives scored 10 points for UNF.

Senior forward Taneskei Richardson finished with 13 points and 10 points to pace the Dolphins (11-12, 6-8 A-Sun), who shot 17.2 percent from the floor (5-29) in the first half. They cut a 20-point deficit in the second half to five after shooting 34.2 percent.

“I was pleased with how we fought in the second half,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “Overall, we have to start better because we spent the entire game trying to erase our first half shooting. We have to build of the positives of the second half for this weekend.”

Trailing by 22 points with less than 15 minutes left, the Dolphins finally arrived with a 23-9 run, capped on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Maggie Wilson, to cut the deficit to 49-41 (5:17). Larkira Jones got the Osprey lead to double-digits again, 52-41, on free throws less than an minute later, but a layup and steal by junior guard Crystal Bell cut it to 52-46 at 1:15.

After more free throws by UNF, the Dolphins were able to get the deficit to 54-49 on a layup by Wilson with 24 seconds left, but were unable to get the ball back.

Jones finished with nine points and eight rebounds, while Taylor Smith totaled nine points and nine rebounds for UNF.

The Dolphins got off to a sluggish start in the first half as the Ospreys raced to a 10-2 lead on Syquio at 16:03. Senior forward Lynsey Paschal used a jumper to cut the JU lead to 13-6 (11:50) before a Smith jumper capped an 11-2 stretch to extend the UNF advantage to 24-8 with three minutes left in the half. The Ospreys took a 28-12 advantage to the locker room after Margaret Bell hit jumper in the final minute.

Bell finished with 12 points off the bench for JU, while Wilson added nine points on 4-of-8 attempts from the floor.

The Dolphins hit the road starting Saturday with USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m.