SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2012
Women’s hoops falls at Kennesaw State, 78-64
A sluggish second half by the JU women’s basketball team resulted in a 78-64 loss at Kennesaw State on Saturday afternoon in Atlantic Sun Conference action.
The Lady Owls (9-10, 4-5 A-Sun) used an early 14-0 second-half run to set up the win by shooting 18-for-29 (62.1) in the final frame. Carmen Lockhart scored 14 of her team-high 16 points in the second half, while Kristina Wells scored 15 in the victory.
“We let this one get away from us,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “We had our chances to take this game, but Kennesaw State took better advantage of its opportunities. Our goal is to correct the mistakes quickly because we have two tough road contests next week.”
Junior Maggie Wilson paced the Dolphins (7-13, 5-4) with 12 points, while junior Tracie Sneed totaled 11 points. The Dolphins scored 27 points off of 28 Lady Owls’ turnovers and had 16 steals, but were held to 33.3 percent (12-36) from the floor in the second half.
Trailing 57-47 with less than 10 minutes left, the Dolphins got two scores from Sneed. Wells added a layup on the other end, but a layup from sophomore Abril Peeples and free throws from Wilson cut the deficit to 59-54 (5:00). The Lady Owls went up by 10 twice in the final two minutes until a key Wilson three-pointer helped pull the Dolphins to 68-61 with 2:15 left. After a Peeples’ free throw, the Dolphins picked up steal, but made an errant pass for a turnover which Kennesaw State used to quash the late rally.
Peeples scored 10 points for the Dolphins, while senior Crystal Bell saw her 14-game streak of scoring double-digits snapped after finished with nine points. Bell did manage to record a career-best 14 boards and tally three steals.
Trailing early in the first half, Bell capped a 10-3 run with free throws to give JU a 17-13 lead (11:47). The Lady Owls tied it at 17-all, but two jumpers from sophomore Madison Scott extended the Dolphins advantage to 26-22 with less than five minutes left. Lockhart had a jumper to cut the Kennesaw State deficit to a bucket before Sneed hit two free throws to give the Dolphins a 32-28 lead at half time.
Taylor Mills and Ashley Holliday, older sister of JU’s Britney Holliday, each finished with 10 points for the Lady Owls. Lisa Capellan had nine points in the win.
The Dolphins head back on the road starting Thursday against Lipscomb in Nashville, Tenn. Tipoff is set for 7:30 pm EST.