Women’s hoops fights but falls to Stetson, 93-86 (2ot)
Junior Tracie Sneed scores 21 points in loss at Stetson
Junior Tracie Sneed scores 21 points in loss at Stetson
Two late rallies came up short for the JU women’s basketball team in a 93-86 double overtime loss to Stetson in A-Sun action on Saturday afternoon in the Edmunds Center

Sasha Sims scored 25 points and pulled down 10 boards to lead three Hatters (14-3, 5-0 A-Sun) with double-doubles. Victoria McGowan had 24 points and 11 boards, including a three-pointer in the final seconds to force the first overtime. Shanasa Sanders had 22 points and 14 boards to help the cause.

Junior Tracie Sneed scored 21 points to lead the Dolphins (4-11, 2-2), who were up in the final seconds of regulation and forced the second overtime. Senior Crystal Bell scored 20 points and recorded six steals in the loss.

“I am incredibly proud of the effort,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “We got down big in the second half, but we kept and composure to make a great run. Even though we fell short, I was happy with how we played and looking forward to building on this momentum for Monday.”

The Dolphins shot 50 percent (19-38) from the floor in the second half to set up their late run. The Dolphins also tallied 14 steals and shot 77.8 percent (14-18) at the charity stripe. The Hatters had a 43.2 field goal percentage and won the rebounding battle, 53-46.

With 4:38 left in the contest, the Dolphins trimmed a double-digit deficit to 58-55 on a three-pointer by senior Jessica George. Sophomore Jade Cargill tied the game with 2:26 on a three-point play before giving the Dolphins a 65-63 advantage on a layup less than a minute later. Bell was able to push the JU lead to 70-67 on a three-point play with 23 seconds left. Bell made some free throws to make it 72-69 lead, but McGowan nailed three-pointer with six seconds left to keep the Hatters alive. George had a layup on the next possession, but missed which forced overtime.

In overtime, free throws gave the Hatters the early lead until Bell tied it at 76-all on a layup with 1:21 remaining. After Stetson went up by a bucket, George answered the call again with a game-tying layup in the final seconds to force double overtime.

The Hatters got two three-point plays from Sims to start the second overtime for an 84-78 lead. The Dolphins trimmed it to 86-83 on a jumper by junior Maggie Wilson, but Stetson hit four free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

Cargill finished with 14 points and 10 boards for the Dolphins to get her second straight double-double. Wilson finished with 13 points, while George had 10 points, seven assists and four steals in the loss.

In the first half, the Dolphins cut an early deficit to one, 10-9, on two free throws from sophomore Jane’l Osborne (11:50). JU gained its first lead of the game with a 7-0 run, capped on a Sneed layup and three-pointer, for a 19-15 advantage with less than five minutes left. The Hatters regained the lead in the final minute, but an aerobic steal by Bell on an inbound pass with set up two Sneed free throws for a 23-22 JU edge at the half.

The Dolphins complete this road swing on Monday in Fort Myers, Fla. against Florida Gulf Coast.