Women’s hoops takes down Jacksonville State, 87-74
Cargill scores career-best 21 points to help JU snag first win
Cargill scores career-best 21 points to help JU snag first win
Sophomore Jade Cargill scored a career-best 21 points to help the JU women’s basketball team register its first win of the season against Jacksonville State, 87-74, on Thursday night at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

Cargill went 10 of 13 from the floor, while also pulling down seven boards and recording four steals to help the Dolphins (1-8) break their winless drought. Senior Crystal Bell added 14 points of JU’s 33 points off the bench.

“It’s nice to finally secure our first win,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “The girls came out ready to play and it showed. Now, we have to keep this momentum going.”

Junior Maggie Wilson and Ciara McLee each finished with 13 points as the Dolphins shot a season-best 55.6 (35-63) from the floor. They also hit 11 of 17 from the free throw line and had 33-6 advantage in fast-break points.

The Gamecocks (3-7) got 25 of their 50 points in the paint from Briana Morrow. Danielle Vaughn added 15 points and 13 boards, but Jacksonville State committed 25 turnovers.

In the second half, the Gamecocks trimmed a 12-point deficit to a point, 56-55, on a Vaughn layup with 11:42 left. The Dolphins created separation after Cargill had a put back jumper and recorded a steal in the next possession that led to a layup by freshman Britney Holliday to cap a 10-4 run for a 66-59 lead (8:37). A Morrow jumper cut the Gamecocks’ deficit to six with less than four minutes left, but free throws by junior Tracie Sneed and a Cargill three-point play locked up the JU win.

Destiny Lane had 11 points for the Gamecocks, while Candace Morton and Bria’unna Buckner each recorded eight points.

The Dolphins built a 26-15 lead in the first half on a Bell layup at 7:49. The Gamecocks cut it to 28-27 with 3:15 left in the half on a 12-2 run, capped by a Morrow layup. A McLee three-pointer and two Sneed free throws in the final seconds helped JU take a 42-33 lead at half time.

Sneed and Holliday each finished with seven points to help the cause. Mitchell had four assists and two steals for the Dolphins.

The Dolphins hit the road again starting Sunday against East Carolina in Myrtle Beach, S.C. as part of the Carolina’s Challenge. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.